1020 years ago there was the Baptism of Rus

1020 years ago there was the Baptism of RusPatriarchal prayer service at the assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin began the celebration of the 1020th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.Divine service at the Cathedral was attended by bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church from the Russian regions, CIS and far abroad, as well as the delegation of the Russian Church abroad headed by the first Hierarch, Metropolitan Hilarion, gathered this week in Moscow to participate in the Council of bishops.The service was attended by more than 180 bishops that attended the Council of bishops. They represent more than 140 dioceses of the ROC in Russia and abroad. In the Cathedral also prayed for the priests and parishioners in Moscow. The singing was performed by the choir of the Sretensky monastery. He participated a year ago in celebrations of the reunification of the Russian Church, traveling almost all continents, praising the beauty of Orthodoxy."During the celebration of the 1020th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus', we once again surveyed the path traversed during these centuries of our Church - and this path was consecrated life Holy ascetics, soaked with the blood of martyrs. It was truly the path of Golgotha the crucifixion of Christ", - quotes "Interfax" Alexy II appeal to the congregation after the service.Patriarch Alexy thanked the hierarchs for their participation in the Council of bishops, "which for four days to discuss the major issues of Church life and the way of serving the Church in the years ahead". "Thank you for your mind, for common prayer, for the joy of human communication", - said the Patriarch. He recalled the responsibility of bishops for the Church of Christ".On behalf of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch were given to the Panagia, the cross and the memorial medal of the 1020th anniversary of the baptism of Rus. Alexy II thanked the members of the Synod and all of the bishops participating in the Council-2008 "for the one accord prayer fellowship and companionship of man." After the service, the hierarchs venerated the relics of the saints of Moscow, starting with Metropolitan Peter, who founded the Dormition Cathedral of the KremlinThe Council of bishops issued a proposal to the leadership of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova to declare a day of remembrance of Prince Vladimir - Baptist of Russia is a national holiday, said ITAR-TASS. In thank-you letters on behalf of the Council of bishops of 2008 to mark the 1020th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus', as stated in the definition of the Holy bishops ' Council "On the unity of the Church," agreed "on the day of St. Prince Vladimir 15/28 July to officiate under the Charter of the great feast, giving due honour to the Baptist of Russia".In turn, Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for his contribution to the Association "Russian world" and promised her full support of the state. "I want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the good cause of unity of the "Russian world", - said Putin, speaking in the Kremlin at the solemn meeting. The Prime Minister separately expressed gratitude to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II. "The state will continue to support initiatives aimed at strengthening civil and religious harmony, social, cultural, educational, charitable mission," said Putin.The head of government stressed that "the adoption of Orthodoxy was the most important, defining moment in the destiny of Russia, and noted that "Orthodoxy is inextricably tied to the fate of the peoples of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and the peoples of other countries." According to the head of the government, the 20 years that have passed since the celebration of the Millennium of the Baptism of Rus', became the Russian Orthodox Church for the Russian people and society turning. He highlighted the importance of restoring the unity of the Russian Church, calling it "a dream of several generations of our compatriots on mutual forgiveness and overcoming of the tragic split of the fratricidal civil war. Source: 1020 years ago there was the Baptism of Rus.

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