The anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’: the religious Procession in Kiev and guests of the ten churches in Moscow

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Festive events on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus began in Kiev and Moscow in the Russian capital, Patriarch Kirill attended by heads and representatives of ten local Orthodox churches and Ukrainian hosted a Grand procession, which attracted a quarter of a million believers.

The feast of the Baptism of Russia is celebrated day of memory of Saint Prince Vladimir, by which in 988 ancient state accepted the Christian faith. As reported by RIA Novosti in the Russian Orthodox Church, the centres of the festivities in Moscow, Kiev, Minsk, Kishinev and other cities of the canonical territory of the Russian Church. Evening in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Patriarch Kyrill and guests from other churches have made a festive all-night vigil.

He assured that «Alexandria again and again and again and again will be together with Moscow» because he headed the local Church «bears a rich heritage of martyrdom, theology, the legacy of thousands of years of history.»

«And next to it is the Moscow Patriarchate, full of power, full of the living witness to the world. And that’s great, if we live and help each other», — said the Patriarch of Africa.

«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. History has described Russia as «Holy Russia,» and this is from God,» said Patriarch Theodoros II.

In turn, Patriarch Kirill noted that the choice of Prince Vladimir in favor of Orthodoxy was a turning point for the Russian civilization. The baptism of Rus ‘ was «crucial to the formation of our national identity». The Patriarch explained that when he says «Russian», it is referring not only Russians, but was of the understanding that had in the Russian ancient Byzantium.

Unfortunately, as noted by Patriarch Kirill, this problem also applies to the Russian Orthodox Church, which is celebrating the anniversary of the baptism of Rus «in the atmosphere of the new tests, and this applies particularly to the situation of Orthodoxy in Ukraine.»

«Now the powers, alien to Orthodoxy, make a deliberate effort to destroy the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church. The strongest pressure is now on the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, its Primate, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onuphrius, in her episcopate, clergy and faithful. Today we see multiple captures of churches schismatics and Uniates, the threat hangs over Kiev-Pechersk and Pochaev Dormition Lavra, there is a widespread discrimination of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church», — said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

Ukrainian politicians, he continued, initiated «the creation of the schismatic formations of the so-called one local Church and granted it autocephaly.» However, attempts to separate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate could lead to disaster throughout the Orthodox world, the Patriarch said.

According to the Patriarch, in these difficult circumstances, the support of the fraternal local Orthodox churches is «priceless». The Patriarch asked the members of the Church of delegations to convey to the primates, the Holy Synods and all the hierarchs of the other churches on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church’s «profound appreciation».

He reminded that the Russian Church «Kiev is not an ordinary town» and «the mother of Russian cities, the place of the baptism of Russia and the birth of Russian Orthodoxy.» «For our Church in Kiev is the same Shrine to which all Orthodox Christians are Constantinople or Jerusalem, or Kosovo and Metohija for the Serbian Orthodox Church», — said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

«Despite the obstacles that is large was provided by the officials and carriers to the faithful of the UOC, according to official estimates, in celebration 1030-year anniversary of the baptism of Rus involved 250 thousand faithful from all the dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and pilgrims from abroad,» — said the official website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Public order along the route of the column was protected in the strengthened mode, in the center of the city was a lot of police officers and National guard. However, officials of the state did not participate in the event.

The procession, according to RIA Novosti, was held in a calm atmosphere and without incident. Deputy interior Minister Serhiy Yarovoy reported about three detainees.

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotoannunci procession dedicated to 1030 anniversary of the Baptism of Russia in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in Kiev. July 27, 2018The anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’: the religious Procession in Kiev and guests of the ten churches in Moscow© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotoannunci procession dedicated to 1030 anniversary of the Baptism of Russia in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in Kiev. July 27, 2018

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