Thursday, January 24, 2008

Longest procession with cross

~If there was at all any thought of how cold it was at the March for Life in DC, that was positively balmy compared to this. From Interfax
Participants in the world longest united procession with the cross Vladivostok, Yakutsk – Moscow reached Novosibirsk on the Epiphany. They have covered six thousand kilometers.

The procession with the cross is marching along Russia in spite of severe Siberian frost. The participants took an additional day off only on January 14 when the temperature in the Novosibirsk region dropped to -42"C. The procession with the cross is to reach the Omsk region on February 7.

The action is dedicated to the historical re-union of the Russian Orthodox Church and is aimed at self-identification of Russian nation, integration of Russia’s peoples and cooperation between secular and ecclesiastical authorities.

Eight processions with the cross will be held in frames of the program (from Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Barnaul, Rostov-on-the-Don, Jerusalem, Athos, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk), symbolizing the eight rays of the Bethlehem Star. They will meet in Moscow in front of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on June 10, 2008.

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