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Wednesday, June 29

Alexei II's Vicar to Pray For Bulgaria's Children

Updated on: 02.07.2008, 11:37

Published on: 02.07.2008, 10:22


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30 Russian bishops will pray for the health of the Bulgarian children in front of the three miraculous icons of Virgin Mary. The relics will be again in Sofia on Thursday under the initiative of Standard newspaper, Darik radio and BTV and with the blessing of the Holy Synod. At 6 p.m. ion 3 July Bulgarian patriarch Maxim will hold a service for blessing Bulgarian children and their families.

The Russian cleric delegation will join the initiative right at its arrival in Bulgarian on Friday. The delegation is headed by the bishop of the Russian orthodox church Alexei, vicar of the patriarch of Moscow and of All-Russia Alexei II.

The miraculous icons will leave for the second time their temples under the initiative of the three media. A year ago, they gathered in Sofia withing the frame of the You are not alone mission for the salvation of the nurses in Libya. Then, over a million of Bulgarians prayed for the liberation of the medics but also for the health and happiness of their relatives.

On 3rd July the whole cleric and secular elite of Bulgaria will gather on the square of the St. Alexander Nevsky cathedral in Sofia. All bishops from the Holy Synod will be there. Politicians, musicians, actors and intellectuals and their families are expected to take part united in their faith in the future of Bulgaria's children.

The relics will arrive in the capital at 5.30 p.m. They will be traveling simultaneously on three rays, in armored cars and with a police cordon.

The icons will stay in the cathedral until there are people who want to light a candle. The temple's doors will be opened non-stop.

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