Today, on the day when we honour the Procession of the Venerable Wood of the Life-Creating Cross of the Lord and on the first day of the Assumption Fast, let us recall the most significant and momentous event of the departing summer – a prayer service and the Sacred Procession in Kiev on the day of the Christianization of Rus'.

One hundred thousand people from all the eparchies of our country gathered on this day on the Saint Vladimir Hill near the monument to Saint Vladimir, the Grand Duke, Equal to the Apostles, the Evangelizer of Rus'.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine led the prayer service and then the Sacred Procession. One hundred thousand believers in Kiev and millions throughout the country prayed for overcoming the turmoil and the split on our land, and most importantly, for the return of the long-awaited peace to Ukraine.