Clergy sprinkle holy water on Serov highway
c="http://yekaterinburgnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/250px-Catherineburg12.jpg" alt="" title="250px-Catherineburg" width="250" height="184" class="alignright size-full wp-image-2605" />The Serovskaya highway was recently consecrated by the priests of Saint Seraphim of Sarov Hermogen at the request of the staff of the Office of Research Affairs of Russian traffic police in the Sverdlovsk region and the regional traffic police regiment.
The priests sprinkled holy water on the route with some automobiles stopping to ask for blessings, according to Mir66.
The priests said that crosses have been put alongside roads for centuries, a tradition seen less and less while traffic deaths are more common than ever.
Traffic police have worked closely with the Orthodox Church for years. The father of the parish leads the officers in classes on the Word of God twice a month.
The highway has recently become known as a "road of death." Memorial wreaths dot the side of the road. For the first eight months of 2012, the area has seen 145 accidents, resulting in 211 injuries and 57 deaths. Speeding is the most common cause of accidents, Mir66 reports.
The local traffic police hope that the clergy will somehow effect the mortality statistics in the area.
The clergymen said that their prayers and holy water will drive off evil forces, but drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, as well.
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