The consecration of the Russian St. Nicholas Church took place in Limassol, Cyprus 

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On May 19, 2024, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, who is visiting Cyprus with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, took part in the celebrations on the occasion of the consecration of the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the city of Limassol, built for the needs of the local Russian-speaking community.
Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk led the rite of the great consecration of the temple, at which Metropolitan Athanasius of Limassol and Hierarch of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, exarch of the Holy Sepulchre in Cyprus Metropolitan Timothy of Vostra prayed.
Then the three hierarchs celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the newly consecrated church.
The archpastors were co-served by the Deputy chairman of the DECR, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, rector of St. Nicholas Church in Limassol, Archpriest Pavel Povalyaev, assistant to the Chairman of the DECR, Priest Nikolai Vasin, clergy of the Russian and Cypriot Orthodox Churches.
Prayer services were performed in Greek, Church Slavonic and Arabic.
The church was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Cyprus, M.M. Zyazikov, and numerous Russian-speaking residents of Cyprus.
In his speech at the end of the divine service, Metropolitan Athanasius of Limassol thanked the Lord God and His saint, Saint and Wonderworker Nicholas, for the fact that the long-term work of erecting a temple dedicated to him had been successfully completed. The hierarch also expressed deep gratitude to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for his constant attention to this construction and for sending a high delegation headed by the DECR Chairman to consecrate the temple. Metropolitan Athanasius expressed confidence that the newly built church will unite believers of different nationalities in prayers and sacraments and, thereby, contribute to strengthening the unity of Orthodoxy.
Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk in his speech thanked Metropolitan Athanasius for his fatherly care for the Russian-speaking flock of Limassol, noting that she, in turn, responds to Vladyka with sincere love and reverence, including for his firm commitment to the sacred canons of the Church. The DECR Chairman expressed gratitude to all the numerous donors, thanks to whom the temple was built. Special gratitude for his labors was expressed to his rector, Archpriest Pavel Povalyaev, to whom His Eminence wished God's help in further pastoral labors. Then Metropolitan Anthony announced the patriarchal decree awarding Archpriest Pavel with the Order of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov (III degree) and presented him with this high award, as well as a pectoral cross. Patriarchal awards were also awarded to benefactors who helped in the construction of the church.
In prayerful memory of the consecration, Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, presented the altar cross to the church. He presented the holy panagia to Metropolitan Athanasius.
After the service, a festive reception was held in the parish house of St. Nicholas Church.
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The parish of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the city of Limassol was founded in 1995 with the blessing of Metropolitan Chrysanthos of Limassol in response to the request of numerous believers from Russia and the countries of the former USSR. The idea of building a Russian Orthodox church in Limassol received the blessing of Archbishop Chrysostomos I of Cyprus and His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia. The project was fully supported by the current ruling bishop of the Limassol diocese, Metropolitan Athanasius, who ascended to the chair in 1999.
In 1997, a land plot in the Kalogiri area of Limassol was donated to the Russian Orthodox Church. The construction of the temple was carried out with the participation of the Foundation for the Construction of the Church of St. Nicholas.
On June 9, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the foundation stone at the St. Nicholas Church construction site during an official visit to the Cypriot Orthodox Church.
The project of the Russian-style temple was developed by the Vorontsov Architectural Bureau.
The services in the parish are performed in the Church Slavonic language and in the liturgical tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The church has a children's Sunday school, a social service and the center for spiritual and moral culture "Sofia", whose mission is to preserve the spiritual and moral culture of the Russian-speaking diaspora of Cyprus.

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