Brethren of the Lavra: We are not going to leave our shrines

The arranger of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Archimandrite Polycarp (Lineco)

Laura said: the monks of the Ukrainians live on their land, pray for your people and do not intend to go to Russia.

The arranger of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Archimandrite Polycarp (Lineco) also explained that the brotherhood is not going anywhere to take out the shrines of the monastery. He said this at a briefing on January 15, reports “Ukrainian truth”.

“We’re not going to leave our sacred space – not in Russia, not anywhere, because we are Ukrainians, we live on our land, praying for his people and for his country, that the Lord blessed her”, he said.

The priest recalled that Laura, the UOC received in terrible condition, but gradually gave it up.

“Running the temples was terrible. The state, which was our sanctuary in 1988 and now, as heaven and earth. And paths where we walk – before solid mounds was now smooth – this, at least go sideways”, he explained.

Archimandrite Polycarp says that he restored the temples, and their parts.

“Here is the iconostasis. You look at this gilt. Gilding, which was adopted, was such as St. Sophia, don’t know that there is stored – well, like the dust of the XIX century store – that wasn’t ashamed of the so-called unification Council spending on the background of that terrible gilt that even cracks directly to the wood. In the 90-ies of the capital were restored iconostasis”, – he stressed.

He assured that all of this can be seen by any visitor of the monastery.

“And who can tell us that we do not store our sanctuary and that we are not patriots? So here I am our opponents disappoint: we the degree of patriotism exhibited, and we are in the sanctuary all donations put human – all of this you can come and see,” – said Archimandrite Polycarp.

He said: “We’re here not going to leave, and take out the shrines and great Lavra bell tower across the Dnieper river to haul in Moscow is not going to.”

As reported by the SPM, the Minister of culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nischuk said thatin the course of inventory conducted in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, was discovered the loss of a number of icons which could be exported prior to 2003.

The head of the press service of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine Yulia Datsenko said that the results of verification conducted by the departmental Committee in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the monastery received a recommendation to return in the Kyiv-Pechersk historical and cultural preserve those values that are not used in religious ceremonies, although it is recognized that, of the surveyed objects restored 253, 65 in need of restoration, and 2 are in poor condition.

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