3.09.2008

Press release

September 7, 2008 the final stage of the project of Cultural-Historical Foundation «the Link of Times” on returning the historic bells of the St. Daniel monastery, Moscow, is starting. The bells were sold to the USA in 1930 and stayed at Harvard University campus ever since then.

Several solemn events are going to mark the final stage of the project in the cities that will be welcoming the bells on their way to Moscow.

September 7
The solemn arrival of the bells to St. Petersburg.
The public welcome of the motorcade with the bells on their arrival to the Isakievskaya Square from the Port of St. Petersburg.
The bells are going to be installed on a special belfry. After almost 80-year emigration in the USA the first ringing of the bells in Russia is going to follow the end of the ceremony.
After a festive liturgy and a religious procession the solemn ceremony with the participation of the Governor of St. Petersburg Mrs. Valentina Matvienko, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of “The Link of Times” Foundation Mr. Viktor Vekselberg, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and Harvard University.
Meeting with journalists.
The bell-ringing and the opening of the photo exposition dedicated to the project of returning Danilov bells will complete the solemn ceremony.
After the end of the ceremonial part, the bells are going to be placed on special vehicles in order to continue their way to Moscow.

A ceremonial welcome of Danilov bells in St. Petersburg is going to take place.
A ship with the destination to Russia carrying 17 historic Danilov bells on board left the USA on August 8, 2008. In order to do a trans-shipment from an oceanic liner and to continue transporting bells to Russia on a ferry-boat, the bell ensemble underwent a complicated technical procedure of unloading and taking the bells from the containers and packaging at the port of the city of Bremerhafen, Germany. Under a careful surveillance of the representatives of “The Link of Times” foundation and the invited experts, the bells were placed on 2 special auto platforms and sent to the port of St. Petersburg on a ferry.
The way that bells take on their returning to their home country almost exactly repeats the route the bells left Russia.
September 4 on their arrival to the port of St. Petersburg the bells will undergo the necessary procedure of an official registration. A solemn public welcome of ancient Danilov bells on Isakyevskaya Square is going to take place on September 7. According to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Viktor Vexelberg: “This day is really a historic date. A unique spiritual relic, the bell ensemble of St. Daniel monastery is returning home. The foundation “The Link of Times” sees its part as to make a greatest possible number of our compatriots to see and hear the bells”. In a course of a ceremony the ensemble is going to be installed on a special belfry and following the end of the event the first bell chime of historic bells in Russia will be accomplished after almost 80-year emigration.
Here is the time-table of the grand welcome events of the Danilov bells in Saint Petersburg on September 7:


The time-table of the events of Grand welcome of Danilov bells in Saint Petersburg:

10:00 The festive liturgy at the Isakievskiy Cathedral.


12:00 The beginning of the solemn ceremony: the Religious procession starts its way to the bells located on the square in front of the cathedral. Following this, the appearances of the Governor of Saint Petersburg Mrs. Valentina Matvienko, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of “The Link of Times” Foundation  Mr. Viktor Vexelberg, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and Harvard University are going to take place.
Meeting of participants of the ceremony with the journalists.


13:00  The bell ringing, opening the photo exposition dedicated to the project of returning Danilov bells will be completing the solemn ceremony in Saint Petersburg.


After the solemn ceremony the bells are going to be loaded on a special transport in order to continue their way to Moscow.

September 8
The ceremonial arrival of the bells to Velikiy Novgorod. After the festive liturgy and a religious procession the pubic welcome of the motorcade with the bells is going to take place. The bells on platforms of the motorcade will be introduced to citizens and guests of the city in the square by the Pokrovskiy cathedral. A solemn ceremony with the participation of the Governor of Novgorod Region Mr. Sergey Mitin, representatives of “The Link of Times” Foundation, representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and Harvard University will take place in the square.
Meeting with journalists.
The opening of the photo exposition dedicated to the project of returning Danilov bells will complete the solemn ceremony. Novgorod sees off the belfry to meet it in the next city.

The time-table of the events of Danilov bells’ Grand welcome in Veliky Novgorod:


12:00 The Religious Procession — the clergy and the parishioners come out of Pokrovsky cathedral to the square where the platforms with the bells are located.


12:30 A short public prayer marking the welcome of Danilov bells.


13:00 The representatives of the city Administration, the Archbishop in power, the representatives of “The Link of Times” Foundation give their speeches of welcome.


13:40 Meeting with the journalists.


14:00 The opening of the photo exposition “The return of Danilov Bells”


The end of the ceremony
Participants of the ceremony observe the bells.

September 9
The ceremonial arrival of the bells to Tver. After a festive liturgy and a religious procession (the pubic welcome of the motorcade with the bells is going to take place on the Afanasy Nikitin Embankment. The bells on the platforms of the motorcade will be introduced to citizens and guests of the city. The solemn ceremony with the participation of the Governor of Tver Region Mr Dmitry Zelenin, representatives of the Foundation “The Link of Times”, representatives of Russian Orthodox Church and Harvard University will take place near the Cathedral.
Meeting with the journalists.
The opening of the photo exposition dedicated to the project of returning Danilov bells will complete the solemn ceremony.

The time-table of the events of Grand welcome of Danilov bells in Tver:


11:00 The Religious procession comes out of the cathedral and starts its way to the bells.


11:15 A short public prayer marking the welcome of Danilov bells.


11:30 The representatives of the city Administration, the Archbishop in power, the representatives of “The Link of Times” Foundation give their speeches of welcome.


12:00 Meeting with the journalists.


12:15 The opening of the photo exposition “The return of Danilov Bells”


The end of the ceremony
Participants of the ceremony observe the bells.

September 10
The ceremonial arrival of the bells to Moscow. The public welcome of the bells. The motorcade with the bells fasten openly on it makes its way towards Serpukhovskaya Zastava square (Metro station “Tulskaya”), to the St. Daniel monastery accompanied by traffic police motor-cade (GIBDD).
Muscovites have an opportunity to see the beauty of casting, the grace of tracery and the delicate fulfillment of icons on the ancient cupper of the bells. Meeting with the journalists.
The brethren of the St. Daniel monastery led by Father Superior of the monastery Archimandrite Alexey welcomes the bells by a procession and leads the relic to the Holy Gates of the Cloister.

The events of Grand welcome of the Danilov bells in Moscow:


15:30 The religious procession from St. Daniel monastery starts its way to Serpoukhovskaya Zastava Square.


16:00 Motorcade with the bells arrives to Danilovskaya Square from the direction of Varshavskoe highway


16:00 — 16:30 the address of Archimandrite Alexey and other participants


16:30 The procession with the bells returns to the monastery to the sound of bell-ringing

September, 12
The ceremonial event at the Danilov monastery on the occasion of the returning of the bells in Russia. The solemn ceremony of the consecration of the historical bell ensemble and official transfer documents of property rights to the ensemble of Danilov bells from the Foundation “The Link of Times” to the St. Daniel monastery will be held. After the ceremony the first ringing of all the historical bells arrived will take place in the monastery.
After the ringing performance it is planned a meeting with journalists.

The Ceremony of the Danilov bells’ return, St. Daniel Monastery:


9:00
The Festive liturgy starts at the Holy Trinity Cathedral


11:30 The arrival of His Holiness The Patriarch to the monastery


11:50 The Religious procession from the Trinity Cathedral starts its way to the monastery square where the bells are located.


12:00 An act of blessing the bells, the ceremonial speeches, the first guests of the ceremony strike one of the returned bells as a symbolic act.


12:45 Media briefing in the Residence of the Holy Patriarch at St. Daniel Monastery


13:00 The visitors can contemplate the bells.

Coordination of mass media:
+7 (499) 136- 53- 88 – Maria Lavrinovich   m.lavrinovich@fsv.ru
+7 (903) 152- 54- 59  , + 7(495)  540 -18–48, fax +7(495) 540- 18- 49

Official Representatives:

8 (495) 975 02 40 – Andrey Shtorkh, official representative of the Cultural-Historical Foundation “The Link of Times”

8 (495) 720- 49–99 (ext.  5718) – Alexander Petrov, the deputy of the official representative of the Cultural-Historical Foundation “The Link of Times”

 8–916 -836–3950 – Daria Ezerova, press-secretary of  St. Daniel’s Monastery

8–101–917–628–1867 – Edward Mermelshtein, director of the office of the Cultural-Historical Foundation “The Link of Times” in the USA

For mass media accreditation for the events please contact:

 September, 7. St. Petersburg

  1. Press service of the Governor of Saint Petersburg Mrs V. Matvienko
  2. “The Link of Times” Foundation

September, 8. Novgorod Veliky

  1. Press service of the Governor of Novgorod Region Mr. S. Mitin
  2. “The Link of Times” Foundation

September, 9 Tver


    1. Press service of the Governor of Tver Region Mr. D. Zelenin 
    2. “The Link of Times” Foundation

September, 10. Moscow


    1. ”The Link of Times” Foundation

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