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A Miracle of Liturgical Art: The Church of the Protection of the Mother of God at Yasenevo

18 February, 2016 0 Comments

 

Several things are amazing about this Church in an outer suburb of Moscow:

  • It’s beautiful (well, judge for yourself);
  • it’s brand new (consecrated last December);
  • It’s based on the Norman Cathedrals of Sicily (themselves marvels of eclecticism, with Western, Byzantine and even Moorish influences);
  • it was built by volunteer labour (“There was one professional iconographer hired to draw the great Pantocrator, but beyond that, the work was planned by highly-capable art students… in total there were at least 225 of these volunteer mosaicists, some of whom arrived with no skills, but only a life-long dream of making an icon, and ended up creating works of incredible beauty.”)
    – Editor

 


 

 

Interior (Photo: Orthodox Arts Journal).

This past fall I had the opportunity to visit a construction project that is nothing short of a miracle. I saw a group of mostly volunteers and amateurs, working with small donations, building a church to rival any monument in the history of Christendom. The project was recently completed, consecrated by His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill, on December 27th, 2015. I would like to share what I have learned about this astonishing church.

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