Baptism of Russia

In remote prehistoric times, the Slavs worshiped pagan gods, but at the end of the first millennium Christianity spread in Russia. Ancient manuscripts, which speak about the most important facts of history, or ancient chronicles, indicate that 988 is the year of the baptism of Rus.

In Kiev, on a high mountain on the banks of the Dnieper, a monument to Prince Vladimir was erected, during the reign of which the baptism of Rus was held. Vladimir people called the Saint, from the word “holy”, because with his consent the Slavs became attached to a new religion, they accepted Christianity.

The baptism of Rus was the most important event in the history of the Slavs, it had great progressive significance for the development of the state, culture, spiritual life of the people. The Russian Orthodox Church carried people the ideas of goodness, justice, peacefulness, nobility and waged a struggle against violence, cruelty and evil.

Ten centuries later, in 1988, Russian people and Christians of all countries solemnly celebrated the millennium of the baptism of Rus. Representatives of all Christian churches of the world, delegations of various religions and religious associations, public organizations, envoys of more than a hundred countries gathered in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church received high guests at the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra near Moscow. Here was held a solemn Cathedral – jubilee speeches of priests dedicated to the millennium of the baptism of Rus.

The bell-ringing sounded about these unusual festivities, its exciting melody did not cease over Moscow and its surroundings for two days – the eleventh and twelfth of June of the year one thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight.

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Baptism of Russia