In day of memory of the founder of the Valaam monastery of St. Sergius and Herman on the island met President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill. The presence of the Patriarch at the celebrations of the Stavropegic monastery was meant by itself. But the President arrived on the island with an unofficial private visit.
At the same time, to Balaam landed two of the ship with Ukrainian and Russian pilgrims: these days it hosted another important event – Balaam got two new monuments. One of them, the image of Valaam mother of God, was consecrated by the Patriarch. The monument to the great Prince Vladimir brought to the island, but he has not yet officially opened.
“Mr Putin dines with the Patriarch” — run past the monks alerted the parishioners about each step of the first persons of the state. I must say that the President’s visit to Valaam was a surprise to many.
According to the local brethren, Putin is on the island often, but tries not to confuse the pilgrims with their presence. This time about the arrival of the President at the solemn Liturgy on the occasion of the commemoration of the founders of the monastery became known just a few minutes before tan Mr Putin in a shirt and a waistcoat was held in the monastery courtyard in a small environment.
“He always comes to Balaam in these days — Valaam tell the old-timers. Standing on the service in the Church, usually the choir does not advertise their presence.” But this time the journalists arrived to cover the opening of the Valaam monuments, do not miss the opportunity to take photos…
Initiated the emergence of a new Orthodox monuments in the island were Russian Foundation of St. Andrew and the Ukrainian plant “Motor Sich”, specializing in the production of aircraft engines for our aircraft and helicopters. Both organizations — long history of relations.
The idea about the installation of the monument to Prince Vladimir and St Andrew the Apostle arose in anticipation of the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of Rus’. The events that shook Ukraine in early 2014, has not prevented the implementation of the idea. Andrew monument was installed on the island in the summer of 2014. And now of St. Vladimir’s skete will appear and the 7-meter bronze monument to Grand Duke Vladimir.
The day before the wall of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral Patriarch Kirill was consecrated the sculptural image of the virgin, reproducing an image of the Valaam icon of Mother of God, written in 1878, a monk of the monastery hieromonk Olympium. The same monument is in Kiev. The handiwork of father and son sculptors Vyacheslav and Andrew Klicovych — appeared at the entrance to St. Andrew’s Cathedral in 2012. The way of Balaam Andrew Fangs reproduced independently. He is also the author of the monument to Grand Duke Vladimir. Here he followed in the footsteps of the father who created the famous monuments to the Baptist in Sevastopol and Belgorod.
“We open monuments here to reaffirm our common goal of strengthening the Orthodox faith”, — said during the opening of the image of Valaam mother of God, the President of “Motor Sich” Vyacheslav Boguslayev.
According to him, he believed and believes that cooperation with Russia the plant is only wins. In addition to the economy the two countries are linked by a community of faith.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrew Foundation Vladimir Yakunin also believes that Vladimir the Baptist, an iconic and unifying figure for both countries. “The fact that this project, like many others, we implement jointly with our friends from Ukraine, underlines the belonging of our peoples to a common civilization space, common past and, I am sure, shared peaceful future,” he says. The theme of reconciliation in Ukraine, sounded in the prayer, Patriarch Kirill, during a solemn Liturgy in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral of the Valaam monastery.Related posts: