Svyatogorsk Lavra continues to receive and shelter hundreds of refugees

Svyatogorsk, Ukraine, March 7, 2022     

As it has since 2014, the Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra continues to receive and shelter hundreds of refugees.

In 2014, refugees from the Donetsk and Lugansk Provinces fled war to take shelter in the monastery, and now they are being joined by residents of the cities of the Kharkov Province, reports the Russian Church’s Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.

According to the monastery press service, 269 people, including 120 children have arrived at the monastery over the past week. Most of the refugees make up large families fleeing from various cities and towns. As of Friday, there were 342 refugees being taken care of in the Lavra.

The Ukrainian Orthodox faithful have responded to the needs of the refugees, sending humanitarian cargo, including food, clothes, diapers, medicine, etc., to the monastery.

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.

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Achile Bourquin3/12/2022 5:44 am
ASKED what we should keep in mind and do in the current political situation, our brother ELDER ZACHARIAS OF ESSEX, responded, “We do not know everything about the conflicts of this world, nor is it necessary to know. We just pray with a compassionate heart for the peace of the world and for all. We do not take sides, because each side will be responsible for crimes, and we do not want to share in these crimes and be condemned. If we pray for those who are more wrong than right, well, we perform the commandment to love even enemies. And if we pray for those who are more right than wrong, we do well. Therefore, we cannot go wrong if we pray that God save all and grant peace to the world. Especially for us, priests and monks, it is very important not to be political at all, because we offer our sacrifice to God, the Holy Liturgy, for the whole world; and if we are for some and against others, our sacrifice is annulled. I think that when there is a war, the best is not to be judgmental, but to have compassion and pray that the Lord may spare all from suffering. If my Liturgy is to have any value, no one should be missing from my heart when I stand before the altar of God and say to Him, ‘Thine own of thine own, we offer unto thee, in all and for all.’” Sent from my Galaxy
alla3/8/2022 1:18 pm
I do not see a real opposition to the war from, nor from the Russian church, either in Russia or abroad. Shame
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