Opening with a Coronation
In the Blessed Virgin Mary Archicathedral Catholic Church in Minsk, the opening and consecration of the new main chancel and pipe organ and the coronation of the Lady’s icon presented to the church by Pope John Paul II took place
Last autumn a pipe organ made special for the Archicathedral Catholic Church with regard to its size and acoustics was brought from Austria. The organ has been set up and tuned for several of months. Now, after its consecration, the congregation can delight in the beauty of the sounds of the old instrument that will be played by the famous Belarusian organist Vladimir Nevdakh. This year a new main chancel was built in the church.
The central space on the chancel took up the Lady’s icon. This is a gift of John Paul II consecrated by him in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. The coronation ceremony of the icon was performed by the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus, Cardinal Kazimir Sventek.