Automobile Religious Procession Conducted in Ukraine
03.11.2008, [17:21] // UOC-MP //
LvivAn automobile religious procession around
Ukraine with an icon of the Mother of God was
launched in Lviv. The unusual procession is
organized by the All-Ukrainian Brotherhood of
Oleksandr Nevskyi with the blessing of the head
of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow
Patriarchate, Metropolitan Volodymyr.
Its purpose is to ask the Holy Virgin in prayer
to protect our home land from the harmful action
of false spirituality and amorality, totalitarian
sects and cults, customs and traditions foreign
to our people and other means of civilization
expansion. In recent years this aggressive
invasion has been especially heavy on the eastern
Slavic Orthodox nations, said the organizers to
Interfax-religion news agency on 30 October.
The route of the event includes the following
regions along the countrys perimeter: Lviv,
Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Mykolaiiv, Kherson,
Crimea, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv,
Sumy, Chernihiv, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lutsk and Lviv.
The icon-bearing procession will also
symbolically go through small sections of the
road in the territory of Russia nad Belarus to
emphasize the unity of the three branches of the
Rus people, said one of the organizers.
The total length of the route is 10 thousand
kilometers and is set to end in a few weeks.