1030 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF THE BAPTISM OF KYIVAN- RUS!
On the 27th & 28th of July 2018 our Patriarchate in Kyiv celebrated the 1030 year anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan-Rus. With celebrative Vespers and Patriarchal Divine Liturgy and the Procession from St Vladimirs Cathedral to the Statue of St Vladimir at the foot of the Dnpier River. With up to 150,000 people taking place in the festive procession and thousands of clergy with our bishops, our Patriarch led the Procession joined by the President of Ukraine and his wife amongst other dignitaries. It is worthy of note that present in the morning prayers and gathering at the statue & hill of St Vladimir was the delegation (3 bishops) of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. A delegation from Australia, upon invitation by the Patriarchate led by Fr Savas Pizanias representing the Parishes of Kyiv Patriarchate in Australia was blessed to take part in the festivities and Fr Savas was personally asked to liturgise on these occasions with our Patriarch Philaret and the Hierarchs of our Church.
Below is a slideshow of the trip and festivities courtesy of Fr Savas.