Metropolitan Epifaniy proclaims Hetman Petro Sahaidachny the patron saint of the Ukrainian army

20 April, 17:44
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Metropolitan Epifaniy proclaims Hetman Petro Sahaidachny the patron saint of the Ukrainian army - фото 1
In the heart of the Ukrainian capital – St. Sophia Cathedral, Hetman Petro Sahaidachny was proclaimed the patron saint of the Ukrainian army, and a replica of his legendary sword was consecrated.

According to the Ministry of Culture, the proclamation and consecration were conducted by the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All-Ukraine.

The event was held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, and the National Reserve "St Sofia of Kyiv".

A copy of the Sword of Sahaidachny, made in 2018, was on the sunken ship "Hetman Sahaidachny". It was disabled in the first days of the Russian-Ukrainian war to prevent the ship from getting to the enemy. A copy of the sword was found by Vice Admiral of the AFU Navy Serhiy Haiduk and captain of the first rank, deputy commander of the AFU Navy Andriy Ursol. So the rescued sword arrived at St. Sophia Cathedral.

"Today, as in the heroic era of Sahaidachny, Ukrainians have witnessed and participated in the struggle of the Ukrainian people for freedom, and our Armed Forces are gaining world recognition in victorious battles," the report says.

Hetman Konashevich-Sagaidachny was glorified on May 25, 2011, by the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, which became part of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine during the unification Council in December 2018. The church glorification of the saint at the local level first took place on July 17, 2011, in the city of Sambir, Lviv region.