Moscow, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
Orthodox tradition implies a veryreverent attitude to the relics of the saints. People come to bow to them from the most remote places of our country, while the people are ready to defend the queue for hours to be in the church and bring their request or thankful prayer to the shrine. This is exactly what happened when this summer (in 2017) the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker were brought to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Almost half a million Russians managed to see them. They came to Moscow from all cities of Russia and spent waiting more than half a day before they got to the temple. But none of the pilgrims grumbled, because each of them was waiting for the holy miracle. And miracles require humility and faith, Orthodox ministers often say this.
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior relics of St. Nicholasleft a few months ago, but so far not only believers speak about this incredibly important event, but also politicians who were able to see in it the first step towards bringing the Orthodox and Catholic churches closer together. From our article you will learn all about the stay in the church of Christ the Savior of the holy relics of St. Nicholas, as well as about the most holy and his lifetime acts.
In the last month of spring of this year withOrthodox sponsors brought the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker to Moscow in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Such an event was received by most people with enthusiasm and hope for the reunification of the whole Christian world, which is now divided into Orthodox and Catholic.
The powers themselves are permanently stored ina small town of Bari. They were brought there at the beginning of the nineteenth century and placed in a Catholic basilica. Negotiations on the visit of the shrine to our country began last winter. Then in Cuba, the meeting of Patriarch Cyril and Pope Francis took place. Surprisingly, both heads of church quickly found a common language and were able to agree on key issues. For the first time in history, the shrine of the Catholic Church was handed over to Orthodox clergy. The whole Christian world took this goodwill gesture as the first step towards bringing together all the followers of one religion.
Description of the relics
What exactly the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker in the templeChrist the Savior in Moscow were brought with the help of sponsors? This question was often asked by pilgrims, intending to go to the shrine. Well, there is no secret. In May, the tenth left rib of Nicholas the Wonderworker was imported to Russia. Interesting, but the believers themselves believe that these relics have incredible strength, because the rib was closest to the heart. And it is in him that faith in God is born.
A few words about the holy
Nikolai the Benefactor is revered by believers all over the world. To him go with different troubles and requests. It is believed that the saint during his life was so kind that he helped everyone who needed it. Naturally, even after death, he continues to heed the prayers of believers and guide them on the right path.
It is known that Saint Nicholas lived approximately infourth century AD. His parents waited a long time for the Lord to send them a child, and they constantly prayed about it. At the end of his life, God heeded their requests, and an extraordinary boy was born. Surprisingly, almost immediately after his birth, he began to work miracles. For example, during baptism, the baby stood on its legs and stood in that position during the entire rite.
Nicholas devoted all his time to the HolyScripture. He was so religious and pious that he almost never left the walls of his house, so as not to spend time in idleness. Very soon they began to turn to him for advice, and the boy never refused him to the one who asked.
Uncle boy seeing religious zealnephew, advised to give it to the service of God, which was done. Young Nicholas very quickly became a priest, and then became the bishop of the city of Mira. Some descriptions of the life of the saint indicate the fact that, thanks to a heavenly sign, the clergy immediately brought the young man to the post of bishop. Historians do not dispute this version, because in those days it was quite possible.
Throughout his life, Nikolai the Pleasant was devoted to serving God and people. He was considered and is considered an intercessor for the souls before the Creator, and his prayers carry with him enormous power.
Miracles of St. Nicholas
During the lifetime of the saint he committed many actswho carried word of him around the world. First of all, he is considered the protector of sailors and travelers. This is due to the fact that in the biography of Nicholas the Deliver there are many stories about the salvation of sailors. One day he resurrected a sailor who crashed to death, falling from the mast. On another occasion, the saint did not allow the traveler to board the ship when he saw that he would die during the storm. Nicholas is also credited with numerous instances of pacifying the elements.
Often it is to this saint that young people pray.unmarried girls who dream of starting a family. Nicholas is considered the patron saint of girls, because during his life he saved the shame of three sisters who had no dowry. They were brought up by one father, who was very sad that his daughters would have to earn a living from their appearance. Indeed, without a dowry, no one will ever marry them. Hearing his speech, Nikolai threw a bag of money on the porch. This allowed the happy father to give the eldest of the daughters under the crown. When the average grew, a bag of gold reappeared on the man’s porch. And she quickly found a husband. When it came time to marry the third sister, her father began to watch the benefactor at night helping their family. One night, he saw Nicholas leaving money on the threshold. But he asked the man not to reveal his secret to others.
In addition to the benefits already listed, the saint became famous for treating the sick, protecting orphans and the oppressed, and caring for those who were unfairly convicted or accused.
How the shrine was in Italy
As we said, the relics were brought to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior by a special flight from Italy. However, they got there as a result of the abduction, because after death the body of the saint remained in the World.
According to historical sources, literally right awayafter death, the pilgrims reached for the body of Nicholas the Great. Over time, a small basilica was erected over his grave, which was later transformed into the church of St. Nicholas.
In the eighth century AD, the Turks who invadedmany territories began looting Christian shrines. During this period, many of them were destroyed and lost, so Christians feared for the fate of the relics of St. Nicholas. However, they were not stolen from the church by the Turks.
The city of Bari was once famous throughout Italy asreligious center, but he managed to lose its value. Residents of the city set out to regain glory by placing the relics of the saint in them. Therefore, an expedition set off to Peace, the purpose of which was the banal theft of the ark. The same goal was pursued by Venetian merchants who dreamed of bringing a shrine to their city. The most fortunate were the Barians, who at the end of April 1087 entered the church, broke the sarcophagus and took the relics of the saint from the ark.
Thus, most of the relics found theirshelter in Bari, where they are stored to this day. However, small parts of the skeleton were stolen by the Venetians. Later they were transported to the island of Lido and built a temple there.
When the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker arrived in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior: date
All media talked about this event.information. After all, for the first time, a shrine was brought into Russia, the equal of which is difficult to find in the world today. The relics in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior arrived straight from the airport on the twenty-first of May, 2017. Available to pilgrims, they became literally the next day. Many were interested, gathered to go to Moscow, to what number the relics of St. Nicholas remain in the capital, because hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from almost all Russian cities wanted to go to the church.
It is noteworthy that the shrine stayed in the capitalfifty two days Then she was taken by special flight to St. Petersburg, where she stayed until the twenty-eighth of July. After that, the relics safely returned to the Italian city.
Do not always believers think about howIt is not easy to arrange a visit to another country religious places It is quite expensive, so it is impossible to overpower the budget without the participation of sponsors. However, there are still people in the country who are not indifferent to spiritual development, and they are ready to spend it in order to gain it later.
It is known that the main sponsor of the travel relicsin the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is a major Russian chemical concern. PhosAgro has taken on all major expenses for the transportation, maintenance and protection of the shrine in our country. Additional funding was provided by the capital’s government.
It is noteworthy that PhosAgro is known not onlyby bringing the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, but also by organizing Sunday schools, creating websites where you can get information on the Orthodox theme, and promoting any activities that lead to spiritual enrichment of people.
Therefore, it is hoped that in the future more than one shrine will visit our country, brought from Orthodox or Catholic churches scattered around the world.
Church opening hours
Visit to the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the Cathedral of ChristThe Savior was available from eight in the morning. It was at that hour that his doors opened for believers who were thirsting for spiritual food. People had to leave the temple by nine o'clock in the evening. However, due to the huge number of believers who want to get closer to the shrine, the work time has been increased. Often the temple was closed after midnight. Unfortunately, this time was not enough for pilgrims. Many even tried to stay in line at the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker for the whole night in order to enter the temple first in the morning.
How was it possible to get to the temple
Literally from the first day on the way to the church beganline up incredibly long lines. One could get to the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker by standing on the street for almost a working day. But over time, the number of believers only increased, so the wait stretched for twelve or thirteen hours. Not everyone could withstand this, because sick people, eager for healing, also went to the shrine. Some of them became ill, and they were forced to refuse to visit the temple.
Usually, the queue began at the Crimean Bridge, and only after passing through all three checkpoints could one touch the cherished ark with relics.
Reviews on the level of organization of the temple visit
For ordinary believers it is very important thatThe Moscow government has perfectly organized and coordinated all the actions of Orthodox believers, providing them with the most comfortable conditions in this difficult situation. Almost all pilgrims celebrate a large number of volunteers and law enforcement officers all the way to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior to the relics of St. Nicholas. Reviews of believers contain gratitude to these people who have done their work very well. Without them, many would not be able to stand in line for so long.
Although recommendations have been issuedOrthodox go to the temple, which contained information about the things that must necessarily be taken on the road with you, the city government organized eleven food stations. They were painted in bright yellow-orange color, so it was quite difficult not to notice them. Here everyone could buy a full meal or just have a snack. However, many noted the availability of prices. For example, a lunch of two dishes and a drink cost pilgrims about a hundred and fifty rubles.
All the way to the temple were put buses to rest. They could sit free and warm up.
Naturally, the organizers took care ofdry closets, they were installed in large quantities along the line of the queue. In the event of a deterioration in the state of health, the pilgrims should immediately turn to volunteers or policemen. They called medics on the radio, and within a few minutes the person was given the necessary help.
Preferential category of citizens
Passing the queue, could get to the shrine onlywheelchair users and women with babies. For this purpose, a separate entrance and checkpoint was organized. Each accompanying wheelchair member included one accompanying person.
At the checkpoint it was necessary to present your passport and documents confirming your state of health.
The strongest prayer at the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior
We have already mentioned that this saint canpray in a variety of situations. The Internet is replete with testimonials from people he helped cope with problems. Some stories truly resemble a miracle. Therefore, believers are interested in which of the prayers to the saint is considered the strongest. Let's try to find out.
I would like to note that the prayers of the holy inOrthodoxy knows quite a lot and we cannot bring them all in the framework of one article. However, if we consider that mostly people went to the relics to ask for healing, marriage and money assistance, we decided to bring the texts of these three prayers.
For healing the holy pray quite often. Sometimes requests clothe in simple and sincere words, but it is better to say a prayer for healing. We will give its text below.
About marriage, you can ask Nicholas Ugodnik in the following words.
Many pilgrims wanted to touch the shrine to ask for an improvement in their material situation. Therefore, we could not fail to mention this prayer:
If in spring and autumn you could not get to the templeChrist the Savior and worship the relics of St. Nicholas, do not be discouraged. Even in twenty-five churches of the capital, fragments of the relics of the saint are kept, from which one can pray. Rest assured, the merchant will hear your pleas and answer them.