Metropolitan Benjamin attended the celebration in honor of the anniversary of the oldest church in Soligorsk region

On November 15, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Benjamin attended the celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos. More about this in the material MLYN.BY.


Some historical information: in 1795 in the village of Chizhevichi the Intercession Church was built. In 1807 it burned down, but it was quickly restored by the efforts of the parishioners, and in 1808 the opening took place again. A bell tower with 12 bells was built in 1861. The Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos is the oldest surviving Orthodox church in Soligorsk region. The building of the church is a monument of wooden architecture of republican significance and is one of the oldest wooden churches in Belarus.

During the celebration, Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Benjamin consecrated the throne of the renovated Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, and then led the Divine Liturgy.

An icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop Mir of Lycia, in an amber setting was donated to the Intercession Church. Church awards were also presented to parish workers and benefactors of the Intercession Church. The Metropolitan presented one of the medals to Valentina Golub, the granddaughter of John Pankratovich, rector of the Intercession Church in 1913-1934. He was shot in 1937 and then canonized.

The solemn events continued with the laying of a commemorative capsule at the foundation of the future house-museum of Hieromartyr John Pankratovich.

Also, the Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslavl Benjamin visited the parish complex of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Soligorsk and got acquainted with the decoration of the temples included in the complex. There, the Patriarchal Exarch met with representatives of the clergy of the Slutsk-Soligorsk diocese.

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