Cyril, Metropolitan of Moscow

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Cyril IV (Russian: Кирилл) (died February 8, 1572) was the Metropolitan of Moscow and all Rus from 1568 until 1572.

There is not much information on Metropolitan Cyril and his deeds. In 1566, Cyril was appointed archmandrite at the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra. On November 11, 1568, he was elected metropolitan in favor of the recently deposed Metropolitan Philip. During Cyril's term, Ivan the Terrible's fierceness reached its climax. In 1571, a Crimean Khan Devlet I Giray attacked Moscow and ravaged the city. Metropolitan Cyril had to hide in the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Moscow Kremlin to avoid death. It was Cyril who had asked Ivan IV not to execute Ivan Mstislavsky, accused of bringing the Tatars to the capital.

Metropolitan Cyril died on February 8 of 1572 and was interred at the Novinsky Monastery.

Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Philip II
Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia
1568–1572
Succeeded by
Anthony