Svyatogorsk, Ukraine, April 29, 2021
The Holy Dormition-Svyatogorsk Lavra has been serving refugees from Ukrainian war zones and internally displaced persons for several years now. The Lavra and the town of Svyatogorsk itself, with a meager population of 4,000, have received tens of thousands of refugees in that time.
During that time, concerned Orthodox Christians from Ukraine and abroad have been sending large shipments of humanitarian supplies to the Lavra to help it care for its wards.
On Monday, 4.5 tons of products needed to bake Pascha breads were delivered to the monastery. The items were gathered by the Orthodox faithful of Bukovina with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Meletiy of Chernivtsi and Bukovina and sent as a blessing for the many refugees, the monastery reports.
The sets of goods included flour, eggs, cheese, sour cream, butter, raisings, fruit, and sugar.
The abbot of the Lavra, His Eminence Metropolitan Arseny, and the monastery brethren received the Paschal aid with great gratitude to all who participated in gathering the items.
30 tons of aid were delivered to the monastery earlier in the month, including food and basic necessities gathered by the parishes of the Diocese of Chernivtsi and Bukovina.
Thanks to its work with refugees, the Lavra has also become a center of conversion to Orthodoxy. For example, in 2014, OrthoChristian reported that more than 30 refugees were baptized at the monastery.