Sunday Snapshot: The Blessing of the Water at St Nicholas Cathedral on the Feast of St Vladimir 2013


Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalen (1st century)

This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein.  Psalm 117:25  (Psalter According to the Seventy) 

St Vladimir’s Feast Day 2013 at St Nicholas Cathedral. Just before the Procession and Blessing of the Water. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov. All Rights Reserved.

 St Nicholas Cathedral (FB) Blessed the Water as part of the Feast of St Vladimir.  Many of us in America while not of Russian Descent are indebted to St Vladimir and are His Spiritual Children.

St. Vladimir the Great, Troparion, Tone IV —
Seated on the high throne of Kiev, the mother of cities saved by God,/ thou didst emulate the merchant who sought the goodly pearl,/ O Vladimir glorious in might,/ and examining and sending emissaries to the Imperial City to learn about the Orthodox Faith,/ thou didst find Christ the priceless Pearl, Who chose thee as a second Paul/ and in the holy font removed thy blindness, spiritual and bodily./ Wherefore, we, thy people, celebrate thy repose./ Pray thou, that Russia, thy land, be saved,// and that peace and great mercy be granted to the Orthodox people.

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Kontakion, Tone VIII —
Emulating the great Apostle Paul in thy maturity, O most glorious Vladimir,/ and putting aside all thy zeal for idols as childish thoughts,/ thou hast adorned thyself with the purple robe of divine baptism./ And standing now in gladness before Christ the Savior,/ pray thou that Russia, thy land, be saved,// and that peace and great mercy be granted to the Orthodox people.

St Vladimir’s Feast Day 2013 at St Nicholas Cathedral. Courtesy of Sergei Kalfov. All Rights Reserved.

More photos are available here courtesy of Sergei Kalfov

About editorOrthodoxNorthwest

An Orthodox Christian, whose interests also include, GO, Square Dancing, hiking, exploring, swimming, kayaking, cooking, history, board games. I am the Editor of OrthodoxNorthwest which I hope benefits readers in the NW. I do post Romanian, Greek and Slavic info but I cannot read any of them - hey, I am an American. Would appreciate hearing from readers of the blog. Χριστός Ανέστη! (Anthony) editorOrthodoxNorthwest@gmail.com
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