Kherson parishioners vote to join Kyiv Patriarchate

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2015/05/09 • News

Parishioners of the only church in the village of Preobrazhenka, in the Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine, have decided  to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.

The village church is more than 100 years old, but it has begun to celebrate liturgy in Ukrainian only recently, when local parishioners decided to transfer their church from the Moscow Patriarchate to the Kyiv one.

The villagers say they were offended by their former priest’s bigotry and reached their decision at a community meeting after the priest refused to pray for fellow countrymen who are protecting their country in the ATO zone.

Father Bohdan, the new priest, reports that representatives of the Moscow patriarchate tried to prevent the transfer of the church and organized various provocations, including visits by priests from Moscow, who tried to frighten the villagers with “medieval curses.”

Representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate say they are surprised by the decision of the villagers and deny all accusations against their clergy.  They insist the transfer of the church to a different denomination was not conducted properly.

However, officials at the Kyiv Patriarchate report that the number of parishes transferring to their denomination in the southern oblast is growing steadily.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Channel 5

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  • Brent

    Putin’s legacy is growing as more of Ukraine slowly turns away from Russia…

    • canuke

      Yep, keep it up, Putler!

  • puttypants

    Putin, Kremlin and his supporters have no one to blame but themselves and their aggressive, abusive treatment of people in Ukraine. .

  • Murf

    One more step away from their Russian dominate past.

  • commieslayer

    A good move, it should reduce the chance of KGB infiltration. The ROC is merely a took of Russian siloviki.

    “In this, his newest book, Preobrazhensky describes in chilling detail how Russian intelligence uses the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) to extend Moscow’s reach deep into America. He explains how Russian intelligence sends priests, who are in fact KGB recruited agents, into ROCOR churches across the U.S. in order to bring their congregations under the sway of Russian state interests and set up bases for KGB spy activity. Originally established by Stalin, the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) of the Russian Orthodox Church was a creature of the KGB from the start. ”

    http://gerarddirect.com/2011/09/25/book-review-of-fsbs-new-trojan-horse/

  • anotherauthor

    The following paragraph reveals much about what is coming from Moscow: “… representatives of the Moscow patriarchate tried to prevent the transfer of the church and organized various provocations, including visits by priests from Moscow, who tried to frighten the villagers with “medieval curses.”” Namely… 1. Moscow demands to maintain control over neighbors (religiously, economically, politically, militarily, socially…) 2. Moscow’s methods include intimidation, threats, warfare… 3. The mentality coming from Moscow is connected with medieval thinking and practices.

  • Michel Cloarec

    What ? NO TROLL ???????? NO COMMENT ????????NOT FUNNY TODAY !!

  • Michel Cloarec

    Ok I understand , it is too high in the brain for the trolls to follow !

  • Nowhere Girl

    Considering that Patriarch Kiryll openly supports Russian aggression in Ukraine, definitely more parishes should be switching to Kyiv Patriarchate. Being a Ukrainian member of that particular branch of Orthodox Christianity which is intensely hostile to independent Ukraine – this is something I can hardly imagine…