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St. Ekatherin's & St. Nikolas Lebyazhya Pustin (men's monastery) was the first Orthodox monastery, that was founded in the South Krasnodar region of Russia in 1794 by the Royal Edict of Empress Ekatherin II. This monastery was very esteemed and at the main Orthodox Holidays it were thousands of people, gathered for Worships.
In the twenties of the last century the monastery was closed, later on destroyed , the part of monks were killed.
Revival of St. Ekatherin's monastery started in 2011 with the Blessing of Metropolitan of Ekaterinodar and Kuban Isidor. Folk memory preserved, handed down to our time the living legacy of centuries. Thanks God, today we can esteem one of the great shrines of Kuban - the first Orthodox monastery, Black Sea St. Ekatherin's & St. Nicholas Lebyazhya Monastery.
Nowadays the monastery has an Abbot Hieromonk Rev.Fr. Nikon (Primakov) and about 5 brothers.
Monastery provides Divine Services every day: the Divine Liturgy and a Prayer in the morning and the Night Vigil in the evening. Monastery accepts Prayer Requests for alive and deceased people.
According to an ancient Orthodox Monastery's prescriptions and tradition, we gather healing herbs at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains and make collections of herbs and tinctures.
St. Ekatherin's & St. Nikolas Monastery also provides itself by agricultural field works. The monastery field is located in a very beautiful area near the Caucasus Mountains. Our monastery needs volunteers for the field works at the summer time. Volunteers support development and revival of monastic traditions. The agricultural works are the main thing in our monastery, because they provide us food for the winter season and the surplus are on sale.
It is a time of a revival of an old destroyed St. Ekatherin’s & St. Nikolas Lebyazhya Men’s Monastery now. It becomes a place of pilgrimage for the Orthodox people. The history of formation, destruction and revival of the monastery is the history of the development of Orthodoxy in the Kuban region. Such restoration lessons are the foundation on which moral, civilized and cultural qualities of the person are formed.
The Governor of our region called very important work - the restoration of an old an unique spiritual centers, historical and cultural places such as our St. Ekatherin’s & St. Nikolas Lebyazhya Men’s Monastery, not only for the Russian people, but for all nations. He said, in particular: "I think that the monastery should be number one on the Kuban land for all Orthodox Christians. I have no doubt that this will be a place of pilgrimage for thousands of faithful from all over the region and other countries".
Volunteers support development and revival of monastic traditions.
To help to revive the monastery, in fact - it is a great spiritual acquisition and important thing in the life of any civilized man. It brings together all the Christian faithful from different countries.
- FrNikon Primakov
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