Russia Will Have Its First Temple Dedicated to Georgian Saint Tortured by Communists

Russia's first temple to St. Gabriel of Samtavria (Urgebadze) in the Tula region will be built solely on donations from believers, chairman of the board of the Archangel Michael Foundation, Pavel Goncharov told RIA Novosti on Sunday.
Construction of a church dedicated to Gabriel of Samtavria (Urgebadze) in the Zaoksky district of the Tula region began in 2021. It is being built with the support of the Archangel Michael Foundation by Fedor Konyukhov, a famous traveler and priest, who in one of his travels during a storm asked St. Gabriel for intercession in prayer.

In 2022 it is planned to erect the building itself, the next year - the repair and finishing work. "For the construction of the temple to St. Gabriel of Samtavria in the village of Fyodor Konyukhov in the Tula region will be directed exclusively to the funds that will be collected by believers. The allocation of federal, regional or other funds does not involve this project," Goncharov said at a fundraising event in Moscow.

According to Goncharov, the Archangel Michael Foundation considers it an honor to participate in the construction of the temple to St. Gabriel of Samtavria. "This was an amazing man who loved Russia. Fedor Konyukhov prayed to this saint when he was caught in a 12-point storm during another voyage. Fyodor Filippovich's prayers were heard," said Goncharov.

Hieromonk Photiy told RIA Novosti that the construction of the temple will noticeably strengthen religious ties between Orthodox Christians in Russia and Georgia. "The nationwide fundraising and the very construction of the temple to St. Gabriel of Samtavria (Urgebadze), which is being built in the Tula region, is a sign of strengthening religious ties between Russian and Georgian Orthodox brothers," the hieromonk said.

The Fund of Archangel Michael has realized more than 40 projects of cultural and historical heritage in 22 regions of Russia for 12 years. According to the site of the Fund of Archangel Michael, on November 2, 2021, the feast day of St. Gabriel Konyukhov performed a solemn prayer service in the temple under construction with laying of a memorial stone. At the same time, a capsule with the names of donors, who contributed to the construction of the temple, was placed in the wall of the building under construction.

Source: (Russian)

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