UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH TELLS ABOUT 1,000-YEAR CONNECTION BETWEEN ATHOS AND UKRAINE IN NINE EUROPEAN CITIES

Union of Orthodox Journalists – November 2016

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine will present a large-scale spiritual-educational project dedicated to the 1,000-year legacy of Holy Mount Athos in nine European cities over the course of a month (November-December), as reports the Information-Education Department of the UOC.

A series of academic and spiritual-educational activities on the theme of “Athos-Kiev: 1,000 Years of Spiritual-Cultural Ties” will be presented in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France.

In particular, the project aims to present the traveling photo exhibition “By the Roads of Athos” in which will be showcased the work of Greek photographer Costas Asimis and pre-revolutionary photos of Athonite monasteries, with a screening of the documentary “A Thousand Years on Athos,” lectures of the director of the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy in Ukraine and editor of the anthology The Athonite Legacy Sergei Shumilo, a presentation of Athonite publishing projects of the UOC and the International Institute, and a live chat with question and answers.

The event will be held in Warsaw, Karlovy Vary, Prague, Hamburg, Naples, Rome, Geneva, Milan, and Strasbourg.

During the events, visitors will be able to touch the mysterious world of Mt. Athos, learn about spiritual-historical connections with Athos and its influence in forming the national culture and spirituality, about the presence of Zaporozhian Cossacks on the Holy Mountain, see the lost and forgotten Ukrainian monasteries on Athos, find answers to questions on various aspects of the life and activities of Athonite monks, and learn about the Athonite heritage and traditions.

A book on Venerable Paisius Velichkovsky is to be published in Romania.

Translated by Jesse Dominick

Union of Orthodox Journalists

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