Fr. Alex Yakovlev, responsible for the “Common Cause” project, has launched an appeal on the website of the Moscow Patriarchate, for over half of the wooden churches in Northern Russia, in the regions of Archangel, Vologda, Leningrad and Karelia, are in urgent need of restoration work.
“We have two years’ time to make a difference, otherwise they will be completely destroyed”. In the past six years, about 90 expeditions have been organised. Over 170 churches and chapels have been examined and 95 emergency repairs have been carried out. Three churches and three chapels have been completely restored. “In 2013, we have organised and carried out 23 restoration missions; in 2014, we expected them to be 100. We invite all people who are interested to join in the work and help us out. How wonderful would it be if all youth organisations of the Orthodox Churches were to take part!”, Fr. Alex wrote.
In the past, it was often young seminarians, monks, and students accompanied by their professors who had contributed to the work. “No special skills or qualifications are required.
To preserve the monument, one just needs to clear the debris inside and outside, patch the roof if it leaks, shore up the windows and pull out the weeds”. For the restoration, by contrast, “Common Cause” relies on the work of professionals in accordance with the norms of the organisations responsible for cultural heritage preservation
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