Orthodox world celebrated 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia a call for unity

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill during the celebration 1030-anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. 28 July 2018Orthodox world celebrated 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia a call for unity© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Large-scale celebrations dedicated to 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia, took place on Saturday, in day of memory of Holy Prince Vladimir (July 28), in Moscow and other centers of the Orthodox Slavic world with the participation of spiritual leaders and representatives of most local churches.

«Cherish spiritual connection»

The General opinion and mood of the faithful of the canonical Church in Russia and Ukraine was expressed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on Saturday after the service on Borovitskaya square near the monument to St. Prince Vladimir. He said that the Baptism of Rus in 988 — the historic event, which is a key factor in the spiritual unity of our peoples.

«Today is the Day of the baptism of Rus celebrated in Moscow and in Kiev, and in Minsk and in other cities. Millions of people pray to Prince about the welfare of people in countries of historical Rus. In this common prayer forget mutual grievances, disputes and separation. This prayer strengthens strong spiritual ties existing between our peoples. These relations do not depend on nationality, culture or changing state borders», — said the Patriarch.

According to him, the General belief and culture of Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians are not only a way of preserving their national identity, but also factor in ensuring the impact on the whole world common people, «come out of the Kiev baptismal font».

Around the same time in the Ukrainian capital, after the festive divine service in Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra to the believers and asked the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry and also wish to preserve the unity of Orthodoxy and «the fruit of baptism,» and that including «the sacrifice, patience and forgiveness».

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, who chose to take part Saturday in the procession of the non-canonical Orthodox churches and ignored Friday’s mass procession of the UOC, has once again stated that from the first days of his presidency, he set a goal to create «one local Autocephalous Church.»

The President of Ukraine while in any way has not commented on how he imagines it possible that «autocephaly» Ukraine may get non-canonical, that is, unrecognized in the Orthodox world structure.

On autocephaly, said the head of one of the non-canonical Orthodox churches in Ukraine Filaret (Denisenko). However, the number of participants in Saturday’s procession, which was attended by a motley group of Uniates to local nationalists, was far less Friday the procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which, according to her, passed 250 thousand faithful.

The words and statements that provoke further separation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church were confirmed and deeds: the priests of the Church of Constantinople, headed by Bishop Hilarion Edmondson just ignored the brotherly common prayer of the family of local churches. As confirmed in the UOC, the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was not in a festive divine services at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on July 27 and 28, nor on the Big religious procession held the day before.

Celebrations in honor of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus began in Kiev on the eve of the procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. As reported in the UOC, about a quarter of a million faithful from all the dioceses of the UOC and pilgrims from abroad gathered on Friday for the procession, despite the obstacles scale was created for the faithful of the Ukrainian officials and carriers. On Saturday, a festive service was held in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, with the participation of representatives of most local churches. The whole monastery was filled with praying pilgrims.

In the Russian capital, the main celebrations were held on Saturday on the Cathedral square of the Kremlin on the Borovitsky hill: divine Liturgy at the Dormition Cathedral continued with a procession to the monument to Prince Vladimir — Baptizer of Rus’, on the Borovitsky square and ended, there is a solemn prayer service.

So, in Northern capital the Central event 1030-anniversary of the Baptism of Russia became the divine Liturgy in the Prince-the Vladimir Cathedral, attended by about 2 thousand citizens.

«Today, the baptism of my child, and it so happened that it coincided with the divine Liturgy. I think this is a good omen,» — told RIA Novosti one of the residents of St. Petersburg.

«I wasn’t planning to go to any Church celebration, but the base of the Russian Church is certainly a significant event,» shared another woman, who came to worship in the Cathedral that day.

A day at the Kazan Cathedral hosted a festive concert «to the day of the baptism of Russia» and exhibition complex «Russia — my story» was exhibited icons of Prince Vladimir. In addition, held numerous educational exhibitions, conferences, concerts, student competitions, excursions, other activities… All of this not only in Petersburg, but throughout Russia as well as Ukraine and Belarus, attended on the occasion.

© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise in photobanks baptism at the Church of Prince Vladimir in the day 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus on the Chusovaya river in the Sverdlovsk regionOrthodox world celebrated 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia a call for unity© RIA Novosti / Pavel to Listenpreise in photobanks baptism at the Church of Prince Vladimir in the day 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus on the Chusovaya river in the Sverdlovsk region

Another new tradition, which every year is increasingly gaining momentum is the practice of mass baptisms in the waters on 28 July. So, in the town Polevskoy near Yekaterinburg in this day about 200 people who wished to be baptized, plunged into the river Chusovaya.

Celebrations on the occasion of the anniversary of the baptism of Rus passed over a huge area — Minsk, Chisinau, Lugansk, Dushanbe, Belgrade and numerous other cities in the world. The geography of the festival testifies to the fact that faith truly knows no bounds: 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus celebrated in different continents, in dozens of countries where parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church.

© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated in photobanks during the Liturgy under the open sky on the Cathedral square of the Moscow Kremlin to celebrate the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of RussiaOrthodox world celebrated 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia a call for unity© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated in photobanks during the Liturgy under the open sky on the Cathedral square of the Moscow Kremlin to celebrate the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus

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