Monks stand in prayer between police and demonstrators

Monks stand in prayer between police and demonstrators January 23, 2014

I was moved by this display of liturgical action

[Wednesday] morning, monks from the Kiev-Caves Lavra Fr. Gabriel, Fr. Melchisedek, and Fr. Ephraim stood on Grushevsky Street in Kiev with a cross and icons, between the demonstrators and the Ukrainian special police force “Berkut”, and stopped the conflict. They entered the arena as peace-makers, and not in support of one side or the other.

Although they were invited to join the “people”, the fathers only prayed and sang the Paschal troparion: “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life,” wrote the Ramensky deanery of Moscow on its facebook page. The conflict ceased.

via Monks from the Kiev-Caves Lavra stand between police and demonstrators in Kiev / OrthoChristian.Com.

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