Residents of the town of Hostomel, Kyiv region, recently held a community meeting, deciding on the transition of their local Church of the Holy Intercession to the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Human rights defender Vitaly Kupriy, who attended the meeting, reported the news.
The decision to have the parish shift away from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to the OCU was adopted unanimously, Glavсom reports.
“I congratulate the residents of Hostomel on the adoption by the religious community of the decision to move from the Moscow Patriarchate to the OCU! Finally, clerics in the church will conduct services in the Ukrainian language, forget who is the evil Cyril, and increase the number of parishioners at the expense of real patriots of Ukraine,” Kupriy wrote.
According to Kupriy, the head of the Hostomel military administration, Taras Dumenko, also supported the community’s decision.
“In general, he supported the transition of the parish from the Muscovites to the OCU. But he started with a speech that it is possible to pray with the Moscow Patriarchate, which sparked disapproval among those present,” he said.
At the hearings, it was also suggested that another church in the village of Mostyshchi, which has long been part of Hostomel, should also be transferred to the OCU.
In early April 2022, Kyiv region, including the towns of Irpin, Bucha, and Hostomel, was liberated from Russian occupation.