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14 January 2021, 09:25

Things to remember about Metropolitan Filaret

On 12 January Belarus learned the sad news about the demise of Metropolitan Filaret, Honorary Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus. He passed away in hospital at 86.

Metropolitan Filaret led the Belarusian Orthodox Church for more than two decades. Under his leadership, Orthodox parishes were restored, hundreds of churches were built. However, first of all, he will be remembered for his big heart. BelTA shares archive photos of Metropolitan Filaret, the Hero of Belarus.

Metropolitan Filaret prays for Belarusian children, Minsk, 2011
Metropolitan Filaret prays for Belarusian children, Minsk, 2011

Metropolitan Filaret at a Christmas charity event, 2009
Metropolitan Filaret at a Christmas charity event, 2009

Bobruisk, 2010
Bobruisk, 2010

Holder of the Hero of Belarus title, prominent Orthodox Church figure, Honorary Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, Filaret (secular name Kirill Vakhromeev) was born in Moscow on 21 March 1935. He began his church service in 1954 and started out as a sub-deacon of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.

Consecration of the Transfiguration Church, 1991
Consecration of the Transfiguration Church, 1991

Palm Sunday in the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral, 1998
Palm Sunday in the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral, 1998

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Belarus' first school of bell-ringers opens in Minsk, 2000

Minsk, 2011
Minsk, 2011

In 1959, he took monastic vows and received the name in honor of St. Philaret the Merciful and was ordained a hieromonk in the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius. In 1978, Filaret was appointed Metropolitan of Minsk and Belarus, Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe, in 1989 - Metropolitan of Minsk and Grodno, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, a permanent member of the Holy Synod. In 1992-2013 he served as Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, Honorary Archimandrite of the Holy Assumption Zhirovichi Monastery.

Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus visits the Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Convent in Grodno, 2005
Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus visits the Holy Nativity of the Theotokos Convent in Grodno, 2005

Minsk, 2001
Minsk, 2001

Minsk, 2001
Minsk, 2001

The work of Metropolitan Filaret was widely acknowledged both domestically and internationally. Under him, all the historical parishes were restored in Belarus. Monasteries and convents, fraternities and sisterhoods resumed their activities. Through the efforts of His Eminence, the Minsk Spiritual Seminary was reopened, the Minsk Spiritual Academy, the spiritual school and the school of catechists were established.

Lyuban, 2009
Lyuban, 2009

Metropolitan Filaret at a Christmas charity event, Minsk, 2009
Metropolitan Filaret at a Christmas charity event, Minsk, 2009

Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus consecrates a foundation stone of the Spiritual and Educational Center in Minsk
Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus consecrates a foundation stone of the Spiritual and Educational Center in Minsk

With the blessing of the Patriarchal Exarch, the relic of Belarus - the Cross of St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk - was recreated, and a unique social project of the Belarusian Orthodox Church - the House of Charity – was launched. On Metropolitan Filaret's initiative, a new holiday, the Council of Belarusian Saints, was introduced into the church calendar and general church celebrations of all Belarusian saints, including the names of St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk, St. Cyril of Turov, St. George Konissky, and others, were established. Metropolitan Filaret launched the project to translate the books of Holy Scriptures into modern Belarusian.

Minsk District, 2011
Minsk District, 2011

Metropolitan Filaret in Grodno, 2016
Metropolitan Filaret in Grodno, 2016

Thanks to the efforts of Metropolitan Filaret, the International Christian Educational Center named after St. Cyril and Methodius and the Institute for Religious Dialogue and Interconfessional Communications were established. He also made contribution to the development of an agreement on cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian Orthodox Church.

Metropolitan Filaret at the Verbny Kirmash fair, Minsk, 2005
Metropolitan Filaret at the Verbny Kirmash fair, Minsk, 2005

Metropolitan Filaret, 2005
Metropolitan Filaret, 2005

Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus Filaret was awarded a number of high state awards for his services to the spiritual revival of the Belarusian and Russian peoples. Among them are the Order of the Fatherland III Class, the Order of Friendship of Peoples, the Order of Honor, the Order of Francysk Skaryna, the Russian Order For Service to the Fatherland IV Class and others.

Metropolitan Filaret celebrates the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Gomel together with believers, 2005
Metropolitan Filaret celebrates the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Gomel together with believers, 2005

Metropolitan Filaret blesses a charity project participants, 2010
Metropolitan Filaret blesses a charity project participants, 2010

Easter service in the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Minsk, 2005
Easter service in the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Minsk, 2005

Vitebsk, 2012
Vitebsk, 2012

Staryye Dorogi, 2012
Staryye Dorogi, 2012

Vitebsk, 2012
Vitebsk, 2012

Metropolitan Filaret, Vitebsk, 2013
Metropolitan Filaret, Vitebsk, 2013

In 2006, Metropolitan Filaret was awarded the Hero of Belarus title.

The lying-in-state of Metropolitan Filaret will be ongoing in the Holy Spirit Cathedral till 18:00 on 14 January.

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