Religious icon-bearing procession of history
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to visit Belarus to celebrate 1025 years of Christianisation of Russia
By Sergey Novitski
The Belarusian capital and its regions are to host various celebratory events, including a Divine Liturgy led by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. There will also be an international conference devoted to the role of Christianisation in the fate of the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian people, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences and in the National Library of Belarus.
Heads of Orthodox churches will attend the Liturgy, scheduled for 29th July in Minsk, taking place in the open in Nemiga Street. About 10,000 people are expected to take part, alongside the Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev — Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, and the Apostolic Nuncio in Belarus — Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti.
An exhibition of unique church plate and vestments is to go on show at the National History Museum. In September, The Orthodox World touring icon exhibition will open in Minsk, presenting more than 60 unique 18th-early 20th century icons — from private collections and from Moscow’s Museum of Russian Iconography. The State Tretyakov Gallery, the National Kiev Pechersk Museum Reserve and other museums and Orthodox churches, particularly from Serbia und Moldova, have also donated icons for the touring exhibition.