Derman, Rivne Province, Ukraine, September 12, 2022
On Sunday, in addition to the feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine also celebrated the glorification of a recently canonized Holy Hierarch of the 19th century.
The Divine Liturgy with the rite of glorification was celebrated at Holy Trinity Monastery in Derman, Rivne Province, where the Holy Hierarch, St. Hierothy of Ostrog, was appointed abbot in 1828. He was canonized by the Ukrainian Holy Synod on August 17, 2021, with his feast established as April 30.
During the service, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil read out the Synodal decision to canonize the saint. His life was also read out, and his troparion, kontakion, and magnification were sung. His precious relics and icon were also venerated by all those present, reports the Information-Education Department of the UOC.
In his homily, Met. Onuphry spoke about the life of St. Hierothy and encouraged the faithful to ask themselves: “Am I following the path that St. Hierothy followed?” By fulfilling God’s commandments, we begin to feel the presence of the Kingdom of God on earth, the Ukrainian primate exhorted.
Altogether, His Beatitude was concelebrated by 11 hierarchs, including the local hierarch His Eminence Archbishop Pimen of Rivne and Ostrog, and local and visiting clergy.
St. Hierothy was born in Kovel in 1789. After receiving a spiritual education, he became a teacher at the Volyn Seminary. He later became a monk at the Monastery of St. John the Merciful in the village of Veliky Zagaytsy. In 1829, he was appointed abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Derman and a member of the consistory of the Volyn Diocese. He labored over the development of the monastery and was engaged in spiritual education. In May 1845, Fr. Hierothy was consecrated Bishop of Ostrog. The next 27 years of his archpastoral ministry were marked by a manifestation of true Christian love for the clergy and his entire flock. He reposed on April 17, 1871 in the Derman monastery.