We are all one family: Vinnytsia congregation told how they defended their temple


People gathered from all parts of the city and diocese, to defend the temple.

The congregation of the Vinnytsia exaltation of the Holy cross of the temple said that the unity helped them to prevent provocation “Right sector”.

The eyewitness of events has told the SPM that the faithful gathered from all parts of the city and diocese, to defend the temple.

The woman says: parishioners completed the Liturgy at 11:30, did not disperse and began to read the gospel. At this time, came to the Church very many Orthodox Christians, including many men, who had gathered in the temple to repel the “Right sector”.

People gathered from all parts of the city and diocese, to defend the temple. According to her, many people in the Church was not even on the solemn meeting of the newly appointed ruling Bishop of the diocese of Vinnytsia Archbishop of Vinnitsa and Barsky Barsonophios.

Because to worship in the temple a lot of people came, the Abbot decided to serve the Great Compline.

At 14:00 to the temple came the activists of the “Right sector” 20-year-old boys, most of them were in Balaklava.

At the same time, the temple came Archbishop of Vinnitsa and Barsky Barsanuphius, accompanied by numerous clergy of the city.

When the nationalists came to the walls of the temple, several thousand parishioners, headed by the ruling Bishop, went out to them. The believers took them into the ring and began tearing off their balaclavas with the words: “Open your face, let it see your mother.”

The radicals were trying to say that “Moscow priests” went from Vinnitsa, since Ukraine has already made Tomos, however, Archbishop Barsanuphius explained that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is much more independent than the DNC, and offered tea to compare the texts of Tomasov UOC and ptsu.

We had no fear. We didn’t know if we will return home, but we knew that we are all one family and we all stand for the faith,” said the parishioner.

As reported by the SPM, 6 January 2019 in Vinnytsia several thousand Orthodox citizens, which was to protect the Holy cross Church, gave the activists of “Right sector” an act of provocation.

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