The Vicar of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Metropolitan Pavlo, congratulated Ukrainians on Easter and told about the shrines of Ukraine, which for many years unite not only the people of our country, but also people all over the world.
"Today we are in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, from which the things began. The first monastery, which gave dignified sons to the whole world. This is St. Sergius of Radonezh, who founded a monastery in forest hashes in unity with God. The candle is not placed under a bushel - it is placed on a candlestick and shines to all the people. The second great shrine that tells us about the great love of God towards man is the third holy Lavra - Pochayivska, which echoes the holy Mount of Olives. Because here the Mother of God left her holy foot, and Mount of Olives is the mountain on which the Savior left his foot print," the Metropolitan said.
"The fourth monastery, which received its foundation, is the Venerable Alexandro-Nevskaya, in St. Petersburg, which was regal in its time, because the Kyiv-Pechersk monastery is based on the prayers and writings of Anthony, Theodosius and all the Kyiv-Pechersk miracle-workers who carried the light of Christ's teaching to all parts of the world. And the last laurel is the Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra, which is in the Donetsk region, where St. John and his brothers in Christ created this beautiful abode, which flaunts its grace and is saving people. And, surprisingly, all the holy monasteries are ruled by brothers who grew up on the Ukrainian land," said Metropolitan Pavlo.
Earlier Metropolitan Antony congratulated the Ukrainians on Easter and said that it is best to celebrate this holiday with the people we love and with those who need this the most.
“Today is Easter and this is the most important day of the church calendar. On this day, every person feels God's love, and therefore each of us must at least share a part of our love with God. But we can show our love through the people we love. For sure we should share our love with the people surrounding us. Today we must remember our parents, those people with whom the Lord has met us, and those people who may not have what we have now. When we are talking about eternity, we should say it is not an abstract notion. It seen in the evens in our lives,” the Metropolitan said.