The Activities of the Pilgrimage Department of the Diocese of Simferopol and the Crimea

The services being provided

At present the traveling about the sacred places — pilgrimage — is getting more and more popular. One cannot but note that recently at the roads of Crimea and at different cultural objects there have appeared the buses with icons and the plates with the inscription “pilgrims”. It cannot but gladden as Crimea, as it is known, has not only the favorable climate and natural characteristics, but it is also the cradle of the Orthodoxy. All of you know well that St. Apostle Andrew the First-Called used to preach the Gospel in Crimea, there the Roman bishop Clement was exiled and accepted the death of a martyr, from the ancient Chersonese St. Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir brought to Rus the light of the Orthodoxy.

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 Orthodox Crimea. Orthodox pilgrimage to Crimea.

Christianity appeared in Crimea in I c. A.D., when St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle preached Christ’s Word by going about Taurida having obtained Scythia and the Northern Black Sea Region by lot. The Christian history of the Crimean Peninsula is also closely connected with other saints, whose prayer deed converted many people to Christianity. One cannot but remember the first followers, the St. Apostle’s disciples: their names are Inna, Pinna and Rimma. These names are masculine. Having taken holy baptism, they preached Christianity in the pagan Scythia. Having come with their preaching to the Danube they were cruelly drowned. The church legend says that their imperishable relics repose in Alushta.

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