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Celebrating 1025 years of Christianity in Russia

On Sunday 28 July 2013, the day of commemoration of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of the Russian Peoples, Grand Duke Vladimir,  our parish joined the wider Russian Orthodox Church in celebrating the passing of 1025 years since the conversion of Saint Vladimir and the Baptism of Rus'.  The Lesser Blessing of Waters was served early that morning.  At the end of the Divine Liturgy the parish rector read aloud the edifying Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and the Holy synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to Archpastors, Priests, Monastics and Laity on the Occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus', printed copies of which were later distributed to the faithful in both Russian and English.  Following the dismissal, there was a moleben to Saint Vladimir together with a cross procession.  In the litany at the conclusion of the moleben, prayers of thanksgiving for God's mercy on the Russian land and people were offered, together with petitions for Saint Vladimir's help and the deliverance of the church from schism and division.

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