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Day of Baptism of Kievan Rus marked by Orthodox christians

July 28, 2015, 18:55 UTC+3
On July 28 Orthodox christians marked 1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir, who was the first Christian ruler in the Kievan Rus and baptized the region
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Orthodox believers mark the 1027th anniversary of Kievan Rus Christianization on 28 July. Photo: The Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral to mark the 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death
Orthodox believers mark the 1027th anniversary of Kievan Rus Christianization on 28 July. Photo: The Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral to mark the 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death
Orthodox believers mark the 1027th anniversary of Kievan Rus Christianization on 28 July. Photo: The Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral to mark the 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death
© TASS/Mikhail Metzel
The Grand Prince of Kiev, Vladimir the Great, also known as St. Vladimir, Vladimir the Baptizer of Rus was the first Christian ruler in the Kievan Rus who christianized the region
The Grand Prince of Kiev, Vladimir the Great, also known as St. Vladimir, Vladimir the Baptizer of Rus was the first Christian ruler in the Kievan Rus who christianized the region
The Grand Prince of Kiev, Vladimir the Great, also known as St. Vladimir, Vladimir the Baptizer of Rus was the first Christian ruler in the Kievan Rus who christianized the region
© TASS/Mikhail Metzel
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia serving the Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia serving the Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia serving the Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral
© TASS/Mikhail Metzel
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and Russia's President Vladimir Putin visiting the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and Russia's President Vladimir Putin visiting the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and Russia's President Vladimir Putin visiting the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS
Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS
Believers at religious service marking the the 1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir in the St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine
Believers at religious service marking the the 1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir in the St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine
Believers at religious service marking the the 1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir in the St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine
© AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov
Celebrations marking the 1027th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus and 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Celebrations marking the 1027th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus and 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Celebrations marking the 1027th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus and 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
© TASS/Maxim Pab
Believers in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Believers in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
Believers in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
© TASS/Maxim Pab
Ukrainian nuns and believers waiting for a prayer service marking the the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev, Ukraine
Ukrainian nuns and believers waiting for a prayer service marking the the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev, Ukraine
Ukrainian nuns and believers waiting for a prayer service marking the the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev, Ukraine
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Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow participating in a prayer service at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow participating in a prayer service at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow participating in a prayer service at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
Ukrainian nuns with believers at a march marking the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
Ukrainian nuns with believers at a march marking the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
Ukrainian nuns with believers at a march marking the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate marching at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate marching at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate marching at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
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Orthodox believers mark the 1027th anniversary of Kievan Rus Christianization on 28 July. Photo: The Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral to mark the 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death
© TASS/Mikhail Metzel
The Grand Prince of Kiev, Vladimir the Great, also known as St. Vladimir, Vladimir the Baptizer of Rus was the first Christian ruler in the Kievan Rus who christianized the region
© TASS/Mikhail Metzel
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia serving the Divine Liturgy at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral
© TASS/Mikhail Metzel
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and Russia's President Vladimir Putin visiting the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS
Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the renovated Church of St. Vladimir in the Old Gardens
© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS
Believers at religious service marking the the 1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir in the St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine
© AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov
Celebrations marking the 1027th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus and 1000th anniversary of Grand Prince Vladimir's death in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
© TASS/Maxim Pab
Believers in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
© TASS/Maxim Pab
Ukrainian nuns and believers waiting for a prayer service marking the the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev, Ukraine
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow participating in a prayer service at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
Ukrainian nuns with believers at a march marking the1000th anniversary of the death of Great Prince Vladimir at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY
Priests from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate marching at St. Vladimirs Hill in Kiev
© EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

On July 28 Russia and other countries where the majority of the population espouses Eastern Orthodox Christianity mark the millennium since the passing away of St. Duke Vladimir, the medieval rule who brought Orthodox Christianity of Kievan Rus and baptized its people. Festivities in Moscow were centered around the Cathedral of the Savior where a festive liturgy brought together representatives of all the fifteen national Orthodox Churches — Constantinople, Alexandrian, Antioch, Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Cyprian, Hellenic, Albanian, the Church of the Czech and Slovak lands, the Orthodox Church in America, and the Autonomous Orthodox Church in Japan. 

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