The Patriarch on the Day of baptism of Rus will conduct the Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior
The Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday celebrates the memory of St. Prince Vladimir and the baptism of Rus ' Day. The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill on this day will have a festive divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
"The core of religious life is the divine Liturgy, and on the Day of the baptism of Russia, when the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of Holy Prince Vladimir, in all the churches held worship services, and his Holiness Patriarch Kirill will lead a divine service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which will begin at 10 a.m.", - told reporters the Deputy head of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze.
According to him, after the service, the Patriarch will return to the congregation and to those who will be watching the TV coverage, with the festive sermon.
"I think it will be one of the Central elements of the celebration of the baptism of Russia in the current situation, when, unfortunately, the possibility of holding mass events practically does not exist", - said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Usually on this day, the Patriarch was made a procession to the monument to Prince Vladimir on the Borovitsky hill there, a solemn prayer to the Saint, but this year the threat of coronavirus suspended this ecclesiastical tradition. However, I noticed Kipshidze, in those regions where allows the sanitary-epidemiological situation, many members still held a festive procession around their churches.
"I think the importance of this feast can hardly be overestimated. No matter if we have the possibility of holding processions and prayer rallies, each of us was and is - I mean, were our ancestors and we are the successors of Prince Volodymyr, which are designed to make a choice in favor of Christianity, for Christ each day of our lives," - said the Deputy head of the Synodal Department.
On the Day of the baptism of Russia in all Russian churches, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill, will also be made a festive bell ringing. Bells will ring at noon local time.
According to the representative of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, deacon Fedor Shulga, usually the centre of the celebrations on the Day of the baptism of Rus was Kiev, which came the primates and representatives of local Orthodox churches, but this year, due to the complex epidemiological situation scale of the celebration and the Ukraine will be very compressed.
"Don't be so personable presence at events, as quarantine measures are still in Ukraine are relevant, they are quite strict, so everything will be in such a home format," - said Shulga.
The Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufry earlier because of the threat of coronavirus decided to cancel the traditional big procession on the occasion of the anniversary of baptism of Kievan Rus, which was held in Kiev on 27-28 July.
The twenty-eighth of July, Orthodox believers celebrate the baptism of Rus, which took place in 988. Since 2010, the public holiday is a memorable date in Russia. In the Orthodox Church calendar is the day of memory of Prince Vladimir (960-1015), the Baptizer of Rus', whom historians called the great, the Church of the Holy equal to the apostles, and the people called Vladimir the Red Sun.
According to Professor of St. Tikhon Orthodox humanitarian University Vladislav parsley, the choice of Prince Vladimir made in favor of the Eastern, Byzantine Christianity, "later formed the Russian civilization, Russian culture, and, of course, for thousands of years and the Russian state was formed as Orthodox in its matrix, so of course this choice was epoch-making".