Bashuki, Ukraine, October 22, 2018
The first stone of a new church was ceremoniously laid on Saturday in the village of Bashuki in the Ternopil Province of Ukraine.
The beginning of the new church, in honor of the Archangel Michael, was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Sergei of Ternopil and the clergy of the local deanery, reports the site of the Ternopil Diocese.
The villagers resolved to build a new church after theirs was seized by schismatics on June 14, 2015. From that time, the Orthodox community of Bashuki has been forced to hold services in an adapted home church. Met. Sergei visited the Archangel Michael community last year and celebrated the Divine Liturgy and consecrated the plot of land for the construction of the future church that has now begun.
After the rite of the laying of the foundation stone, Met. Sergei addressed the local community, thanking the villagers and benefactors who have supported the good initiative, and wished them success in their saving work.
New churches replacing those captured by schismatics in the Ternopil Diocese have already been built in Butin, Katerinovka, Kolosova, and Rakhmanov.
The church in Butin, also dedicated to the Archangel Mihael was seized by “Kiev Patriarchate” schismatics in October 2014, with the help of the terrorist group Right Sector and the local police.
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