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Installation of the monument to St Nicholas the Wonderworker in the city of Almaty

May, 23, 2012 • Almaty, Kazakhstan

On the Leave-taking of Easter, after the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of St Nicholas in the city of Almaty was finished, Metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan Alexander, the Head of the Metropolitan Province of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Republic of Kazakhstan, consecrated the monument to St Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra.

 

The liturgy of consecration was participated by archbishop of Lyublin and Chelm Abel (the Polish Orthodox Church), administrator of the Province Synod Bishop of Kaskelen Gennadius, dean of the churches of Almaty, dean of the Cathedral of St Nicholas archpriest Valeriy Zakharov and the clergymen who concelebrated the Liturgy with His Eminence.

The Divine Liturgy. Left to right: archbishop of Lyublin and Chelm Abel (the Polish Orthodox Church), metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan Alexander, the Head of the Metropolitan Province of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Republic of Kazakhstan, administrator of the Province Synod bishop of Kaskelen Gennadius.

N.I.Goryachkin, the head of the Department on regional programs of the St Nicholas the Wonderworker Charitable Foundation, was an honorable guest of the celebration.

The monument to St Nicholas the Wonderworker is a gift from the St Nicholas the Wonderworker Charitable Foundation to the Orthodox Church of Kazakhstan to the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the Eparchy of Turkestan. The bronze figure of the saint of Myra was made and delivered to Kazakhstan with the personal assistance of M.I.Chepel, the Director General of the Foundation, and A.Y.Bykov, the Chairman of the board.

The icon-bearing procession around the cathedral to the monument of St Nicholas the Wonderworker

The monument was created by Honoured Sculptor of the Russian Federation S.M.Isakov (he’s created most monuments to St Nicholas in Russia) and sculptor A.S.Demin (creator of the famous memorial to St King David in Jerusalem).

The consecration of the memorial.

The effigy is based on the iconographic image of Nicholas in Mozhaysk. In his left hand the Saint holds a symbolic sword, which is according to Apostle Paul the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eth. 6:11), and in the left one – the sculptural model of the Cathedral. The monument was cast at the Lit-art enterprise in the town of Zhukovsky, the Moscow Oblast.

The monument to St Nicholas the Wonderworker by sculptors S.M.Isakov and A.S.Demin

May, 22, on the day of celebration of the 925th anniversary since St Nicholas’s relics were transferred from Myra to Bari, the monument to the patron of the cathedral of St Nicholas was set on the cathedral square, on the left side from the entrance to the Cathedral, on a high granitic pedestal. A.G.Okhrimenko, an officer of the Department on regional programs of the Foundation escorted the sculpture to Kazakhstan from Moscow and guided its installation.

Laying of flowers to the monument.

Outside the Russian Federation the St Nicholas the Wonderworker Charitable Foundation has already installed three monuments to the Saint: in the Republic of Belarus, in Spain and in Kazakhstan.