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    OCU head lays stone for temple construction at Lviv region’s healing spring

    On September 13, Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, as part of his Primate’s visit to the Lviv-Sokal Diocese, led the Divine Liturgy at a healing spring in the settlement of Zahlyna (Monastyrok village).

    This annual service is held as part of a pilgrimage, which is traditionally performed to this holy site on the village temple day, according to the OCU press service.

    During the liturgy, the OCU primate co-served with Metropolitan Makariy of Lviv, Metropolitan Dymytriy of Lviv and Sokal, Metropolitan Oleksandr of Pereiaslav and Vyshneve, Archbishop Yakiv of Drohobych and Sambir, Archbishop Nestor of Ternopil and Kremenets, Archbishop Ilarion of Rivne and Ostroh, Archbishop Yevstratiy of Chernihiv and Nizhyn, Archbishop Tykhon of Ternopil and Buchach, Bishop Matfiy of Volodymyr Volynsky and Turia, Bishop Pavlo of Khmelnytsky and Kamyanets-Podilsky, and priests from the dioceses who attended to the celebration providing spiritual care for their parishioners.

    After the reading of the Gospel, Metropolitan Epifaniy delivered a sermon. Later, an all-Ukrainian prayer for an end to the coronavirus plague was voiced.

    Head of the Lviv-Sokal Eparchy, His Eminence Metropolitan Dymytriy, has expressed words of gratitude to His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy.

    After the service, a cornerstone was laid for the construction of the temple in honor of the laying of the Holy Belt of the Mother of God.

    Finally, His Beatitude, together with the hierarchs and the clergy, moved to the healing spring where they sang a prayer to the Mother of God and drank spring water.

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