Believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate began the religious procession for a single local church as part of the celebration of the Baptism of Rus anniversary. This is reported by the press service of the Kyiv Administration press service.
So, the procession began from the Volodymyrsky Cathedral, the column was escorted by law enforcers.
In the center of Kyiv, security measures are strengthened, traffic is blocked, pedestrians are checked through metal detectors.
Believers go in the direction of the Volodymyr hill.
We recall that the festive events dedicated to the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Rus-Ukraine, are held in 2018 in accordance with the presidential decree of August 8, 2017. In addition to the processions and solemn molebens, a number of other festive events are taking place in the capital.
Let's note, yesterday, on July, 27th, the Religious procession of the UOC took place, during which eight world shrines were brought to Kyiv. It is the relics of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir, the head of the holy martyr Clement, Bishop of Rome, the footstep of the Apostle Andrew, the icon of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called with a part of his relics and cross on which he was crucified, the icon "Zimnenskaya", the relics of the Great Martyr George the Victorious, an icon with a part of the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov.
According to the estimates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, about 250 thousand people took part in the religious procession of the UOC.
“The autocephaly is not a concern of just Ukrainian orthodox Christians. It is a question of our Ukrainian independence. It is one of the backbones of the Ukrainian state, Ukrainian nation, Ukrainian national security. And, finally, of the entire world’s geopolitics,” he noted.
According to the head of the state, because of this, the idea of the autocephaly is not supported by Moscow and its fifth column inside Ukraine.
“Counterwork is large-scale and systematic. There are no reasons to think that we got the tomos. We have two things to do to get it – pray and fight,” he said.
At the same time, Poroshenko believes that Ukraine should have the autocephaly.
“They say, one can not stop the idea which time has come. And it is about the idea of the autocephaly. The logic of the historical process leads us to the tomos, the logic of the development of our nation and country,” he noted.
According to the President, such church should be independent.