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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=mosaic&div=405 25 September 2012 A squirrel helps to attract children to the Orthodox church in the Moscow district of
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      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
      Construction Support.

      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
      complex territory.

      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
      young parishioners.

      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
      prayer.

      "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.
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