Moscow and other cities will celebrate a Grand 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage in fotoannunci procession in Moscow to the monument to Prince Vladimir on the Day of the baptism of Rus. 28 July 2017Moscow and other cities will celebrate a Grand 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage the image Bank

The celebration 1030-anniversary of the Baptism of Rus will be held on Saturday in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and other countries, the event will bring together millions of Orthodox believers around the world.

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.

The festivities in Moscow

In the Russian capital, the divine Liturgy will be held under the open sky on the Cathedral square of the Kremlin, it was headed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II. The festive Liturgy will also bishops and a dozen priests of the local Orthodox churches.

As told the press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov, the Liturgy on the Cathedral square it was decided to hold due to the fact that it «will meet many parishioners of Moscow churches and temples of the Moscow region», and the place should be for everyone. «Several thousand people we expected here,» said the priest.

After the Liturgy, held a procession to the monument to Prince Vladimir on the Borovitsky hill, where it will be made a festive prayer service the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, according to Volkov, will address with a salutatory word to all gathered and «all to all faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church.» At the prayer service are expected to participate and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

The Primate of the Church of Alexandria says that he was present in Moscow at the celebrations in honor of the 1000th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in 1988, and this time, in the words of Theodore II, he was also a special feeling came to the «ancient» sense of belonging to the «great event that happened through the Holy equal to the apostles Prince Vladimir».

«Now we can only guess what would have been Russia, what would its people, if it wasn’t for this event. The fact that your people, your country has emerged from many trials and continues to go, says that the Lord blesses your country,» — said the Patriarch of all Africa.

Theodore II assured that Alexandria will continue «together with Moscow» and with other local churches to carry the Christian Ministry: «the flock of the Russian Orthodox Church has millions. Together, we are one Orthodox family and has to maintain its unity, to bear our witness to the world».

In the festivities in Moscow will be attended by the representatives of Antioch, Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Cypriot, Albanian, and Polish churches, Church of the Czech lands and Slovakia.

The celebration 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Russia on Saturday will be held under the chimes, which will sound the day throughout Russia. «Divine service will be performed in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church, and after service in every Church, where possible, will be made a festive bell ringing. The whole Russian Orthodox Church will be announced by the ringing of bells. At 12.15 will start ringing bells in all churches in and around Moscow, beginning with Ivan the Great bell tower,» — said Alexander Volkov.

As noted in the ROC, the anniversary of the baptism of Rus will be celebrated «the fullness of the Orthodox Church, the center of the celebration will be Kyiv, Minsk, Moscow, Chisinau and other cities of the countries in the area of pastoral care of the Russian Church».

The celebrations in Kiev

In Kiev on Saturday will continue the celebration of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia and to the memory of Prince Vladimir, at 8: 30 at the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra will begin the divine Liturgy, headed by the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP) Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry.

The festive divine service will be performed in the square before the Dormition Cathedral of the monastery, because of the large number of believers. At the anniversary event on July 27-28 in Kiev visited by pilgrims not only from all parts of the country, but from near and far abroad.

According to the UOC, in the events in the Ukrainian capital on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia will also take part representatives of most local churches, as well as the ambassadors of the Orthodox countries.

On Saturday in Kiev will be held a procession of the supporters of the non-canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

On the eve of the big three-kilometer procession in the center of Kiev were about 250 thousand faithful from all the dioceses of the UOC and pilgrims from abroad. These data were provided by the organizers of the Church’s action. The faithful gathered despite the obstacles scale was created for them Ukrainian officials and carriers. At the same time last year the all-Ukrainian religious procession was attended by about 100 thousand people.

Speaking about what the event of the baptism of Rus for the people, Metropolitan of Kyiv Onufry, in an interview with TV channel «inter» said that it «means to us all.»

«The baptism of Russia for us brought everything we have — all bright, all beautiful… Until the adoption of the baptism of our ancestors were restless, warlike. The war extended not only to external enemies, they kill each other, destroyed, robbed each other of the earth, the thrones of the… the Baptism of Russia our people have been given the grace of the Holy spirit, which acts on all and each separately,» said Metropolitan Onufry.

In turn, the Hierarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Gerasim of Zugdidi, estimating taking place in Kiev festival, noticed that he had a feeling that «all this is the triumph of Orthodoxy». «Our heart feels that we are United around the Lord… Our prayer to God, first and foremost — on peace in Ukraine, peace in the Ukrainian Church. And we believe that the Lord will hear our prayer,» said Metropolitan Gerasimos.

As a member of the delegation of the Church of Cyprus, Bishop Nektary said that for him «the special joy is that in these celebrations there are representatives from almost all local Orthodox churches.» «Therefore, we testify our support to his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, the entire Ukrainian Orthodox Church, we testify to the unity between us all,» said Nektarios.