The feast of the finding of the relics of Stolobenskaya will be visited by thousands of pilgrims

© Photo courtesy of the press service of the government of Tver blastobacter will arrive in Verhnevolgye on the 350th anniversary of the uncovering of the relics Stolobensky. Archive photoThe feast of the finding of the relics of Stolobenskaya will be visited by thousands of pilgrims© Photo courtesy of the press service of the government of Tver region

Several thousand pilgrims will visit the Tver region during the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the uncovering of the relics of Reverend nil Stolobensky, the press service of the regional government.

The celebrations will take part, as it was reported earlier, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. The festival will be held on lake Seliger in the monastery of the Nilo-Stolobenskaya desert from 8 to 12 June. Pilgrim camp near the monastery provides free food and accommodation for guests of the Orthodox feast.

«We are expecting for the coming celebration of thousands of pilgrims. In addition to worship, offers an interesting cultural program,» the Governor said during the meeting.

The program of events of the festival were discussed Monday at a meeting of the regional government chaired by the Governor of the region Igor farm, with.

The main part of pilgrims who will be living in a tent camp near the monastery, you will arrive on Seliger on 8 June. On this day, from 14:00 scheduled work discussion platform «youth and the Church» at the camp. In the Epiphany Cathedral in Nilo-Stolobenskaya desert will serve small Compline at 17:00 there will begin the Vespers service.

«The main celebration is scheduled for June 9. At 9:00 am at Epiphany Cathedral will host the divine Liturgy, headed by Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. At 12:15 will start the procession with the relics of Reverend nil Stolobensky on the monastery, which will end with a prayer service at the Cathedral square. The live broadcast of the solemn events can be seen on the screens installed at the campground and at the Cathedral», — said the press service.

The same day, the festival of choirs on the territory of the pilgrimage town, in which guests Nilo-Stolbensky desert you’ll hear the combined choir of 500 people, and two evening services.

June 10, pilgrims will visit fraternal prayer at Epiphany Cathedral, which will host the divine Liturgy. At camp from 13:00 to start the festive cultural program «Russian patterns». June 11, guests will be able to attend service in the Nilo-Stolobenskaya desert or go to the village Volgoverkhovye the source of the Volga, where the day will begin XIX Volzhskiy procession.

«All those wishing to take part in the festivities need to register and fill out a form on the website of the diocese of Tver. To coordinate in the Tver region works as a pilgrimage center. The number of «hot line» 8-800-350-28-90 (toll-free) from 8:00 to 20:00 daily you can get information about participating in the festivities and staying in the camp,» — said in a press release.

The monastery of the Nilo-Stolobenskaya Pustyn founded in 1594 on Stolobny island in lake Seliger, where the ascetic and Stylite spent 27 years in prayer and solitude. The main Shrine of the abode — the relics of Reverend nil Stolobensky opened in 1667 and is considered miraculous. Now they are buried in the Epiphany Cathedral in the monastery. Preserved description of numerous miracles occurred at the tomb of Reverend nil Stolobensky. Coming here, sick and afflicted were healed of their ailments.
Since the beginning of the XIX century Nilo-Stolbensky desert was one of the largest monasteries of the country. The number of pilgrims who came from all over the country to venerate the relics Stolobensky, before the revolution the monastery was the first in the Russian Orthodoxy and the second in the world after the Holy Sepulcher.

In 1928 the monastery was closed. The revival of the Holy place began only in 1991. Special for the monastery date — 9 June 1995, when the Nilo-Stolobenskaya deserts returned the relics of the great Saint. Every year, the Orthodox inhabitants of the region and pilgrims celebrate this day of the uncovering of the relics of the monk nil Stalinskogo.

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