The Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church – September2013
The celebration of the 75th birthday of Metropolitan Daniel was marked at the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Tokyo on 8 September. The Primate of Japanese Church celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Archbishop Seraphim of Sendai, Bishop Sava of Voskresensk and Archimandrite Gerasim (Sevtsov), as well as the clergy of the Japanese Church. At the end of the liturgy, bishops and clergy served the memorial procession for Patriarch Sergius (Stragorodski) of Moscow and All Russia. In earlier 20th century Patriarch Sergius served in Japan helping Nicholas Equal-to-the-Apostles in preaching the gospel of Christ.
Concluding the holy service, Bishop Sava of Voskresensk convey greeting of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and handed over to Metropolitan Daniel an Order of the Russian Orthodox Churh, Venerable Seraphim of Sarov of the I degree as a acknowledgement for his fervent multiyear hierchal effort in spreading of Holy Orthodoxy in Japan and on the occasion of 75th birthday.