First Orthodox culture festival “Spassky Evenings” successfully held in Penza
Penza, 27 September 2015. PenzaNews. Penza successfully conducted the first open regional festival “Spassky Evenings,” dedicated to the restoration of the Spassky Cathedral. The event took place on Saturday, September 26.
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During the working meeting of the governor Ivan Belozertsev and the Archbishop Serafim of Penza and Nizhny Novgorod, held during the festival on the grounds of the cathedral, the parties discussed the restoration of the building that will soon be marked with the end of general kupola area construction.
There is a plan to organize a new Vital Records office in the former building of “Rodina” film theater, Ivan Belozertsev said.
“Such a union would be symbolic, as the Orthodox youth would be able to confirm their intentions in the church,” the head of the region pointed out.
During his visit of the Spassky Cathedral, the governor donated a sum of money for the construction, receiving a “Patron’s Certificate” as a token of gratitude.
According to Ivan Belozertsev, the regional authorities will continue to support the construction of Penza’s grandest cathedral.
“We plan to seek out additional funds. […] We will transfer them 10 milliom [rubles] or so in the nearest future,” he told the journalists.
The festival was marked with open access to the temple, as every Penza citizen or guest was invited to visit the belfry, which caused people to queue up at the entrance to the cathedral.
Most of the events were held in the Lermontov square by the cathedral.
The festivities featured performances by Orthodox Christian choirs, a lecture about the cathedral’s history by the local lore researcher Sergei Zelev, and art booths.