Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
On the night of July 28th a temple of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Svyatoshinsky district of Kiev was attacked. This was reported by the prior of the church archpriest Nikolay Danilevich.
“Tonight, at 04:20, an assault on St. Spyridon of Trimythous’s temple in the Svyatoshinsky district of Kiev where I am a prior took place,” wrote the archpriest Nikolay Danilevich. Several persons who remain unknown threw a smoke grenade into the room of the temple through the slightly opened window, having punched a hole in the mosquito grid and also graffitied one of the temple walls with the inscription: “Go out of Ukraine, Russian Patriarchate“.
The person on duty in the temple quickly threw the canister out of the room of the temple, although it had already started to fill the room with smoke, and also called the police and criminologists. They took a statement, filled out a protocol, and did did other appropriate things in such cases.
The archpriest continues:
“Probably, the attackers wanted to frighten us, to intimidate. And? Did they frighten us? No. Were we intimidated? No. They actually united us even more. Well, at the beginning of the early Liturgy the smell of smoke from a smoke grenade was smelt in the church mixed with the smell of church incense, but then the aroma of the incense defeated it. So, the incense will always win 😉
All of this is feeble impertinence. To be more precise, the attack in its form is impertinent, but its internal essence is feeble, it has no internal force, it can’t frighten or deter us from our journey.
Of course, what happened mustn’t be just forgotten, but we shouldn’t especially worry because of it, and it’s not worth sensationalising it either. But all of us should be attentive and careful.
This is the normal life of the Church. After every good deed temptation arises. Before yesterday the Religious procession took place [the Canonical procession on July 27th – ed]. We all felt what joy and grace there was. Many of my parishioners were at this Religious procession. And after this grace we want evil to just leave us alone?
I described this to the parishioners, they weren’t frightened or intimidated, but on the contrary – smiles appeared on their faces. So don’t be afraid too.”
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