The relics of the Apostle Andrew the first-called will bring to Kaliningrad on the eve of Navy Day

© RIA Novosti / Olga Liposelection kiss the hand of Andrew. Archival photo.The relics of the Apostle Andrew the first-called will bring to Kaliningrad on the eve of Navy Day© RIA Novosti / Olga Lipic

The St. Andrew Foundation (FAP) will be on Wednesday the relics of the Apostle Andrew in Kaliningrad and Baltiisk; the bringing of the Christian shrines in the Kaliningrad Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Church is timed to celebrate on Sunday, July 29, the Day of the Navy of Russia.

«With the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on 25 July, the Fund of Apostle Andrew the first-called will bring to Kaliningrad hand (right hand) of St Andrew the Apostle, stored in the Epiphany Cathedral of the city of Moscow», — told RIA Novosti the organizers.

As explained in the FAP, on 25 July, the relic will be solemnly delivered in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Kaliningrad, where it will reside until July 27, after which the hand will come to Baltiysk.

«On the eve of Navy Day, July 28, there will be a bypass of the ships and blessing the relics of the personnel lined up in the Gulf parade of ships. The bypass vehicles with the Shrine to take part of the Baltic fleet commander Vice-Admiral Alexander Nosatov», — noted in the Fund.

The holiday itself, July 29, before the naval parade will be a prayer service at the relics of the Apostle St. Andrew, which will be attended by the command of the Baltic fleet and the leadership of the region.

The Fund of St Andrew the Apostle in 2016 will organize the offering of the hand of the Apostle in different regions of Russia for the Day of the Navy. On July 31, 2016, the Shrine was brought to Sevastopol, and on July 30, 2017 the Kronstadt naval Cathedral.

The Apostle Andrew is revered as the patron Saint of sailors, and Russian ships from the time of Peter walking under the flag of St. Andrew. In 2013 in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine were brought from Greece a cross on which was crucified Apostle Andrew.