Nikolo-Velikoretsky Monastery

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Nikolo-Velikoretsky monastery was founded in the settlement of Velikoretskoye on December 24, 2004 on the decision of the Holy Synod, on the decree of the Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia — Aleksei II, and on the solicitaation of the ruling bishop of the Vyatka eparchy — metropolitan Khrisanf.

First inhabitants of the cloister arrived in Veelikoretskoye on February 17, 2005. On February 18 the first public prayer to Saint Nikolay was held. This day is considered to be the opening day of the monastery.

With the blessing of the holy-archimandrite of Nikolo-Velikoretsky monastery metropolitan Khrisanf, Tikhon Merkushev, who was at the head of the Velikoretsky crucession and pilgrimage for many years, became the Father-Superior of the monaastery.

By the beginning of the Lent 2005 there had been 6 people in the cloister community. They initiated a monastic life in prayer.

By the Lent on April 28, 2005 on Maundy Thursday after the evening service, the first inhabitant of the monastery - Feodosiy - took monastic vows. The ceremony was performed by the Father-Superior - Tikhon. Feodosiy was given a new monastic name Peter, after the Saint Apostle.

During the summer and autumn of 2005 first cells were built for the community of the cloister. In December, 2005 with the blessing of metropolitan Khrisanf, an icon-painting workshop was opened in the monastery. Experienced icon-painters reestore old icons and paint new ones, they also paint icons for different churches of the Vyatka eparchy. On the Christmas Eve (January 5, 2006) the Faather-Superior Tikhon sanctified new cells for the cloister community.

On February 18, 2006 Nikolo-Velikoretsky monnastery celebrated its first anniversary. At present there are 12 monks in the cloister community.

Church services in the monastery take place daily in the morning and in the evening. The community performs everyday monastic duties praying for the salvation of the soul: «Who is weak, and I am not weak?» (2nd Corinthisans, chapter 11, 29). Apart from everyday praying the cloister community fulfills their work of penance.

The monks get their inspiration from the beneficial mediation of the patron of the Velikoretsky monastery - Saint Nicholas, archbishop of Mir Likiyskikh. the wonder-maker.


Velikoretsky crucession and monastery