KIEV: May 27, 2017
The Primate of the Russian Church Abroad Celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Far Caves of Kiev Pechersk Lavra
On Saturday, May 27, 2017, the feast day of St Nikita the Recluse, Bishop of Novgorod, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York celebrated Divine Liturgy at Annunciation Church in the Far Caves of Kiev Pechersk Lavra. His Eminence was joined in the service by His Grace Bishop Kliment of Irpensk, who thanked the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia afterwards for his fervent prayers for peace in Ukraine that are lifted in parishes abroad. In response, Metropolitan Hilarion expressed hope for the return of peace in the land and for the spiritual blossoming of the brethren and congregants of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
After the veneration of the cross, His Eminence performed a litiya at the relics of his heavenly patron, St Hilarion, Schemamonk of Pechersk.