Voices from Russia

Thursday, 23 October 2008

A New Church to be Built on Mount Athos by the Russian Athonite Society

Monastery of Agiou Pavlou (St Paul) on Mount Athos, one of the 20 ruling houses of the Monastic Republic

The Russian Athonite Society signed a contract with St Paul Monastery (one of the 20 ruling houses of the Holy Mountain: editor’s note) to finance the construction of a church dedicated to St Paul of Kseropotamou, the founder of the monastery, above the holy cave of the saint. The holy cave is situated not far from the monastery. St Paul lived in the cave during the 10th century. Private individuals and organisations will donate the funds necessary for this project, the press-service of the Russian Athonite Society reported. The monastery is located at the bottom of Mount Athos on its western side. After Catalonians attacked the Holy Mountain, the monastery lost its independence until 1370, when it began to regain its vitality thanks to the patronage of Serbian Prince Georgy Brankovic. The main holy relics of the monastery are the gifts of the Magi to the God-Child Jesus and two large particles from the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord.

22 October 2008




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