Russian Orthodox churches to ring bells in honor of Baptism of Rus’ tomorrow

Moscow, July 27, 2020

    

Tomorrow, July 28, on the feast of St. Vladimir and the Baptism of Rus’, all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church will join in the festive “Glory to Thee, O God!” ringing of their bells.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, churches will ring their bells at noon local time, reports Patriarchia.ru.

This event has been included in the celebrations of the Baptism of Rus’ over the past 8 years. The ringing of the bells first united Orthodox churches and monasteries in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, and many other countries in 2012.

The festivities surrounding the Baptism of Rus’ are on a smaller scale this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not holding its annual cross procession in Kiev, which annually draws hundreds of thousands of Orthodox faithful.

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7/27/2020

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