In the UOC MP, the lease term of the two largest churches of the Verkhnaya Lavra has expired: Pavlo "got bogged down" — UNIAN

In the UOC MP, the lease term of the two largest churches of the Verkhnaya Lavra has expired: Pavlo “got bogged down”

From January 1, access to the temples for the Moscow Patriarchate will be unavailable, Pavlo complained.

Since October, the SBU has been conducting searches in the regional churches of the MP / SBU photo Since October, the SBU has been conducting searches in the regional churches of the MP / SBU photo

In the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, the lease period for the two largest churches of the Upper Lavra – the Dormition and the Tabernacle churches has expired. write Sonya Koshkina, editor-in-chief of “Left Bank”.

Rector Pavlo Lebed himself (“Mercedes”) has already recorded the appeal to President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, in which he called on the state to intervene.

Pavlo reminded that the Moscow Patriarchate occupied the Lavra more than 30 years ago, there are “220 brothers who constantly pray for our state and army” on the territory of the complex.

From January 1, access to the temples will be unavailable for the Moscow Patriarchate.

“The director of the museum informed us that we can serve for the last time on December 31, and already the next day, January 1, we do not have the right to cross the threshold of the Tabernacle and Dormition Cathedral,” said “Mercedes”.

Pavlo mentioned the persecution of the church in 1917, complaining that “for the last 30 years we have also felt it ourselves”: “Since 1992, we have felt the seizure of churches by schismatics under the patronage of the so-called Patriarch Filaret. Now a split has occurred again under the leadership of the “so-called” Metropolitan Epiphanius.

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Pavlo “Mercedes” declared that the OCU “has nothing to do” with Ukrainian shrines, instead, the Moscow Patriarchate has such an exclusive right.

As Koshkina notes, in this case there is no excess of powers of state bodies.

UOC MP and Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra – the situation around the Moscow Patriarchate

Since October, the SBU has been conducting large-scale searches in regional churches of the UOC MP. In November, the security forces also visited the priests in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, where the priest together with the congregation sang a prayer glorifying Russia.

On the ground, the special service finds mostly banned propaganda literature denying the existence of Ukraine.

On December 1, President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed the National Security Council to submit to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law banning the activities of the UOC MP, which may be affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church. Zelenskyi also hinted that the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra could be taken from the Moscow Patriarchate in favor of the Ukrainian Church.

On December 2, OCU representative Yevstratiy Zorya reported that the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra was registered as a monastery within the OCU.

Subsequently, Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko explained the situation with the transfer of the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. He noted that it is about a monastery that was already in use by the OCU.

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