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Divine service

28.07.2017

The Day of Baptizing of Kievan Rus

FD8A9595On the feast of Baptizing of the Rus by Saint Equal to the Apostles Prince Vladimir, who is remembered on this day, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphrius of Kyiv and All Ukraine led the Divine Liturgy as well as the all-night service in the evening before after the Cross Procession in front of the Dormition Cathedral (also see the high quality video here).

The Primate of the UOC was greeted by the permanent members of the Holy Synod of the UOC, metropolitans: Agathangelus of Odessa and Ismail, Mark of Hust and Vinogradiv, Theodor of Kamianets-Podilskyi and Gorodok (Head of the Church Court of the UOC), Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chornobyl (Vicegerent of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves Lavra, Head of the Synod Department on the Monastery Affairs of the UOC), Mitrophan of Luhansk and Alchevsk (Head of External Church Relations Department), Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary (Administration Executive of the UOC, Rector of Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary), The UOC episcopate, the brethren and guests of the Lavra in the holy rite.

On the lesser entrance during the Liturgy, the Primate brought the archbishops to the metropolitan rite: Elisseus of Izium and Kupiansk, Nicodym of Zhytomyr and Novograd-Volynskyi, Irenaeus of Nizhyn and Pryluky, Vladimir of Volodymyr-Volynskyi and Kovel; the bishops to the archbishopry rite: Filaret of Lviv and Galych, Theodosius of Boyarka, Filaret of Nova Kahovka and Genichesk, Clement of Irpen.

Upon reading the Gospel, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphrius turned to the parish and numerous pilgrims with the sermon and told about the history of Christianity on our lands, how the Church Tradition narrates the sermon of Saint Apostle Andrew Protokletos, the creation of the Slavic alphabet and the translation of the Holy Scripture by Saint Equal to the Apostles Cyril and Methodius. His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphrius reminded that due to the Saint Princess Olga’s coming to faith, through her grandson, God filled our people with His Light. Namely Saint Equal to the Apostles Prince Vladimir having learned about different beliefs, including  the Mohammedan faith, Judaism, the Roman Catholicism, made his choice in favor of the Orthodox Christianity, accepted the Holy Baptism and baptized our forefathers in the Dnieper waters.

During the service, the prayer for peace in Ukraine was read together with the fervent prayer for the repose of memorable His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir who was admitted to monastic vows in honor of the Saint Equal to the Apostles Prince Vladimir.

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