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Orthodox Easter a ‘combined sort of pleasure’ at Ukrainian church in Bucharest

BUCHAREST, Romania (RNS) — The small wood church of the Ukrainian neighborhood in Bucharest overflowed with greater than 300 Ukrainian refugees and members of the diaspora residing within the Romanian capital, who gathered for Orthodox Easter on Sunday morning (April 24).

The service at St. Petru Movila Church was performed by the Rev. Volodimir Malcovici, who has served there as priest for the reason that institution of the parish in 2016. “Normally for Easter now we have round 50 folks coming from the Ukrainian neighborhood in Bucharest, however this 12 months it felt like we had just a little nook of Ukraine right here,” mentioned Malcovici, who described the service as “spiritually charged.”

“Hopefully that they had a semblance of dwelling for a short time — particularly that the service was totally delivered in Ukrainian, our church being the one one in Bucharest who delivers the service in Ukrainian language,” he mentioned.

“This 12 months for Easter there’s a combined sort of pleasure,” mentioned Natalia Pancec, a choir member and common attendee at St. Petru Movila. “We’re celebrating the resurrection of Christ, however on the identical time we’re praying to God to finish the struggle and provides knowledge to the evil ones who’re attacking different nations, to make them perceive that it’s not regular.

“This 12 months was extra painful than earlier years,” she mentioned. “However along with the Ukrainian neighborhood immediately we felt extra pleasure, I noticed how folks had been blissful to listen to the Ukrainian language being spoken within the church. I don’t suppose they anticipated to listen to it in Bucharest.”

“Our parish is younger and individuals are fairly dispersed via Bucharest, so we’re only a few on the Sunday service on a standard foundation,” mentioned Pancec. “At this time there have been so many individuals, most of them refugees. I met previous pals of mine, Ukrainians who used to dwell in Bucharest, then moved to Ukraine and now they’re again right here due to the struggle. We had been blissful to see one another, however sadly it occurred beneath these horrible auspices.”

The majority of people that participated in the Easter Mass were Ukrainian mothers with children who fled the war into Romania and found a temporary home in Bucharest. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu

The bulk of people that attended Easter companies had been Ukrainian moms with youngsters who fled the struggle into Romania and located a brief dwelling in Bucharest. RNS picture by Alexandra Radu

Greater than 770,000 Ukrainian refugees have handed via Romania for the reason that starting of the struggle in Ukraine. Of these, the bulk have continued on towards different nations, however round 80,000 have remained in Romania. Most Ukrainians hope to return to their properties throughout the border as soon as the scenario turns into secure.

St. Petru Movila Church, the Ukrainian church in Bucharest, has been lively in providing reduction to refugees fleeing the struggle in Ukraine for the reason that invasion started Feb. 24. “I feel that we are able to convey our personal contribution by serving to those that left their properties and arrived in Romania, even when they don’t explicitly ask for our assist. They’re very humble folks, however one can see they need assistance, and our mission as a church is to supply this assist, each spiritually and materially,” added Malcovici.

People relax in the courtyard of the Ukrainian church in Bucharest, Romania, after the Easter Mass, Sunday, April 24, 2022. RNS photo by Alexandra Radu

Folks chill out exterior St. Petru Movila Ukrainian Church in Bucharest, Romania, after Easter companies, April 24, 2022. RNS picture by Alexandra Radu

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