St. Andrew's Cross to be Delivered to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
Interfax ^ | 7/3/13
Posted on Thursday, July 04, 2013 11:09:29 AM by marshmallow
Moscow, July 3, Interfax - With the Russian patriarch and Archbishop
Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece's blessing the Foundation of St.
Andrew the First Called will start organizing the delivery of the cross
of the Apostle St. Andrew the First Called to Russia, Ukraine and
Belarus, the domain of the Russian Orthodox Church.
"The cross on which the Apostle was crucified is kept at an Orthodox
church in Patras, Greece, in Peloponnese. It is a holy relic for the
Christian world. Its delivery into the domain of the Russian Orthodox
Church is timed to coincide with the 1025th anniversary of the
Christianization of Russia," the Foundation's spokesman Alexander
Gatilin told Interfax.
The cross will be in St. Petersburg from July 11 to 15, in Moscow from
July 16 to 26, in Kiev from July 26 to 28 and in Minsk from July 29 to
The delivery of St. Andrews' Cross to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev and
Minsk is to signify that the three nations' spiritual life has the same
root - the blessing St. Andrew gave and the christening in Kiev in 988,"