Orthodox Brotherhoods in Ukraine proposes to celebrate liturgies
- 2005.09.27 Interfax:
The Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods in Ukraine proposes to celebrate
liturgies in the Supreme Rada and to install an Orthodox cross on its
Kiev, September 27, Interfax - The Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods in
Ukraine has made a request to the authorities to allocate a room in
the Supreme Rada for worship services and to have a 'gilded cross
several meters high' installed on its dome.
In this way the Orthodox activists hope to solve the problem around
the community of the Church of the Holy Trinity at the Rokhmaniv
village near Ternopol, whose rector, Rev. Oleg Sirko, with a group of
parishioners have kept a vigil at the parliament building for almost
a month now demanding the return of his church which has been used of
late by adherents to the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate.
In his appeal to the leaders of the country, the author of this idea,
Valentin Lukiyanik, leader of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods,
expressed the hope that such measures would make deputies 'think
about the eternal spiritual and moral values more often and be awaken
at long last from their comfortable indifference'.
On September 22, Father Oleg celebrated the first liturgy at the
walls of the Supreme Rada. There were some 100 believers, and the
choir of the Kiev Theological Seminary sang. Now he plans to do it on
a regular basis, the Religious Information Service in Ukraine reports.
The author of the letter also suggested that a special van should run
between Ternopol and Kiev to make it easier for the parishioners of
the taken-away church at Rokhmaniv to get to the Supreme Rada for
'I believe there will be more than enough of those who would wish to
worship at the legislators' chambers, and the budget will get some
replenishment as well. After a while a cross, gold-plated and several
meters high, can be put next to the flagpole on the Supreme Rada dome
and after that some thought should be given to the secretariat of the
Ukrainian president', Lukiyanik writes.
Eight days before Lent this year, the rector of the Church of the
Holy Trinity went on a termless hunger strike in protest against the
attempts to take away his church. The strike lasted 57 days. On
Easter Sunday, Father Oleg in precoma was taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, the protests of the parishioners have not produced any
affect; the Ternopol court just did not permit the community of the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church to keep the Church of the Holy Trinity for