The meeting of the two processions organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and headed towards each other from the East and West of the country, is scheduled for 12.30 on Wednesday, July 27, on the European square in Kiev.
«On 27 July at 12.30 at the European square of the capital held a solemn meeting of the two processions from the East and West of Ukraine… Together they will go on the Vladimir hill. At the same time, at 12.30 on the Vladimir hill will begin the briefing for mass media representatives», — said the information-enlightenment Department of the UOC (MP).
At 13.00 on the Vladimir hill will begin the prayer service, which will be headed by the Primate of the UOC (MP) Onufriy , assisted by representatives of the local churches in the world. The ceremony was attended by the representatives of state power and government of Ukraine.
At 13.30 will begin the procession with the miraculous icon of the Vladimir hill to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. At 17.00 on the square in front of Cathedral of the assumption the vigil service will start.
On 28 July, the day of the baptism of Rus, at 09.00 on the square in front of Uspensky Cathedral will begin the festive divine Liturgy.
As previously reported, the security of the procession in Kiev will provide about 4.5 thousand police officers.
National procession with a prayer for peace in Ukraine began on 3 July in the East of Svyatogorsk Lavra (Donetsk region), July 9 – in the West of the Pochayiv Lavra (Ternopil region). 27 July, on the eve of the celebration of the Baptism of Russia, the participants of both processions will meet in Kiev on Vladimirskaya Gorka and together will go to Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where will be made the solemn service. July 28, on the square before the Dormition Cathedral of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra will be done a solemn divine Liturgy.
The National police reported that in the Kiev region, the procession will move from the Poltava region through the settlements of Alekseevka, Yahotyn, Berezan, Swan, Boryspil, Kiev, and Zhitomir region — through the settlements of Bets, Sytnyaky, Makarov, Kolonschyna, Dmitrovka, Kyiv. It is expected that the territory of Kyiv region, a procession will be held from 22 to 26 July, to accompany him and ensure the protection of public order during its carrying out will be 600 police officers and National guard forces of Ukraine.
On Friday, July 22, the city Council of Boryspil (Kyiv region) has banned the passage of all-Ukrainian procession of peace, love and prayers for Ukraine, organized the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), through the territory of the city.
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko on Saturday, July 23, stated that law enforcement agencies will make every effort to ensure the peaceful nature of the procession in Kiev on July 28, in particular, will be introduced enhanced security measures. Lutsenko said that all the pilgrims will be checked with metal detectors and will operate the passport regime — «that there were aliens and provocateurs.»
The attorney General also appealed to the Patriotic organizations that somehow want to resist this March to take part on July 28 at the Ukrainian procession, initiated by the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Patriarch Philaret.
«So you can demonstrate your Ukrainian position, at the same time showing that in Ukraine there are powerful Ukrainian Church,» he said.
«As attorney General I have to give people the right to their constitutional action, including for any demonstration… I have respect for any religions and their right to pray for Ukraine, although humanly do not quite understand why to pray for peace in the country which became a victim of aggression, not in a country that was the aggressor,» — said the Prosecutor General.
«Western» and «Eastern» religious procession will meet in Kiev on 27 July on the European square in the afternoon 25.07.2016