Chechnya saw the first mass baptism in its modern history

August 26, 2011

Grozny, August 26, Interfax - Archbishop Zosima of Vladikavkaz and Makhachkala performed the first mass baptism ceremony in the history of Chechen republic in the river Terek of Naursky dirstrict.

35 five citizens of Naursky and Shelkovsky districts were converted to Orthodoxy, press service of Chechen leader reports Friday.

"Keep your Orthodox faith, live in peace with each other, avoid evil, make your families and grow your children," Father Zosima wished to the young Christians.

Archpriest Amvrosiy (Marchenko) of Naursky okrug thanked Archbishop on behalf of all parishioners for the ceremony. He expressed hope that such mass baptism in Terek water would become a tradition.

Interfax - Religion


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