For Peace in the Ukraine!

After serving a moleben on St. Vladimir Hill, the primate
of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church His Beatitude
Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, together
with bishops and clergy led many thousands of people in a
procession with miracle-working icons to the Holy
Dormition Kiev-Caves Lavra, reports the Information and Enlightenment
Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Фото: twitter.com/Dialog_UA
Фото: twitter.com/Dialog_UA

On June 26, the two processions coming from the the
Sviatogorsk Monastery in the east and and Pochaev
Monastery in the west of the Ukraine met in Kiev. On July
27, the processions met on European Square and completed
their walk a the Holy Dormition Kiev-Caves Lavra. Kievans
also met together with Orthodox faithful from all over the
Ukraine on St. Vladimir Hill.

Initial estimates place the number of participants in the
Baptism of Rus’ celebrations on July 27 at over
80,000. The procession stretched over no less than three
kilometers at twenty meters in width.

The large procession walked through the central streets of
Kiev. At the veneration cross on Grushevsky Street, His
Beatitude along with the clergy and faithful prayed for
the repose of all those who died in the tragic events of
February 2014.

The All-Ukrainian cross procession was accompanied by
miraculous icons: the main holy shrines of the eastern
wing were the Sviatogorsk Mother of God icon, and from the
west came the Pochaev icon of the Mother of God.

These and other icons from the East, West, South, and
North Ukraine were carried to St. Vladimir Hill.

Also the icons of “Blessed Holy Mountain of
Athos” and Saints Anthony of the Kiev Caves, which
were brought to Ukraine by an official delegation of the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church headed by its primate along with
Mt. Athos monks in honor of the 1000 year anniversary of
ancient Russian monasticism on Mt. Athos.

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