Relics of Great Martyr Catherine brought to Moscow, prayers throughout the night

Vidnoe, Russia, December 2, 2010

On December 1, with the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, a reliquary with a piece of the relics of Great Martyr Catherine arrived at Vnukovo airport, Moscow. The relics are being accompanied by the chief hierarch of the Autonomous Archbishopric of Sinai, Archbishop Damian of Faran and Raitha, and Archbiship Vikenty of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotourye, reports

The relics were taken from the airport to the St. Catherine Monastery in the town of Vidnoe, just south of Moscow, were they were met by Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsa and Kolomna.

Met. Juvenaly thanked Archbishop Damian on behalf of all the clergy and faithful in Russia for the joy he has brought them by bringing these holy relics.

The regional governmental leader, S. N. Koshman, also greeted the delegation on behalf of the Governor of Moscow.

Despite the freezing temperatures outside, a multitude of people came to pray before the holy relics, and molebens with akathists were served throughout the night at the monastery before the relics of the Great Martyr.

On December 2, after Divine Liturgy, the relics were taken to the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.


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