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From October 20, 2008, to November 30, 2008, in the National Library of Belarus is open a book exhibition “Orthodox Belarus”.




Belarus is a country of religious pluralism and poly-confessionalism. The State and the Church have the common aim – strengthening of people’s spirituality.

The aim of the exhibition is to review the religious state of the modern Belarus, reveal Belarusian confessional space, analyze religion policy of Belarusian state, and show the influence of religion on a person, social life, and spiritual and psychological environment.

The exhibition totals about 150 materials and includes the following sections:

A general section includes literature on life and mission of his Eminence Philaret, Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of Belarus.

“The road of sorrows” presents materials on the history of Belarusian Orthodox Church.

“Devotees of godliness of Belarus” reveals historical evidences on saints who were included in the Synod of Belarusian saints as well as those who was born or preformed their mission un Belarus.

In the section “Orthodox sacred objects and places of Belarus” are displayed materials on Belarusian spiritual heritage – Orthodox temples, parishes, monasteries, icons, places where took place significant historical events concerned with Christianity in Belarus and where lived and worked saints and Orthodox educators.

The section “Orthodox education in the Republic of Belarus” informs on educational literature published in the last decade that will help pedagogues educate children according to spiritual and moral principles of Belarusian Orthodox tradition. There are displayed publications of church and secular publishing houses as well as extracts from international law documents, Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, Laws of the republic of Belarus, law and normative documents of the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus in the field of interaction of educational institutions and religious organizations.
Saint-Ephrosinia pedagogical lectures are one of the most significant pedagogical forums on the issues of Orthodox pedagogic and education. Collected materials of the Lectures are displayed in this section of the exposition.

In the particular section are displayed an essay on asceticism by saint Pheopan the Hermit (2006), Orthodox calendars, and prayer books.

Organizers of the exhibition hope the displayed books will be helpful to those who intend to learn more about the Orthodoxy and follow its principles in their life.

Contact: +375 17 293-28-86.

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