Transfiguration Brotherhood

Those Who Have Hope

Transfiguration Meetings 2016

20-21 August, Moscow

On Saturday, 20 August, 13 Festival Venues dedicated to the most pressing aspects of church life in Russia today, took place at the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre

On Sunday, 21 August, as part of the Festival, Divine Liturgy was celebrated at Christ the Saviour Cathedral

The two-day Transfiguration Meetings Festival, organized this year around the theme “Those Who Have Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13), was held in Moscow on 20-21 August and gathered together more than 2,000 Christians

The plenary session and thirteen Festival venues were focused on church-society relationship, 20th century church history, charity and personal aid, education, worship, Christian witness, building Christian unity, bringing youth into the church, Christian parenting, catechesis, brotherhoods within the church, and the coverage of church life in the media.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia sent his blessing to Festival participants. His message was delivered by his appointed representative, Archpriest Dimitry Roschin, who heads work with community organizations at the Synodal Department for Church-Society and Media Relations.

As part of the Festival, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated at Christ the Saviour Cathedral with the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch Kirill.

The sermon at the Sunday liturgy at Christ the Saviour Cathedral was delivered by Fr. Georgy Kochetkov, the founder and spiritual father of the Transfiguration Brotherhood.

The Festival was attended by church and public figures, historians, journalists and writers, and representatives of Christian movements from 35 cities across Russia as well as from England, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Romania, Latvia, Belarus, Moldova and Uzbekistan.


Dmitry Gasak,

Chairman of the Transfiguration Brotherhood

The Festival is organised by the Transfiguration Fellowship of Minor Orthodox Brotherhoods, the largest informal association of believers within the Russian Orthodox Church.

Festival Program

20 August


General meeting of all festival participants. Moderators: Dmitry Gasak, Chairman of the Transfiguration Brotherhood, Yulia Balakshina, Doctor of Philology, Associate Professor, St. Philaret’s Christian Orthodox Institute/Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

Adress by Archpriest Dmitry Roschin, Representative of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

Adress by Alexey Artsybushev, author of books about the Russian Church under persecution

Roundtable. Participants: Vladimir Averchev, Natalia Mikova, Alexander Kalikh, Svetlana Chukavina, Olga Sinitsyna

Presentation by Olga Sedakova, poet and translator

Presentation by Priest Georgy Kochetkov, the Founder and Spiritual Father of the Transfiguration Brotherhood




Thirteen Festival Venues work in parallel focusing on the most relevant issues in contemporary Russian church life.

The Plenary session and the Venues will take place at the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre (Halls 2, 11.1, 7a).

21 August


Liturgy at Christ the Saviour Cathedral

Admission to all venues of the Festival (except for the Christ the Saviour Cathedral) is by invitation only. Apply for invitation

Festival Venues


Admission to the festival is by invitation only. To receive your invitation card please fill in the form below.


Organising Commitee:

Ekaterina Alekseeva +7 (965) 359-59-47


Press accreditation:

Darya Makeeva +7 (965) 359-59-76