The film tells about the election of the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II (Alexei Mikhailovich Ridiger) on June 7, 1990 and the first year of his ministry. Part 1 Moscow region, Zagorsk, June 7, 1990 Trinity-Sergius Lavra. Extraordinary Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) for the election of a new Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Solemn procession of the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church through the territory of the Lavra. Among those present are the Archbishop of Tokyo, Metropolitan of All Japan Theodosius (Nagashima Shinji), Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod Alexy (Alexei Mikhailovich Ridiger), Metropolitan Krutitsky and Kolomna Juvenaly (Vladimir Kirillovich Poyarkov), Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan), Metropolitan of Minsk and Grodno, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret (Kirill Varfolomeevich Vakhromeev), Archbishop German of Berlin and Leipzig (Gennady Evgenievich Timofeev). Refectory Church of St. Sergius. In the presence of 317 delegates, Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Grodno announces the election of Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod Alexy as Patriarch (sinhr.). Alexy, who became Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, delivers a speech in response (sinhr.). The bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church sign the Council Act on the election of the Patriarch and the Council Letter addressed to him. Moscow, Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhov, June 10, 1990. Entronization of the newly elected Patriarch: Alexy II is dressed with a miter, a great (large) omophorion. Patriarch Alexy II gives communion to the faithful (sinhr.). Tallinn, [June], 1990 Roofs of houses. Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Kazan Icon of the Mother of God). There is a service in the church. Patriarch Alexy II prays at the main icon of the church. Moscow, September 23, 1990 Cathedral Square of the Kremlin. The first service (liturgy) after the return of the Patriarchal Assumption Cathedral to the faithful: the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in front of the Patriarchal Assumption Cathedral kiss the cross at Alexy II. Patriarch Alexy II speaks about the sacrament of the Eucharist (communion), about churches (behind the scenes). Part 2 Moscow, September 23 1990 Patriarchal Assumption Cathedral of the Kremlin. The interior of the temple: icons, frescoes, a bronze tent for storing church relics. Burial places of the heads of the Russian Church - Metropolitans Peter (died in 1326), Philip (1507-1569), the patriarchs Job (died in 1607), Hermogenes (1530-1612). Patriarch Alexy II performs the first divine service (liturgy) in the Assumption Cathedral after the return of the ROC temple. Moscow, Donskoy Monastery, summer, 1990. Small ("Old") Cathedral of the Donskoy Monastery. Tombstone of Patriarch Tikhon (Vasily Ivanovich Belavin, 1865-1925) in the Small Cathedral in honor of the Donskoy Icon of the Mother of God. Necropolis of the Donskoy Monastery. Patriarch Alexy II prays in the church. C / t, b / w shooting: - Moscow, May, 1918: religious procession on Nikolsky day at the Nikolsky gate of the Kremlin on Red Square. Patriarch Tikhon among the clergy and believers.- Moscow region, Sergiev Posad, January 11, 1930: bells are dropped from the bell tower of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra; the bell falls, breaks - Moscow, January 27-28, 1930: demolition of the Simonov Assumption Monastery: broken domes fall - Moscow, late 1920s-1930s: demonstration on Red Square (removed from upper point). - Voronezh, winter, : opening of the relics of St. Mitrofaniy of Voronezh (1623-1703) on the city square in front of the Archangel Cathedral of the Annunciation Mitrofaniev monastery. - Sergiev Posad, April 11, 1919: opening of the relics St. Sergius of Radonezh (1314-1392) .- Without a shooting location, late 1920s-early 1930s: removal of church icons and utensils from the temple. A column of dispossessed peasant families is walking along the street of the village. - Without a filming location, 1921-1922: famine in the Volga region. Huts without roofs. An emaciated child cries. Two children eat scraps from the ground near a railway carriage. Emaciated children eat in a hospital ward. Children are given bread on coupons. - Moscow, winter, 1929: children take part in an anti-religious demonstration, carry posters with the NDP: “CULTURAL Godless LIFE AGAINST DRINK CHRISTMAS!”, “WALK WITH CHILDREN TO THE RINK, BE HEALTHY AND YOURSELF! ".- Without a filming location, 1921-1922. K / t, color filming: - Without filming location, late 1980s: a column of uniformed adolescents is marching in formation accompanied by a military man; in the background - a cathedral without crosses. A poster with the NDP: “OUR MOTTO IS TO LIVE WITHOUT VIOLATIONS!” Part 3 Patriarch Alexy II prays in the church. Moscow, summer, 1990 Patriarch Alexy II in the Epiphany Cathedral performs a memorial service for the previous primates of the Russian Orthodox Church (sinhr.). Cancer with the relics of the Metropolitan of Moscow, St. Alexis (1293-1378) Epiphany Cathedral. Estonia, Kuremäe, summer, 1990 Pyukhtitsa Assumption Convent: walls and towers of the monastery. A nun is walking along the path along the monastery wall. The nuns pass through the territory of the monastery. Abbess of the monastery Varvara (Valentina Alekseevna Trofimova) talks about the childhood of Patriarch Alexy II (sinhr.). The nuns are laying flowers on the paths. C / t, b / w filming: - Moscow, April 25, 1943: Patriarchal Locum tenens Metropolitan Sergius (Ivan Nikolaevich Stragorodsky, 1867-1944) at the Easter service in the Epiphany Cathedral. - Without filming location, 1920s .: Three clergymen are walking along the street of the city, accompanied by five armed military. - Arkhangelsk region, Bolshoy Solovetsky island, 1927-28: gates of the Solovetsky camp for special purposes (ELEPHANT) with the NDP: “1st DEPARTMENT OF THE SOLOVETSKY CAMP OF SPECIAL PURPOSE O. G.P.U. ". The priest walks past the gate. General view of the former buildings of the Holy Transfiguration Solovetsky Monastery from the side of Blagopoluchiya Bay - Without a filming location, summer 1941: a building explodes. Huts are burning. A woman is crying near a burning house. An old woman wipes her grandfather's tears, standing on the ruins of a house. A soldier is leading a wounded young soldier. - Without a filming location, winter, 1941-42: peaceful refugees - women, old people, children walking along the road. A woman kisses the military who liberated the village. - Moscow, [December, 1943]: Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Sergius at a meeting of the Holy Synod. - Without filming location, 1941-44: a woman blesses soldiers leaving for the front with an icon. - [Oryol region, August, 1943]: the priest and civilians bless the soldiers passing by the temple. Part 4 Estonia, Kuremäe, summer, 1990 Pukhtitsa Assumption Convent. Nuns and priests greet Patriarch Alexy II and those accompanying him with bread and salt. Patriarch Alexy II blesses those who meet him, walks along a path decorated with flowers to the Church of the Assumption, prays in front of the main icon of the temple. The nuns work in a gold embroidery workshop; mow the grass in the field. Karelia, Sortavalsky district, Valaam island, summer, 1990. Valaam monastery. Nikolsky skete. Two monks walk along the avenue of centenary trees. Domes of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. Scaffolding, crumbling frescoes, a destroyed iconostasis in the Transfiguration Cathedral. Restoration of monastic buildings in the All Saints ("White") skete. Broken gravestones. Leningrad, settlement Ust-Izhora, [14-15] July, 1990 Religious procession carrying the relics of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky. Among those present - Metropolitan of Rostov and Novocherkassk Vladimir. Patriarch Alexy II performs a prayer service in honor of the 750th anniversary of the Battle of the Neva in front of the Church of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky. Leningrad, summer 1990-91 Alexander Column on Palace Square. General Staff Building. Winter Palace. Hermitage: Military Gallery of 1812, which contains portraits of the heroes of the Patriotic War of 1812. Among them - a portrait of Major General Fyodor Vasilyevich Ridiger - the ancestor of Patriarch Alexy II. Patriarch Alexy II talks about his family, about the pilgrimage to Valaam in 1938 and 1939 (behind the scenes). Part 5 Moscow, summer, 1990 Danilov monastery. Synodal residence of the Patriarch: meeting room, home church. Leningrad, summer, 1990 Leningrad Orthodox Theological Seminary: recreation; classes in the class of church singing (sinhr.); seminarians study in the library. Patriarch Alexy II communicates with seminarians, talks about everyday problems (sinhr.). Ioannovsky monastery. Temple of the monastery. A nun prays in front of the icon of St. Righteous John of Kronstadt, lights candles, speaks of the return of the ROC monastery (sinhr.). The nuns clean up construction waste in the temple. Altar and tomb of John of Kronstadt (Ivan Ilyich Sergiev, 1829-1909). No location, winter, 1991. Church on a hill. A priest is walking along the road. The priest stokes the stove in the temple with wood; serves in a rural church; deals with children in Sunday school (sinhr.). Moscow, summer 1990-91 Patriarch Alexy II, sitting on a bench in the garden, talks about mercy, charity, parish schools (sinhr.). Patriarch Alexy II talks about studying at the Leningrad Seminary (behind the scenes). Part 6 Leningrad, February, 1991. Monument to the commander Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov. The building of the Kazan Cathedral - Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism. Museum reserves: elements of altars, crucifixes, temple sculpture. Flowers at the site of the discovery of the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Moscow, February 7, 1991 The bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church (among those present - Patriarch Alexy II, Metropolitan of Minsk and Belarus Filaret) greet the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov on the platform of the Leningrad railway station. Religious procession on Komsomolskaya Square. Installation of relics in the Epiphany Cathedral. Among those present - Metropolitan of Minsk and Belarus Filaret, Metropolitan of Rostov and Novocherkassk Vladimir, Metropolitan of Krutitsk and Kolomna Yuvenaly, Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and Yurievsky Pitirim (Konstantin Vladimirovich Nechaev). Patriarch Alexy II speaks in a sermon on the uncovering of the relics of the Monk Seraphim of Sarov (sinhr.). Icons and pictures of the life of Seraphim of Sarov. Tomsk, May 13, 1991. Patriarch Alexy II consecrates a stone at the site of the Holy Trinity Cathedral destroyed in 1930 and the place of death of those who were repressed in the 1930s. (sinhr.) Believers stand with flowers and lighted candles along the road. Without filming location, late 1980s-1991. The cross lies by the water, a candle is burning. Lingering plaques at the site of the general graves of prisoners. Abandoned concentration camp: towers, barracks, overgrown with trees (removed from the flight). Barracks without roofs. Burning candles in a destroyed barracks. NDP on a bunk: "ZINOVIEV NIKOLAY AKIMOVICH 1915". Part 7d. Tomsk, May 13, 1991 Believers stand in front of the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Patriarch Alexy II passes through the gate to the temple. In the church, children throw flowers at the feet of Alexy II. The boy congratulates the Patriarch on Easter (sinhr.). Moscow, April 7, 1991. Patriarch Alexy II celebrates Easter service at the Epiphany Cathedral. Moscow, September 23, 1990 Patriarch Alexy II leads the procession at the Kremlin walls, which took place for the first time after decades of ban. Among those present - Chairman of the Moscow City Council of People's Deputies (Mossovet) Gavriil Kharitonovich Popov, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, head of the security department of the Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR Alexander Vasilyevich Korzhakov. Moscow, November 4, 1990 Kremlin. Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed (filmed from the top). Chimes on the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower. Patriarch Alexy II together with believers on the day of consecration of the foundation stone at the site of the Kazan Cathedral destroyed in 1936. Moscow region, Zagorsk, 1990-91 Trinity-Sergius Lavra. Trinity Cathedral. The priest blesses the monks, believers. Cancer of St. Sergius of Radonezh; clergymen kiss the relics. Moscow, 1991 Patriarch Alexy II speaks with the archimandrite about the problems with personnel (sync.). Moscow, Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhov, March 24, 1991 Patriarch Alexy II, nun Georgy (Valentina Shchukina), assistant to the patriarch, deacon Andrei Vyacheslavovich Kuraev and other clergy go to the church. Patriarch Alexy II presents the hegumen's staff to Nun George and instructs her to obedience to head the Gornensky monastery in Israel (sinhr.) Israel, March 27 -1 April 1991 Monastery in honor of the icon of the Mother of God "Kazan" - Gornensky monastery. color filming: Moscow region, Zagorsk, Trinity-Sergius Lavra, June 6-8, 1988 Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church: glorification of the canonized devotees of Orthodoxy; among those present - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Pimen (Sergei Mikhailovich Izvekov), Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod Alexy, Metropolitan of Kiev and Galician Philaret, Metropolitan of Minsk and Belarus Philaret, Metropolitan of Rostov and Novocherkassk Vladimir. Patriarch Alexy II speaks of the revival of spiritual life in Russia ( behind the scenes). Part 8 Moscow, 1990-91. Patriarch Alexy II speaks about the martyrs and confessors of the twentieth century, including the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova (sinhr.). Kiev, July, 1990. General view of Kiev and the Dnieper River from the side of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Ensembles of Near and Far Caves. Cancers with the relics of the saints in the cave. All Saints Church. Domes of the Kovnirovskaya bell tower in the Far Caves. A police officer closes the gates of the church with a padlock. Priests and believers with icons and posters stand on the steps and near the church, praying (sinhr.). NDP on posters: “CHURCHES CLOSED FOR Worship - GENOCIDE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE IN UKRAINE!” ALL LAVRA CHURCHES ". Religious procession of believers across the territory of the Lavra. Patriarch Alexy II performs a prayer service on the territory of the Lavra (sinhr.). Among those present - Metropolitan of Kiev and Galician Filaret, Archbishop Kirill (Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyaev). Sophia Cathedral. Patriarch Alexy II examines the frescoes of St. Sophia Cathedral. Among those present - Metropolitan of Kiev and Galician Filaret (Mikhail Antonovich Denisenko). Monument to the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir on Vladimirskaya Gorka (1853, sculptor V.I.Demut-Malinovsky, P.K. Klodt, architect A.A. Ton). Patriarch Alexy II and Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia Filaret look from a high hill at the outskirts of Kiev. Vladimir Cathedral: Patriarch Alexy II performs a festive divine service; among those present - the Metropolitan of Kiev and Galician Filaret. Ternopil region., Pochaev, August 5, 1990 Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra. Assumption Cathedral. Believers enter the gate. An old woman is sitting at the gate, reading a book. Patriarch Alexy II talks about the consequences of the lack of spirituality of the communist regime (behind the scenes). Part 9 Ternopil region., Pochaev, August 5, 1990 Holy Dormition Pochaev Lavra. Believers climb the steps. The interior of the Assumption Cathedral. Patriarch Alexy II performs a service in honor of the 750th anniversary of the founding of the Lavra (sinhr.), Transfers to the Lavra the image of the icon of the Vladimir Mother of God. Moscow region, summer, 1991. Patriarch Alexy II walks along the path of the garden; at home speaks of a split with the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (sinhr.). Israel, Jerusalem, March 27 - April 1, 1991 General view of the city. Patriarch Alexy II, Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine Diodorus I (Damian Carivalis), representatives of different Christian confessions and their accompanying persons (among them - Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad) walk along the Street of Sorrowful Way (Via Dolorosa), enter the Church of the Resurrection (Sepulcher Lord). The interior of the temple. Patriarch Alexy II enters the Kuvuklia (chapel), kisses the Tomb of Jesus, prays (sinhr.). Moscow region, Zagorsk, June 7, 1990 Trinity-Sergius Lavra. Extraordinary Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church for the election of a new Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Solemn procession of the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church through the territory of the Lavra. Among those present are the Archbishop of Tokyo, Metropolitan of All Japan Theodosius (Nagashima Shinji), Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod Alexy (Alexei Mikhailovich Ridiger), Metropolitan Krutitsky and Kolomna Juvenaly (Vladimir Kirillovich Poyarkov), Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan), Metropolitan of Minsk and Grodno, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Philaret (Kirill Varfolomeevich Vakhromeev), Archbishop Herman of Berlin and Leipzig (Gennady Evgenievich Timofeev), Archbishop of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill and St. Gudimov), Metropolitan of Vienna and Austria Irenaeus (Igor Vladimirovich Zuzemil), Metropolitan of Tula and Belevsky Serapion (Nikolai Sergeevich Fadeev), Metropolitan of Vinnytsia and Bratslav Agafangel (Alexei Mikhailovich Savvin), Metropolitan of Voronezh and Lipetsk) Feodorov Bishop of Orenburg and Buzuluk Leonty (Leonid Faddeevich Bondar). Part 10 Moscow, Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhovo, June 10, 1990 Entronization of the newly elected Patriarch: vesting Alexy II in patriarchal clothes. The patriarch takes a dikiry (a candlestick for two candles) and a trikiry (a candlestick for three candles). Metropolitan Philaret of Minsk and Grodno, Metropolitan of Krutitsk and Kolomna Yuvenaly, Metropolitan of Kiev and Galician Filaret, Metropolitan of Rostov and Novocherkassk, Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe Vladimir, Archbishop of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Kirill, Archbishop Alexei Bishop of Orenburg and Patriarch II of Orenburg and Patriarch Leonburg. The instigation (seating the Primate on a mountain place) of the named Patriarch is performed by two Patriarchal Exarchs, Metropolitan of Minsk and Grodno Philaret and Metropolitan of Kiev and Galician Filaret. Patriarch Alexy delivers a theological text (off-screen). C / t, b / w filming: - Moscow, Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhov, February 4, 1945: enthronement of Patriarch Alexy I (Sergei Vladimirovich Simansky): vesting Alexy I in patriarchal clothes. The Patriarch takes the Dikiry and Triciri.