On the day of the Feast of the Laudation of the Most Holy Theotokos, a notice was received at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission about the arrest of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel (Lebed) of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl.

Concerning this shameful incident, the Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission directed that at all the Divine Liturgies at the churches of the REM ROCOR, the following petition would be read during the litany:

“As Thou released Peter from the bonds and the dungeon, and presenting him to Thy church without harm, Christ, and Thou servant, His Eminence Metropolitan Paul, by us now praying to Thee, as Thou are merciful, have mercy, and free him of his bonds, we pray, all-merciful Savior, hear us and have mercy.”

The petition will be read until the release of His Eminence Metropolitan.


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