The Foundation brought the hand of Saint Andrew in Kronstadt
On July 29th 2017, with the blessing from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called organized the ceremony to deliver the hand of Saint Andrew the First-Called to the Church of the Navy in Kronstadt. The hand is held in Epiphany Cathedral in Moscow. The relic will stay at the main church of the Russian Navy from July 29th till August 2nd 2017.
The delivery of the relics of Saint Andrew is organized to coincide with the Major Navy Parade to be held to celebrate the Navy Day on July 30th 2017.
On the Russian Navy Day the divine service was held by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Kronstadt Navy Cathedral.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin kissed the relics of Saint Andrew, the Patron and the Baptist of Russia.
For your information, Apostle Andrew is considered to be the Patron of navy sailors and Russian ships sail under the St. Andrew’s flag since the times of Peter the Great. That is why the delivery of the relics of Saint Andrew the First-Called was held on the Navy Day of Russia.
Vladimir Bushuyev, Director of the Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called, said: “Bringing the relics of Andrew the First-Called to bless sailors and their family members on the Navy Day is turning into a good tradition. Last year we brought the hand of the Apostle to Sevastopol. Metropolitan Lazarus of Simferopol and Crimea visited the board of the admiral's barge to bless sailors who took part in the parade. This year the hand of the Apostle will be delivered to the famous cathedral in Kronstadt. Our Foundation is named after Saint Andrew the First-Called. And we have already implemented large-scaled projects related to the name of the first Christ’s disciple. In 2003 the relics of Apostle Andrew were brought to Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine. In 2013, 10 years later, the cross where Saint Andrew was crucified was also brought to Russia, Belorussia and Ukraine. The chance to see the sacred things made many people happy with spiritual joy”.