New York – Kyiv – Moscow. The Orthodox world has prayerfully celebrated thousandth anniversary of St. Prince Volodymyr’s repose
2015 marked by jubilee celebrations devoted to the 1000th anniversary of the repose of St. Prince Volodymyr. The whole Orthodox world together with Russian Orthodox Church celebrates this significant feast. Since the beginning of the year in all the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church all over the world the festive event is for every day. The culmination of the festivities was the feast day of St. Prince Volodymyr, which is celebrated on July 28.
26 July in church of St. Volodymyr, the First Hierarch of the ROCA, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York Hilarion celebrated the Divine Liturgy together with Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, clergymen of the church and diocese.
27-28 July His Grace Bishop Nicholas headed festive worships at this church.
For the Cathedral of St. John the Forerunner the beginning of feasts was marked by long-expected event. 16 November, on the threshold of 2015, the icon with a part of holy relics of St. Equal to the Apostles Prince Volodymyr – the Baptizer of Kyiv Rus, came to Cathedral from the hills of Kyiv. Since then this shrine is under the arches of Cathedral of Brooklyn, and every believer can come and to pray to St. Volodymyr, asking for his help and protection before God.
28 July, in the Remembrance Day of St. Equal to the Apostles Prince Volodymyr the Great, the Divine Liturgy and prayer service to St. Prince Volodymyr in a front of his icon were celebrated by Rector and Dean of First Deanery of New York Archpriest Alexander Belya.
As the place where Prince Volodymyr baptized the Kyivan Rus, the capital of Ukraine became a center of very special celebrations.
On 27 July the festive prayer service of gratitude was performed on Saint Volodymyr Hill near the monument of Equal to the Apostles Prince. This event was headed by The Most Blessed Metropolitan of Kyiv and of All Ukraine Onufriy together with episcopate and clergymen of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
After the service Metropolitan Onufriy was at the head of Procession to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra along the central streets of Kyiv. Together with His Beatitude in the Procession took part episcopate, clergymen of all dioceses, and more than 20000 Orthodox believers.
The chest with holy relics of St. Prince Volodymyr was carried in this Procession from Saint Volodymyr Hill to Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, as well as eight wonderworking icons of Mother of God: “Theotokos of Zymne”, “Theotokos of Pochayiv”, “Theotokos of Okhtyrka”, “Theotokos of Kasperovo”, “Theotokos of Pisky”, “Theotokos of Sviatohirsk”, Our Lady “Have Mercy Upon Humility” and “Trojeručica” of Berdiansk.
On the same day the festive vespers was performed on the Soborna Square in Lavra.
On 28 July, the Day of the Baptism of Rus and of the millenary of St. Volodymyr’s repose, The Most Blessed Metropolitan Onufriy celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of Dormition of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.
The representatives of Local Orthodox Churches concelebrated to His Beatitude. Among them: Metropolitan of Lovech Gabriel (Bulgarian Orthodox Church), Metropolitan of Cluj Andrei (Romanian Orthodox Church), Archbishop of Lublin and Chełm Abel (Polish Orthodox Church) and Archbishop berounsky Joakim. Also in the Divine Liturgy participated episcopate, clergymen of all dioceses, and many of Orthodox believers, who came from the all Ukrainian regions.
28 July The Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and of all Russia Kirill celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow.
His Holiness celebrated together with Permanent members of the Holy Synod of Russian Orthodox Church; representatives of Local Orthodox Churches: Metropolitan of Miletus Apostolos (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople), Metropolitan of Memphis Nikodemus (Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria), Metropolitan of Bostra Timotheos (Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem), Metropolitan of Margveti Vakhtang (Georgian Orthodox Church), Metropolitan of Montenegro Amphilochius (Serbian Orthodox Church), Metropolitan of Vidin Domitianus (Bulgarian Orthodox Church), Metropolitan of Targoviste Nifon (Romanian Orthodox Church), Bishop of Arsinoe Nektarios (Orthodox Church of Cyprus), Metropolitan of Kalavrita Amvrosios (Greek Orthodox Church), Bishop of Amantia Nathanail (Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania), Bishop of Siemiatycze George (Polish Orthodox Church), Archbishop of Michalovce and Košice George (Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia), Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada Irenee (Orthodox Church in America); members of the delegations of Local Churches in sacred dignity; hierarchs and clergymen of Moscow Patriarchate.
At the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour were placed the icon and chest with the holy relics of Saint Equal to the Apostles Prince Volodymyr the Great.
The prayer service to Saint Equal to the Apostles Prince Volodymyr the Great was performed after the Liturgy.
Then the Primate consecrated holy banners with the image of St. Volodymyr, and these banners will be sent to every single dioceses of Russian Orthodox Church.