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The author of the work learned about the life of Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov from the abbot Manuil, who cares for the institution, who personally knew the revered elder of the Russian Orthodox Church and a participant in the Great Patriotic War.

Convicts OTB-1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Saratov region took part in the first stage of the Orthodox painting competition among those serving sentences “Phenomenon”. The creative event was organized at the institution within the framework of the All-Russian Review of the Religious Activity of Convicts “Not in numbers, but in humility.”

The 63-year-old convict, serving a six-year sentence for attempted murder, was greatly impressed by the story of Father Manuel about the multifaceted fate of the hero of Stalingrad, whose life the artist further studied by reading the biographical literature available in the library of the institution.

Painting “Archimandrite Kirill Pavlov” in the Year of Memory and Glory has become doubly symbolic: the clergyman, in the world Ivan Pavlov, has gone from Stalingrad to Austria, received several wounds. After the war, the future confessor of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra entered the newly opened Theological Institute, and in 1954 he took monastic vows with the name Cyril.

The painting, written by a convict who has a professional art education and grew up in the family of an artist, reflects the entire life of a priest – from serving in the ranks of the Red Army to church life.

The artist said that the story of the Red Army priest made a great impression on him, so he tried to apply all his artistic skill so that the portrait images of Kirill Pavlov would attract the attention of the audience.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Saratov Region

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