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The celebration of venerable Agapitus led by the Head of UOC


002On the memory day of one of the most revered saints of the Kyiv-Caves Lavra, Venerable Agapitus, the unmercenary physician, solemn divine services were held in the Lavra.

The evening before, in a cross procession, the relics of venerable Agapitus were transferred from the Near Caves, where they rest in peace, to the Refectory Church of venerable Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves, whereafter the all-night vigil was performed there.

After the polyeleos, all the praying could come close to the relics of Venerable Agapitus and were anointed with holy oil.

The divine service was led by the Vicegerent of the Kyiv-Caves Lavra, Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, joined by the UOC hierarachs as well as the brethren and guests of the Monastery in the holy rite.

On the very day of the feast, the Holy Archimandrite of the Lavra performed the Divine Liturgy in the same church.

Before the Liturgy the prayer service was held with the reading of Akathistus to venerable Agapitus at his relics in the Refectory Church.

During the divine service, the augmented prayers about peace in Ukraine and the unity of the Orthodox Church were offered.

After the Liturgy, the cross procession with the relics of venerable Agapitus was held to the Near Caves and a prayer service was performed.

At the end, a prayer to venerable Agapitus was read in front of his imperishable relics.

All the faithful could also pray at the relics of venerable Agapitus of the Caves, venerate them, whereafter the holy relics were transferred to the Near Caves by the Lavra brethren. Then, in the area of the Far Caves, the pilgrims were offered meals in the open air.

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