Kiev Caves abbot serves at holy sites in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, October 13, 2022


The abbot of the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra is currently on pilgrimage to the holy sites in Jerusalem.

Every year, His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl visits sites connected with Christ’s earthly life, asking for peace and prosperity for Ukraine. He has been received by the Patriarch of Jerusalem and prayed and served at several holy sites so far this year.

Vladyka Pavel began his pilgrimage at the very heart of the Christian faith this year, celeberating the nighttime Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre together with His Eminence Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Lavra reports.

Special prayers for peace in Ukraine were offered inside the tomb of Christ itself.


On Tuesday, together with members of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Jerusalem, Met. Pavel was received at the Patriarchate, where he was honored with the medal of the Superior Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre for his love of the holy places and for offering gold for the gilding of the icon of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. In turn, Met. Pavel gave His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem valuable gifts from the Kiev Caves.


The next day, the Met. Pavel concelebrated with His Eminence Metropolitan Joachim of Elenopol of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem at the tomb of the Most Holy Theotokos in the Church of the Dormition in Gethsemane.

His Eminence later visited the Russian Orthodox Gorny Convent located near the site where, according to Tradition, the meeting of the Most Holy Theotokos with the Righteous Elizabeth took place.


A memorial service was served for Abbess Georgia (Schukina), who headed the monastery from 1992 until her repose earlier this year.

Concluding his visit to the monastery, Vladyka Pavel gave the sisters a parting word and his episcopal blessing.

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