ENGLISH VERSION: Suzdal: ROAC Synodal Church re-consecrated; no relics in the reliquaries, reports State TV Company
Special prayer of re-consecration of desecrated temples from the Euchologion of Metropolitan Peter (Mohyla) was read on March 29, on the Fifth Week of the Great Lent, after the Divine Liturgy by Metropolitan Theodore of Suzdal and Vladimir, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church (ROAC), in the Synodal Church of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.
As noted by Metropolitan Theodore in an interview with the correspondent of Portal-Credo.Ru, after the forcible confiscation of the reliquaries of the Saints Euphymios and Euphrosynia of Suzdal on March 25, the First Hierarch was asked by ROAC clergymen, cloisterers and parishioners to re-consecrate the temple due to the fact that the armed individuals had raided it behaving themselves disrespectfully (the men did not take their headgear off, stepped over the cathedra, walked in front of the ambo etc.) and rudely handled the sacred things revered by the Orthodox Christians, first and foremost, the reliquaries. Metropolitan Theodore admitted that the parishioners had also been emotionally expansive in their inappropriate outcries.
At the same time, in the opinion of the First Hierarch of ROAC, there was no desecration of the temple in the literal sense because the court bailiffs and the accompanying individuals did not enter the sanctuary, nor touch the holy table. Metropolitan Theodore decided to read the prayer related to the occasions when someone dies in a temple, a impurity is found in it or an animal runs inside. Daily services, including Divine Liturgy, were held in the usual manner in the ROAC Synodal Church of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God in the period from March 25 to March 29.
On March 27 "Vladimir" State-Owned TV and Radio Company reported the "end of the years long litigation" in Suzdal: "Federal court bailiffs confiscated the reliquaries of the holy relics of the Saints Euphymios and Euphrosynia of Suzdal". As noted in the report, the reliquaries were taken to the Convent of the Deposition of the Robe of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) of the Moscow Patriarchate in Suzdal and sealed by the court bailiffs. "There were no relics inside them", stated the report.
01 апреля 2015, 15:55 ENGLISH VERSION: Suzdal: ROAC Synodal Church re-consecrated; no relics in the reliquaries, reports State TV Company
31 марта 2015, 22:59 ENGLISH VERSION: Holy relics of the Saints Euphymios and Euphrosynia of Suzdal taken away by court bailiffs from ROAC Synodal Church of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God in Suzdal