25 September 2012
A squirrel helps to attract children to the Orthodox church in the
Moscow district of Kuntsevo
Moscow, September 25, Interfax - A red squirrel helps the senior priest
of a new parish in the west of Moscow to attract kids to the church.
The church of the St. John the Russian on Yartsevskaya Street in Moscow
is supposed to become one of 200 quick-constructible churches of the
capital. Now on this place there is just a small temporary church, a
reporter of Interfax-Religion was told in the Foundation for Church's
However, in spite of the fact that today`s church is small enough on
high days and holidays not less than 200 children take the sacrament
here not to mention adult parishioners.
According to the foundation's representative, the church has a little
helper - a small squirrel, living in a high cage by the entrance to the
In the middle of the cage there is a tree on which fur-bearing animal
freely mooch, sometimes almost with velocity of light.
It is evident that the nature corner attracts the attention of many
The kids are delighted with the squirrel and can watch its whimsical
jumps for hours.
Thanks to that their parents have an opportunity to spend some time in
"The kids who pass by see a downy animal, stop and may go to the church
to burn a candle," said the senior priest of the church Archpriest
Andrey Smirnov with a smile.