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Patriarch Kirill performed a prayer service at the Cathedral of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and visited an aircraft plant
During his visit to the Far East, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Cathedral of the Holy Prophet Elijah in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, where he performed a moleben. It is reported by the press service of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The temple was also attended by the Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East Alexander Galushka, the governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport, the main federal inspector for the Khabarovsk Territory Vitaly Lukianchuk. At the end of the prayer service, the Bishop of Amur and Chegdomynsky Nicholas greeted the Most Holy Patriarch and presented him with an ancient image of the Savior, transferred to the Church by the descendants of Russian pioneers on the lands of the Amur Region. The Primate РПЦ addressed the audience with the Primacy word. As a gift to the Ilyinsky Cathedral, Patriarch Kirill handed Theodore’s image of the Mother of God.
Then Patriarch visited the missionary train "Saint Innokenty of Irkutsk" at the railway station of Komsomolsk-on-Amur and blessed the participants of the trip. Before the revolution in the Far East, where there was always a shortage of churches and priests, a carriage-temple, which was abolished in the Soviet years, plied. This tradiation was resumed в 1990е Years.
The program of Patriarch Kirill's stay in the Far East ended with a visit to the Aviation Plant named after Yu.A. Gagarin, where he examined the production of SU-35 fighters and the Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft assembly shop. As a token of gratitude for the labors, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church handed over to the staff of the plant the icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Igor Ozar, General Director of Sukhoi Company, presented the Patriarch with a model of the Su-35 aircraft.