About five thousand people took part in the procession in Lugansk

© RIA Novostirussia the progress in Lugansk. Archival photoAbout five thousand people took part in the procession in Lugansk© RIA Novosti

About 5 thousand residents of the self-proclaimed Lugansk people’s Republic took part in the procession on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia, have informed RIA of news in law enforcement bodies of the LC.

The clergy of St. Vladimir’s Cathedral at the head of the procession carried the ark with the relics of Prince Vladimir. At the end of the procession in the Cathedral was a thanksgiving service.

«Today in the procession (in Lugansk — ed.) was attended by about 5 thousand people», — told RIA Novosti the representative of law enforcement bodies of the LC.

The Chairman of the National Council LNR Denis Miroshnichenko said that on the territory of the St. Vladimir Cathedral to take part in the procession attracted people of different professions and ages. «I think it’s not only for the Republic of an important event, but also for the entire Orthodox world, and it is very important for people who generally keep the peace», — said Miroshnichenko.

«Today is Friday, the end of the work week, but people all the same responded, came in Procession to show you that here on the prophecies of the elder Philip (Philip Lugansk — ed.) will be the revival of Orthodoxy», — journalists the chief of Department on Affairs of religious organizations and spirituality, Ministry of culture, sports and youth LC Andrew Then.

Celebrations also began in Kiev. As reported in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in the procession in honor of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia on Friday in Kiev was attended by about 250 thousand faithful from all the dioceses of the UOC and pilgrims from abroad, despite the obstacles scale was created for the faithful of the Ukrainian officials and carriers.

In the Russian capital, the main celebration will take place on July 28. They will be attended by heads and representatives of 11 local Orthodox churches in the world. On this day, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, Theodoros II will celebrate the divine Liturgy at the Cathedral square of the Kremlin and will lead the procession to the monument to Prince Vladimir on the Borovitsky hill. As specified in the ROC, the service at the Kremlin’s Cathedral square, under the open sky, will be held «for the first time in the modern history of Russia».

The feast of the Baptism of Russia is celebrated day of memory of Holy Prince Vladimir (July 28), whereby in 988 ancient Rus adopted Christianity.