Praise for the late Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church Alexiy II has been coming in from at home and abroad following his sudden death.
This weekend the faithful can pay their last respects, and a church synod will deliberate on the funeral date, thought likely for Tuesday.
Today Alexiy II will be taken through the streets of Moscow to be lain in Christ the Saviour’s after 18 years at the helm of a congregation emerging from 70 years of state atheism.
Alexiy restored the church’s role as a political pillar of Russian society with the blessings of the Kremlin.
Who its next leader will be is of profound interest there.