The procession is held every year to commemorate the Translation of the Relics of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky to St.Petersburg.
On September 12, St. Petersburg celebrated the day when the holy relics of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky, a heavenly patron of the city, were transferred to St. Petersburg. St. Prince Alexander Nevsky ruled Russia in the 13th century during some of the most difficult times in the country’s history and is renowned for both his military victories over German and Swedish invaders and subtle diplomatic policy in relations with the Golden Horde.
He was canonized as a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 16th century, although his veneration began right at his burial. It was Peter the Great who ordered the holy incorrupt relics of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky to be transferred to Russia’s new capital from Vladimir, and his daughter Empress Elizabeth established a religious procession to commemorate this event.
This tradition was interrupted in the Soviet years, but revived in 2013 during the celebration of the 300 th anniversary of the St. Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Today, after the Divine Liturgy served by Metropolitan Barsanuphius of St. Petersburg and Ladoga in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, some 100 thousand people went in a cross procession along the Nevsky Prospect from the Kazan Cathedral to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.
Watch the event in our video.