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Soldiers stationed at the Valaam archipelago radar company of the Leningrad army of Military-air forces and antiaircraft defense of the Western military district celebrated the Epiphany by bathing in icy water in the baptismal font, located on the territory of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Valaam monastery.

Before the beginning of the ceremony in the Church took place on Epiphany prayer service, which was held by the Abbot of the monastery Bishop Trinity Pankraty.

Among the members of the squadron at the call of the four are inhabitants of the monastery.

Starting your army the way in the Valaam monastery more civil, future soldiers learn discipline and obedience to one’s elders at the monastery. In the monastery the recruits-workers fulfill the obedience in the refectory in the monastery gardens, and one who knows the liturgical cycle, I listen in the temple. And if the recruit is worthy of carrying the monastic obedience, the clergy of the monastery gives him direction to the service in the company of Balaam.

The Abbot of the monastery Bishop Trinity Pankraty notes that don’t seen the soldiers after the service we return to the island: “Those who were on the island, military service, come to our monastery. These guys we might remember eighteen, but now they come thirty men who created a truly Orthodox family. Someone became a priest, who had remained in the monastery, becoming a deacon and monk”.

This year marks 25 years in accordance with the agreement of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II and the Minister of defence of the Russian Federation, were allowed passage of military service the monks of the Valaam monastery of military age in the company of radio engineering regiment of the Leningrad army of VVS and PVO, stationed on the Valaam archipelago in lake Ladoga.

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