MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The chapel of the icon of the Mother of God “It is Worthy is” (Merciful) was opened and consecrated in an isolated area that functions as a correctional center at the Colony-Settlement No. 4 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Jewish Autonomous Region (UFITS). The consecration was attended by representatives of the administration of the institution and the administrative apparatus of the penitentiary system of the region, sentenced to forced labor.
“The chapel was consecrated with the blessing of Archbishop Ephraim of Birobidzhan and Kuldur. The rite of consecration of the chapel and the penitentiary institution itself was performed by clerics of the diocese, Priest Konstantin Zubarev and Hierodeacon Nikolai, – said Nikita Konovalov, head of the UFIC of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Jewish Autonomous Region. – The chapel is located in the premises of the UFIC. The overwhelming majority of citizens in the correctional center are Orthodox. Now they can pray and light a candle in front of the icon of the Virgin. It will also host events aimed at the spiritual and moral education of citizens who have stumbled. “
It should be noted that the icon “It is worthy to eat” for the chapel was purchased with donations from the parishioners of the Birobidzhan diocese. In addition, a small library of Orthodox literature has been collected and handed over to the convicts.
Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Jewish Autonomous Region
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