Second Baptism of Russia

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H/T: spc.rs (here)

Speaking to a group of Italian students about the Russian church, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department of External Church Relations,stated “…beginning with 1998 a new era began in our church which we refer to as ‘The Second Baptism of Russia’. The end of the 80’s and the beginning of the 90’s saw a massive baptism of the Russian people.”

“Today we have 35,000 churches, that is to say, in 28 years 29,000 new churches were opened. More than a thousand churches are opened per year, or three churches a day….We had three spiritual schools, today there are over fifty.”

According to the metropolitan, such a growth of faith is unparallelled in Russian history.

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One thought on “Second Baptism of Russia

  1. For 29,000 new churches to open in Russia during the past 28 years conveys a peerless love of religious services by the Russian people.

    I don’t believe that many churches in such a short time span ever opened before in history.

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