The path to the relics of St. Nicholas: a story of a huge queue

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Turn on the first day of stay of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Moscow begins in the area of metro station «Park of Culture». Under the Crimean bridge volunteers are asked to approach the metal detectors with open bags. Seeing a huge number of people along the Prechistenskaya embankment the pilgrims almost ran to the framework.

Power for the first time in history left the Italian city of Bari. The Shrine will stay in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior 52 days until July 12, where it can be observed from 8.00 to 21.00. She then in two weeks will travel to St. Petersburg, and from there back to Italy.

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Daily access to the relics provide 400 volunteers. They are not only along the line and in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, but also near the nearby metro stations «Park Kultury» and «Kropotkinskaya». Can be recognized by their bright green jackets, they simply and politely (probably hundreds of times per day) explain where you need to come to the Shrine. They help us to cross the road to the elderly and disabled, patiently listening to their stories.

Along the queue, about every hundred meters placed port-a-potties and green tents, where you can buy something to eat and drink. The range is modest: buckwheat with sausage, tea, coffee, biscuits etc. the Moscow Authorities have kept the word — the prices are really affordable. So, buckwheat will cost one hundred rubles, tea or coffee — 30 rubles. The price of water — and the queue goes under the sun along the roadway is 50 rubles.

The experience of previous preneseni shrines by far considered: it is felt that all actions debugged as volunteers and police. Pilgrims «break» in the sector 100-150 people. When the next sector, the space, start there people from the previous one. Therefore, it is possible to calculate the approximate number of people. In the middle of the day they obviously were not more than five thousand.

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Theology in the mass

Of Prechistenka with scenic views of the Moscow river. Because of this one woman, separated from my family. «Miss me (in another sector), I just took pictures!» — she cries to the police. «No, not necessary», — he cuts off.

Indeed, no «VIP passes» no. Bypassing the queue to the relics is only accessible to wheelchair users and disabled people on crutches, and then only upon presentation of supporting disability document. Also unhindered access get mothers with babies. For these groups there is a separate entrance. But to get to the Shrine you want and in the primary queue.

«Miss woman! She’s disabled, we even help there, we are from Siberia has arrived!», — outraged pilgrim scarf lemon yellow. The COP calmly replies: «Understand, then every fifth stands with the same statement.»

«Yes, if I knew that, too, help!», — resentfully said an elderly man in a shabby denim jacket. «Oh, come on you say! Disabled to be bad!», — responsible Siberian. «Yes I know…I’m just a disposable!», — he cheerfully.

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To pass the waiting, someone quietly praying, somebody is taking pictures all around, some leaning on a fence, Smoking. Despite the fact that the pilgrimage groups from the dioceses will be only on Tuesday, to pray Nikola Pleaser today came from all corners of Russia.

«I came here from Krasnoyarsk to pray to the Saint,» — says Tatiana. For this she and her daughter rented an apartment for a while. Why she came to the relics right now, despite the fact that from Russia they will take as many as 28 of July, she explains: «Summer is hot, Yes I have chemotherapy scheduled, they want to catch». She tried to pass through the fence at the help.

«Well, we will stand until victory. No wonder here from distant lands came,» she says to others.

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Here in the dialogue wedged a young woman in a stylish checkered dress: «there is no happy here all come with their troubles. You see, because when you stand here, to the Saint, you pass the test. As you’re standing here, and you will be rewarded.»

«And I think that this approach (a pilgrimage as a test – ed.) is wrong!», — distracted from the reading of the akathist to Saint Nicholas’s grandmother in a grey shawl.

«Right, right!», — mind standing behind a woman.

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Looking at the crosses

Despite the fact that near the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour restricted movement, traffic on Prechistenskaya embankment from 12 to 17 hours was not. One of the bands is the police paddy wagons. Nonresident pilgrims a bit unusual noise machines, but they patiently endure this challenge. When past the queue rode a motorcycle with large speakers where loud sounded one of the songs of German rock band Ramstein, few paid attention to it.

In the queue-informed pilgrims are asked to go online and see all the information about the duration of stay of the Shrine and how, to whom and where you want to go. Along the queue, staffed by priests of the Eastern Vicariate of Moscow.

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Vicar of the Eastern district of the capital, the head of the Synodal Department for charity of the Moscow Patriarchate, Bishop Panteleimon (Shatov) runs along the entire queue. «Christ is risen! How are you doing, my family, tired of standing?» — he asks the pilgrims. Believers approach him for a blessing, something to ask. One man from Taganrog, a very long time for something complained to the Lord. He patiently listened.

«The priests of the Eastern Vicariate of Aden along the line, which is to the relics, from seven in the morning until ten at night. Still carrying the duty of the clergy (clergy) of the Moscow regional diocese. They keep order in the queue, to answer people’s questions,» explains Bishop.

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«Soon to be dread»

In the Cathedral of Christ the Savior believers please rise two by two, and to pray in advance, not the relics themselves. The ark people come from two sides without any further delay, those who hesitates, politely take the arm, and down to the Shrine.

«We call it a game of elbows», — joked one of the volunteers.

The flow of people moves pretty fast. Today, access to the Shrine started an hour earlier than planned, the temple had to prepare to receive pilgrims after the Patriarchal service.

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«It was about three and a half hours. With the first half. But when you pray, read books, hymns, on the contrary, everything passes quickly», says on the threshold of the temple, his impressions of the pilgrim.

Someone only after leaving the temple, lingers on the stairs to thank Nikola Pleaser for test passed. In the Russian Orthodox Church expects that the relics of St. Nicholas to worship more people than the belt of the virgin — 3.5 million people. Maybe in the following days will be a lot more people.

«Hello, I «Park of culture», standing to the relics. When you get to Nicholas? Today’s a big place, but in the next few days will be all horrified. Think about it.», — yells into the phone at all turn one of the pilgrims.

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