Representatives of the newly formed religious organization attempted to disrupt the Orthodox worship in the village of Krymno.

January 18, 2019 – The festive vespers on the eve of the Epiphany in the Ukraine Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)1 in the village of Krymno were attempted to be disrupted by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine2 activists. This was reported by the UOJ correspondent.

According to the rector of the church, priest Sergei Golodiuk, in the middle of the service, two or three women appeared in the church and began to interrupt the priest by shouting out loud remarks. Then later more intruders arrived. The faithful gathered closer to the altar gates to protect the holiest part of the church and continued its worship service despite the unwanted guests.

The incident occurred a day after the parishioner’s council had convened in the number of 150 people to proclaim that they refuse to be transfered to the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Visual Testimony:

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Sources:

  1. Union of Orthodox Journalists – In Volyn raiders break into the UOC temple during the divine service

 

Related Incidents:

Jan. 18, 2019 – Unknown perpetrators threw explosives into the porch of the Sumy Cathedral during the evening worship

Jan. 6, 2019 – The Right Sector in Chernigov pressured believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) via Social Media to join a newly established non-canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Dec. 28, 2019 – Mayor Michel Tereshchenko interferes into the internal Church relations

  1. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is an autonomous Orthodox Church with the headquarter in Kiev, Ukraine. It is spiritually and canonically linked with the Russian Orthodox Church.
  2. Orthodox Church of Ukraine is a religious organization that was formed with an aid of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine and with non-canonical actions of the Constantinople Patriarchate at the end of 2018. So far, none of the canonical Orthodox Churches has recognised this organization as an Orthodox Church.
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