On July 27, 2021, on the eve of the feast of the Baptism of Rus, after the completion of the prayer service on Vladimirskaya Gorka, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufry, together with representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches, the episcopate and clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, led the Great Cross Procession with miraculous icons to St. Lavra. This was reported by the Information and Education Department of the UOC.
The head of the Synodal Information and Educational Department of the UOC, Metropolitan Kliment of Nezhinsky and Prilutsky, said that 350,000 believers had attended the procession in Kiev.
The crowded passage headed along the central streets of Kiev from Vladimirskaya Gorka to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where a solemn all-night vigil will be performed.
The procession was accompanied by the relics of Saint Prince Vladimir and the miraculous icons of the Most Holy Theotokos, which were delivered to the capital: the Pochaev and Zimnenskaya miraculous icons of the Mother of God – from the west of our country, the Svyatogorsk icon of the Mother of God – from the east, the Kasperovskaya icon of the Mother of God – from the south and the Lubetsk icon Mother of God – from the northern part of Ukraine.
At the worship cross on Hrushevsky Street, His Beatitude Vladyka, along with all the clergy and laity, prayed for the repose of the souls of those who died in the tragic events of February 2014, and laid flowers.
The episcopate and clergy have already gathered on the square in front of the Assumption Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to celebrate the all-night vigil, while the pilgrims still continue to march through the streets of the capital with prayer chants.
After the completion of the Procession of the Cross and the All-Night Vigil, the miraculous shrines will be available for worship to believers in the Church of the Monks Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra during the All-Night Vigil and all night and the next day, July 28, during the Divine Liturgy.