“Moments of Joy” charitable event began in beautiful Transcarpathia

Mukachevo, July 5, 2019

Photo: m-church.org.ua Photo: m-church.org.ua On July 3, 2019, with the blessing of His Eminence Fyodor, Metropolitan of Mukachevo and Uzhhorod, the educational and charity project “Moments of Joy” began its missionary work in the Mukachevo diocese, according to their press department.

The youth project was initiated by Archimandrite Agapit, Chairman of the Diocesan Youth Department, and Archpriest Yaroslav Popovich, a cleric of the Mukachevo deanery and rector of Holy Trinity Church. The goal of the project was to get youth acquainted with the social situation in their diocese and also enlighten them with Orthodox catechesis.

Orthodox youth visited the local orphanage, as well as the oncohematological (blood cancer) department of the regional children’s hospital in Mukachevo.

Photo: m-church.org.ua Photo: m-church.org.ua “Throughout the work of the project, several more social institutions will be visited during the week. Today, in addition to sweets, cakes, and balloons, children received support from the clergy, because faith is the most important thing. The clergy of the diocese had the opportunity to anoint the sick with the holy oil, and to give a lesson on the Law of God in the orphanage. With the blessing of Metropolitan Fyodor, this project will travel throughout the diocese, brining joy to children, and a sea of positivity to everyone who will join in the implementation of this large-scale project,” said Father Agapit, chairman of the youth department.

Mukachevo is a very special city within Transcarpathia, a major historical center of the terra incognita that is Subcarpathian Rus’, and hub of Carpatho-Rusyn settlement. We extensively discussed the history of Carpatho-Russians in this two part article series, the first part, going into their historical origin and what we can learn from their name, as the original ethnonym for Ukrainians, and in part two, we explored the mountainous achievements of these talented people.

Transcarpathia is a profoundly beautiful land, which has produced saints whose labors have affected the entire Orthodox world both in the homeland and in diaspora.

This mysterious, enchanting land, its history and its pious martyric Orthodox people are just waiting to be discovered by you.

Matfey Shaheen


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