Christus resurrectus Est!
Christ is risen!
Christus ist auferstanden!
Christ est ressuscité !
Cristo è risorto!
Hristos a înviat!
Kristus je vzkříšen!
Kristus je vstal!
येसु मसीह ज़िन्दा हो गया है!
Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.’
And the cup in like manner after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, even that which is poured out for you.’
For I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you: this do in remembrance of me.’
In like manner also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.’
1 Corinthians 11:23-25
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’
And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins.’
And as they were eating, he took bread, and when he had blessed, he brake it, and gave to them, and said, ‘Take ye: this is my body.’
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.’
The Cathedral of Sts. Boris and Gleb, Chernihiv.
Boris and Gleb Cathedral was founded as a family burial vault of the Davidovich. The construction lasted from 1120 to 1123.
During the construction of the cathedral a special kind of brick - plinfy- and skillful brickwork was used, decorated with various patterns (stone carving). The facade was also decorated with a limestone relief floral ornamentation.
Originally, the plan of the cathedral contemplated the construction of arkasols – special niches for burial, but due to the multiple reconstructions the original design has been drastically changed.
During its long existence, the Boris and Gleb Cathedral was not only the Orthodox shrine. In the first half of the XVII century, when the Chernigiv lands were part of Poland, the cathedral was transformed into the Dominican church.
At the end of the XVII century, the cathedral was reconstructed in the Baroque style.
During the Second World War, the shrine was partly destroyed. The following post-WWII reconstruction was conducted in the middle of the XX century by a project of the well-know architect M. Holostenko. After that, the cathedral became a part of the National historical sanctuary “Ancient Chernigiv”.
On the territory of the monastery there is a cemetery where a lot of famous religious figures were buried: Lazar Baranovich, the Saint Bishop Feodosy Uglitsky, Amvrosy Dubnevich and Feofil Ignatovich.
Nowadays, the Borisoglebsky Monastery is a museum that hosts ongoing exhibitions devoted to the icon painting. All the visitors can see there a silver vermail Holy Gates (weight about 50 kg) that were made at the beginning of the ХVІІІ century to order of the famous Ukrainian Hetman and patron Ivan Mazepa.
Our Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral, Chernihiv
Our Saviour Transfiguration Cathedral is one of the most ancient temples of Ukraine-Rus’.
It is situated in the historic area of Chernihiv, in the center of former Dytynets’ (Citadel). Building of the cathedral started approximately in 1033-1034 by the order of first chronically-known Chernihiv prince Mstyslav Volodymyrovych.
Our Saviour Cathedral was built according to Byzantium architectural traditions. Architectural experts call the planning-spatial decision unique as none of known Old Rus’ temples has suchlike construction. Byzantium cross-dome scheme is combined with elements of Roman basilica.
So-called mixed masonry (a combination of plinth and natural stone) which had been borrowed from Byzantium was used for building. The facades of the Cathedral are ornamented with tracery made of bricks during the brickwork – meanders, wickerwork, crosses. The combination of brick ornaments, plinth layer masonry and natural stone with wide stripes of mortar gave the facades of the Cathedral special solemnity and picturesqueness.
Nowadays the main attraction in the temple is a baroque iconostasis made in the end of the 18th century in the place of a previous one damaged by the fire of 1750. During the next repairs a damaged by fire baptistery was taken to pieces and a round in a foundation tower symmetrical to a northern one was built. Both towers were crowned with high steeples and the shape of domes was slightly changed. At the beginning of the 19th century big tambours were attached to the temple after which it got its modern look.
Our Saviour Cathedral has always been the main sanctuary of Chernihiv-Sivers’kyi land.
Now Our Saviour Cathedral is a part of national architectural-historic park “Ancient Chernihiv” and at the same time an active temple of Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
St. Catherine Church was built in honor of heroism of Chernihiv regiment Cossacks showed up during the assault of turkey fortress Azov in 1696 under the commandment of Chernihiv colonel Yakiv Lyzohub. The church was sanctified in 1715 in honor of St. Katherine, who had been respected in Ukraine for a long time.
The church is made of bricks, it is cross-shaped, nine-fraction, five-dome. The composition is centrical, pyramidally built: with the highest central dome, and lower ones – over the faceted sleeves of architectural cross. So, its composition reminds a wooden Ukrainian church with five octahedral capacities – octahedrons each crowned with dome combined in one plastic unity. Thanks to such pyramidal construction the church looks tender, elegant and solemn.
The facades are a characteristic feature of the church. The main role in their decoration is played by portal and windows margins: triangular pediments, frames, shallow-cut cornices. Modelled ornamentation is not used in the church, common and circle brick, which replaced plinth, is used both as building and ornamental material. The facades are plastered and limed.
The characteristic feature of the interior is its opening upwards. It is a five-chamber pillarless temple crowned by five domes. The top is designed in traditional Ukrainian style – with fractures. The walls are whitewashed. The domes and crosses are gilded.
St. Catherine church in Chernihiv is the greatest monument of Ukrainian (Cossack) renaissance of the XVII-XVIII centuries, which has authentically remained; it produced decisive influence on the development of Ukrainian church architecture of the XVIII century and it still plays the role of city building dominant of the historic part of the town.