Metropolitan of Montenegro at celebration of famous Russian saint

Stolobny Island, Tver Province, Russia, June 11, 2024

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The Russian Orthodox Church festively celebrated the feast of the Uncovering of the Relics of St. Nil of Stolobny on Sunday, June 9.

The feast of the 16th-century monastic saint was celebrated by Their Eminences Metropolitan Hilarion of Budapest, Aristarkh of Kemerovo, Ambrose of Tver, and the special guest from the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro, reports the Metropolis of Tver.

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The Liturgy was celebrated in the Holy Theophany Cathedral at the St. Nil of Stolobensk Hermitage. The bishops were concelebrated by local and visiting clergy. The service was sung by the diocesan youth choir.

At the end of the service, a procession with the relics of St. Nil was held around the monastery, during which the participants honored the memory of the deceased inhabitants of the monastery. At the end of the procession, a new icon of the Martyrs of Stolobny, Vitaly, Pavel, Dionysiy, and Vladimir, was blessed.

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Then Met. Hilarion read a prayer to St. Nil and the hierarchs and clergy venerated his relics.

After the dismissal, Met. Ambrose of Tver presented the concelebrating hierarchs with icons of St. Nil with a particle of his holy relics.

After addresses by the clergy, the faithful passed under the relics of St. Nil, held up by the clergy.

The Rite of the Panagia was then served, and all present were welcomed to a fraternal meal, which fed more than 600 people.

Read about the life of St. Nil here.

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