Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord Derechin village
If you drive in the direction of the Grodno – Mosty – Slonim roads, you will definitely get to a village called Derechin. The status of the village was assigned quite a long time ago, but the locals still call Derechin "myastechko" with pride and some respect. Driving along the central street, you will definitely see the landmark of this village, the Transfiguration Church. The Transfiguration Church stands on a flat terrain. It is built in the Byzantine style with five wooden domes. The middle part of the temple, with two side doors, is a regular quadrangle with four columns, on which the middle dome with eight windows is approved. The baptismal room is located in the narthex, from there you can also get to the upper choir and the bell tower. This church is notable not so much for its size and interesting architecture, but for its amazing wall paintings. The altar and dome part of the temple is decorated with biblical scenes and images of saints. Unfortunately, there is no information in the church archive about who and when created this amazing masterpiece. But one thing is indisputable that the author of the murals was a master of his craft and a deeply religious person. The murals are clearly visible during the divine service, when the Royal Gates are open. Keeping the tradition of placing the icon of "Supplication for the Chalice" in front of the altar on the left side of the altar, the icon painter did not deviate from the rule and depicted the Savior at the moment of His most intense prayer, conveying feelings and experiences through colors. It is impossible to look at this icon without awe: The Son of God Himself prays for the sacrifice that He brings again and again for people. When you stand in the left part of the temple, just where the sacrament of confession is performed, the painting of the Nativity of Christ is perfectly visible. The Nativity of Christ is a symbol of a new life, which for us begins with repentance. On the central part of the altar wall, behind the altar, there is an icon of the Last Supper. All the twelve apostles, together with Jesus Christ, as in the Gospel narrative, gathered in the upper room of Zion. The Savior, having gathered his closest disciples, seems to be calling us to become partakers of this great last supper. On the second tier of the wall paintings of the altar part there are icons of the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. Between these two icons, a six-winged seraphim looks at the temple like a heavenly seer. On the side walls in the altar there are images of the great saints and teachers of the Church of Basil the Great and John Chrysostom. It is interesting that in addition to the images of the gospel narratives, images of the holy apostles, saints, with whom our faith is so rich, the artist depicts only the patriarchs Peter, Philip and Alexy, the guardians and defenders of our faith. Perhaps the iconographer, depicting only the champions of Orthodoxy, wished to leave this temple as a symbol of the Orthodox faith in Western Belarus, which, despite all the political and religious vicissitudes, thanks to the prayerful intercession of the great saints, survived and only got stronger. The year 2004 was particularly significant for the Derechinsky temple. Resolution of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus dated December 28, 2004 The Transfiguration Church is included in the state list of historical and cultural values. The church in Derechin does not have such popularity among pilgrims and worshippers, but those people who have visited this temple at least once tend to come here again. The evangelical events, the holy evangelist apostles, the Angels of God and the prelates of the Church depicted in the temple painting help to feel the presence of grace with great reverence with the whole soul.