CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL

CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL

In 1993, a new church community was organized in the village of Akbulak, with the blessing of Archbishop Alexy. In the same year, the Orthodox parish of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was officially registered there in honor of the Nativity of Christ. A small temple was also erected, in which funeral services are still being served and Baptismal procedures are being carried out. Today in the territory of this parish there are a small church (it is called a baptismal church) and a large church, which has two chapels. In addition, the territory includes an entrance group, a chapel, an administrative building, two residential buildings, a refectory and an icon shop. A path for religious processions lays around the Orthodox Church, and the adjoining territory was a very beautiful landscap, the site was fenced, flowers and trees were planted, for example, a circular casing, forming a kind of arbor. Such a garden also has a symbolic meaning of the Garden of Eden. In 1995, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II took part in laying the stone in the foundation of the new church. On June 29, 1999, a dome was erected on the temple. The weight of the dome was 15 tons. The dome has not undergone reconstruction since then and is an architectural monument of those times. In September 1999, a Sunday school was opened at the temple. This school held daytime and evening classes for all people who want to learn to read and write and the basic tenets of the Orthodox religion. On January 7, 2000, the first Divine Liturgy was held in the upper church of the Cathedral. In 2014, there was a fire in the guesthouse on the territory of the parish. The fire affected a relatively small part of the cathedral. For almost 20 years, the rector and builder of the Temple was Archpriest Alexander Osokin, now it is His Grace Sevastian, Bishop of Karaganda and Shakhtinsky. Currently, the rector of the Church is the Head of the Metropolitan District in the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Eminence Alexander, Metropolitan of Astana and Kazakhstan. The keyholder of the Temple is Archpriest Alexander Gaychenya.