Russia and Belarus, August 17, 2021
In honor of the 800th anniversary of the birth of the great St. Alexander Nevsky, several processions set off across Russia and Belarus, continuing for two months.
The main procession began at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral and passed through places associated with the life of St. Alexander and the route of the transfer of his relics in the 18th century from the city of Vladimir to Shlisselburg, outside St. Petersburg.
Other processions made their way through southern, eastern, and central Russia, and Belarus.
Altogether, the processions passed through more than 100 cities and settlements, covering more than 21,750 miles, allowing hundreds of thousands to venerate the relics of St. Alexander being carried in procession.
Divine services were held at various points along the route, and sometimes churches had to remain open around the clock to accommodate all those who wanted to venerate the holy relics.
About a million icons of St. Alexander were distributed to those who came to venerate.