The Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine at a meeting on Tuesday, March 28, decided to create a religious organization in the Pochaev Lavra, which is leased from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. This was reported by the press service of the OCU.
As part of the Ternopil diocese of the OCU, the religious organization Pochaev Holy Assumption Lavra of the Ternopil diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) was created.
Metropolitan Nestor of Ternopil and Kremenets was approved as a sacred archimandrite.
In addition, the Synod also supported the position of Metropolitan Epiphanius, which he outlined in his address to the brethren of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. In particular, the OCU calls on the brethren of the Lavra to unite in the bosom of the local UOC.
The Synod also noted that it is necessary to preserve monastic life and uninterrupted worship in the Lavra.
Pochaev Assumption Lavra is an Orthodox monastery in Pochaev, Ternopil region. It is the second largest Orthodox shrine in Ukraine after the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The Lavra consists of 16 churches, the residence of the archbishop, a bell tower and cells.
In 2003, the Pochaev Lavra was transferred for free use to representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate for 49 years.