Moscow, July 21, 2023
Hundreds of thousands of Orthodox Christians came out to venerate the famous Trinity Icon painted by St. Andrei Rublev in the 15th century during its stay at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.
Fr. Alexander Volkov, head of the Moscow Diocesan information service, told RIA-Novosti that 230,000 people had a chance to venerate the icon from June 3 to July 18.
The icon is now being restored in a climate-controlled room at the Grabar Art Conservation Center in Moscow, and after that, it will return to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad in the Moscow Province.
For centuries, the icon found its home on the iconostasis of the Lavra’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. When the godless communists seized control of Russia, they moved the icon to a museum, where it remained for a century. But in May, President Putin ordered the revered icon to be returned to the Church.
The Icon was taken to Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow in time for Pentecost.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova formally signed the agreement on transferring the icon back to the Church on July 12.