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Prayer vigil of parishioners defending their church from schismatics has been continuing for three years

Prayer vigil of parishioners defending their church from schismatics has been continuing for three years
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10 February 2022 year 10:24

On February 6, 2022, the Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in the village of Mikhalcha, Chernovtsy region, Ukraine, marked the three years of the faithful’s prayer vigil for their right to remain in the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

During the last three years, members of the community had to suffer repeated attempts of schismatics to seize the church. In 2019, the OCU supporters rammed the doors of the church. In 2020, about one hundred young people in masks (some armed with brass knuckles) unsealed the narthex doors in an attempt to get into the church of the Dormition. In August 2021, the schismatics demanded that the faithful give them the keys to the church for making inventory of the property and sealing the church building.

“The church was never left unattended during the three years of a round-the-clock vigil. There have been the three years of persecutions, numerous acts of provocation, and outrages committed upon the church, including the rammed doors. But it has been three years during which the Merciful Lord has been preserving His church, and the Most Holy Mother of God has been covering us, the sinners, with Her protecting veil,” states the parish’s facebook page.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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