Dozens of mobilized Russian men receive Holy Baptism in Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk, Russia, October 12, 2022

Screenshot from Novosibirsk Diocese YouTube Screenshot from Novosibirsk Diocese YouTube     

The Sacrament of Baptism was recently celebrated at the Novosibirsk Higher Military Command School for dozens of men who received mobilization notices to fight in the war in Ukraine.

To date, 66 men have expressed the desire to become Orthodox Christians and have been baptized by pouring at the hands of Archpriest Viktor Guzhva, who works with the faithful at the school, reports the Metropolis of Novosibirsk.

The Baptisms were celebrated at the school’s Church of the Holy Prince Dmitry Donskoy. Fr. Viktor also celebrates the Divine Liturgy at the school and many partake of the Holy Mysteries, and come for spiritual advice.

“Now the relatives and friends [of the newly-baptized] will be able to pray for the soldiers at home and in church. And the converts themselves feel protected by God,” the Metropolis writes.

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John Ward10/13/2022 5:50 pm
Those called to fight for their country and fellow Christians should first receive baptism, chrismation and Holy Communion, especially when Orthodox is fighting Orthodox. May Our Lord and Saviour have mercy on the fallen and injured from both sides and may His will determine the outcome of this war.
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