July 22, 2018 Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry opened the photo exhibition “the way of the cross monastery”, according to patriarhiei. The opening ceremony was held in the refectory Church of the venerable Anthony and Theodosius Pechersky Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.
The event was also attended by the Deputy kiyevo-Pechersky monastery the Metropolitan Vyshgorodsky and Chernobyl Paul, Archbishop of buchansky Panteleimon, Archbishop of Rovenky and Sverdlovsk Panteleimon, Archbishop of Severodonetsk and Starobelsk Nicodemus, members of the clergy and monks from different countries of the world.
Exhibition dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the revival of monastic life in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The exhibition presents photos of the monastery of the pre-revolutionary period, the era of persecution of the Church in the 20-30-ies of XX century, the war and postwar period, when the Lavra was closed, and pictures of the monastery in modern times — after the revival in her of the monastic life in 1988, and modern monastery.
After the opening of the exhibition, a briefing was held, during which the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Abbot of the monastery told the media representatives about the significance of laurels for Ukraine and Orthodox world and answered the questions of journalists.
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry, in particular, said:
“Holy Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the heart of Ukraine. And not only our state but of all States in which people live, which came out of the baptismal font on the banks of the Dnieper. And the Holy Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the first monastery of Kievan Rus, where was lighted the lamp of prayer. This torch was lit by the founder of the monastery Reverend Anthony of the caves, which marked the beginning of his monastic life on Mount Athos, and from there brought the Charter of mount Athos and the Athonite monastic culture, and the spirit of the Holy Mountain. Since then Lavra is the spiritual heart of our people.
We rejoice that the Lord gave to endure those trials, which were in the Soviet period, when the Church was persecuted, when he closed the monasteries Lavra was also closed. But God had mercy on us and again gave us this Shrine. It was reopened, and it again lit the lamp of prayer. Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary since the opening of the Holy monastery, from the day when it met again the monks and continued the good fight prayers for his people and their land. And this feat, we committed to today.”
To see the photo exhibition are invited to attend. During the celebration of divine services in the assumption and the refectory churches of the entrance to the exhibition is free.
July 21, in the chapel of the assumption Cathedral of the Lavra, opened the exhibition “the House of the virgin”. July 20 in the Assembly hall of the monastery, the opening of the International conference “Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in Athos, Jerusalem: the unity through the ages”.