#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill performed the great consecration rite of the church of the Great Martyr Barbara, the patroness of all those working in the earth bowels.
In the newly consecrated church, the Russian Orthodox Church primate held a divine liturgy, which was attended by Nornickel president Vladimir Potanin, Krasnoyarsk region governor Alexander Uss, Norilsk mayor Dmitry Karasev, and dozens of parishioners.
“I thank you for the efforts that you are making”, the primate addressed the Norilsk people. “In difficult climatic conditions, you are improving the city, developing education, culture, science. May the Lord always help you and increase your strength”.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia expressed his gratitude to the Nornickel conpany’s president Vladimir Potanin and presented him with an icon of Prince Alexander Nevsky:
“I thank Vladimir for his work and bless him for serving the Fatherland in this northern region”.
As a gift to the Church of the Great Martyr Barbara, the Russian Orthodox Church primate presented the image of the Savior Not Made by Hands, and to all the parishioners – the Christ the Savior icons.
Also, patriarch Kirill awarded Agafangel, Norilsk and Turuhansk bishop, with the St. Seraphim of Sarov Order, III degree for many years of diligent service.
Patriarch Kirill founded the temple in the Great Martyr Barbara’s honor in 2018. Construction began on the initiative of Talnah residents and was completed thanks to the Nornickel’s financial assistance.
The work was carried out by the Moscow company Satori, which was engaged in the construction of the Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church in Norilsk on Mira street, 6.
Until today, the Russian Orthodox Church was represented in Talnah by the Holy Trinity Church, which is designed for only 15 people, while the population of Talnah is 50 thousand. The new temple will be able to receive 500 parishioners at once.
The church will have a Sunday school and youth clubs.
Earlier, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Skalisty mine, and went to the Nadezhdinsky metallurgical plant, where a comprehensive program for the production facilities modernization – the Sulfur Program – is being implemented.
Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Nornickel press office