Odessa: Liturgy served in lower church of severely damaged cathedral (+VIDEO)

Odessa, Odessa Province, Ukraine, July 31, 2023

Photo: ​Odessa Diocese – YouTube Photo: ​Odessa Diocese – YouTube     

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the lower church of the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa, Ukraine, yesterday.

This is the first time the Liturgy was celebrated in the lower Church of St. Innocent of Kherson since the upper-level Holy Transfiguration Cathedral was destroyed on July 23 in an early morning attack on the city.

As OrthoChristian previously reported, the wonderworking Kasperov Icon of the Mother of God, which is housed in the upper cathedral, survived unscathed.

The Odessa Diocese published a video with highlights form the Liturgy:

The Odessa City Council warned that one of the cathedral walls is particularly unstable and could collapse. A UNESCO mission arrived in Odessa over the weekend to assess the damage to the cathedral.

The Holy Transfiguration Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Odessa. It was built in the late-18th – early-19th centuries but was destroyed in 1936. The cathedral was rebuilt in the early 2000s and was considered an architectural gem.

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