Moscow, June 23, Interfax - Just under a million pilgrims have bowed to the remains of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker at Russia's Christ the Savior Cathedral delivered there from Italy for the first time a month ago, a joint press center of the Russian Church and Moscow government said.
By Friday morning, the total number of visitors to the shrine had reached 989,200 people. With daily visitor numbers ranging between 25,000 and 42,000 one can say that the one million record will surely be "beaten" today.
The relic will remain at the Moscow church for another three weeks through July 12 before going on display in St. Petersburg on July 13-28.
There have been precedents of such mass veneration of relics brought from abroad. In 2011, over 3.5 million people, including top government officials, in Moscow and other Russian cities came to worship the Virgin Mary's cincture brought from the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos.