His Holiness Patriarch Kirill laid the Church of St. Barbara in Norilsk


10 September 2018 Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill performed the rite of consecration of the laying of the Foundation stone of the current Church building of St. Barbara in the area of Talnakh Norilsk, according to patriarhiei.

In the Liturgy were: Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga Varsonofy, Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate; Metropolitan Krasnoyarsk and Achinsk Panteleimon; the Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Administrative Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate; Bishop Norilsk and Turukhansky Agafangel, the clergy of the Archdiocese of Krasnoyarsk.

On the Foundation of the Church was attended by the President, the Chairman of the Board of JSC “MMC Norilsk Nickel” Vladimir Potanin and the company’s management.

After the divine service the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church addressed the audience with a primatial word:

“Your Eminence, Your Eminence! Dear Vladimir Olegovich! Dear brothers and sisters!

I feel a special sense he laid the Foundation stone of the temple here on this earth, whose history is linked with great human feat. We know how to begin the development of Taimyr, Norilsk, what huge sacrifices were laid, so the place was fairly comfortable buildings, roads were laid, people could live, not worrying about difficult climatic conditions. We learned a lot — learned to defend himself, to arrange his life and can testify that even during the four years that I was not here, a lot has changed for the better. Perhaps it will — will improve living conditions, working conditions, people will feel more satisfaction from their labors here will continue to have children and settle life.

Here, in order to make such dreams come true, not only our human efforts. We know how things happen in life — like doing everything not work… It is well known to many. Know students who pass the exam prepared, and could not, know that adults who try to make life happy, and at some point, something breaks and not the happiness sought. There’s something in our lives that does not depend on us. Much depends on our work, from our education, from our abilities, from all that, the source of which is man, but there is something, and everyone knows what we’re talking about “luck” or “lucky me”. It is not clear what “lucky” why “lucky” is an irrational phenomenon. We don’t know why it happened so and not otherwise.

But a believer does not use these words. He knows if life is something beyond its control, then God comes into his life. And for all that not depend on us, not bring us sorrow, but rather led to further growth, it is essential that those circumstances were present the Lord — His strength, His energy, His grace. That’s why we build temples. We build temples and simultaneously building plants. We try to learn God’s law and get the education secular.

If it will happen, if we combine the spiritual and the secular, if we learn to match these two sides of life, we will live differently. Out of our lives leaving all that heavy that it is impossible to expel either science or technology, no organization — nothing human, but only by the power of God. After all, everyone knows what happens in life that is beyond human will.

We founded a Church in honour of St. Barbara, patroness of miners. She pray for miners all over the world, not only Orthodox, but belong to other Christian denominations, because this Holy really helps those who are working in very difficult conditions. Miner’s work is probably the most hard work. Mining is associated with large tension forces, and it is important that in this work, the Lord helped us. And the Holy GreatMartyress Barbara loves miners, praying for them, helps them when they turn to her in prayer. God forbid that the Church built in her honor became the place of God, your prayer to great Martyr Barbara. We hope that with the construction of this temple is another clear, bright and a ray of light will touch your life. The beam coming from the heavens — not from the physical sky and from the sky the Divine. With all my heart I wish you God’s aid, health, strength, force”.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill thanked the President of the Board of JSC “MMC Norilsk Nickel” Vladimir O. Potanin for assistance in the construction of the temple.

“I would like to call a blessing on You and the whole team, for all of you, my dear. May God by the prayers of Saint Barbara bless you and help you in your difficult, but such are necessary for the country work,” said his Holiness.

All the worshippers were given the icons of St. Barbara with a Patriarchal blessing.

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Currently, area Talnakh Norilsk functioning wooden Church seats 150 people. Residents of the area with a population of 50 thousand people have repeatedly appealed to the diocese with a request to build a new Church. As many residents of the area work in dangerous conditions underground, the decision was made to dedicate the temple of the Holy great Martyr Barbara is the patron Saint of miners. The new temple will be erected in the centre of the city, on the street of Bauman, near the Park area. A donation for the construction of the temple complex plans to allocate the company “Norilsk Nickel”.

The projected complex is designed for 500 people in the congregation includes the Church and Church house, designed for office and household purposes, charitable and economic activities of the parish.

In a one-story five-domed temple provides a mezzanine level to accommodate the choir, as well as the installation of special lifting equipment for disabled parishioners.

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