Pochaev, Ukraine, August 5, 2022
Thousands of people filled the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra last night and today for the celebration of the 425th anniversary of the wonderworking Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God to the holy monastery.
The services and procession were led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, beginning with Small Vespers and an akathist before the icon, followed by the All-Night Vigil last night, reports the Information-Education Department of the UOC.
Met. Onuphry was concelebrated by a number of UOC hierarchs, including His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of Pochaev, the abbot of the holy Lavra.
Special prayers for peace in Ukraine, for God’s protection from the horrors of war, and for the comfort of all victims were offered during the service, and molebens with akathists were served throughout the night.
His Beatitude was again joined by numerous hierarchs this morning for the Divine Liturgy. Following the reading of the Holy Gospel, he addressed his flock, speaking about the history and miracles of the Pochaev Icon, in particular about the salvation of the monastery in 1675, when the Mother of God defended the monastery from the Tatars.
“We glorify the Mother of God, we thank St. job, who prayed for us sinners, and we glorify the angels who accompanied the Most Holy Theotokos, and we thank God for the great miracle that the Lord worked in this place through His Most Holy Mother,” the Ukrainian primate said.
Prayers for peace were again offered during the Liturgy.
Following the service, Met. Onuphry led a procession, carrying the Pochaev Icon back to the Holy Dormition Cathedral, where it is usually located above the Royal Doors.
Read more about the salvation of the monastery from the Tatars here.