1033 anniversary of the Baptism of Rus

28 July 2021

On July 28, 2021, on the day of remembrance of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Duke Vladimir and on the day of the celebration of the 1033th anniversary of the Baptism of Kievan Rus, the Divine Liturgy in the Vladimir-Olginsky Church of the Tithe Monastery was led by His Eminence Gedeon, Bishop Makarovsky, the abbot of the Tithe Monastery of the 1st Mother of God} of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. 

At the end of the service, a small procession with a prayer service was performed around the foundation of the Tithe Cathedral, together with the faithful children of the Orthodox Church. The Tithe Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos stands on the site of the first stone church in Kievan Rus - the Tithe Cathedral of the Most Holy Theotokos. , from which the spread of the Orthodox faith for all Slavic peoples began. 


At the place of the martyrdom of the martyrs Theodore and the son of his infant John, Saint Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles, subsequently erected the Church of the Tithes, it was here that he lived, ruled and died together with her Byzantine porphyry princess Anna. This is a sacred place for the fullness of our Church. The feast of the Baptism of Rus is celebrated throughout the Orthodox world, but it is special for the Desyatin Monastery, on this day the foundation of the first cathedral by Metropolitan Michael took place. 


The new cathedral became the starting point for spreading the light of Christ's truth throughout Kievan Rus. And it was this day that our ancestors considered the day of the Baptism of Rus, and even the Church of the Tithes was called "the mother of Russian churches." The life of the newly enlightened people took place precisely in the Tithe Cathedral, as it was the religious, educational and state center of the state.