«The relics of Ilya Muromets is thrown into the basement.» What else is waiting for the Ukrainian Church

© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Tinypirate in photobanks and the strong fire arose in the night to Sunday in the West of Moscow«The relics of Ilya Muromets is thrown into the basement.» What else is waiting for the Ukrainian Church© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Tinypirate the image Bank

The Autocephalous Church, the Ukrainian authorities have not yet found, and to pursue objectionable have already started. In the database, the infamous «Peacemaker» hit the head of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufry. Radicals are going to storm the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. About the consequences of the Church’s adventures Kiev — in the material RIA Novosti.

The Shrine is under attack

Daily Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, which is revered by believers as the spiritual center of Russia, visited by hundreds of pilgrims. The first thing they rush into the cave, where the remains of monks. In one of the tombs can be seen darkened by the time the big hand. It’s the relics of St. Elijah of the caves, which are identified with the famous Ilya Muromets.

Paradoxically, the epic hero is considered persona non grata in Ukraine — the book «Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the robber: stories about Russian heroes» and «Powerful Russian tales» is forbidden there. It seems that the same fate awaits its power: they are unable to be removed and put in some Museum. Either put it in an ordinary box and lock him in the basement, just like in Soviet times.

These fears are very real. «Threats, that on October 14, on Pokrov (one of the 12 main Orthodox feasts of the Holy virgin. — Approx. ed.) will be re-seizure of the shrines of the so-called centers of Moscow. Why «Moscow» and not «of Christ»? Do we have here?» — outraged the Governor of the Lavra Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod.

At the beginning of the year, the radicals have already encroached on the Shrine. The eighth of January, members of the nationalist group C14* blocked the entrance to the monastery, burning flares, threatened the faithful. But the storm is still not decided.»When will be here the Ukrainian Church recognized, Lavra — one and other — will be transferred to the Ukrainian Church. Because it’s Ukrainian Shrine. Both Russia and the Moscow Patriarchate is irrelevant to these shrines don’t have. And those parishes that have built their temples at their own expense, then this property of these parishes, not Russia. So Russia is its Church property is not» — said the head of the unrecognized «Kiev Patriarchate» Filaret.

The logic of the dissenter is simple: the legitimate Ukrainian Orthodox Church has no right to even use their property. By the way, now she is almost 12 thousand parishes, and filaretovtsev a little more than five thousand. I want, of course, bigger, and with known to the whole Christian world relics.

«Property of the Church in Ukraine is the property of the Ukrainian Church. For example, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Pochayiv Lavra (where the same name is kept the miraculous icon of the mother of God. — Approx. ed.) — whose property? Property of the Ukrainian state», — concluded the Patriarch.

Then it gets worse

The secular plans of Kiev in relation to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church also known. First of all, it will be deprived of the current title. Talking about it on the level of Pro-government experts and some deputies conducted already not the first year. And on September 20, speaking in the Verkhovna Rada, reported the President personally Poroshenko.

«I guarantee that the government will respect the choice of those who decide to remain in the Church structure that will preserve the unity with the Russian Orthodox Church. And call it will to facilitate the understanding,» a cunning trick by the President.

For this the authorities have stockpiled bill No. 5309 providing for a change of the names of those religious organizations, senior centers are «in a state recognized as carrying out military aggression against Ukraine.»

On the day of the speech Poroshenko in the Parliament, it became known that the Ukrainian Ministry of culture has established a Commission for property assessment, the UOC-MP in Sumy region. And when in the Church sounded the alarm and talked about the fact that it is illegal, the Ministry suddenly said: «This is not our Commission.»

However, the text of the letter addressed to the Abbot of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Church of the city of Hlukhiv (sums’ka oblast), the property of which going to describe, clearly indicated that this was done «to complete faxogram of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine from 18.09.2018, No. 18/18».

In addition to Kyiv and Pochayiv Lavra Ukrainian Church owned and other shrines. Among them are the monastery of Svyatogorsk in the Donetsk region, the Mgarsky monastery at Poltava, the Dormition monastery in Odessa, the Cathedral of the Nativity of the virgin in Kozelets with its unique iconostasis in the Baroque style, and many others. In the Church fear that soon they will take over the dissenters, and the stored relics pilfered. And do it well-established pattern: when the participation of the armed radicals and police inaction. So is it the same as with the Dormition temple in the village of Bird in Rivne region.

«In April, the dissenters hired militants «Right sector»* and «Aydar», so they occupied the temple. And then came their «Bishop» and began to say that it is the temple of the «Kiev Patriarchate», — complains a parishioner of Maria.

That’s just criticism of this legislative initiative, pay attention to the fact that the new law does not define the main thing — who is a parishioner. So, voting will be easy to recruit people «from the street».

«Draft laws # 4128 5309 and <…> the aim of legal liquidation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church by means of raider attacks through the name change, illegal interference in the control and seizure of property (shrines, temples and monasteries),» said the Synod.»If Ukraine will create so-called United Orthodox Church, the state will work on it, shoving the people there by force. First, by withdrawal of the temples, and then — with those who refuse to leave — by direct political repression. Those priests who have already faced punitive apparatus of the SBU, know what was going on,» he said.

One of these priests — Archpriest Andrei Tkachev, in 2014 moved to Russia. Him and his family for several months was threatened with death. He believes that in the case of «the square of the Church» will suffer not only priests, but all believers of the UOC.

«It can be expected with the fear that these miscreants will be selected, break, attack. The real danger for believers does exist. The power is in the hands of the incorrigible scoundrels in robes and balaclavas — there is a big difference. The priests and laity of the true Church of Christ will drink the common Cup. Pray that this Cup has passed», — he predicts.

Speaking about the fate of the shrines of the Ukrainian Church, including relics of saints in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and the Pochayiv icon of the famous, he drew a parallel between current events and faith persecution in the Soviet years.

«The relics of Ilya Muromets is thrown into the basement.» What else is waiting for the Ukrainian Church© RIA Novosti / Michael Palinketi in Photobacterium bluff: why Poroshenko Orthodox card in the political game»In the 20-ies of the last century, the Soviet government conducted a campaign of desecration of Holy relics: they were out of crawfish, were transferred to museums, stacked in bags in the basement — as, for example, the relics of Seraphim of Sarov. Now it can be anything, because we are dealing with washed-atheists who, because market conditions remain somewhat «Christian face», but nothing like a soul does not have. They act quite in the spirit of the Soviet era, which was atheistic, godless. And those hypocritical godless, under the guise of Christians. It’s even worse,» concludes FR.

© RIA Novosti / Oleg Makeupdate in fotobanka Lavra. Archival photo«The relics of Ilya Muromets is thrown into the basement.» What else is waiting for the Ukrainian Church© RIA Novosti / Oleg Makeupdate in fotobanka Lavra. Archive photo

*Extremist movement forbidden in Russia.