Ukraine, June 23, 2021
Earlier this month, OrthoChristian reported that 9 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had been consecrated in one week.
Despite pressure and persecution from state, regional, and local officials and from the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU), the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church under His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine remains the largest religious confession in Ukraine by far and continues to grow.
Several more completed churches and the foundation for new churches have also been consecrated throughout June, reports Orthodox Life.
Most recently, the Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in the village of Staropokrovka in the Kharkiv Province was consecrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Elisha of Izyum on Monday, the feast of the Holy Spirit.
On the feast of the Ascension, June 10, His Eminence Metropolitan Vissarion of Ovruch consecrated a church-chapel that had been rebuilt in the village of Sorokopen in the Zhytomyr Province.
The day before, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of Kamensk consecrated a chapel at a health care center in the city of Kamensk in the Dnepropetrovsk Province dedicated to the Mother of God “the Healer.” The chapel was built by the efforts of the medical staff and Archpriest Roman Tovtsyak of St. Andrew’s Church in Kamenskoe.
The rite of laying the foundation stone of the Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church in the village of Tankovo in Crimea was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Kallinik of Bakhchisarai on June 18. The new church will be the first in the history of the village.
And on the territory of the Church of the Elevation of the Cross in the village of Lesnaya Dacha in the Lugansk Province, His Eminence Metropolitan Nikodim of Severodonetsk and His Grace Bishop Irinarch of Novopsk celebrated the rite of the laying of the foundation stone of the Church of the Gethsemane Icon of the Mother of God on the feast of the Ascension.