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On January 27, 2009, at 22.00 MSK, right after announcement of the vote results of the Local Council and singing the liturgical chant: "Now the Grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us, and we all, having taken Your cross, say: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord, glory in the highest", His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine asked the newly elected Patriarch, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad: "Your Eminence Kirill, The Local Council has elected you Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. Do you agree to this election?

"I agree to my election by the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, I thank you and do not object in the least", was the answer.

The newly elected Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church served thanksgiving Moleben together with the council participants.
The patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus, Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk and Slutsk read out the Chart of the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church on election of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Following the Moleben and the announcement of the Chart, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, His Beatitude Volodymyr addressed the Patriarch-elect of Moscow and All Russia with the words of greeting.


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