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Accompanied by Hieromonk John (Kalugin) and Deputy Head of KP-2 Timofei Nikolaev, the convicts visited the Spassky Monastery, the Holy Intercession Convent, the Gradoyakutsky Nikolsky Church, the Spiritual and Educational Center in Yakutsk, the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, the Yakutsk Theological Seminary and the Gradoyakutsky Cathedral. The participants of the excursion learned about the history of Christianity and became familiar with the moral foundations of Orthodox culture.
Cooperation with the Yakutsk and Lena dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church helps the institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) to use the powerful spiritual potential of Orthodoxy in conducting educational work with convicts, preparing them for release, and fostering respectful attitude towards the law and society among those serving sentences.
All penitentiary institutions of the republic have Orthodox churches, prayer rooms, and spiritual libraries.
Hieromonk Makariy (Zolotavin), assistant to the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for organizing work with believers, pays great attention to the spiritual and moral education of convicts and employees. Conducts divine services, religious rituals, talks and sermons with convicts and personnel.
On the holidays timed to the Day of Russia, he organized a pilgrimage trip to the monasteries and temples of the city of Yakutsk for the convicts of the colony-settlement No. 2.
The event was hosted by Hieromonk John (Kalugin), acting rector of the Spassky Monastery in Yakutsk.
The convicts, accompanied by the deputy head of the colony-settlement No. 2, Timofei Nikolaev, visited the Spassky Monastery, the Holy Intercession Convent, the Gradoyakutsky Nikolsky Church, the Spiritual and Educational Center of Yakutsk, the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, the Yakutsk Theological Seminary and the Gradoyakutsky Transfiguration Cathedral.
Father John told them about the history of the formation, spread and revival of Christianity in Yakutia, about the life and work of Saint Innocent, acquainted them with church traditions and customs, the history of the creation of religious objects. The convicts admired the shrines stored in them, walked around the well-groomed territory of temples and monasteries, and were also able to venerate the icons. Then the priest answered all their questions. The hospitable workers of the refectory theological school fed all the participants of the excursion with a delicious and hearty lunch.
It should be noted that thanks to such events, convicts become familiar with the moral foundations of Orthodox culture, they form an idea of the cultural and historical unity of Russia and the Russian people.
Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
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