Patriarch Holds Service to Mark 1025th Anniversary of Russia’s Baptism

Sergei Pyatakov | 25 July 2013

A divine liturgy, held by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at Christ the Savior Cathedral, opened celebrations marking the 1025th anniversary of Russia’s baptism on Wednesday. The service was attended by heads of other Orthodox churches who arrived in Moscow to participate in the commemorative events.

Patriarch Kirill during the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral to celebrate the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Rus.

Believers attending the liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral, which can hold up to 10,000 people.

Prayers during the service at Moscow’s largest cathedral were offered in various languages.

Along with Patriarch Kirill, the service was attended by eight heads of local Orthodox churches.

Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, foreground, and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Rus.

The Cross of St. Andrew the Apostle, a relic of one of the patron saints of Russia, was brought from Patras, Greece and displayed in the center of the cathedral. The cross will be shown in Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian cities to celebrate the anniversary of the baptism.

Patriarch Kirill, second right, during the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in celebration of the 1025th anniversary of Russia’s baptism

Source: RIA Novosti

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