Catholic Herald Reporter
THE " year old Patriarch Alexii of Moscow and All
Russia will arrive in London
next Friday afternoon. He will be met at London Airport by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Ramsey, and will drive to Lambeth Palace, where he will be the Archbishop's guest for several days.
Soon after his arrival there, the Patriarch and the Russian clergy accompanying him will attend a short service in Lambeth parish church, open to the public, when Dr. Ramsey will say a few words of welcome.
On Saturday, September 26, the Patriarch will attend a solemn Te Deum in Canterbury Cathedral at noon. The following day he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Russian Church in Ennismore Gardens, West London, in the presence of Dr. Ramsey.
At 4 p.m. they will go together to a Festal Evensong in Westminster Abbey.
On Monday, September 2R, the Nikaean Club is holding a reception in the Russian visitors' honour at Lambeth Palace, and Dr. Ramsey will give a dinner party for them at the Palace the same evening. A member of the Catholic hierarchy is expected to attend.
The Patriarch will return to Russia on September 29.
The visit is in return for the Archbishop of Canterbury's visit to Moscow in 1962. It is of a personal nature and will not involve theological discussions. This will be the first time that any Patriarch of Moscow has visited London.
His Beatitude Alexii, the 13th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, was born in Moscow in 1877. Consecrated Bishop in 1913 at the age of 35, he was Bishop of Petrograd at the time of the Russian Revolution. In .1933 he became Metropolitan of Leningrad and was elected Patriarch in 1945.
He will be accompanied by a number of clergy and laity, including Metropolitan N i kodi m of Leningrad and Ladoga who has visited England before. He is still in his thirties. Also in the party will he the Very Rev. Vitaly Bornvoy, who represents the Russian Orthodoc at the World Council of Churches.