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No traditional Baptism of Rus’ procession in Ukraine this year due to martial law

No traditional Baptism of Rus’ procession in Ukraine this year due to martial law

Kiev, July 27, 2022

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This year’s celebration for the feast of St. Vladimir the Great and the Baptism of Rus’ will be on a much smaller scale.

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“>more than 350,000 Ukrainian Orthodox faithful to the capital city of Kiev for the traditional cross procession from St. Vladimir Hill to the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra.

However, no procession will be held this year due to the ongoing war. Instead, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and other hierarchs will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and a moleben of thanksgiving at the Lavra, His Grace Bishop Viktor of Varyshevka explained in a recent interview with the First Cossack channel.

“We live under martial law, so any mass gatherings are limited,” the hierarch said.

Though many faithful have asked the Church to hold events on such a festive day, “in the conditions of our difficult, turbulent life today, this can’t take place,” Bp. Viktor added.

“But there will be prayer. It’ll be within the walls of the Lavra and in all churches of our Church, where we’ll glorify God with one mouth and one heart and ask Him for mercy and generosity for all of us, for our Ukrainian state, for our Ukrainian people,” the Ukrainian hierarch concluded.

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Source: Orthodox Christianity

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