Photo: Stanislav Marchenko
14 September 2018, the feast of the Indiction — Church new year, was the last day of stay the hand of St. Spyridon in St. Petersburg. In Kazan Church of the Novodevichy monastery the divine Liturgy, Archpriest Vladimir Lushchik, staff priest of the monastery. After the service, he congratulated the faithful with the feast and the joy of meeting with the Shrine.
Before the Shrine, a moleben was served. The akathist to St. Spyridon’ve read the brethren of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Choir of the Church of great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica was singing the glorification and hymns.
On the last day the queue of pilgrims has increased two times and started from the third house on the street of Kiev. Despite its length, the repeated change of weather and rain, the pilgrims continued to go to the Shrine. The joint work of the volunteers of the diocesan volunteer service, cadets of military schools and police sped up the access of pilgrims to the Shrine. The time in queue averaged an hour and a half. Due to the organization of the social stage the passage to the Shrine for young families with children, people with disabilities and pregnant women have been simplified. At the exit of the temple pilgrims distributed the icons of St. Spyridon, and you’d like to read the hymns could stay in the temple and pray.
At 19 o’clock the passage to the Shrine was closed. Everyone who was in the queue for the monastery and have time to spare. To 19.30 clergy, the sisters, together with the congregation sang the troparion and magnification. Then the ark was loaded in the car, which is away accompanied the pilgrims, cadets and volunteers.
In St. Petersburg at the Shrine was visited by more than 65 thousand people, reports Patriachial.
In Russia, the Shrine will remain until October 15. To venerate the relics in Tver, Saratov, Cheboksary, Yaroslavl and Moscow. Of the relics of Saint Spyridon is organized by the Charitable Fund named after Saint Prince Vladimir. The Fund, established in 2015, support social initiatives, charitable and educational programs. Detailed information about the offering placed on the site https://spiridon.patriarchia.ru.