Patriarch Kirill held a procession of 17 kilometers
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill held a 17-km long cross procession from Pokrovsky convent near Moscow Khotkovo to Sergiyev Posad.
" It was not Only the procession, Hiking, hike, and It was a religious procession, accompanied by constant prayer, " said the Patriarch, addressing tens of thousands of pilgrims at the Annunciation field of Sergiev Posad, reports " news Agency. According to the Patriarch, the length of the prayer rally, which was held in the framework of the celebrations on the occasion of the 700 anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh, was 17 kilometers. Together with the Primate of the Russian Church pilgrimage to the walls of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra - the final destination, has made tens of thousands of pilgrims from almost 100 dioceses in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, and about 400 priests of the Russian Church. On the way they were helped more than 1,000 volunteers, RIA " Novosti ". Solemn the walking pilgrimage was preceded by a short moleben Patriarch Kirill at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pokrovsky monastery, where the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church venerated the relics of the monk Kirill and Maria - parents of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Having accepted monasticism at the ripe old age, they died and were buried in the monastery. Pokrovskoe-Kotikov convent is one of the oldest monastic communities in Russia. The time of its Foundation is not known, for this reason, the age of the monastery own starts counting from the first date mentioned in Chronicles in 1308 year. During the day the pilgrims will overcome with small stops the path length in fifteen kilometers, will End the procession in the evening on Annunciation field, a few kilometres from the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. There on the field has a large tent camping, capacity of at least 10 thousand people. Only the night of July 16 in the camping settled more than 4 thousand pilgrims.