Yakutsk, May 16, 2016
St. Matrona Church will be built in Verkhoyansk, the most northern town of Yakutia.
It will become a part of the old town, which local businessmen have decided to restore. Archbishop Roman of Yakutsk and Lensk presented a dome and a cross to the new church, the diocesan press service informs.
Verkhoyansk competes with the other Yakutsk town of Oymyakon for being "the coldest pole of the northern hemisphere": late in the 19th century a record temperature of - 67.8 was registered in Verkhoyansk. It is one of the smallest towns in Russia, with 1100 people living there. The town is located on the Yana River, where bones of mammoths and relics of other animals living before the Ice Age are often found.
St. Matrona of Moscow is one of the most venerated saints of the Russian Orthodox Church. She was born blind and from childhood had the gift of prophecy, spiritual vision, and healing. Today, thousands of people come to venerate her relics at Moscow's Protection Monastery.