2019-07-29 10:59:00

300,000 Ukrainian Orthodox Church believers participate in the procession with cross on the Day of Russia’s Baptism

Kiev, July 29, Interfax - According to the information of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 300,000 of its parishioners took part in the procession with cross which marched along the streets of Kiev on the eve of the Day of Russia’s Baptism.

Administrator of the canonical Church Metropolitan Antony voiced such a number at a briefing on Saturday, the Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports.

This year the certain record of the past year has been broken. Then there were 250,000 participants in the procession with cross on July 27, and the year before in 2017 there were 100,000 believers.

Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine headed the procession with cross after a prayer service at St. Vladimir Hill.

Near the memorable cross at the Grushevskogo Street the UOC head with clerics and believers prayed for the repose of those killed there in February 2014.

Relics of St. Vladimir the Baptist, a foot of St. Andrew the First-Called, relics of 18 confessors and five icons accompanied the procession. Thousands of people came to venerate these shrines in the evening and at night.

On July 28, on the Day of the feast, the new church established with the support of the Constantinople Patriarchate and previous Ukrainian administration held its march. The law-enforcement agencies said there were about 15,000 participants in the second procession.