Konstantin-Elenin Monastery in Leninskoye Settlement
Constantine-Elenin convent for women(Leningrad region) belongs to the diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church and is located in Vyborgsky district of Petersburg, on land formerly owned by the Finnish principality.
Settlement Leninskoye, where the monastery is located, earlierwas the Finnish border village of Haapala, which in translation meant "aspen". It was there that the monastery was built, despite the fact that there had never been Orthodox churches on this land, because the inhabitants of Finland professed Lutheranism.
At the beginning of the 20th century, in one part of the villageThe Lintulsky female monastery, built thanks to John of Kronstadt, began its existence. However, it did not last long and was closed in connection with the advent of communism and the weakening of the institution of the church.
The Constantine-Elenin Monastery begins itshistory from a small Orthodox community that originated in the village in 1998. The place allocated for its erection was the burned-out ruins of a club burnt during the perestroika period. And by a lucky chance there was also the temple of the Great Martyr Andrew of Crete, which was converted into a factory premise after the closure.
They did not pull the plan: in June of that year the church was laid, and seven months later the domes were on the roof of the temple.
In 1999, the belfry was hoisted and the service was held here for the first time on Christmas Eve. Since then, the services in the church have been going on all the time.
In 2001, the temple was consecrated by Patriarch Alexy II in honor of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Constantine and Helena.
The Konstantin-Yelenin Monastery was created quite recently - in May 2006, with the blessing of Metropolitan Volodymyr. A few months later, his status was confirmed by the Holy Synod.
On the territory of the monastery built temples in honor of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker and the Nativity of Christ.
Temple of Andrew of Crete
This temple is located on the Riga Avenue,near the hotel "Azimut". However, in the thick of the buildings it is very easy to overlook, because he gives himself away only as a golden bell tower towering over the other buildings.
In 2006, he entered the courtyardConstantine-Elenite Monastery and was restored. Now in the temple you can pray in front of the relics of many revered saints and see the famous icons of Athonite icon painters.
Recently, in the monastery's courtyard,Holy Trinity Monastery (former Lintulskaya) in the village of Ogonki. In 2008, there was even organized the procession to the Lintul Monastery lasting about 10 km.
History of the temple of Andrew of Crete
The Constantine-Elenin Monastery for this eventhas nothing to do with it. The reason for the creation of the temple was an accident, thanks to which the royal family miraculously survived the train crash in October 1888.
Transport proved to be faulty, because of whatdescended from the rails at a speed of 70 km per hour. The death toll was 21 people. All of them were in the royal composition together with the imperial couple and their children, including the heir to the throne of Nicholas. However, the Avgusteyshee family got off with only minor injuries.
On the eve of the anniversary of this event, it was decided to erect a temple, and three years later it was built. Of all the saints, whose memory was celebrated on this day, Andrew of Crete was chosen.
After the revolution of 1917 the temple was taken underpublic needs, and only at the end of the twentieth century began its revival. And in 2006, when the Constantine-Elenin convent was approved by the Synod, the temple moved to the domain of the monastery, becoming its home.
The shrines of the monastery
As it was said earlier, there are three more temples on the territory of the monastery.
Nikolsky keeps the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker,Spiridon Trimifuntsky, Alexander Nevsky, Serafim Saworsky, and this is not a complete list. Perhaps, this is one of the richest in the shrines of the temples. The Church of the Nativity of Christ is intended only for baptism, it is noteworthy for its fonts, in which it is possible to immerse not only children but also adults.
The Konstantin-Elenin Monastery hasa huge number of shrines (more than fifty). Here are collected particles of great relics, including the remains of Philaret of Moscow, John Chrysostom and Mary Magdalene. Moreover, the monastery is rich in revered icons, some of which were written in the period of the birth of this branch of art.
There is a Sunday school for allages and a pilgrimage house (hotel), an almshouse for elderly clergymen is being built. The monastery accepts pilgrims, however, conflicts often arise because of the appearance of the guests. Women often sin by the absence of a skirt, and the clothes of men in the summer are too frank by the standards of this place. Such negligence is unacceptable and offensive to nuns and clergymen.
Pilgrimage groups can include up to 30 people (by prior arrangement). Conditions in the hotel are quite good: here they provide food, warm rooms and hot water.
How to get there
The Constantine-Elenin Monastery in St. Petersburg is located in the Leninskoye settlement. On public transport, you can reach it in two ways:
- By train from the Finland railway station to the station "Repino" with a transfer to bus number 408 to Lenin.
- Through the metro of St. Petersburg. It is necessary to get to the station. m. "Parnassus". From there you will have to take the shuttle bus number 600, which stops near the monastery.
To drive to the monastery by car, it is worthspecify the route using interactive maps, but the iron horse will have to be left at some distance from the destination - parking near the monastery is not welcome.