Patriarch Kirill suggests that the Baptism of Kievan Rus' start in Moscow
Patriarch Kirill (Gundyaev) offered his version of the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus', suggesting it start in Moscow
The head of ROC Patriarch Kirill (Gundyaev) said that the international celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus' to open in July in Moscow.
"We suggest that the celebration begin in Moscow on July 24, on the feast day of Holy Blessed Princess Olga, grandmother of Prince Vladimir, one can say, the first Christian in the powerstructure, who largely prepared the Baptism of Rus'", - said the patriarch on May 5 in an interview " to Russia-1 "and" Russia-24 ", cited by "Interfax-Ukraine" .
He said that the festal liturgy be served in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, to which are invited heads local churches; it is also expected that this day there will be folk festival.
Then everything will move to Kiev, where a solemn divine service take place at St. Vladimir's Hill, at the monument to Prince Vladimir.
"We hope that heads of churches will be present. The Ukrainian leadership has proposed the initiative to invite heads of state where most people belong to the Orthodox Church," - said the Patriarch.
It is reported that a large gala concert wil be held on Khreshchatyk, the only street in the ast history of Russia which is named in honor of the Baptism.
Then, the celebration will continue in Minsk, where divine serices wil be conducted outdoors; large folk procession are proposed.
Kirill believes it is important that Russian, Ukrainians and Belarusians remember the event of the Baptism of Rus, which determined the future course of the history of the Slavic peoples.
Earlier it was reported that the head of the MP may refuse to participate in the celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus', scheduled for July 26, if the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate, Patriarch Filaret (Denisenko) takes part.
"First of all - this is a state/religious holiday, and in the celebration of 1025 anniversary will involve both the state and the church in Ukraine. Moreover, neither the Moscow Patriarchate nor the Kievan Patriarchate and the Greek-Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic Church and other churches existed at the time, and it is early for them to celebrate, said the head of the UOC/KP. Therefore, this is our holiday, a Ukrainian one. And you have to be aware of this because it is the baptism of Kievan Rus, not Moscow. Moscow at that time was not, and so they celebrate early, "- said the head of the UOC-KP.
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