Pilgrimage to the Belt of the Mother of God in Moscow is unique event in history of Russia, church official believes

Moscow, November 28, 2011

The Moscow Patriarchate official admires people who in spite of cold weather for hours stood in line to the Cathedral of Christ to venerate the Belt of the Holy Virgin, reports Interfax - Religion.

"People who stood for 24 hours and more to venerate the shrine deserve the highest respect, they carried out the real feat of faith, they proved again that the faith has not died in our people, they love the Mother of God, they know that She helps in various difficulties and supports people in good undertakings," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion.

According to the priest, from information of headquarters staff who organize access to the shrine, he received confirmation that "the number of people gathered in one place is unprecedented in history of Moscow and Russia."

"Neither Stalin's funerals nor revolutionary events of early 20th century nor political meetings of its end can be compared to it," he stressed.


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