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Reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles

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A gala reception was held at the Kremlin on behalf of the President in honour of the 1000th death anniversary of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles. Attending the reception were representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, public and political figures.

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The Kremlin, Moscow
With Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at a reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles.
Reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles
With Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at a reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles.
With Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at a reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles.
With Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at a reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles.
Reception to mark 1000 years since the death of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles

In 2015 Russia marks the 1000th death anniversary of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles. The church equals the deeds of St. Vladimir the Evangelizer of Russia to those of Christ’s Apostles. In the late 13th – early 14th centuries the Russian Orthodox Church proclaimed Prince Vladimir a Saint Equal to the Apostles. The day of his veneration is the Day of Russia’s Christianization.

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Address at the gala reception

Vladimir Putin: Your Holiness, esteemed guests, colleagues, friends,

These days Russia and the entire Orthodox world are celebrating the Christianization of Rus’.

It is impossible to over-estimate the significance of this event – the acquisition of faith and spiritual support. Christening clearly became a turning point in the history of Russia, in the statehood and culture of this country. It is our common duty to honour this momentous stage in Russia’s development. Gathered here today are representatives of bodies of power, civil unions, the Russian Orthodox and local Orthodox Church hierarchs and representatives of all the traditional religions of Russia, which as a state was built on a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional basis.

The Christianization of Rus’ has become embedded in the church tradition and the people’s memory alongside the name and deeds of St. Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles. His 1000th death anniversary gave us another opportunity to perceive the scale of his personality as an outstanding creator of Russia, the significance of his decision for generations to come, to perceive the continuity of our age-long history and the unbreakable bond to the legacy left by our ancestors.

Prince Vladimir was destined to become a great ruler. His choice was discerning and extremely responsible and became the source of Russia’s development as a unique country and civilization.

The adoption of Christianity was based on Prince Vladimir’s deep love for his Fatherland, on his serious spiritual reflection, on his search for a single baseline that could unite the people and the dispersed lands.

The Russian Primary Chronicle says, “The amount of good he did for Russia by Christening it is amazing”. By putting and end to feuds and rebuffing outside enemies Prince Vladimir launched the creation of a single Russian people; he actually paved the way towards a strong centralized Russian state.

Rus’ became strong, gaining power and authority among its neighbors near and far, communicating on an equal footing with peoples both East and West of it.

The Prince’s decision reflected the striving of our people to the lofty ideals of goodness, truth and justice, to fraternal unity and solidarity the world over. Fyodor Dostoyevsky called this ‘overall humanity’.

The great Prince Vladimir became a true builder of his land, the founder of its cultural and economic development, a wise and far-sighted ruler of Russia. He remained that way after the holy Christening at the ancient city of Khersones, or Korsun. These spiritual sources continue to nourish the fraternal peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

We remain true to the choice made by Prince Vladimir. We value peace and accord in our multi-ethnic land, working together for its flourishing, treating the traditions of all its people and traditional religions of Russia with respect.

Allow me, once again, to congratulate you, Your Holiness, and all those present on Russia’s Christening Day, on Prince Vladimir’s Memorial Day. I wish you success in your diverse spiritual activities, in your important and responsible service to the people of Russia.

Thank you for your attention.

 

Vladimir Putin: Friends, once again, I would like to congratulate His Holiness, Church representatives and all Orthodox Christians on this holiday. I would like to say special thanks to representatives of other traditional religions of Russia for being with us on this day. Nothing separates us, while much holds us together: the unity of our moral values and our Fatherland that we all hold so dear.

Congratulations

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