Skip to comments.St. Andrew's Cross to be Delivered to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
Posted on 07/04/2013 8:09:29 AM PDT by marshmallow
Moscow, July 3, Interfax - With the Russian patriarch and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece's blessing the Foundation of St. Andrew the First Called will start organizing the delivery of the cross of the Apostle St. Andrew the First Called to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, the domain of the Russian Orthodox Church.
"The cross on which the Apostle was crucified is kept at an Orthodox church in Patras, Greece, in Peloponnese. It is a holy relic for the Christian world. Its delivery into the domain of the Russian Orthodox Church is timed to coincide with the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Russia," the Foundation's spokesman Alexander Gatilin told Interfax.
The cross will be in St. Petersburg from July 11 to 15, in Moscow from July 16 to 26, in Kiev from July 26 to 28 and in Minsk from July 29 to August 2.
The delivery of St. Andrews' Cross to St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev and Minsk is to signify that the three nations' spiritual life has the same root - the blessing St. Andrew gave and the christening in Kiev in 988," he said.
Missed seeing it in St. Petersburg by 2 months!!
The fabrication and sale of saintly relics was quite a profitable medieval industry. Kings and princes vied with each other to possess the most biblically prominent relics (fragments of the true cross, bones of the apostles, etc.). But St. Andrew was reputed to have been crucified in the Greek town of Patras having preached along the Black Sea coast and up into Scythia (modern Russia) and as far north as Kiev in the Ukraine. So it is quite possible these relics, returned to Orthodox hands by the Roman Catholic Church in the 1960’s, may well be legitimate. Ultimately, who can really know?
The same year I visited Patras I also was in Bari and saw the church which has the relics of St. Nicholas--large number of pilgrims visiting that church. The church in Patras with St. Andrew's relic was deserted (except for a Gypsy woman asking for money).
Moral of the story--if St. Andrew gave children gifts, as adults they would want to visit the place where his relics are. There are no poems about "A Visit from St. Andrew." At least none that I have heard of.
Nor did I know about this. Very interesting. I wish I knew more about our Eastern Orthodox cousins.