23 September 2019

Preparations for Belarus’ Zhirovichi Monastery anniversary celebrations discussed in Minsk

Celebrations to mark the 550th anniversary of the Zhirovichi Icon of the Mother of God and the 500th anniversary of the founding of the stavropegic Holy Assumption Zhirovichi Monastery should be held to a high standard, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko said at a meeting of the national organizing committee for the anniversaries, BelTA has learned.

“The Zhirovichi icon is known not only as a wonderworking icon but also as a unique piece of art, a historical and cultural phenomenon. It is respected both by Orthodox and Catholic believers. The icon is closely connected with the history of the Holy Assumption Monastery which is one of the largest architectural ensembles of the 17th –18th centuries in Belarus,”Igor Petrishenko said.

He said that the icon and the monastery are part of Belarus’ cultural heritage and are sacred symbols of the Belarusian people. “Our goal is to organize the anniversary celebrations to a high standard,” he noted.