Moscow Patriarchate canonizes anti-Russian Sich Hetman

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) has canonized the last Hetman of the Zaporizhian Sich, Petro Kalnyshevsky, according to the press service of the UOC-MP.

“The Holy Synod of 23 December considered the report of the Chairman of the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of the Archbishop of Kherson and John of Tauride John, on the basis of which it has blessed the local worship and reverence within the Diocese of Zaporizhia of the last hetman of the Zaporizhian Sich, Petro Kalnyshevsky,” the report says.

The press service added that a prayer to Kalnyshevsky, his iconization and his feast day (31 October by the old calendar; 13 November by the new) were approved.

Recall that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate canonized Petro Kalnyshevsky in 2008.

In 1775, after a siege by the Russian army, the 85-year-old Kalnyshevsky was arrested and initially detained in Moscow, in the office of the Military Collegium, and was then sent to the Solovetsky monastery, where he spent about 28 years in a cold cell of 1 by 3 meters.

Kalnyshevsky was released from the cell into the fresh air only three times a year, during the holidays of Christmas, Easter and the Transfiguration.

After Russian Emperor Alexander I pardoned him, Kalnyshevsky – at the age of 110 years and almost blind – did not want to return home and stayed in the monastery, where he died three years later.

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