Not just a holiday: in the Urals, noted 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus

© RIA Novosti / Veronica Becomepregnant 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia in YekaterinburgNot just a holiday: in the Urals, noted 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus© RIA Novosti / Veronika Bykova

Events dedicated to the celebration of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia took place in Yekaterinburg. In the temples of the Ural capital with the blessing of Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill held a solemn worship and religious processions, and on the Chusovaya river in the city of Polevskoy, about 200 people were baptized.

The feast of the Baptism of Russia is celebrated day of memory of Saint Prince Vladimir, by which in 988 ancient Rus adopted Christianity.

The celebration in the Urals began in the early morning in the temple in the name of the Holy Prince Vladimir in the village near Yekaterinburg Station. Everyone that pre-made catechetical conversation, passed the Ordinance of baptism, plunged into the river Chusovaya.

«To celebrate and participate in the sacrament in Stantsionnyy-Polevskoy arrived, several hundred people from Yekaterinburg, Polevskoy, Berezovsky, Sysert’, and others. Only the Holy baptism took more than 170 people, many of them children and teenagers,» – said the Yekaterinburg diocese.

At the Holy Trinity Cathedral held a divine Liturgy, headed by the Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kirill. The head of the Ekaterinburg Archdiocese, read out a message of Patriarch in connection with the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus, and after the service congratulated all those present on the occasion.

After the Liturgy and prayer, which lasted about two hours, more than a hundred of the faithful joined the procession of the cross around the Church. Gave praise and honour the memory of Prince Vladimir, the congregation to leave in a hurry. Still a few hours to the temple people came on site and then heard the words of holiday greetings.

«My family did not have time to come to the worship, but felt it necessary still to get to congratulate on this bright day. In our time it is very important not to forget about the good and eternal, and the Baptism of Rus – is the eternal source, which United the people, made them one big family,» said parishioner Elena Kasyanov.

Maintained a festive mood and several of the Church choirs, and worker of the Church, who treated everyone to hot tea from a samovar under the scorching sun. «So the cleansing will come», – he joked and gave smiles to all parishioners, not forgetting to congratulate everyone who came up to him.

On Saturday across Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other countries are ecclesial celebrations of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia and day of memory of Saint Prince Vladimir, who at the end of X century ushered in Ancient Christianity as a state religion.

The celebrations began in Kiev a day earlier. 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.

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