Thousands in line to view 'Mother of God's Belt'.
Daily American News
Posted Nov 20, 2011 @ 07:32 AM
MOSCOW — Thousands of Muscovites are lining up to worship one of the most
revered Orthodox Christian relics - The Mother of God's Belt – as it goes on
display at the Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
The Orthodox Church believes in a legend that Mary, the Mother of Jesus,
wore a belt woven from camel wool, and, after her death and Assumption, it
came into the hands of the Apostle St Thomas.
The Christian relic, which came to Russia from Greece, is believed to have
divine powers to cure infertility and disease.
In the first centuries of the Christian era, the Belt was held in
By the end of the 4th century, the relic was taken to Constantinople (now
It had been repeatedly cut into parts throughout history. And only three
One of them is kept in Georgia, the two others are in Prato, Italy, and at
Vatoped Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece. The latter is believed by
Orthodox Christians to be under protection of the God`s Mother.
The Belt has never been taken from Athos before, with an exception only made
for the month-long Russian tour across 14 cities this year.
The relic will be on display for more than a week.