Svyatogorsk, Donetsk Province, Ukraine, December 6, 2023
Despite its responsibility to the hundreds of people taking shelter within its walls and despite the considerable suffering it has experienced since the war began in February 2022, the Holy Dormition-Svyatogorsk Lavra continues to help others who are in need.
Bodies of refugees found under rubble at Ukraine’s much-suffering Svyatogorsk LavraTheir bodies were sent to the nearby city of Kramatorsk for a forensic medical examination.
“>The Svyatogorsk Lavra and its sketes have repeatedly come under attack during the war since last February, suffering considerable damage.
At present, in addition to the many monastics, about 200 people, including 100 pensioners (many of whom are disabled) and children, are living at monastery. The Lavra routinely receives humanitarian aid from different parts of Ukraine, which it generously shares with other monasteries and surrounding towns. “After all, this is the only way—together—to survive the difficult times we are facing,” the monastery reports.
In particular, tons of vegetables, flour, pasta, and grains were delivered to the territorial center for assistance to people without permanent residence in Izyum, various hospitals, a charitable organization caring for hundreds of families, local villages, a center for assistance to displaced persons, the Holy Protection Convent in Liman, and the St. Sergius Convent in Sergeevka.
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