The Word’s First Self-Propelled Boat Church- "Saint Vladimir"
is not only ‘on track,’ but is ‘riding the wave’ of opportunity!
No matter what religion you follow, praying always
means going to the holy shrine and worshiping the almighty. But, here is a
place of worship that doesn’t await the devotees, instead it itself goes to the
The Prince Saint Vladimir is basically an old boat
converted into a floating church that could make the sacred relics on board
accessible to people in remote areas along the Volga River.
This isn’t the world’s
first floating church, communities living on water have built plenty of them
all around the world, but the Prince Saint Vladimir (named after the saint who
baptized Russia) is the world’s first self-propelled chapel boat. Built back in 2004,
the unique church was designed to reach even the shallowest waters, so that all
the people of the Volvograd region could have access to a church and priest.
There were two other similar churches built before, but because they were
practically converted barges, they could only be moved by tugboats. The Prince
Saint Vladimir is, however, a self-propelled craft.
On September 13, 2010, the great river voyage of the
Prince Saint Vladimir began. The floating church will travel around 3,000
kilometers along the shores of the Volga, from the river mouth, all the way to
Moscow. It will make stops in both cities and small communities along the
shores, allowing people access to relics of eight great saints from the era of
the Undivided Church. Its voyage will take the sacred ship to areas that have
suffered from drought and terrible wildfires, and the Russian Church hopes it
will bring comfort to locals.
Along with the captain and ship crew, a priest will be
on board the Prince Saint Vladimir at all times, and he will celebrate the
Sacred Liturgy at every stop.