The spring of St. Panteleimon in the village of Losk

The spring of St. Panteleimon in the village of Losk

Losk

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The holy spring of the Great Martyr Panteleimon in the village of Losk is a holy spring known for many centuries. This spring is located in a lowland because of the Church of St. George the Victorious.  On the right side of the Church is a path that leads to the spring. The spring itself is located behind the chapel in a well. Also in the chapel there is a font, into which anyone can plunge.  

The spring of St. Panteleimon in the village of Losk of Volozhin district attracts travelers from all corners of Belarus and the near abroad.  This spring is considered healing and for this reason the sick, patients and just religious novices crave for bowing before these waters.

The font of St. Panteleimon nor just attracts a large number of tourists, after all, not every Holy spring may boas of having in the waters a part from the coffin of the Virgin Mary, a part from the top of the world of Golgotha, a part from the coffin of St. Joseph the Betrothed, a part from the coffin of the forefather of God-man Jehoiakim, a part from the top of the world Temptations, a part from the top of the world Location, a granite from the cave of the Prophet Elijah, a part of flint of the Action of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zhirovichi. 

The spring of St. Panteleimon in the village of Losk cures not only physiological ailments (there were cases when disabled people after plunging in the font rose up from their own invalid chairs and then began to go again), but also spiritual diseases. They say if you plunge into the font in winter (the place of the font is not heated), you will not get any disease.

A large number of legends and tales are associated with this Holy spring. Thus, the locals tell that as if during the World War I German invaders tried to use yperite (toxic gas) in Losk to weaken attention of Russian soldiers, they poured out several barrels of alcohol in a small stream, which flowed through the village. As a result ran not water but diluted alcohol. Of course, the Russian spirit could not resist such a temptation, and warriors gradually began to leave their own trenches and go to the brook. At the moment when a lot of soldiers gathered at the stream, the Germans released toxic gas called yperite. But at the same moment the wind direction rapidly changed and the German troops found themselves in the cloud of that poisonous gas instead of the Russian soldiers. This “synoptic miracle” is explained as the influence of the Holy spring.

We do not know whether the story is true but in the village of Losk there is actually a graveyard of the World War I, in which were buried about 2 battalions of German soldiers. Of course, nobody knows whether, in fact, these soldiers were killed by poison gas, or it is just a legend of the past years. Because in this cemetery there are no gravestones and fences, there are only hills showing the place of the burials.

The spring of St. Panteleimon in the village of Losk is included in numerous excursions, educational, religious and pilgrimage tours across Belarus.

 

 

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