UOC believers to celebrate New Year in churches

Believers of the UOC will celebrate the New Year in churches. Photo: lavra.ua

Divine Liturgies will be celebrated in the cathedrals of the dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the night of December 31 to January 1.

Believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will meet the coming year 2022 in churches, writes "Foma in Ukraine" citing diocesan websites.

Divine Liturgies will be celebrated in the cathedrals of a number of dioceses of the UOC on the night of December 31 to January 1.

In the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, the night service will begin at 23.45 in the Refectory Church of Sts. Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves. The prayer service will be led by the abbot of the Lavra, Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl.

Festive services will be held at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Photo: pravlife.org

The tradition of celebrating Divine Liturgy on New Year's Eve appeared in the monastery a quarter of a century ago.

“I decided to take a blessing from His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kyiv and All Ukraine in order to celebrate Divine Liturgy on this night and in prayer ask God for mercy and wisdom for us, sinners,” the publication quotes Vladyka Paul.

Exactly at New Year's midnight, the liturgy will begin at the Kiev Holy Trinity Iona Monastery, half an hour earlier – at the St. Spyridon Church.

At the Holy Dormition Pochaiv Lavra on New Year's Eve, celebrations will continue on the occasion of the day of memory of the Monk Amphilochius of Pochaev, which is celebrated on January 1. Every year they begin at 11.00 on December 31 with a religious procession, during which a shrine with the relics of the saint is transferred from the Cave Church to the Transfiguration Cathedral. Further, the evening service is performed. On January 1, the day of the memory of the saint, two liturgies are served: at midnight and at 9.00. Next, there will be a procession with the relics of the saint.

Divine Liturgy at the Dormition Pochaiv Lavra. Photo: orthodoxy.org.ua

The Telegram channel of the Odessa Eparchy has published detailed information about the night Divine Liturgies and thanksgiving services in the churches of Odessa. According to the channel, the New Year's Divine Liturgy from the St. Elias Monastery will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. The service will be chaired by the abbot of the monastery, His Eminence Victor, Archbishop of Artsiz.

In Kherson, the New Year's Liturgy at the Holy Spirit Cathedral will begin an hour before the onset of the calendar new year. Then the New Year's prayer service will be served.

At the Holy Intercession Bishop Cathedral in Zaporizhzhia and in the Transfiguration Cathedral in Zhytomyr, services will begin at 23.30. And exactly at 00.00 – at the Holy Trinity Brailiv Monastery in the Vinnytsia Eparchy and at the St. George's metochion of the St. Nicholas Gorodok Monastery in the city of Rivne. The festive services will be led by Metropolitans of Zaporizhzhia and Melitopol Luke, Nikodim of Zhytomyr and Novohrad-Volynsky, Varsonofy of Vinnytsia and Bar and Bishop Pimen of Rivne and Ostroh.

Liturgy at the Transfiguration Cathedral in Zhytomyr. Photo: zhytomyr-eparchy.org

On New Year's Eve, services will be held in Bukovyna, in particular, in the Vvedensky Monastery in Chernivtsi, in the Bancheny Ascension Monastery, and the Kreschatytsky John the Apostle Monastery.

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