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.
Sunday, 28 July (15 July in the Church Calendar), on the Day of Commemoration of Holy Prince Vladimir, baptizer of Russia, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral by Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and Moldova.
Concelebrating to the first hierarch of the Moldovan Church were Vicar Bishops Ioan of Soroca and Siluan of Orhei, assisted at the service by metropolitan secretary and Cathedral dean, archpriest Vadim Cheibas, dean of Drochia church circumscription, archpriest Pavel Valuta, spiritual administrator of the Resurrection of the Lord monastery in Chisinau, archpriest Nicolae Tudoreanu, and the clergy of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Among multitudes of church goers, numerous Marine veterans traditionally came to participate in the Divine Service, celebrating the day of the Black Sea Marine on the last Sunday of July.
The Metropolitan of Chisinau and Moldova was tonsured with the name of Vladimir, in commemoration of the Holy and Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir on 29 November 1987 by ever commemorated Bishop Antonie (Moskalenko) of Cernauti and Bucovina.
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