The relics of St. Nicholas for the first time in 930 years be delivered to Russia from the papal Basilica in the Italian Bari. About this informed the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion, reports TASS.
“This event is the first time in the history of the stay of the Holy relics of St. Nicholas in Bari. They never left this city. Relics are under wraps, that is, they are entombed under the ground. However, especially for this event, part of the relics were recovered from under the bushel, and it will be delivered to Moscow”, — he said.
The relics will be in Russia from may 21 to July 28. In Moscow, they will be stored in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in July, they will transfer to one of the Central churches of St. Petersburg.
REN TV recalls that the agreement on bringing the relics of the Saint in Russia was reached at a meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis February 12, 2016.
Saint Nicholas is one of the most revered saints in the Christian world. He is revered as a miracle worker, is the patron Saint of travelers, prisoners and orphans in the West he is considered a patron of virtually all segments of society.