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The Life-giving Trinity Church

 

On May19 2004 in Moscow, at Borisovsky Prudy (near Kashirskaya metro station), His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II consecrated the Life-giving Trinity Church in honour of the 1000-th anniversary of Russia's christening.

"... it is extremely pleasant to realise that the church was created in a collegial way, due to the attention from the part of the Moscow's Mayor Yury Mikhaylovich Luzhkov, due to works and efforts of "Baltic Building Company" under the direction of Igor Aleksandrovich Nayvalt. Many people took their part in its construction with their verves and contributions. They applied their best efforts to complete quick and successful construction of this magnificent and beautiful church complex for the people of Russia could pay adequate thanks to the Lord for their centuries old being within the Holy Orthodoxy..." - said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II during the consecration of the church.

The Life-giving Trinity Church

The Life-giving Trinity Church is built in the Byzantine style. This is a single dome cruciform building with four side-altars. At the same time the church can receive up to four thousand people. Both central dome with gold plated cross and side-altars' domes, bell-towers and chapels are painted blue - symbolic colour of the Mother of God and heavenly hosts.

The Life-giving Trinity Church

The church facade is decorated with ornamentation - porcelain glazed tiles painted with gold.

The unique porcelain-marble iconostasis made in St. Petersburg is the basic element of the church artistical decoration. Kiots for large and small icons are manufactured in the same style.

Arrangement of church icons reflects the millenary history of the Russian Orthodoxy. Lengthwise the walls of the south and north apsides there are sixteen small kiots with icons of the saints which are of especial esteem in Russia.

Icons placed in the kiots are painted by icon painters of Russian Icon Moscow icon-painting center under the direction of Elena Knyazeva

The Life-giving Trinity Church

The general symbolic programme of the Life-giving Trinity Church in memory of 1000th anniversary of Russia's christening reflects the idea of the Russian holiness, therefore the selection of saints depicted on the icons which are placed both in the iconostasis and in the small kiots is not incidental. The small kiots' icons are arranged in the north and south apsides of the church. Every icon is in the marble kiot decorated with gilded glazed tiles.

Kiev and Pechory, Pskov and Pechory, Optina and Solovetsky monasteries are the most important ones for Russia, which is protected by them as by the wall of faith. For this reason the icons of saints from these monasteries are placed in the church in accordance with the four corners of the earth.

Saint Martyrs Boris and Gleb are the first Russian canonized men of God. Vladimir and Olga are baptizers of the Russian land. This is the holy grand prince family of Olga, her son Vladimir and his sons Boris and Gleb that opens the history of the Russian sainthood. And the family of regal martyrs (Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, tsarevnas Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and tsarevich Alexey) bring us into the 20th century, representing the picture of new martyrs of Russia.

We see the symbolic idea of relation "East - West" and "Moscow - Third Rome" in two twin icons of Prelates Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, John Chrysostom and Moscow Primates Peter, Jonah and Hermogen.

Represented are also two Saint warriors - George the Trophy Bearer (protector of Moscow) and Alexander Nevsky (protector of Petersburg). The most reverend saints beloved by population of the city on the Neva River are Kseniya of Petersburg, John of Kronstadt, Seraphim Vyritsky and among those beloved in the capital of Russia is Matrona of Moscow with its favourite icon of the Mother of God known as "Seeking of the Lost ".

The Life-giving Trinity Church

In every church in Russia there was a deeply reverend icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra Lycia -"quick helper and defender of people"; heeler St. Panthelemon, unmercenaries Cosmas and Domian. These icons become a necessary part of our church too.

Obligatory in the church is also the icon of the "great elder", beloved by everyone, Venerable Seraphim of Sarov, extraordinary man of faith and prayer of the Russian Land. This Saint accomplished his devotional feat staying knee-bended on the stone before his favourite icon of the Mother of God known as "Tender emotion" or "Seraphimo-Diveevskaya".

Life and pains of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh are of a special importance in the history of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian monkery - he founded the first hermitage, having built out of town the Holy Trinity monastery, as well as a number of other monasteries across all Russia. It is not incidentally "Venerable Andrey Rublyov painted the Holy Trinity icon to praise Sergius of Radonezh". This icon's top is depicted with clouds that emphasize the Saint's protection over all Trinity churches.

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