In Poltava Church of St. Martyrs of the Faith, Hope and Love
will be kept the Icon of St Joasaph Belgorodskij, Miracle-Worker, donated to Military Cossack Department of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and the International Union of Cossack Forces "
On Sunday, November 7, 2010, in Poltava was brought the Icon of St. Joasaph, Bishop of Belgorod, the Miracle-Worker, consecrated to his holy relics. This shrine, following the blessing by His Eminence Archbishop of Belgorod and Stary Oskol John, was transferred by the rector of the Spas-Preobrazhensky Cathedral of Belgorod and Archpriest Oleg Kobtsev and clergy Belgorod as a gift to the Military - Cossack Department of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Now the Icon will be located in the Poltava Church in honor of the Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope and Charity and their mother Sophia. Following the wish Military - Cossack Department of UAS, the Icon of the Miracle-Worker will participate in the procession moves, and will visit churches in all regions and many cities of Ukraine, where not only the Cossacks and the military, but all Christians, will be praying it bow.
According to the opinion of the one of the organizers of the event, General- Lieutenant of Military - Cossack Department UAS Igor Korotkov (Sevastopol), Today is an important historical event - the transfer of the Icon from the Church to Cossacks. St Joasaph - an internationally recognized patron of the Cossacks and the military, who came from two historical Cossack branch Gorlenko and Apostle. And finding Cossacks Icon St. Joasaph is apparent confirmation of this patronage. The father of St.Joasaph was Andrew D. Gorlenko, Cossack colonel, who was a “Horse's Tail”, which means that he charges Bunchuk - troop banner of Hetman Daniel Pavlovich Apostle, whose daughter Mary Danilovna he was married. Before beginning the Episcopal worship in the Church of the Martyrs of the Faith, Hope and Love clergy, Cossacks greeted triumphantly brought the shrine, and the singing of the glorification Hierarch icon brought to the temple.
Divine Liturgy on that day was led by Eminence Archbishop of Poltava and Mirgorodskiy Philip. His Eminence was joined by the Dean of Poltava City District Archpriest John Kornienko, dean of the Saviour - Transfiguration cathedral city of Belgorod, Archpriest Oleg Kobets, dean of the Smolensk Cathedral, Archpriest Paul Veyngold, the abbot of the Dormition Cathedral of Novy Oskol Archpriest Nikolai Gerasimchuk, rector of St. Seraphim Church Poltava Archpriest Michael Voloshchuk , rector of Ascension Church of Poltava Archpriest Maxim Mineev, chairman of the Diocesan Department of Belgorod in the interaction with the Cossacks, Archpriest Alexander Alexandrov, and the clergy of other city churches.
After the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence Archbishop turned with words of greetings to the clergy of the Belgorod bishoprics and to the head of the Military - Cossack Department of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. In his remarks, Bishop noted the importance and historical significance of the events and said a few words about the works and deeds of Saint Joasaph and the participation of the Holy in their own lives.
In response, the rector of the Spas-Preobrazhensky Cathedral of the city of Belgorod, Archpriest Oleg Kobets thanked the Lord for their warm hospitality and joy of prayer and Eucharistic communion.
Also, to the word was given to the head of the Military - Cossack Department of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, academician of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, the Supreme Ataman of the International Union of Cossack Forces, Colonel - General Pavel Kitsko, who thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for their great honor, once it is difficult to find historical precedent, when the Church passed to the Cossacks a shrine. Although the pre-revolutionary period (until 1917) there were cases where the Orthodox Church passed Icon for outstanding service of the Cossack regiment. P.N Kitsko assured that the Cossacks will always be a reliable support for canonical Orthodox Church
After the speeches, everyone could prayer to the Icon of St Joasaph Belgorodskiy.