In the night of 12 September 2018 from Tula in the Novodevichy monastery in St. Petersburg was brought the ark with the right hand of St. Spyridon. The icon was greeted by the clergy of the monastery. The ark is accompanied by representatives of the Fund equal to the apostles Prince Vladimir, of the Greek clergy and laity representing the Fund’s “Holy mountain,” according to patriarhiei.
On 12 September, the feast of the relics of St. Alexander Nevsky, the Shrine was carried in procession along the Nevsky prospect. Party prayer procession cleric Trinity Cathedral Archpriest Konstantin Parkhomenko said that in Saint-Petersburg of Saint Spyridon are the most read in the difficult years of the war.
“His memory is celebrated on 25 December, it is noteworthy that on this day in 1941 increased rations of bread and many people were saved from starvation. The blockade called him among his favorite saints. A huge help in worldly matters he was as if life on earth and after eternity,” said the priest.
After the celebrations in the square named after the great commander, the Shrine was returned to Novodevichy monastery, where the newly opened access to pilgrims.
Along the line has a social patrol. Volunteers help people with disabilities, mothers with children younger than 10 years old and pregnant faster to reach the entrance to the temple. Volunteers also spread the water and hot tea to pilgrims in the queue.
On the website of the monastery there is information about the access to the Shrine, route, and location of the queue waiting time, the schedule of services.
“People go to the relics of the Saint, knowing his miraculous help. He is one of the most loved, venerated saints of the Russian Orthodox people. Saint Spyridon has a special grace to help with the housing issues that are extremely urgent for many people. The parishioners of the monastery told about the amazing stories of housing”, — told the abbess of the Novodevichy monastery abbess Sophia.
In St. Petersburg, four churches and a chapel dedicated in his honor. The most famous temple in the Admiralty building and chapel on Vasilievsky island.
Applied to the ark in the Kazan Church of the monastery on 12 September to 22: 00, 13 September from 6.00 to 22.00, 14 September — from 6.00 to 19.00. Every day in the monastery of the Divine Liturgy is celebrated at 7.00 and 10.00 and at 18.00 — Vespers. During the day, will be held prayers and hymns.
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.