sabato 18 marzo 2023

Address of the Hiero-Archimandrite of the Kyiv-Pechersk Holy Dormition Lavra, Epiphaniy, To the brothers of the Lavra and the public

Honorable fathers! Dear brothers and sisters, dear fellow citizens!
In connection with current events related to the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, I consider it necessary to provide an explanation of a number of issues.
First of all, it must be emphasized that there is no thought of closing the monastery, or of suspension of prayer, services, or monastic life within it. Comparing the current situation broadly with past persecution by the Communist authorities against the Church or specifically to the two times the monastery was closed by them is baseless manipulation. This sounds especially cynical coming from the lips of a hierarch who was closely connected with the Communist Party, one who even sought to be nominated for an elected position on its behalf. (...)