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Orthodox Brotherhoods in Ukraine proposes to celebrate liturgies

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    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
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      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
      dome

      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
      worship services.

      '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
      itself.
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