Kiev, July 20, 2021
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church will celebrate the feast of St. Vladimir the Great and the Baptism of Rus’ on July 27 and 28 with a festive procession and the ringing of the bells in all churches and monasteries throughout Ukraine.
This year marks the 1,033rd anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’.
The celebrations will begin on Tuesday, July 27 at 1:00 PM with the traditional thanksgiving moleben on St. Vladimir Hill in Kiev, led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, reports the Information Center of the Ukrainian Church.
After the moleben, the Church will hold its annual procession to the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra, where the All-Night Vigil will then be served.
Several wonderworking icons will be brought from all over Ukraine for the moleben and procession: the Pochaev, Svyatogorsk, Kasperov, and Zimne Icons of the Mother of God, and an icon of St. Vladimir with a particle of his relics.
The next day, the Divine Liturgy for the feast of St. Vladimir and the Baptism of Rus’ will be celebrated on the square in front of Dormition Cathedral at the Kiev Caves Lavra by Met. Onuphry.
At noon that day, the bells in all churches and monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox will be festively rung for 15 minutes.
A record 300,000+ faithful participated in the procession in 2019.