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14.09.10 11:12

New Orthodox priest initiated into priesthood in Turkmenistan
On September 12, Bishop of Smolensk and Vyazemsk Feofilakt, administrator of the Russian Orthodox Church in Turkmenistan, initiated Deacon Alexis Mikhailov, a graduate of the Smolensk Seminary, into the priesthood at the church of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky in Ashgabat.

15 clergymen serve in Turkmenistan at the moment, the press service of the Diocese of Smolensk and Vyazemsk of the Russian Orthodox Church said.

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Feofilakt conferred medals "For the love and loyalty" on three couples of Turkmenistan, who lived in many years of strong marriage, in honor of the orthodox holiday - Day of Family, Love and Fidelity.

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