On February 5th, unique icons from the early 18th century, stolen by the Nazis during World War II, were returned to the Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery.
They were transferred to the Metropolitan of Pskov and Porkhov Tikhon by the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev, the press service of the Pskov diocese reports.
Vladyka Tikhon stressed that February 5th is a special day for the monastery and church. “Also on his day [John (Krestyankin). - Ed.] With prayers we too meet ancient icons, beautiful images of all saints, painted at the very beginning of the 18th century and returned to their homeland, to the Pskov-Pechersk monastery, - said Metropolitan Tikhon at the Divine Liturgy, addressing the faithful. - I thank everyone who participated in the return of these wondrous prayerful icons here, to the monastery. Most notably, two people who departed to the Lord: Father John and Archimandrite Alipy (Voronov), through whose labor many relics were returned to the holy monastery. The brethren of today's Pskov-Pechersk Monastery continue their work. "
We add that also on the day of memory of Father John (Krestyankin), according to tradition, Metropolitan Tikhon admonished the seminarians on the path of the future priestly ministry and handed them the first spiritual vestments - cassocks. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, all parishioners were given books by Fr. John, according to tradition, the monastery prepared a treat for the parishioners and guests of the monastery.
“Thanks to the efforts of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the icons of the 18th century have returned to the Pskov-Pechersky Monastery. The icons were solemnly brought from the Holy Gates to the St. Michael's Cathedral, where they will take their place. On the day of memory of the elder, services were held in the church: two liturgies and memorial services,” said the press secretary of the diocese, monk Anthony (Voevodin).
Source: informpskov.ru (Russian)
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