The queue — not a problem: what other Christian Holy sites are waiting you in Russia

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobanks of the blessed virgin Mary arrived at the temple of Christ the Savior. Archival photoThe queue — not a problem: what other Christian Holy sites are waiting you in Russia© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Skripunov

Hurricane scared people, but not believers standing in the queue to the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Moscow. The Patriarch has called it «another validation of the pilgrims on the strength.»

The Russians for that in our country continue to bring the greatest shrines. Such events, according to a recently survey, approve of 83% of citizens, against only 11 %. «The latter, as a rule, saying that the shrines do not need to worry, transporting from one place to another. The main argument of the supporters is the fact that the Shrine more accessible for those who for various reasons cannot go abroad», — says sociologists VTSIOM, which conducted the survey.

What Orthodox shrines of the Russian believers are waiting for more in the material RIA Novosti.

The crown of thorns of the Savior

Crown of thorns is probably one of the few associated with the suffering of Jesus Christ shrines, which are not in Russia — particles of the cross of nails and the Lord’s Tunic is in a number of churches in and around Moscow.

«The first worship is offered a crown of thorns. Even green, blooming and remaining undecayed, as was involved in the immortality from the touch of the head of Christ. He’s not rough when you touch prickly, looks blagovestnik, and if it would be possible to touch — smooth and gentle» — so described the Shrine, the sacristan of the temple of the Byzantine emperors shortly before the sack of Constantinople by the crusaders in 1204.

The knights sold the Shrine to the French king Louis the Saint, who has long sought a symbol for their state. A pious ruler zadumal to make France «an example of morality and faith» for strife-torn Europe. In 1248 specifically for the relics he built in Paris, the Cathedral Saint-Chapelle (the Holy Chapel).

In General, the Shrine is quite a difficult story. It is believed that it is divided into several parts. The facial part of the skull is kept in the French city of Amiens. Another piece is kept in the Roman Church of San Silvestro in capite. In addition, part of the relics available for veneration in the famous Umayyad mosque in Damascus, under the rule of Gandzasar monastery in Nagorno Karabakh and on mount Athos. However, its authenticity remains questionable.

«The issue we discussed back in 2005-2006 and even travelled to Damascus to the Patriarch of Antioch for advice. But even he said that first of all it is necessary to undertake a lot of research work, confirming the assertion that the head of John the Baptist is kept in the mosque of the Umayyads. This program to perform, you need to be sure that it is honest (genuine — ed.) power,» explained a member of the Board of Trustees of FAP orientalist Mikhail Yakushev.
The shroud of Turin

A piece of cloth, which is believed to have wrapped Christ’s body after death, is very rarely exposed to public view — to the Shrine not to touch because of special storage conditions. The Shrine is demonstrated in a special bullet-proof the ark under the protection of surveillance cameras and almost 200 people.

© RIA Novosti / Alyona Dushka»the Highest pilgrimage» to the shroud of TurinThe queue — not a problem: what other Christian Holy sites are waiting you in Russia© RIA Novosti / Alyona Dushka»the Highest pilgrimage» to the shroud of Turin

The last time, in 2015, the relic was able to see more than one million faithful, including Pope Francis. Prior to that, she was put in 2010.

«I don’t think there exist such conditions that would allow it — with observance of all norms of conservation, etc. — anywhere to transfer. The attitude of the special, there are prescribed norms of conservation terms when it can be open for metered visits. It’s a pretty rare thing when such relics somewhere bring, and then return to the place. It is, in historical terms, extraordinary circumstance. So the bringing of the Turin shroud in Russia is science fiction,» — says Executive Secretary of the Catholic encyclopedia, theologian Alexey Yudin.

However, the believer is available for worship of the eight copies of the shroud in natural size. One of them is stored in the Sretensky monastery of Moscow.

The relics of the founders of Christian monasticism

In Egypt the Russian tourists are attracted by not only the pyramids of the pharaohs, but the world’s first monasteries. Very popular monastery in the valley of Wadi Natroun. It in III-IV centuries lived the founders of Christian monasticism, particularly revered by the Russian Church — St. Macarius the Great, Pachomius the Great, and Paisius the Great.

© RIA Novosti / Nadeem Saidreally in the world the monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in the Egyptian province of the Red seaThe queue — not a problem: what other Christian Holy sites are waiting you in Russia© RIA Novosti / Nadeem Saidreally in the world the monastery of Saint Anthony the Great in the Egyptian province of the Red sea
«Following the visit of our monastic group in Egypt (in 2016 — ed.) originated this idea – to address You with a request for bringing the relics of the founders of our common monasticism in the city of Moscow. It would have caused a huge uplift in people and would strengthen our relationship. Nothing unites like common saints», — said the Patriarch Kirill the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Patriarch Tawadros may 23.

That, in turn, responded that it would study the proposal. But at the same time in both churches fear for the current state of the oldest Christian communities in the last six months the victims were more than a hundred Copts.

Iveron icon of the mother of God

The most famous list (exact copy) of the Iveron icon is located in Moscow. It was brought back from mount Athos, on 26 October 1648. And eight years later, on 25 February 1656, another list of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich gave the Valaam monastery. Subsequently, these days were religious holidays.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in totalantivirus monastery on mount AthosThe queue — not a problem: what other Christian Holy sites are waiting you in Russia© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in totalantivirus monastery on mount Athos

However, the original icon has never left the Iberian monastery on mount Athos, where, according to one legend, it was miraculously transferred to the IX century on the sea of Georgia. According to one tradition, before approaching the last days of mankind’s existence, the icon will disappear from the abode.

«Theoretically, the offering of the original Iveron icon of the mother of God to Russia is possible. I think any Shrine, which is revered in the Orthodox Church, maybe on the canonical territory of the ROC. It depends solely on the relations with this or that Bishop and with the guidance of a monastery and Shrine where she is,» suggests the Chairman of Byzantine club «Katechon» at the Institute of philosophy, political analyst Arkady Maler.

Despite the rather complicated relationship of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople, in whose canonical territory is monastic mount Athos, bringing shrines should not, in the opinion of the expert, becomes a reason for conflict. Besides the Russian Church communicates directly with the monasteries of mount Athos, with them she has «always been especially a serious relationship.»

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