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Seeking of the Lost - a Chapel in Memory of Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

A Chapel in Memory of Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan in KharkovRepresentatives of the Union of Afghanistan Veterans in the Kharkov region took the initiative to build a Chapel in memory of killed soldiers - participants of local wars. The proposal was approved and on December 3, 2007 the place was consecrated and the construction of the church began.

Kharkov Orthodox shrine "Seeking of the Lost" was consecrated on August 23, 2008, on that significant day when Kharkov was liberated from the German fascist invaders. The consecration of the temple was conducted by Kharkov diocese vicar Onuphrii Eminence, Izum Archbishop who serves in the city clergy.

The temple was erected to commemorate the heroism of the warrior martyr Yevgen Rodionov and other soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan. In 1996, when Yevgen was a 19 year-old border guard, he died "for the faith" and remained in national memory as a warrior martyr.

One of the most important guests at the opening of the chapel was the mother of the great warrior martyr Liubov Rodionova. The temple was built in honor of the icon of the Mother of God "Seeking of the Lost", one of the first churches in Rus, which was built in honor of the heroism of her beloved son. As a gift she presented the church an icon of the Mother of God "Seeking of the Lost " and the image of the hero Yevgen Rodionov.

The height of the temple is 26 meters. The cross on the dome was made by the masters from Western Ukraine. The bells were cast by skilled Donetsk craftsmen.


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