A festive farewell ceremony was held in St. Petersburg on Friday for the relics of St. Nicholas before being returned to the Italian city of Bari. A prayer was read in the Holy Trinity Cathedral and then a procession held with the participation of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia. After the ceremony, a guard of honour loaded the relics into a bus, which will take the holy casket to... Еще Pulkovo International Airport and then on to Bari. The relics of St. Nicholas were presented in St. Petersburg until July 13. Prior to that, they were on show at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior.