Foreign fans chose the epicenter of the festivities in Moscow on Nikolskaya street, even advise each other to be sure to go “on that street, which is adjacent to red square and look at the Argentinians and Mexicans.” On Nikolskaya is Zaikonospassky monastery – like lives of his novices said the economy of the monastery father Hermogenes. And look at what is happening on Nikolskaya these days.
Photo: AGN “Moscow”/Ivanko Igor
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Of course, the world championship we feel. First, in the evenings everything is closed. Secondly, until three o’clock in the night we are the noise dudelki, guelke, shouts and songs. We leave the situation like this: someone may be sent to the skete, and who serves, who cannot leave, try whenever possible to move into the monastery itself, there is still quiet.
For us, this holiday isn’t exactly news. Just now, celebrations are much denser and harder, and even St. Nicholas was always restless, and at the usual time on weekends late night music noise.
Abode we have open, and go can all. Come and foreigners, not just now. Come, look, pray in their own way, if they are infidels. There are no problems when people’s cultural, if we go to the temple, then behave accordingly.
To communicate with them in General was not necessary, except that a couple of times because of the language barrier. And not to say that they were in the temple want to learn something. They just go in like any other cultural object or architecture, not really perceive the monastery as a special place. Another situation: in an adjacent lane transition in the underground, and we have the yard’s deaf, so sometimes people confuse, they want to get in transition and get to us. However, a time even before the world Cup, was a case that came a group of Orthodox pilgrims from America. This was unexpected on a weekday, we conducted a service, administered the Holy mysteries to them.
Specially for championship in the monastery we do not watch, but feel it by the intensity of the festivities on St. Nicholas. For example, yesterday I was thinking, what is so particularly strong shout. And then it turned out that we won.
I wouldn’t highlight this in a special case. This is probably due to the fact that we at Nikol, a year-round occasion: trade fair, autumn, summer, Christmas seasons. Personally for us the championship is perceived as one of these events. You know, the whole country was preparing for the world Cup, is going through, and we just used.