MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The first meeting of the clergyman with the convicts took place on the eve of the Orthodox holiday of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos. The event took place in a church on the territory of a regime institution, which was erected in 2012 in honor of the holy great martyr Anastasia the Patterns.
The bishop held a prayer service, sprinkled holy water and blessed those present, and then turned to the believers with a sermon. He also spoke about the history of the birth and traditions of the Orthodox holiday of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos.
During the conversation with the parishioners of the temple, Bishop Parmen answered all the questions. Members of the local Orthodox community asked them especially actively. It currently has over 30 members.
The new abbot of the church in the colony will have to continue the work of spiritual revival and spiritual and moral enlightenment of the condemned: to perform divine services and church Sacraments. He will visit the correctional institution at least once a month.
The Chelyabinsk Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church pays great attention to the issues of prison ministry. Within the framework of the agreement concluded with the regional GUFSIN, a priest of the Chelyabinsk Metropolis for pastoral visits is assigned to each correctional institution. The work is organized by the assistant to the head of the GUFSIN of the region for work with believers, Father Evgeny.
It should be noted that currently there are 13 Orthodox churches (IK-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 15, 18, 25, KP-7) and 22 prayer rooms for holding religious rites in the institutions of the Penitentiary System of the region. and divine services.
Press service of the GUFSIN of Russia for the Chelyabinsk region
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