Wednesday, March 29, 2023

    Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra was officially registered as OCU monastery

    On December 1. the spokesman for the OCU, Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya), said the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra was registered as a monastery run by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

    On December 1, 2022, the charter of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (men’s monastery) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) was registered. Information about this legal entity as part of the Local Church was entered into the Unified State Register (45081205) on December 2, the spokesperson for the OCU reported on Facebook.

    In order to restore historical justice and overcome the consequences of the non-canonical subordination of the Ukrainian shrine to the power of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Holy Synod of the OCU at its meeting on May 23, 2022 (Resolution No. 30) decided to create a religious organization within the Local Church – the men’s monastery “Holy Dormition Kyiv – Pechersk Lavra”. At the same time, the Synod instructed His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy to address the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a request to provide one of the Lavra’s churches in its upper part for divine services, and certain rooms for monastic activities.

    The Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine is officially the archimandrite, that is, the canonical and spiritual head of the Kyiv Lavra. Also, by the decision of the Synod, His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy was appointed to head the monastery as a legal entity.

    It should be recalled that the OCU delegation met with Patriarch Bartholomew at Phanar. The NSDC also instructed the Cabinet to check the legality of the UOC MP’s stay in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and imposed sanctions against the vicar of the Lavra, Pavlo, and the sponsor of the UOC MP, Vadym Novinsky.