Although, actually, the celebration started a little earlier, or rather from the beginning of the week. On Tuesday, the 24th of July, your Procession held Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. In the present and future religious processions, according to the Metropolitan law enforcement officers, will be attended by 100 thousand people, well, in the center, again since the beginning of the week, we can expect limited traffic.
To today’s date, and attracted the attention not only because of the magnitude of the celebration, but also because of the topics, which, perhaps, today is the most discussed in the country Church theme. Talking about the possible establishment in Ukraine of a Unified Ukrainian Autocephalous Church.
What’s known on this subject at the moment – will be covered later. Meantime, take a closer look at the feast of the Baptism of Russia and what it is all about.
What day is it?
Its official name in Ukraine – the Day of baptism of Kyivan Rus – Ukraine (in Russia it, for example, is called the Day of the baptism of Rus).
A national holiday was established on 25 July 2008 by the decree of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko. Celebrated annually on 28 July.
Date is chosen not casually. According to legend, on this day in 988 Prince Vladimir accepted the new faith and returned to Kiev, to baptize the people of Russia.
What about the baptism?
Need to stress that the exact date of the baptism and did not install, it said only tentatively. It is August 14 (old style) 988.
It is known that Prince Vladimir decided to baptize Russia for political reasonsin the first place, hoping by this step to unite the warring lands and strengthen their own power.
Prince has received offers to convert to Islam, the Jewish faith, Catholicism, but he opted for Orthodoxy.
Subsequently, Vladimir was baptized in Chersonesos, adopting a new name – Basil. Also he called the children and subjects, and married Anne of Byzantium.
Mass baptism of the people took place in the river. However, not all were willing to abandon paganism, but they “convinced”. Sometimes with weapons.
As noted 1030-anniversary of the baptism of Rus in Ukraine?
Worship, prayers, Processions.
On Friday, July 27, there will be a prayer service with the participation of Primate of the UOC Metropolitan Onufry on Vladimir hill. The Primate of the UOC will hold a prayer service to the Holy Prince Vladimir, asking about a blessing for Ukraine and peace for the Ukrainian people.
13:30 – start of the procession from Vladimir hill to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
On Saturday, July 28, in Kiev on the route St. Vladimir Cathedral – the Boulevard Shevchenko – Volodymyrska street – Sophia square – Mikhailovskaya square Park Vladimirskaya Gorka Procession will be held – a Prayer for Ukraine and for a United Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The organizer of the UOC-KP.
What streets will be closed at the time of the celebration, can be read here.
What about Tomos?
According to the Primate of the UOC-KP Filaret, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will give Ukraine the Tomos of autocephaly of this year.
So far, the decision has been postponed.