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Thursday, 28 July, 2016 - 15:00
Russia as well as other Orthodox countries are marking the Baptism of Rus Day this Thursday.
The exact date when Kievan Rus adopted Christianity in 988 is unknown and the holiday has been officially marked in Russia on July 28 as a memory day of Grand Prince Vladimir, the Russian medieval ruler who brought the light of Orthodox Christianity to Kievan Rus and baptized its people. This day is celebrated officially since 2010.
Kyiv was the first city in ancient Rus to adopt Christianity. The light of Christianity spread across all Rus to become its core religion.
The center of the celebration in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. At 10 a.m. GMT here began the solemn service, which was attended by representatives of all 15 Orthodox churches of the world. Led the Liturgy, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, assisted by the bishops of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Cypriot, Greek and Albanian churches and Church of the Czech lands and Slovakia Orthodox Church in America and the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church.