The President of Russia met Christmas in the Church of the Holy and righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess in Saint-Petersburg. Footage from the Church showed “the First channel” during a live broadcast from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
It is reported that this Church was built in the early XVIII century. Here was baptized the father of the President.
photo: Alexander Astafyev
The feast of the Nativity, the Russian leader met in his native Saint Petersburg in the Church of the Holy and righteous Simeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess on moss street. Together with the President of the Church were the head of the city Georgy Poltavchenko and the head of the temple of businessman Vladimir Kekhman, as well as lay members. It is reported that the congregation in the Church people were not warned about the arrival of the President.
The President arrived at the Christmas service around midnight. First, Vladimir Putin visited the lower Church, and then climbed the stairs, facing the front of the pulpit, where he lit a candle and stood in front of the Royal doors, reports the Agency RIA Novosti.
The President of Russia, during the festive service, gave the Church an icon of the mid-nineteenth century. As have informed in a press-service of the Kremlin, the gift is a double row icon in metal oklad.
Dmitry Medvedev with his wife Svetlana celebrated in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The service at the Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church, which in addition to the Chairman of the government was attended by MPs, senators and other top officials of the state, an hour before midnight, began the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.