On November 26, 2019 there was Solemn Evening Prayer Service at the Lutheran Cathedral of Virgin Mary in Tallinn, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Most Reverend Andres Põder, The President of Estonian Council of Churches and Archbishop Emeritus of The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Among the invited guests were leaders of Estonian churches and society, President of Republic of Estonia, His Excellency Mr. Arnold Rüütel with his wife: Minister of Nationalities Mrs. Riina Solman, His Eminence, Archbishop Urmas Viilma from The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church; His Excellency, Bishop Philippe Jourdan from The Roman Catholic Church in Estonia, His Excellency, Metropolitan Eugenius from Estonian Metropoly of Moscow Patriarchate, The Reverend Archpriest Reverend Mattias Palli from The Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church, Reverend Erki Tamm, President of The Baptist Union of Estonia and many others. Also among invited guests was His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, who participated at the Prayer Service and banquet after it.
(On the photo: Archbishop Emeritus Andres Põder with his wife Marje and Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek congratulating the Archbishop Emeritus and his wife. Photos by: Endel Apsalon).