The monastic sisters, the employees of St Elisabeth Convent, and pilgrims prayed together on the feast day of Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God. The service took place in our new chapel, which will be consecrated in honour of this icon. The Rev Andrew Malakhovsky led the reading of the Akathist. Moleben chants were sung by Rejoice Choir of the Sisters of Mercy. There was a procession after the moleben.
The chapel is situated close to the Pilgrim’s House and several workshops. The building was built long ago for those who work in our Convent or visit it as guests. However, it took the last couple of years to improve and develop the territory and the chapel.
The remoteness and small size of the chapel suggested certain design solutions of the façade. Brick, glazed ceramics and wood are the primary materials. The lower part of the façade is laid with big rocks, and the upper part is decorated with smaller rocks and fired ceramics. The rocks’ theme is also used in stained glass windows.
The builders actively used wood and stone for interior design, too. Due to space limitations, the chapel has an open sanctuary. The sanctuary is separated from the nave by bronze Royal Doors and a carved two-part barrier. The walls of the chapel will be painted over in the future. There will be an icon of the Theotokos above the entrance to the territory of the Convent’s property.
The chapel in honour of the Mother of God of Smolensk is situated half a mile from St Elisabeth Convent, just across the Minsk Ring Road.
August 10, 2017
A church in honour of St Nicholas has an icon with a particle of his relics which is one of the most precious objects in Convent.
On the feast day of our patron saint, the Holy Martyr Grand Duchess Elisabeth Romanov, we inaugurated a new church bell acquired at the initiative of the parents of our Sunday School students.
We dedicate this article to our sisters whose job seems invisible to the eye but touches the hearts and minds of many people in significant ways. They are our church custodians.
All icons in this church were painted by the Convent’s icon painters in accordance with the Russian and Byzantine samples…
The establishment of a chapel in honour of St Xenia of Petersburg in the boarding home No. 3 for adults with special needs in Minsk fifteen years ago was a good start of the future Convent.
This church is in honour of the Righteous Lazarus. It was consecrated at the Northern Cemetery in Minsk on May 10, 2005.
Completed in 2010, the church has played a role in the Convent’s ministry among the residents of the long-term care facility for children with disabilities