The icon of the Lord Almighty, which visited the two northernmost temples of the Russian Orthodox Church on Franz Josef Land, and before on Novaya Zemlya, was donated to the church of St. Andrei Rublev in Moscow. The shrine was handed over by Andrey Spiridonov, Deputy Director of the Regulatory Policy Department of the Russian Government, who participated in a complex expedition to Alexandra Land, the inhabited part of the Franz Josef Archipelago. The research was organized there by the Russian Geographical Society and the Ministry of Defense.
In May, the participants of the expedition handed over three icons to the servicemen of the Ministry of Defense, FSB border guards and scientists, and the fourth was returned to the "mainland". "I think that this icon will be just a symbol of the courage and the strong character that our military and our border guards possess," said Andrey Spiridonov, Deputy Director of the Regulatory Policy Department of the Government of the Russian Federation.
It is noteworthy that the icon of the Lord Almighty, who visited the Arctic, was presented to the Moscow temple on a significant day for him, when His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia performed the rite of the great consecration of the church of St. Andrei Rublev in Ramenki and the Divine Liturgy in the newly consecrated church.