Russian Orthodox priests borrowed an armed forces helicopter to fly “Holy Fire” over a Russian community rattled by weeks of cross-border attacks.
Video published Tuesday showed two austere clergymans holding a lantern and also an icon while flying over the Belgorod area town of Stary Oskol, 100 kilometers from the Ukrainian boundary.
“The clergy flew over Stary Oskol with the revered Iveron Icon of the Mother of God as well as Holy Fire brought from the Holy Sepulcher,” said Pravoslavnoye Oskolye, the Russian Orthodox Church’s regional web site.
The flame was brought from Jerusalem, where Christian tradition states Jesus was crucified, hidden as well as resurrected, to note Orthodox Easter on April 24.
“The helicopter was supplied by the servicemen,” Pravoslavnoye Oskolye said.
Social media site customers fasted to label the airplane a “holycopter.”
The priests were signed up with by a local legislator and an administration official, Pravoslavnoye Oskolye reported.
Although the church did not show the trip’s purpose, the sortie adheres to a collection of explosions at oil depots as well as ammo disposes in Belgorod in the weeks given that Russia got into Ukraine on Feb. 24 that local authorities condemn on Kyiv.