Patriarch Kirill Consecrates Icons Painted by a Prisoner team | 20 September 2022

On September 17, 2022, Patriarch Kirill visited the penal colony No. 15 (PC-15) of a strict regime in Norilsk, where he consecrated icons painted by one of the prisoners.

During his visit to PC-15, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church performed a prayer service for those in prison at the local church of the Great Martyr Anastasia the “Deliverer from Potions”, reports

Патриарх Кирилл освятил иконы, написанные заключенным

Photo: Sergei Vlasov/

Then, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill consecrated the icons painted by Dmitry Fedyaev, a convict of the penal colony No. 27 (Krasnoyarsk), the winner of the All-Russian icon painting competition among convicts held in 2022.

These icons will be transferred to various colonies of the Krasnoyarsk Territory in memory of the visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to PC-15.

Патриарх Кирилл освятил иконы, написанные заключенным

Photo: Sergei Vlasov/

As a gift to the First Hierarch, the rector of the church, Father Alexander Popov, gave the icon of St. Anastasia the “Deliverer from Potions”, also painted by prisoners.

In turn, the Primate of the Russian Church presented the church with the icon of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, and gave his blessing to all those present to distribute the icons of the Great Martyr Anastasia the Deliverer from Potions with the Patriarchal blessing.

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