In the Italian city of Bari are preparing to send to Moscow the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker. The Shrine will arrive in Russia for the first time. Believers can bow to her on July 12 at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. This is a historic event for the Orthodox Christians was possible thanks to the agreement reached at the meeting of Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.
Iron gates here open only once a week. Thursday morning. In the Catholic Basilica, the Italian Bari – Orthodox prayer. Dozens of worshippers rush to worship one of the greatest Christian shrines — the relics of St. Nicholas, transfers «TV Center».
Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Saint Nicholas in the Orthodox tradition, the patron Saint of travelers and sailors, isasusy disease and helping the poor. In Catholicism, a biography of Nicholas even formed the basis of the image of the beloved Christmas wizard Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas, said to the priests, and now continues to work miracles. Sealed sarcophagus every month is filled with peace. His stove was not moved here already 930 years. Since the relics have never left the confines of the crypt. And now for the first time will be delivered to Russia.
Event for Orthodox believers — historical. The negotiations were conducted more than a century. But the Catholic Church and the split of the Orthodox and Catholic churches, by the way, officially issued also in Bari — refused
To Italy the relics of Saint Nicholas was brought in 1087. Bari sailors, if you believe the stories, just stole them from the temple in the Worlds. And very afraid that they may lose. Wherefore, by decree of the Pope to store built not just the Basilica. Literally a fortress. And never separated even a small particle of the relics.
To agree to send the Holy shrines in Russia succeeded in 2016. The meeting of Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill in Cuba. After that, the best Italian scientists under the supervision of the clergy spent literally surgery.
Russian masters have also done jewelry work. For safe delivery, shrines has created a special ark. A delegation of priests will bring him back to Bari on the morning of 20 may.
The ark with the relics of St. Nicholas will arrive in Moscow on Sunday evening. In the Temple of Christ the Savior his will to meet the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. And on July 13, the ark will be transported to the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg, where he will stay for another two weeks.
Catherine Vyskrebentseva, Eugene, poloiko, «TV Tsentr», Italy, Bari.