MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On the territory of IK-19, a big holiday was held for the convicted believers. The Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, located on the territory of the colony, was consecrated after a large-scale reconstruction. The ceremony was conducted by Metropolitan Maximilian of Irkutsk and Angarsk.
The event was attended by the head of the GUFSIN of Russia for the Irkutsk region Leonid Sagalakov, the head of IK-19 Alexander Kuznetsov, assistant to the head of the GUFSIN of Russia in the Irkutsk region for work with believers, Evgeny Startsev, employees of the colony and the main apparatus of the GUFSIN.
After the consecration, the Divine Liturgy was held in the church, the condemned took the sacrament. Metropolitan Maximilian of Irkutsk and Angarsk congratulated those present on this momentous event.
“The creation of this magnificent temple, so richly decorated and so symbolically correctly built, will help everyone who comes here to pray for their correction,” said Metropolitan Maximilian of Irkutsk and Angarsk.
As a sign of blessing, the Metropolitan presented the head of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service for the Irkutsk Region Leonid Sagalakov with an icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. The Metropolitan also presented bishops’ letters for the work in the restoration of the church. The diploma was awarded to the rector of the Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, priest Dmitry Startsev. The head of the colony, Alexander Kuznetsov, received the diploma and the icon of the Mother of God “Kazan” from the hands of the metropolitan. Nikolai Smirnov, a convict who was engaged in the painting of the church, was awarded a diploma. After the consecration ceremony and liturgy, the Metropolitan talked with the condemned.
Recall that the reconstruction of the church on the territory of correctional colony No. 19 in the village of Markova, Irkutsk region, began in 2018. Initially, it was planned to renovate the domes and the roof. However, in the course of the work it became clear that the temple, built in 1998, needed major repairs. The work was carried out by convicts. For three years, the church roofs were replaced, the foundation was strengthened, and finishing works were carried out. For additional strength, 12 pillars were installed inside the room. New gold-colored domes made of titanium nitrite, all forged elements and a spiral staircase leading to the bell tower were made in the blacksmith shop of the colony. Convict Nikolai Smirnov, laureate of all-Russian competitions of Orthodox icon painting, was engaged in the painting of the church for ten months. The artist made the project of painting the walls and the iconostasis together with the priest, remotely consulted with familiar icon painters.
Press service of the GUFSIN of Russia for the Irkutsk region
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