Moscow, June 5, 2023
The world-renowned Holy Trinity Icon painted by St. Andrei Rublev in the 15th century arrived at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on Saturday, in time for the feast of Pentecost.
For centuries, the icon found its home on the iconostasis of the Holy Trinity Cathedral at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra outside Moscow. When the godless communists seized control of Russia, they moved the icon to a museum, where it remained for a century. But last month, President Putin ordered the revered icon to be returned from the state-run Tretyakov Gallery to the Church.
It was initially announced that the Holy Trinity Icon would remain at Christ the Savior, Moscow’s main cathedral, for two weeks, but in his homily at the Lavra on the eve of Pentecost, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill said the icon will remain there for a year.
The icon was placed in the center of the cathedral on Saturday night, in a specially designed display case that will maintain the necessary humidity to preserve the ancient icon, the Ministry of Culture said.
Thousands of Orthodox faithful have already come to pray before the icon.
On Sunday, June 4, Pat. Kirill celebrated the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Pentecost at Christ the Savior in the presence of the Holy Trinity Icon. He was joined by 20 other hierarchs of the Russian Church. Afterwards the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost was served.