EXHIBITION OF TACTILE ICONS OF RAISED DOTS TO OPEN IN KIEV FOR INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE

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Soborna.church.ua – 1/12/16

An exhibition dedicated to the International Day of Handicapped People will be held from December 3 to 17 at the “Cathedral” Gallery of the spiritual and educational center of the UOC-MP’s cathedral in Kiev. The expositions will include tactile icons designed not only for those with loss of sight, but also for people who are not indifferent to the needs of the blind, who want to have a deeper understanding of the life of the visually impaired and their aspiration for spiritual life.

The charitable organization of disabled people and retirees “Facing the Truth” has for the first time in history produced several special tactile icons of raised dots for blind people depicting scenes of miracles related to blindness from Biblical history.

Among them are the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God which in 1596 returned sight to a forty-year-old man named Philip who had been blind from birth; an icon of the Holy Blessed Matrona of Moscow who was born blind; an icon of the Holy Confessor Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky), a bishop and surgeon who healed the sick by his prayer and medical skills, who became totally blind at the end of his life, but nevertheless continued to heal people; and other icons.

Modern computer technology along with special equipment for the blind was used to create these icons. Such icons have proved to be in high demand among the blind and have become very popular in Ukrainian churches. The exhibition of tactile icons was also presented in Greece (Thessaloniki) at the Education and Rehabilitation Center for the Blind.

The exhibition will open on December 3 at 3:00 PM. Address: Kiev, 3 Zheleznodorozhnoye Highway, building 4, Sobornaya (“Cathedral”) Gallery. Admission free.

For further information call: (093) 353-86-44 (Vladimir Nikolaevich), (093) 343-63-90 (the gallery staff worker Elena).

 Translated by Dmitry Lapa

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