Metropolitan Filaret presents church awards to Athos monks
MINSK, 20 November (BelTA) - Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret,
Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, received a delegation of the Athos
monastery Hilandar headed by the Abbot of the Monastery, Archimandrite
Methodius, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian Exarchate.
“His Eminence Metropolitan Filaret had a conversation with the guests.
Metropolitan Filaret awarded the church honors on the guests in
recognition of the work for the good of the Church, blessed them for the
travel across the eparchies of the Belarusian Orthodox Church and
communion with the clergy, monastics and laypeople,” the exarchate said.
The Athos monks arrived in Belarus on a five-day visit at the invitation
of the Patriarchal Exarch. The delegation includes another three monks
of the monastery of communion. They plan to visit the Holy Annunciation
Monastery in the village of Lyady, Saint Euphrosyne convent in Polotsk,
the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve, and the memorial Khatyn. The
delegation will present the Icon of the Mother of God “Nursing the
Child” to the Minsk parish “Joy of All Who Sorrow” and the Icon of the
Mother of God “Of Three hands” to the Minsk church in honor of the