Russian chapel consecrated at a Syrian airbase

Source: Interfax-Religion

September 22, 2016

St. George Chapel was consecrated with Patriarch
Kirill’s blessing at the KhmeimimSyrian
airbase where Russian air forces are based, official
website of the Russian Orthodox Church reports on
Thursday.

The Moscow Patriarchate’s delegation has recently
visited the group of the Russian troops in Syria. An icon
with a particle of St. George relics was transferred to
the chapel. Over 500 servicemen prayed at the Divine
Liturgy, each of them received a small icon of St. George.

Two Divine Liturgies, 18 prayer services and a procession
with cross and St. George icon around the airbase were
held during the delegation visit to Syria. Eight
servicemen were baptized. Five pastoral hours and twelve
conversations in groups were carried out, about a thousand
servicemen participated in them. There were meetings with
the staff of the Black Sea Fleet warship Pytlivy
and the Baltic Sea Fleet warship Yaroslav Mydry.

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