The Pechersk Lavra, or Monastery of the Caves, began in 1051 with monks simply digging caves into the side of a hill in Kiev. Zelensky has ordered two hundred Orthodox monks to vacate the site by March 29th. Across Ukraine, Orthodox clergy are being arrested and facilities are being shut down for alleged disloyalty to the government.
The Vicar of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra previously removed a priest last November after he led worshippers in singing a song with the line “the bell floats over Russia.” He denies that the monks are disloyal to the Ukrainian government.
“The Apocalypse Begins in Ukraine” – the Vicar of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is not afraid of execution and intends to defend the shrine to the last
— Enrico Farabollini (@EnricoFaraboll1) March 13, 2023
Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Ukraine.
Pray for the monks of the canonical Church who have been ordered to vacate the Kiev Pechersk Lavra by March 29. Thousands of faithful have gathered at the monastery to show their love and support. Lord have mercy! pic.twitter.com/UJojDdkFdk
— Orthodox Faith (@since33) March 14, 2023
👿🇺🇦☦️🇷🇺In today’s evening address, Zelensky actually confirmed the fact of his personal decision to expel Orthodox monks from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
“We will not allow the terrorist state to have any opportunity to manipulate the spirituality of our people.” pic.twitter.com/ZJ6Tce7KsZ
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) March 12, 2023