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. Part of his relics is kept in the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Saint-Petersburg TV Channel reporter Anna Bezkrovnaya tells about the celebration.
The festivities started with the Divine Liturgy and a prayer service in the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. The service was attended by Saint-Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov and St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Chairman Vyacheslav Makarov.
Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga served the Liturgy. Speaking to the congregation, he reminded that a large church procession was usually held on the St. Prince Alexander Nevsky day in St. Petersburg. This year, it had to be cancelled.
Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga said: ‘Please God, next year when we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of St. Alexander Nevsky, everything will be back to normal. The saint prince has always been an example for many generations of the people of our country.’
The Metropolitan congratulated the Governor on his name day and gave him an icon of heavenly patron Alexander Nevsky.
Alexander Beglov admitted: ‘The pandemic did change out plans, but nevertheless we have gathered here in the Monastery, which is the spiritual center of the city.’
Alexander Beglov awarded Metropolitan Varsonofy with a Medal for Merit to the city.
Alexander Beglov noted: ‘The decision to transfer the holy relics of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky to St. Petersburg was made by Peter the First after the victory over the Swedish army. It is an important day for us as Alexander Nevsky is a heavenly patron of our city.’
Vyacheslav Makarov added: ‘It was thanks to the prayers of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky that Russia and our Orthodox belief were saved, thanks to his talent as a military commander and diplomat, and his wisdom as a ruler.’
At a concert held in the monastery courtyard St. Petersburg residents were awarded for their contribution to maintaining the national unity and preserving the cultural and historic heritage.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel