Russians do not spare monastery of Moscow patriarchate


Union of Orthodox Journalists, 3 June 2022


On 3 June 2022, in the Dormition cathedral of the Sviatogorsk lavra, Metropolitan of Sviatogorsk Arseny conducted the service of the burial of monastics who perished during shelling of the cloister. This was reported by the press service of the Donetsk diocese on its Facebook page.


The monks and parishioners of the cloister conducted on their final journey the dean of the lavra, Arkhimandrite Galaktion; the monk Aristoklij; and the nun Barbara.


According to the report, on 1 June, due to unceasing shelling, it was impossible to conduct the burial of the deceased. The liturgies for the feast day of the Ascension of the Lord were held in the basements of the cloister.


On 2 June the prepared bodies of the deceased monastics were moved into the Dormition cathedral, where in accordance with the church rules the Gospel and Apostle were read over them.


On 3 June, the slain residents of the cloister were commemorated and buried behind the altar of the Dormition cathedral. The blasts did not let up during the time of the funeral service.


Earlier, the Union of Orthodox Journalists reported that yet another monk of the Sviatogorsk lavra, who was wounded during the shelling of the cloister, passed away to the Lord in the hospital. (tr. by PDS, posted 6 June 2022)



RISU, 4 June 2022


It was learned on 4 June that the Sviatogorsk lavra in Donetsk oblast came under fire from the invaders again.


The UPTsMP confirmed the fact of a Russian attack on the hermitage of All-Saints: "As the result of military actions, a large-scale fire broke out on the territory of the All-Saints hermitage of the Holy Dormition Sviatogorsk lavra. Flames completely engulfed the main church of the cloister."


At the present, there is no information about dead and wounded.


The All-Saints hermitage [skete] was built in 1912.


The number of dead as the result of shelling of the Sviatogorwsk lavra, which occurred several days ago, grew to four persons. Three monastics died at the time of shelling, and five were seriously wounded. One of them died on 3 June in the hospital.


"The cynical shelling of the monastery, in which, besides the monastic brothers and sisters, there are around 300 refugees, among whom are disabled, elderly, around 60 children, including infants, is beyond reason and comprehension of what kind of enemies these civilians can be, who took refuge from war within the walls of an ancient national shrine of the Slobozhansk territory, the Sviatogorsk Dormition lavra," the statement from the Donetsk diocese of the UPTs says.


Just who shelled the lavra, the Moscow patriarchate does not state.


As is known, the Rashists [Russian fascists] began shelling the Sviatogorsk lavra, which is under the jurisdiction of the UPTsMP, back in March.


In early May, the hermitage of the Sviatogorsk lavra was destroyed by enemy artillery.


On 30 May 2022, as the result of shelling by the Russians of the city of Sviatogorsk, the Holy Dormition Sviatogorsk lavra was destroyed, two monks and a nun of this cloister perished, and three monks were injured.


On 3 June, the monastics who perished as the result of artillery shelling were buried in the Sviatogorsk lavra. (tr. by PDS, posted 6 June 2022)


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