Russian Prime Minister Putin stated on Saturday that the arrival of the Mother of God’s Holy Belt in Russia will strengthen the spiritual affinity of the Russian and Greek people and will contribute to further development of the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Moreover, Putin met with the church leaders who had organized the display of one of the most worshipped Orthodox relics, where Greek monks said that they were amazed with the passion Russians showed in worshipping the Holy Belt.
The Belt of the Virgin Mary attracted a million people in Moscow alone, inspiring them to queue in a five-kilometre (three mile) line for up to 26 hours in hope of touching the silver chest holding the relic and receiving a miracle.
“Nearly three million people came to the relic over this time, according to the most modest estimates,” Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill said after a brief service at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to see off the relic after its 40-day stay in Russia.
The relic visited 10 cities before it arrived in the capital 10 days ago.
As it departed Russia for its home on Greece’s Mount Athos, a motorcade carrying the relic circled Moscow along its outer ring highway.
“Such forceful pull of people towards the holy cannot be explained with any human arguments,” the patriarch said.
“So many people were cured! I constantly hear about the wonderful miracles that occurred on our land at this time.”