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On May 16 the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church visited the Convent of St. Panteleimon at Feofania, where he performed consecration of the restored church of the convent, dedicated to All Saints.

Concelebrating with His Beatitude were Archbishops Mykolai of Bilohorod, Archbishop Metrophanes of Bila Tserkva and Bohuslav (Administrator of the UOC), Bishop Panteleimon of Kolomiysk and Ivano-Frankivsk, Bishop Seraphim of Yahotyn amd Bishop Alexander of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyi (Secretary for the Primate of the UOC).

Upon completion of the consecration rite His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr celebrate dthe first divine liturgy at the newly consecrated church.

At the Divine Liturgy the Primate bestowed the right of wearing the decorated cross Mother Superior of the Convent of St. Panteleimon, hegumeness Elizaveta (Andreeva).

Upon completion of worship Vladyka Metropolitan greeted all those present on the Feast of Pascha, which lasts now, and thanked them for the communal prayers raised to the Lord that day.

The construction of the Church of All Saints began in 1866. In three years, in 1869, the construction was added on. This day 140 years ago, on May 16 the newly built church was consecrated by Vicar of the Kyiv Metropolis, Bishop Porfiry (Uspenskyi) of Chyhyryn. First the church was square and had no domes. In soviet times the church was almost completely rearranged into manufactory.

In 2005 the church building was returned to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. On the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr the church restoration was entrusted on Archimandrite Seraphim (Demyaniv) (now bishop of Yahotyn).

As per his project, the church was restored and the domes and bell tower were installed. Similar to the original church, the restoration works lasted three years, following which the whole church was painted and the carved oak iconostasis installed.


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