The Church of the Transfiguration, located under the main church of
the Cathedral was constructed to commemorate the Alekseyevsky Convent that had been
located on the site of the Cathedral and dislocated to make room for the original
Cathedral. This church is designed in the sixteenth century style, since the convent had
been established on this site during that period. There are three altars in the church
--the Transfiguration in the center and two side chapels in honor of St Alexey, man of God
and the Tikhvinskaya Icon of the Mother of God.
Patriarch Alexey consecrated and officially opened the Church of the Transfiguration on
August 19, 1996, on the day of the Transfiguration.
Icons: "Christ not created by hand" painted by Sorokin - this icon
miraculously survived from the original Cathedral, an ancient Smolenskaya Icon of the
Mother of God and an Icon of Saint Nicholas sent from Bari, Italy, where the relics of
Saint Nicholas are located.
Clergy: The Patriarch is Rector of the Cathedral. Father Mikhail
Riazantsev is the assistant rector and representative of the Patriarch. In addition, there
are two priests - Fathers Nikolai Gostev and Andrei Ovchinikov and two deacons - Fathers
Aleksandr Ageikin and Andrei Marushak.
Choirs: the main choir if the Cathedral under the direction of N.
Georgievsky, a well-known church conductor and a youth choir under the direction of S.
Koltsova, a graduate of the Moscow Theological Academy's School of Choir Directors.
of Services: Vespers, Matins and the Divine Liturgy are conducted in the main
Cathedral on Sundays and feast days. Daily services are conducted in the Church of the
Transfiguration on weekdays.
Individual Services: in addition to regular services, the following
individual services are available on request: Baptism, Marriage, Panikhidy (services for
the deceased) and Molebens (special prayer services for various needs).