Iveron Convent of Donetsk celebrates its patronal feast (+Photo)

Donetsk, October 27, 2016

On October 26 the Iveron Convent in the city of Donetsk
celebrates its patronal feast, reports the site
Orthodox Donbass
. With the blessing of His Eminence
Metropolitan Hilarion of Donetsk and Mariupol the Divine
Liturgy has been celebrated there again in spite of the
terrible ravages of the combat operations. For the first
time since the closure of the convent and the evacuation
of the nuns a service was celebrated on February 25, 2016.
On May 3, during Bright Week, the prayer of the ruling
hierarch again resounded there.

And the long-awaited day came for the convent nuns,
parishioners and Orthodox Christians of the Diocese of
Donetsk. Despite numerous difficulties and the lack of
public transport in that neighborhood of Donetsk, people
came to the convent to glorify the Mother of God Whose
grace is miraculously revealed in the world through her
Iveron icon.

At 8:00 AM the Blessing of the Waters was celebrated and
all present were sprinkled with holy water.

The Divine Liturgy, which began at 9:00 AM, was headed by
His Eminence Archbishop Varnava of Makeevka. Dean of the
Preobrazhensky district (administrative area) Archpriest
Peter Ustimenko, dean of the Troitsky district Archpriest
Vladimir Leonov, dean of the Nikolaevsky district
Archpriest Alexei Bystrov, and clerics of Donetsk parish
churches concelebrated with the vicar of the Donetsk
Diocese.

A solemn Cross procession crowned the festival. After the
prayer service Archbishop Varnava greeted all those
present on the feast of the revered Iveron Icon of the
Mother of God. In his archpastoral speech the vicar of the
diocese of Donetsk made special mention of the labors of
the mother-superior of the convent, Abbess Mikhaila
(Shevchenko), who greatly contributed to the restoration
of the church and the adjacent territory. In her speech in
reply Mother Mikhaila thanked Metropolitan Hilarion for
his blessing to celebrate the Liturgy on the patronal
feast and thanked Archbishop Varnava for the joy of
praying together.

And though the bells on the ruined bell-tower did not ring
on that day, the hearts of the people were filled with joy
because the following words still can be heard on this
site, desecrated and worn-out through human malice:
“Let us love one another that with one mind we may
confess the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: the
Trinity, one in essence and undivided”.

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