The monastery ensemble is one of the oldest in eastern Belarus. The pearl is the unique wooden carved iconostasis made in the 17th-century Belarusian carving technique. Only two other such iconostases have survived in the world.
The foundation stone of the future church, which will be consecrated in honor of the Life-giving Spring and the Holy Hierarch St. Nektarios the Wonderworker of Aegina, was laid and blessed by His Grace Bishop Timotei of Prahova, Vicar of the Archdiocese of Bucharest, on Saturday.
After an hour and a quarter, having climbed Golgotha and gone past Scylla and Charybdis, you reach your destination, a trickling spring and in a cave you can only enter by wriggling like a worm a quiet pool of water, where we prayed for those we know under the Archangel’s watchful and merciful gaze.
The Nanai are a Tungusic people of East Asia, with significant populations in the Russian Far East and the Heilongjiang Province in northeast China. According to the 2010 census, there were 12,003 Nanai in Russia, whose mother tongue belongs to the Manchu-Tungusic family of languages.