At the end of the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral, which was headed by Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, the newly painted icon of the Cathedral of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Kazakhstan was handed over.
The image was created by the care of the public foundation "Apostol" on the initiative of its president – Georgy Gennadievich Sosnovsky.
The icon of the host of Kazakhstani saints was made by a group of masters of the icon painting workshop "Anesty Icon" under the leadership of Evgenia Tenina. Thanks to the Apostol Foundation, similar images of the Cathedral of New Martyrs and Confessors are being transferred to the churches of the Metropolitan District for prayer worship this year.
Metropolitan Alexander noted that the transfer of the icon is being carried out as part of the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the All-Church glorification of the Cathedral of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Kazakhstan.
Bishop Chrysanthos of Shymkent and Turkestan received the relic from the hands of the head of the Apostol Foundation. His Grace expressed gratitude to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Kazakhstan and G.G. Sosnovsky for taking care of the beautification of the main church of the Shymkent diocese.
"The Council of Kazakhstan New Martyrs and Confessors united the faithful sons and daughters of our Church from various provinces of the former Russian Empire – from the Baltic and the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The martyrology of the Great Steppe contains the names of such famous hierarchs as Metropolitan Kirill of Kazan (Smirnov), an indomitable, uncompromising fighter for the sanctity and purity of Orthodoxy; Archbishop Luka of Simferopol (Voino–Yasenetsky), a world-renowned surgeon, professor of medicine, Laureate of the State Prize, author of many unique scientific works; Archbishop of Kostroma Nikodim (Krotkov), Archbishop of Omsk Alexy (Orlov), Archbishop of Voronezh Zahariya (Lobov), Bishop of Lipetsk Uar (Shmarin), Bishop of Ivanovo Boris (Voskoboinikov), Bishop of Dmitrov Seraphim (Zvezdinsky), Archbishop of Kherson Prokopiy (Titov), Bishop of Podolsk Ambrose (Polyansky) and many others. Wherever an Orthodox Christian lives today – in Central Russia, the Far East or Siberia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Belarus – his diocese, parish, native church will always be connected with Kazakhstan in a special way with the name of this or that sufferer of Christ who shed his blood on this earth, or served prison sentences here in exile and camps." From the words of Metropolitan Alexander in memory of the New Martyrs of Kazakhstan.