1440St Seraphim anniversary celebrations begin in Diveyevo, Russia
- Aug 1, 20042004.07.31 ITAR-TASS:
St Seraphim anniversary celebrations begin in Diveyevo, Russia
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, July 31 (Itar-Tass) - The main celebrations of the 250th anniversary since the birthday of St. Seraphim of Sarov begin on Saturday in the village of Diveyevo, the Nizhny Novgorod region, which has become Russia's spiritual capital for these days.
The central event will be consecration of the Kazan Church reconstructed from the ruins. It is the site of the Seraphim Diveyevo monastery where the earthly remains of the Saint are kept at present.
It is a great day for Orthodox believers.
The Kazan Church always had a special significance in Russian religion history.
Head of the Diveyevo monastery Alexandra settled at the site and founded the church there. Mother of God appeared before her and said the prophetic words that she would found a monastery for women there by Alexandra' hands.
Seraphim of Sarov actively helped the Kazan Church and the monastery. Though his life was solitary there, the old man was not indifferent to such events as Napoleon's intrusion in Russia. The Sarov hermitage and the monastery provided shelter and food for many refugees from Moscow and regions occupied by French troops. Thankful letters from saved people are kept in the St. Trinity Seraphim Diveyevo monastery.
The church was completely destroyed in 1927 and reconstructed only in 2004.
The earthly remains of the Seraphim of Sarov, which had been lost, returned to the monastery.
Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus, Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Philaret will consecrate the church.
Metropolitan of Krutitsy and Kolomna Juvenaly and 15 Russian Orthodox Church hierarchy clergymen will participate in the ceremony.
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