MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In St. Petersburg, the main holiday of Orthodox Christians – Easter of Christ – was held in the restored Church of the Great Martyr George the Victorious in the historical building of the General Staff on Palace Square.
Today, this holiday has brought together believers of the military personnel of the Western Military District, civilian personnel, family members and veterans. The service was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Western Military District, Lieutenant General Aleksey Zavizion. Also, a ceremony of consecration of icons took place, which will later be transferred to the formations and military units of the district.
The temple in the name of the great martyr George the Victorious was erected by the famous architect of Russia in 1822 and became the first main temple of the Russian imperial army. Hundreds of names of officers were immortalized in the church, killed and died from wounds received in battles during the period from 1807 to the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-78. In 1917, the temple was closed and converted into a utility room. Currently, the temple has been restored and operates on the territory of the headquarters of the Western Military District.
Also, more than 25 thousand believers of the military of the Western Military District took part in services that were held in military churches and churches in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Leningrad, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Voronezh, Bryansk regions.
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