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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

DNR Orthodox Parishes Held Services on the Day of the Baptism of all the Russias to Honour Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince St Vladimir

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Today, Archpriest Georgi Gulyaev, head media contact at the UPTs/MP Diocese of Donetsk and Mariupol, told us that clergy celebrated holyday services for the Day of the Baptism of all the Russias in all DNR Orthodox parishes, saying, “Our parishes held festal services in honour of Grand Prince St Vladimir. We serve moliebens in our parishes every year on the Day of the Baptism of all the Russias. It’s become a tradition for the main celebration to occur at the parish dedicated to Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince St Vladimir in Kuibyshev Raion in Donetsk, for this is its patronal feastday. Metropolitan Ilarion Shukalo of Donetsk and Mariupol served Divine Liturgy today at that parish. Following the service, we held a procession around the church”.

28 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Purgin sez that the DNR Should Enhance the Role of Orthodoxy as an Ethical and Moral Standard

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Today, Chairman of the DNR Peoples Soviet A E Purgin greeted the people on the holyday of Grand Prince St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles, “We honour the holyday of St Vladimir as a day of remembrance of the man who laid the foundations of the Russian state through the principles of the Orthodox Faith. As the Baptiser of all the Russias, he did his utmost to ensure that Christianity became the state religion. We’re moving towards strengthening the role of Orthodoxy as our ethical and moral standard. We’ve held many meetings with Orthodox groups; they’re beginning to bear fruit”.

28 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


DNR Minister of Culture Paretsky sez Kiev Junta Spat on the Heritage of the Baptism of Russia through its Warmongering in the Donbass

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Today, in marking the Day of the Baptism of all the Russias, DNR Minister of Culture Aleksandr Paretsky stated that the present conflict in the Donbass is a fight by the local people to defend their ancestral culture, traditions, and folkways, saying, “Grand Prince Vladimir united a major Slavic people, determining its civilisational path for centuries. Unfortunately, not all his descendants now follow this path; we can feel and see the consequences of such a betrayal today in the actions [of Ukrainians] and in what’s happening in [the Ukraine]. Any state that forgets its cultural and spiritual heritage is a goner… collapse inevitably follows [such deceit]. At present, the Donbass stands tall to preserve and defend our ancestral faith, culture, traditions, and folkways. We’ll do whatever it takes to protect and preserve that heritage”.

On 28 July 2015, the entire Orthodox World celebrated the millennial anniversary of Grand Prince St Vladimir’s death, with events in Russia, the DNR, the LNR, and other countries. To mark the occasion, all the churches in the Donbass held services.

28 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Zakharchenko sez the Donbass has “A Special Nature Stemming From its Orthodox Culture”

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DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko greeted the people on the Day of the Baptism of all the Russias, emphasising its importance for all Slavic peoples, “On this day, 28 July, all Orthodox revere the memory of Grand Prince St Vladimir, who baptised our nation in 988. This momentous event was of decisive importance in the life of our fraternal Slavic peoples, because it led them to unity of spirit and community in the faith. Our people inherited a unique Slavic culture with high spiritual principles. The glorious land of the Donbass has a rich and deep spiritual tradition; it has a special nature stemming from its traditional Orthodox culture, so, this festal day has once again become a source of inspiration, love, patience, and self-sacrifice, leading us to a desire for righteousness. My compatriots, I wish you spiritual joy and well-being for your families. Let the commandments of Christ live in your hearts, let them move you to create, and let them strengthen your compassion and your faith!”

By law, the DNR celebrates the Day of the Baptism of all the Russias as an anniversary of an important historical event that had significant impact on the social, spiritual, and cultural development of our fraternal Slavic peoples. The legal holiday falls on 28 July… the commemoration day of Grand Prince St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles on the Church Calendar.

28 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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