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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Vladivostok-Moscow procession with the cross covers its first thousand kilometers

From Interfax:

Moscow, July 4, Interfax - The participants in the Vladivostok-Moscow procession with the cross held within the international project 'Under the Mother of God's Star' have covered the first thousand kilometers out of the planned 10,5 thousand kilometers separating the Primorye capital from the capital of Russia.

The organizers of the procession from the St. Andrew's Flag Foundation have informed Interfax on Wednesday that the procession set off on May 21 and walked for 45 days through the territory of the Primorye Region, crossing the Khabarovsk Region from south to west. At present the marcher are walking through the Jewish Autonomous Region. They cover from 30 to 40 kilometers a day.

Concurrently there is a procession with the cross from going from Yakutsk to Moscow through the dioceses of Yakutsk and Lensk. It set off in a solemn ceremony on June 30. It is the second procession held within the project 'Under the Mother of God's Star'.

In total there will be eight long processions with the cross this summer, symbolizing the eight rays of the Bethlehem star. The aim of this international project is to promote the unity of Russia's peoples.

With the blessing of Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia, the faithful are to set off from six cities in Russia - Vladivostok, Barnaul, Yakutsk, Rostov-on-the-Don, St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk, as well as two centers of universal Orthodoxy - Jerusalem and Mount Athos. Passing through the territory of Russia the marchers will cover dozens of thousands of kilometers to converge in Moscow.

The event started on the day of the historic re-unification of the Russian Orthodox Church, when on May 17 the Act of Canonical Communion between the Churches inside and outside Russia was signed at the Church of Christ the Savior.



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