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Celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the Sarov Hermitage have moved to the St. Serafim Monastery in Diveyevo
Celebrations marking the 300th anniversary of the Sarov Hermitage have moved to the St. Serafim Monastery in Diveyevo. Today Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia inaugurated a monastery in Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod region, where the federal Nuclear Centre is located, after a religious service in honour of St. Serafim of Sarov on Monday. He announced a decision of the Holy Synod to revive monastic life in the Sarov Hermitage. After a service for St. Serafim of Sarov led by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia in Sarov’s square in front of the monastery’s former belfry on Monday, the participants in the celebrations marched to Diveyevo, 15 kilometres form the city, the Moscow Patriarchate told Itar-Tass. The patriarch will hold the akaphist to the saint, whose hallows are kept at the St. Serafim Monastery in Diveyevo, and when lead an overnight service. The population of Diveyevo, where slightly over 2,000 people live, has quadrupled with the arrival of more than 6,000 pilgrims from Samarkand and Kiev, Chelyabinsk and Ufa, Central Russia and Nizhny Novgorod region. Three tent cities have been set up near the village for 7,500 people. Eighteen army field kitchens are serving hot meals twice a day.
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