Monastic tonsures at the Kiev Caves Lavra

Kiev, April 24, 2024

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A number of men have received monastic tonsures at the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra over the past week.

Despite the ongoing war and the state persecution, the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church continues to thrive, including the Kiev Caves Lavra, which has been especially targeted by authorities who have been trying to drive the monks out of their home for over a year now.

Last week, OrthoChristian reported on tonsures at several UOC monasteries.

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod, the abbot of the Lavra who has been under house arrest or held in pre-trial detention for the past year, two riassaphore monks were tonsured as stavrophore monks on the Thursday of the Great Canon, when the Church reads the life of St. Mary of Egypt, the Lavra reports.

The rite was served by the monastery confessor Archimandrite Anthony. After the service, the newly tonsured monks went to the Elevation of the Cross Church, where they spent three days in prayer.

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And yesterday, Archimandrite Anthony tonsured three novices as riassaphore monks with the names Aristobul, Aristarkh, and Cleopa.

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