Ivan Savvidi was honored with Patriarch award
The awarding ceremony took place in the frameworks of 70th anniversary of the Department for External Church Relations of Moscow Patriarchy, in Holy Trinity Church of the St. Daniel Monastery on 19th of May.
Churchmen and philanthropists were honored with medals of Mark Ephesian- awards instituted on the occasion of anniversary of the Department for External Church Relations. Medals were gifted by Metropolitan Illarion.
Mark Ephesian- the bishop of Constantinople Orthodox Church, metropolitan Ephesian , orthodox churchman, participant of Ferrara-Florentian Convocation, who didn’t accept Union. In 1734 was sainted and entered the history of Church as Orthodox confessor.