Moscow. May 18. INTERFAX – the First in Russia Church in honor of the Athonite elder Paisius the Athonite will be laid in the Crimea this summer, told the correspondent of “Interfax-Religion” on Thursday, the curator of the project Sergey Kirsanov.
“With the blessing of Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimea Lazar has created a community of the future temple in the village of muromskoe Belogorsky district of the Crimea”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
July 25, the birthday of the Reverend elder Paisius, a ceremony of consecration of the laying of the Foundation stone of the future Church. The event is expected the participation of representatives of Russian and foreign clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church, the authorities of Crimea, deputies of the state Duma, diplomats, public figures of Russia, Greece, EU.
According to S. Kirsanova, the future site of the temple was not chosen randomly. A picturesque place near the lake village of muromskoe historically was inhabited by Greeks. The temple of the monk starets Paisii will be a compound of one of the Greek monasteries. The temple complex will include a baptismal Church, the bell tower and a pilgrim centre with a hotel.
The monk paisios the Athonite (1924-1994) was a schema-monk of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, one of the most respected Greek elders and spiritual luminaries of the Greek people of the XX century. Known for his ascetic life, spiritual guidance and prophecy. Paisija Athos widely revered not only in Greece but also in Russia.
Elder paisios among other things spoke of the coming war with Turkey Greece, in which Greece will win and expand their territory, regaining Constantinople.