Russian bikers deliver icons to churches of the Moscow Patriarchate in Africa

Source: Interfax-Religion

April 27, 2016


Biker-pilgrims from the Night Wolves club visited Russian Orthodox churches in Africa.

The expedition lasted half a year. Its participants covered 42,000 km," the Krestovsky Most Orthodox paper writes.

"We started our trip with the blessing of the rector of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. After a prayer service he instructed us to deliver icons of St. Sergius to African parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the Orthodox Church of Alexandria," biker Yury Volkov said.

The bikers reached the furthest parish of the Russian Church in Uganda. The Annunciation Church is located on the island of Bukasa in Lake Victoria.

"Priest Christopher Walusimbi is the first black African priest in the ROCOR. He said that life is extremely hard there: there is extreme poverty, a lack of medical help and an absence of electricity. To get to the post, the bank or the hospital, Father Christopher has to travel many hours by ship," Volkov said.

Crosses and icons from Russian believers were given to the priest. Fr. Daniil Lugovoy, the rector of St. Sergius Church in Johannesburg received icons of St. Sergius and St. Mary Magdalene.

The bikers also visited churches in Morocco, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Mozambique and delivered crosses, icons and other gifts from Russia.



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