2018-07-28 14:24:00

Putin joins religious procession marking 1030th anniversary of Christianization of Kievan Rus in Moscow

Moscow, July 28, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in a religious procession toward a monument to Prince Vladimir on Borovitskaya Square in the center of Moscow on Saturday.

Putin walked from Sobornaya Square in the Kremlin toward the monument to Prince Vladimir together with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria.

The procession is part of events marking the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus, in which thousands of believers are taking part.

A ceremonial prayer service near the monument to Prince Vladimir was attended by representatives of ten local Orthodox churches, i.e. the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa, the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Georgian Orthodox Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Church of Cyprus, the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania, the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia.

The prayer service on Borovitskaya Square was preceded by a festive liturgy service on Sobornaya Square in the Kremlin.