Chernyakhovsk, Kaliningrad, Russia, February 1, 2022
Over the summer, the building over the holy spring of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Kaliningrad was damaged by a fallen tree.
On January 18, on the eve of the feast of the Theophany, the restored structure was consecrated, and the water was blessed with the service of the Great Blessing of Water, reports the Chernyakhovsk Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The service was celebrated by Archpriest Sergei Alexeivich of the local Church of St. Sergius. Several local officials who had contributed to the restoration of the spring were present for the consecration.
When Fr. Sergei and the mayor turned to the locals for help, many people responded, some offering money, some materials, and some labor. Many benefactors have remained anonymous.
The holy spring in a ravine on the steep bank of the Angrapa River near Chernyakhovsk in Kaliningrad has been known for a long time, but in the post-war years, the site was abandoned and fell into disrepair. 9 years ago, thanks to the enthusiasm of Nun Raphaela and the labors of Fr. Joseph Ilnitsky from the local St. Michael Church and local faithful, the spring was cleaned and a structure was built over it, drawing many people.
The diocese asks that people relate to the spring as to a holy site—not to dip into the waters without crosses and prayer, not to swear, not to bring animals, to keep it clean, and to generally take care of this wonderful site.