MP Orthodox Pilgrims Walk “In St. Andrew’s Footsteps”
Participants in a missionary expedition, the Way of the Cross “in the footsteps of Saint Andrew the First-Called,” arrived in Sevastopol (Crimean Autonomous Republic) on 3 October 2001. The pilgrims will travel to all the parishes and monasteries of the Sevastopol deanery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), completing their journey on 6 November.
The expedition, organized by the UOC-MP’s Symferopol and Crimea eparchy, visited the Church of St. Nicholas in Sevastopol’s Bratskyi (“Brotherhood”) Cemetery, where some of the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle are preserved. The eparchy’s press service reports that the pilgrims will travel to places which, according to tradition, St. Andrew the Apostle blessed with his preaching. When the missionaries stop in city churches they will celebrate so-called “all-night” liturgies, in village churches molebens (traditional prayer services). Information for this article was taken from the Ukrainian-language website of Radio Svoboda, www.radiosvoboda.org/news.