Skip to comments.Regular Divine Services Resume at Site of Volga River Monastery Abolished by Soviets
Posted on 04/18/2021 5:58:16 PM PDT by marshmallow
Thirty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church is still working to revive all that was lost during the dark decades of Soviet rule. Most recently, daily Divine services have resumed at the site of another monastery that was abolished by the godless authorities.
On Saturday, April 10, regular services resumed on the territory of the former Holy Trinity-St. Macarius Monastery on Monastery Islands on the Volga River in the village of Kalyazin in the Tver Province. The services are being held in the Chapel of St. Macarius in the southeastern tower, which was restored according to old drawings, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.
There are also plans to fully restore Holy Trinity Monastery, founded by the Monk Makary in 1434. At the moment, it is completely destroyed. 70% of the monastery was destroyed during the Soviet period, including the abbot’s residence, the bell tower, and several churches.
For centuries, the monastery was a place of pilgrimage for Russian tsar and patriarchs, who went to venerate the relics of St. Makary. It was closed at the beginning of 1920, and the architectural ensemble, preserved from the pre-Petrine period, was entirely submerged underwater when the Uglich Reservoir was created in 1940. Today there is a small hill known as the “Monastery Islands” on the site of the demolished monastery.
There is also an episcopal dependency, the Church of the Holy Entrance, located near the place where Holy Trinity Monastery once stood.
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Wonderful news. Glory to God!
Just to note - the Christian persecution in Soviet Union was terrible. Most priests were executed, including the patriarch, and almost all churches were shut down and turned into museums, swimming pools, office buildings or even apartment housing. Many churches were just raised. Monasteries were dissolved and building used for other purposes. All church property was confiscated and stolen.
Teaching religion was prohibited and schools were teaching atheism.
Since 1991, the Russian Church is in great comeback, churches were returned, rebuild and reopen, there are quite a lot new priests and churches are full.
But this is a slow process, as you see above.
Still a lot to do!
I think you mean “razed”. :)
As always, in the end God always wins.
Putin at Easter church service in 2015.
There was a brief period during WWII where Stalin opened the Churches up, figured he’d need all the help he could get.
But...but.....Putin is a Commie, don’cha know.
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. (Tertullian?)
A country headed in the right direction.
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