CWNews.com - A visit by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine has been marred by angry protests leading to multiple arrests, frustrating the Russian prelate’s efforts to promote Orthodox unity.

Patriarch Kirill, who was in Ukraine for a meeting of the Russian Orthodox synod, faced demonstrators in Kiev who shouted: “Down with the Moscow Pope!” The Orthodox Church in Ukraine split into three competing factions after the country gained its independence from Russia; only one of the factions maintains allegiance with the Moscow patriarchate. Nevertheless the Russian Orthodox Church continues to claim Ukraine as part of its "canonical territory."

 

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Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)