Home page News
Enthronement of Primate of the Japanese Auton…

Enthronement of Primate of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church takes place.

DECR Communication service, 22.10.2023. 

On 22nd November 2023 on the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost the enthronement took place in the Resurrection Cathedral of Tokyo of the newly-elected Primate of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church the Archbishop of Tokyo and Metropolitan of All Japan Seraphim.

With the blessing of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill in his capacity as representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, which granted in 1970 granted autonomy to the Japanese Church, the festivities were attended by the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations the metropolitan of Volokolamsk Anthony.

Concelebrating at the divine liturgy with metropolitan Seraphim and metropolitan Anthony were clerics who had come to Tokyo from all of the parishes in Japan.

Among those praying in the cathedral were the temporary representative of Russia in Japan Gennady Ovechko, as well as numerous guests and parishioners.

The service was conducted in Japanese, Church Slavonic and English.

At the Little Entrance the chancellor of the Japanese Orthodox Church archpriest Mark Koike read aloud the resolution of the Council of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church of 28th September 2023 on the election of the archbishop of Sendai Seraphim as Archbishop of Tokyo and Metropolitan of All Japan. Metropolitan Anthony read aloud the decree of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on the canonical confirmation of the election.

After the singing of the Trisagion metropolitan Anthony made the following proclamation: “May the grace divine, which always heals that which is infirm and completes that which is wanting and which forever guides the providential ways of his Holy Orthodox Churches, place upon the throne of the holy hierarch of Japan Nicholas our father Seraphim, the Most Eminent Archbishop of the God-saved city of Tokyo and Metropolitan of All Japan in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Upon the proclamation of these words and the repeated singing of Axios (“He Is Worthy”), the two most senior clerics of the Japanese Orthodox Church archpriest Mark Koike and archpriest Paul Oikawa thrice placed Metropolitan Seraphim on the hierarchical throne, after which metropolitan Anthony placed upon him two encolpions with images of the Virgin and a cross as gifts from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.

At the end of the liturgy from the ambo the chairman of the DECR presented to the newly-elected Primate of the Japanese Church the blue-coloured mantle of metropolitan, white headdress and, upon reading a special prayer, the episcopal staff.

In his address of reply Metropolitan Seraphim expressed his heartfelt thanks to His Holiness for his constant paternal concern for the Japanese Orthodox Church and to metropolitan Anthony for his participation in the enthronement and help given by the Department for External Church Relations. He placed special emphasis on the important of preserving the unity of the Orthodox faithful of Japan and the Mother Church.

Metropolitan Seraphim then received congratulations from the clergy and parishioners.

A festive reception was held at the end of the service.

Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the XII Christmas Parliamentary Meetings at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: Patriarch of Constantinople is not a free man


Christmas Message from Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Rus’


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill had phone conversation with Metropolitan Ioann of Belgorod and Stary Oskol


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill expresses condolences over deadly earthquake in northwest China


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill congratulates Mr Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on his re-election as President of Egypt


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill welcomes the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the decoration of the Church of St Sava in Belgrade


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides over jubilee meeting of Inter-Religious Council of Russia


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at jubilee meeting of Inter-Religious Council of Russia


Patriarchal greetings on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Diocese of Vienna and Austria


Primate of Russian Church presents historic miracle-working Kazan Icon of the Mother of God to the faithful and celebrates Liturgy in the Kremlin Dormition Cathedral


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ to the participants of the World Conference of Compatriots Living Abroad


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill met with the Primate of the Assyrian Church of the East


Statement by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the events at Makhachkala airport


Patriarch Kirill gives his blessing to offering up fervent prayers for archpastors and clerics of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church striving to preserve church unity


DECR chairman meets with the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch


DECR chairman concelebrates Liturgy with Patriarch of Antioch at Russian Church’s Metochion in Damascus


Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk begins working visit to Syria


DECR Chairman Addresses Round Table at the Federation Council


Chairman of the DECR participates in the presentation of the Russian-language edition of Pope Benedict’s book Jesus of Nazareth.


DECR chairman meets with leader of the Israeli Druze community


DECR chairman attends presentation of Christmas project at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


DECR chairman meets with British ambassador


Metropolitan of Volokolamsk Anthony meets with the chairman of the board of trustees of the Saint Andrew the First-Called Foundation Vladimir Yakunin.


DECR chairman attends official opening of an exhibition on interior decoration of St. Sava Church in Belgrade


DECR Chairman met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Russian Federation


The DECR Chairman took part in the international Muslim forum


DECR Chairman and Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe celebrate at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Paris


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides over jubilee meeting of Inter-Religious Council of Russia


Session takes place of the Commission for International Co-operation under the Russian Presidential Council for Interaction with Religious Organizations


Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul


Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ


Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins


Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life


On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America


Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people


Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible


Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people


Metropolitan Hilarion: Eucharist is the wedding feast, to which Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us


Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation



Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب