On Friday, March 16, the 10th anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla; (+ March 16, 2008) of Eastern America & New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, after a meeting of the Supreme Ecclesiastical Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, performed a commemorative litiya in the lower Transfiguration Chapel of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Praying at the service were the members of the Council, invited guests, and cathedral clergy.
Prior to the start of the service, His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill, addressed those gathered with the following words:
"Your Eminences, Your Graces! Dear Fathers, brothers and sisters! Ten years have passed since the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus of blessed memory, who made a decisive contribution to the formation of a positive attidue among the episcopacy, clergy, and laity of the Russian Church Abroad toward dialogue with the Moscow Patriarchate. This dialogue concluded with an historic event – the overcoming of schism and the reunification between the Church in the Fatherland and the Diaspora. This historic act, manifested through the active participation of the late Vladyka Laurus, has entered the pages of the history of Russian Orthodoxy. Let us pray for the repose of his soul, and that the Lord receive his soul in His abode and establishes eternal prayerful memory for him in our hearts. Amen."
Prayers for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Laurus then proceeded, sung by the Chamber Chorus of Christ the Savior Cathedral under the direction of S. Sokolovskaya.