The delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived in Bari for the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in Photobacterium of the relics of St. Nicholas from Italy to RussiaThe delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived in Bari for the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Russian Orthodox Church delegation on Saturday arrived in the Italian city of Bari, where in Russia will be brought part of the relics of one of the most revered Orthodox saints — St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.

On Board, landed at the airport of Bari, are the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and head of the Department for foreign institutions of Moscow Patriarchate, administrator of the ROC parishes in Italy Bishop of Bogorodsky Anthony Sevryuk.

In the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, where 930 years the relics of the Saint, on Saturday evening there will be a worship service, which will be attended by pilgrims from Russia, arrived in town this morning.

The relics will be brought to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on 21 may — on the eve of day of memory of St. Nicholas. A festive evening Liturgy on this day there will be headed by Patriarch Cyril. From 13 July to 28 July the relics will be in St Petersburg.

Saint Nicholas is one of the most venerated saints not only in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches, but also throughout the Christian world.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in Photobacterium of the relics of St. Nicholas from Italy to RussiaThe delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived in Bari for the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in Photobacterium of the relics of St. Nicholas from Italy to Russia

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