Svyatogorsk Lavra awarded the priest, to protect the icon from desecration by the radicals during the all-Ukrainian cross procession

Moscow. June 1. INTERFAX – monks of the Lavra of Svyatogorsk of Donetsk region awarded Archpriest Sergei Taran, who during the all-Ukrainian religious procession in 2016 saved from desecration the icon of the virgin.

During the ceremony, in Kiev, Abbot of the monastery, Metropolitan Arseny of Svyatogorsk gave him an exact copy of the miraculous Svyatogorsk icon of the Mother of God and a set of priestly vestments with an embroidered image of the virgin, said on Thursday the press service of Information Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The Metropolitan reminded the audience how, during a nationwide move at Boryspil radicals tried to prevent a prayer procession and thrown into the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God various items. Then Archpriest Sergiy Taran, a cleric of the local diocese, took off his vestment, and covered the icon.

“Before Borispol small group of people gathered to protest. You can throw stones and eggs at me, insult me all kinds of names because I am a sinful man and deserves it. But what offended the Mother of God?! How can It throw? It’s crazy. When we saw this, we didn’t have words. We saw the priest walking next to the icon, took off his chasuble (the liturgical upper vestment – “if”) and covered the icon. It was his best robe, which he put on the procession,” said the Hierarch.

According to him, an exact copy of the Svyatogorsk icon was painted especially for father Sergius that she was in the temple where he serves.

As reported, the procession began in Ukraine on July 3, 2016 in the East of Svyatogorsk Lavra, and on July 9 in the West, from the Pochaev Lavra. To prevent the procession in a number of regions have tried radicals. The number of Ukrainian media and politicians including the speaker of Parliament Andriy Parubiy, called the March a provocation, and his participants tried to classify the agents of the “aggressor”.

27 July, on the eve of the celebration of the Baptism of Russia, the participants of both processions met in Kyiv: center of Ukrainian capital were about 100 thousand. faithful. At the cross on the street Grushevskogo, the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry together with the clergy and laity prayed for the repose of all who died during the tragic events on Maidan in February 2014.

All in all-Ukrainian religious procession was attended by half a million people.