Today, on May 3, a solemn Easter Liturgy was held in Donetsk Svyato-Iversky women’s monastery (which is on the front line, close to the airport). It was served by Metropolitan of Donetsk and Mariupol Ilarion, who, by the way, today was 65 years old.

A lot of people came for the Liturgy, despite the fact that the area is dangerous, where the monastery is located. The Church was packed by parishioners, people stood on the street. Some came with their children.

The monastery severely damaged from shelling by Ukrainian punishers. Earlier this year, the service has already passed it, and now, in comparison to that time situation has improved. Potentially dangerous areas are fenced (from which the plaster was crumbling before), cleaning of the temple was held. But, it is difficult to say about the restoration, because of the severe damage.

People have come and at the cemetery near the monastery and the airport, which is partly cleared (although the military still warned that walking there is dangerous).

Attacks almost were not, and the faithful were able to celebrate the main Orthodox holiday. Everyone who came was donated by the Easter kulich.

Elena Gromova

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