Church in honour of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God Minsk

Church in honour of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God

May 02, 2020

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Patron Saint's Day: March 15

This church, otherwise referred to as “the festive church” by the parishioners, was built in honour of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God. Architect N.M. Diadko drew inspiration from various styles of the Ancient Russian church architecture, specifically, those of Vladimir-Suzdal and Pskov-Novgorod. Snow-white walls with thin horizontal lines, arcaded frieze, a huge and elevated blue dome with golden stars forming a crown, and a decorative corbel arch around the dome helps to create its solemn and festive look.

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The interior of the church resembles that of the ancient Byzantine churches. Natural materials, viz., limestone, various hues of marble, slate stone, quartzite, travertine, hornbeam and oak wood, brass and bronze, are used for decoration. Ancient techniques, such as fresco painting, mosaic, stone incrustation, enamelwork, and stained glass were employed for this project.

festive church dome minsk

festive church iconostasis minsk

This magnificent church took eight years to build and decorate: the construction took three years, and the decoration took five years. It is here that all festive services and the Sacrament of Matrimony are celebrated. The church in honour of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God was consecrated by His Holiness Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, during his visit to Belarus on October 18, 2008.

orthodox church altar

Holy objects in this church:

  • icons with the relics of five Apostles:
  • SS Peter and Paul;
  • St Andrew the First-Called;
  • St Mark; St Bartholomew;
  • St James;
  • St John Chrysostom,
  • St Gregory the Theologian,
  • St Basil the Great;
  • St Demetrius of Rostov,
  • St Theophan the Recluse,
  • St Nicholas,
  • St Ambrose of Milan,
  • St John the Forerunner,
  • St Mary Magdalene;
  • SS Faith, Hope, and Love, and their mother Sophia;
  • St Panteleimon;
  • St Mary of Egypt;
  • St Demetrius of Thessaloniki;
  • St Natallia;
  • St Symeon Stylites;
  • Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian;
  • St Ignatius of Antioch and St Clement of Rome;
  • St Justina; SS Menodora,
  • Metrodora, and Nymphadora;
  • St Alexander Nevsky;
  • St Theodore of Sanaxar (Ushakov);
  • St Alexis the Man of God;
  • St Barbara;
  • St Stephen the Protomartyr;
  • St Theodore Tyro;
  • St Anthony the Great;
  • St Martin of Tours.
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