Dnipro celebrated the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine in Samara.
On July 28, the Orthodox world celebrated a special date - the 1030th anniversary of the baptism of Russia. Dnipro, where the local authorities and the Dniprovsk Eparchy of the UOC-KP, organized a day-long entertainment program for city residents. The center of celebration was the area not far from the earthen ramparts of the Theotokos fortress in Shevchenko village. The place was chosen not by chance, because it is the historical and cultural landscape of the city, the oldest place where Orthodoxy was once born. In addition, Old Samara is very loved by the locals for its color, powerful energy and incredible beauty of nature. Here you can escape from the noisy city and stay alone with your thoughts.
“This day is dedicated to those historical events that determined the further history of our land and, moreover, the fate of the people. According to legend, it was on this day in 988 that Prince Vladimir accepted a new faith and returned to Kiev to baptize his entire people. This has shaped us and you, although many may be considered atheists, ”said Dmytro Kayuk, director of KP Ethnographic Parks of Dnipro.
The grand opening of the feast began with a common prayer. Representatives of the clergy and priests of the Dnieper Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate asked the Lord to save Ukraine, our soldiers, the wounded, as well as those who are in dire need of help and lost faith.
"You do not imagine what energy is inside each of you. A common prayer will strengthen our faith and confidence in the future not only of our people, but of a great country. Every one of us can change a lot, remember this, ”summed up the prayer of Dmitry Povorotny, chaplain of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate.
And then began what caused many to come to the shore of Samara. The creative team of "Rodoslav" prepared for the residents of the city a story about how Prince Vladimir the Great Kyivan Rus baptized. A small snippet of history where dozens of warriors descend on the land of pagans with a cross, and later set it deep into the ground, has caused admiration not only for adults but also for small audiences. Only the lazy man did not reach out, trying to grasp one of the warriors' chain mail, while the others asked his parents about "strange outfits" and how the great Cossack "Seagull" sustained such a powerful army.
The show didn't end there, as there were dozens of different entertainment zones on the grounds. Starting with rope park, creative workshops and Petrykivsky painting, ending with pottery, forging and sword fighting - lessons have been found for everyone. It was possible to eat and lie down, and to ride kayaks and even ride a horse, but there is a limit to everything. At the invitation of the cultural and spiritual center of the Dnieper Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Ukrainian Courtyard, families with children with disabilities and the non-governmental organization “Hearts of rest” were invited to the holiday. Together with the children of the Ukrainian Courtyard, they also took an active part in the celebration.
In the evening, all the tents were rolled up and taken to the west, there was only a scene where local musicians and singers performed until midnight.
According to IA Informant Press Center of the Dnipro Eparchy of the UOC-KP.