Do you know that religion was forbidden some years ago in Russia? Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin once said: “Any religious idea, any flirtation with a god is the most inexpressible foulness, the most shameful infection.”
Today, thousands of people are rushing to Russia for a miracle through the rib of Saint Nicholas who died many years ago. If you don’t know Saint Nicholas, He was a Greek bishop in Asia Minor in the 4th Century. He was famous for his kindness to children and would later inspire the legend of Santa Claus. He is the patron saint of children, sailors, and of prisoners who’ve been wrongly condemned. And he is the saint most cherished by Russian hearts.
For more than 900 years, his bones have lain in a crypt in the Italian city of Bari. But now, after an historic agreement between the Catholic Pope and the Orthodox Patriarch, one of St Nicholas’ ribs is on loan to Russia.
Many people have been coming for healings of different kind as they place themselves on the cart carrying the rib.
Orthodox Church in Russia has grown in power and influence. That’s partly because the loyal Church has helped to strengthen the Russian state and those in power. And, partly, because the Kremlin knows that people need something in which to believe. By this Russia is trying to excite and enthuse and unite the tens of millions of Orthodox Christians in Russia behind a common idea.