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Russian Cosmonauts Keep Close to Heaven

17. November 2009 by James 0 Comments

Flying above the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour or 5 miles per second would give one reason to pause and think about life.

Recently, Russian Cosmonaut Maksim Suraev stationed aboard the International Space Station took time to blog about some of the religious symbols aboard the ISS.

Suraev tells his readers that there are only four holy icons on the Russia segment. There is  a bible and a big cross, The Lord’s Divine Cross, which was blessed by the late Patriarch Aleksv II and delivered by the crew of Soyuz TMA-8 in 2006.

Suraev has a personal icon, a reliquary cross in his cabin. A priest close to Suraev, Father Job, gave to him at Baikanur before the launch. Father Job told him the cross had a piece of the original cross on which Jesus was crucified is contained in his icon. His cross was blessed at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius monastery in Sergiev Posad, Russia.  He will keep it with him and it will return with him to Earth.