Bancheny, Ukraine, May 2, 2022
The beloved primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox visited the Holy Ascension-Bancheny Monastery in the western Chernivtsi Diocese yesterday to share the Paschal love and joy with the monastics and the hundreds of orphans under the care of the monastery.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine traditionally meets with the children from Bancheny and other such homes at Pascha and Nativity.
Photo: news.church.ua Met. Onuphry was greeted by the brethren and parishioners at the monastery’s Holy Ascension Cathedral, where he then celebrated the Divine Liturgy with several other hierarchs and clerics, including His Eminence Metropolitan Longin of Bancheny, the abbot of the monastery, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
During the Liturgy, a petition was read for peace in Ukraine, for deliverance from the enemy, and that the Lord would take pity upon the Ukrainian land and preserve those who are in despair or who have lost their homes, and bless those of good will who help those in need.
Following the service, His Beatitude also visited the children who are taken care of by the Bancheny Monastery and the nuns of the Convent of the Boyana Icon of the Mother of God.
The Ukrainian primate greeted the children and their caregivers with the joy of the bright Resurrection of Christ and presented them all with Pascha gifts, and the children of the orphanages arranged a concert for their distinguished guest.
Met. Onuphry previously opened a medical center named in honor of the “Blessed Surgeon,” the Holy Hierarch Luke of Simferopol, at the monastery in November.