Millions of believers today celebrate the Day of baptism of Rus. Celebrations are held across the country. The bells first heard the inhabitants of Kamchatka. In Khabarovsk the bells rang at noon.
In Sevastopol brought the ark with the relics of the Holy Prince Vladimir and the icon of Alexander Nevsky. Hundreds of the faithful gathered in the Vladimir Cathedral in Chersonese. Grand Prince Vladimir was baptized in Chersonesus in 988.
The centre of the celebrations this year was the eagle. The city came the Patriarch. He held a Liturgy in the Epiphany Cathedral and was consecrated the temple and the bell tower of Alexander Nevsky. To Epiphany Cathedral parishioners began to arrive for a few hours before the divine Liturgy. This is understandable, many people want to take a seat in the Cathedral back to this day to be close to the Patriarch. That's what believers say about how important for them it is: "This is a Grand good event on our Orel land, and want to take part and to pray for his family, for their loved ones." "I want to pray to the Holy equal to the apostles Prince Vladimir to the Lord send peace, peace to Ukraine, so all lived in peace and harmony".
The Patriarchal service will be followed by a festive ringing of bells in all the churches of the eagle. Immediately following the Liturgy the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill will come to the Epiphany area, and I will sanctify the monument to St. Seraphim of Sarov, which was recently installed here. Events in the city centre will continue with a concert of sacred music.