Sampsonievsky Cathedral in St. Petersburg officially handed over to the Russian Orthodox Church. On Sunday, February 5, RIA Novosti reported.
The ceremony began with the Holy mass. Then Director of the Museum complex St Isaac’s Cathedral, which was part of the temple, Nicholas Boer gave the keys of St. Sampson Cathedral, Archimandrite Seraphim (Screw).
In a solemn speech of the Boers noted that does it “with feeling of deep satisfaction”. “It was our sincere desire. Instead we got a room on Bolshaya Morskaya street 40, where we can continue our Museum work, because the Poltava Museum Victoria will not disappear, it is,” he added.
Archimandrite Seraphim called the transfer of the temple Church historic day and said that this is the beginning of a new page in its history. He thanked Burov and Museum community for the preservation of the Cathedral and pledged to continue cooperation in the future.
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January 10, 2017 government of St. Petersburg has agreed to transfer the ROC for free use for 49 years, St. Isaac’s Cathedral. This caused discontent on the part of the public, despite the fact that the Governor Georgy Poltavchenko has promised to keep the Museum function of the building. The city held rallies of both supporters and opponents of this decision.
Sampson the Church was founded by Peter the great in 1709 in gratitude for the heavenly patronage shown to the Russian army in the battle of Poltava. The name was given in honor of Saint Samson’s Stratopause, the day on which the battle took place. Over the next 200 years the Church has been repeatedly rebuilt and got the status of a Cathedral. In Soviet times, the Orthodox parish was closed, the building was used for different purposes, including as a warehouse. In 2009, the 300th anniversary of the Poltava battle, the Cathedral was restored. Before the transfer of the Russian Orthodox Church was part of the Museum complex St Isaac’s Cathedral.