Australian pilgrims in Kiev, Ukraine (8 Sept) – photoreport

1. Leaving Sydney:

2. Great anticipation:

3. First stop Hong Kong, then Kiev:

4. St. Elijah church, Kiev. One of the earliest churches. Site of the Baptism of Rus:

5. Entry:

6. Beheading of St John the Forerunner mosaic, 2nd altar patronal feast:

7. Baptismal font – thousands of baptisms take place here:

8. Stairs to choir:

9. Seminarian from Kiev singing vigil:

10. The main dome:

11. The litany:

12. Polyeleos 1:

13. Polyeleos 2:

14. Protopresbyter Vitaly, Dean of the Kievan metropolia:

15. The Magnification – Velichaniye:

16. Prokimenon 1:

17. Prokimenon 2:

18. During the prokimenon:

19. Gospel 1:

20. Gospel 2:

21. Save o God Thy people……:

22. Sermon and announcements:

23. Fr. Vasily, the group’s guide:

24. Fr. Nicholas, one of 11 children (all active among the clergy):

25. The First hour dismissal: