The Cross of St Andrew the Apostle in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior

admin | 23 July 2013

The cross of the crucifixion of St. Andrew the Apostle will be displayed until July 25 in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, where the cross has been brought by the St. Andrew the Apostle Fund.

The X-shaped cross, which is usually kept in Greece, is almost three meters high and 1.2 meters wide. It weights 160 kilograms.

 

On July 19, thousands of Orthodox Christians waited in the Christ the Savior Cathedral and nearby to see the cross arrive. The line of people who wanted to see the cross has stretched from the cathedral to the Prechistenskaya embankment.

The cross on which St Andrew was crucified has a unique shape resembling the Roman numeral ten. The X-shaped cross is used in many symbols, for example on the Russian navy flag.

Metropolitan of Saransk and Mordovia Varsonofy during the arrival ceremony for the Cross of St Andrew the Apostle in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, brought from the Greek Orthodox basilica in the city of Patra.

A line of Orthodox Christians waiting to see the Cross of St Andrew the Apostle

Since the weather in Moscow has cooled, those who go to see the cross are advised to put on warm clothes and take drinking water with them.

Some pilgrims arrived at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Friday at 8 a.m., right before the opening.

Greek clerics during a prayer at the arrival ceremony for the Cross of St. Andrew the Apostle at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, brought from the Greek Orthodox basilica in the city of Patra

A queue of Orthodox Christians waiting to see the Cross of St Andrew the Apostle.

Source: RIA Novosti

 

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