Metropolitan of Lugansk and Alchevsk, His Grace Mitrofan, on the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, consecrated the baptismal font built in Lugansk on the territory of the temple in honor of the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called. PERSON writes about it.
The baptismal font on the territory of the church in honor of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called became the only reservoir in Lugansk, which was designated by the Ministry of Emergency Situations for an organized Epiphany bathing in 2021. Free hot tea with cookies was organized for everyone here.
The Metropolitan, with the participation of the rector of the church, Archpriest Vladimir Chesnokov, served the festive liturgy, after which he conducted the rite of consecration of the font and consecrated the water brought by the parishioners. After addressing the audience, Mitrofan, together with the abbot and the children, released white doves into the sky, symbolizing the holiday.
“Today again we sanctified the water in this font so that everyone can take holy water or take a dip, so that the grace of God strengthens people, to help them in their lives. We hope that with God's help this good tradition will develop every year, ”said the bishop.
He noted that these days the clergy "are praying especially fervently for the healing of those who are sick with COVID-19 and the strengthening of the healthy."
“Of course, today we are all experiencing this coronavirus, this disease that has affected almost all of humanity. And since the baptismal water also has healing power, I would like to wish people to receive healing through it, so that by the grace of God this epidemic would pass as quickly as possible, so that nothing would threaten people's lives. Also, every holiday, especially Christmas, we pray that such long-awaited and necessary for all the world ", - said Mitrofan.
The head of the diocese emphasized that "the fullness of the holiday this year was prevented by the pandemic and related restrictions", but expressed confidence that "the virus will be defeated, and there will be more people in the churches."
“We hope for this, we pray about it, God forbid that it be so,” the Metropolitan expressed his hope.
Let us remind you that the largest open-air font in Lugansk was built on the territory of the church in honor of the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called. The church plans to fill the reservoir not only during Epiphany holidays, but also in the summer months, so that the children of the quarter, where there is no nearby river, can swim on hot days.
The temple is located at the address: Lugansk, Mirny quarter, opposite the house number 13-b, near the building of the former administration of the Lugansk border detachment.
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