Patron Saint's Day: March 15
This church, otherwise referred to as “the festive church” by the parishioners, was built in honour of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God. Architect N.M. Diadko drew inspiration from various styles of the Ancient Russian church architecture, specifically, those of Vladimir-Suzdal and Pskov-Novgorod. Snow-white walls with thin horizontal lines, arcaded frieze, a huge and elevated blue dome with golden stars forming a crown, and a decorative corbel arch around the dome helps to create its solemn and festive look.
The interior of the church resembles that of the ancient Byzantine churches. Natural materials, viz., limestone, various hues of marble, slate stone, quartzite, travertine, hornbeam and oak wood, brass and bronze, are used for decoration. Ancient techniques, such as fresco painting, mosaic, stone incrustation, enamelwork, and stained glass were employed for this project.
This magnificent church took eight years to build and decorate: the construction took three years, and the decoration took five years. It is here that all festive services and the Sacrament of Matrimony are celebrated. The church in honour of the Reigning Icon of the Mother of God was consecrated by His Holiness Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, during his visit to Belarus on October 18, 2008.
All icons in this church were painted by the Convent’s icon painters in accordance with the Russian and Byzantine samples…
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.
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.
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
The frescoes in this church inspire compassion and illuminate God’s mercy.
The patron saint of the church, Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco is known for his ministry among people with mental illness and disability.
This church is in honour of the Righteous Lazarus. It was consecrated at the Northern Cemetery in Minsk on May 10, 2005.