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Epiphany asks Shmyhal to provide the OCU with part of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – UNIAN

The OCU needs one of the churches of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra for worship / photo from UNIAN, Vladislav Musienko

Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epiphanius asks the Cabinet of Ministers to provide the OCU with one of the churches of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra for regular worship.

This is stated in Epiphany’s letter to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, published on site OCU.

In particular, the primate of the OCU informed the head of government that by the decision of the Holy Synod on May 23, a monastery was founded as part of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine – the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra of the OCU.

In this regard, Epifaniy asks Shmyhal to resolve two issues.

“Immediately resolve the issue of providing one of the churches on the territory of the Upper Lavra, which are actually not used for permanent worship (the Church of the Annunciation in the former Metropolitan Chambers, the Church of All Saints over the Economic Gates or another within the Upper Lavra) – for regular worship of the Holy Dormition The monopoly of the monastery of the Moscow Patriarchate on worship in the Lavra is categorically not accepted by the majority of Orthodox in Ukraine and the Ukrainian society,” Epiphany notes.

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In addition, he asks the Prime Minister “to find an opportunity to provide premises on the territory of the Upper Lavra for monastic life and activities.”

“To resolve these issues, I ask you to instruct the competent state institutions to immediately, with the involvement of persons authorized by the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra of the OCU, to study the state of affairs in order to submit agreed recommendations,” the letter emphasizes.

As UNIAN reported, in May The synod of the OCU formed in its composition the religious organization “Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra”.

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