On August 2, 2021, the Holy Elias community of the UOC in the village of Yasinya (Lopushanka village) of the Rakhiv district of the Transcarpathian region gathered in the courtyard of the church on its patronal holiday. As reported in the Yasinyan deanery of the Khust diocese of the UOC, the temple holiday of the community, which suffered from the raiding of the OCU, gathered 350 people. At the same time, up to 70 supporters of the schismatic structure were counted in the church, which is now occupied by the OCU, writes the UOJ.
“They had four ministers in the church, but we had ten priests, in total 350 people arrived for the holiday, they prayed in the street near the church, although the speakers were brought out from there at full volume. Three police crews watched what was happening, this time everything went peacefully, ”the deanery said.
At this time, the parishioners of the canonical Church are gathering for services in the chapel of St. Tryphon, which is located near the St. Elias Church: access to it still remains. The case of the transfer of a legal entity – the religious community of the UOC – to a schismatic church structure is still being considered in the courts.
On February 12, 2019, on the feast of the Three Hierarchs, the Holy Elias community of the UOC in the Transcarpathian village of Yasinya / Lopushanka, left without its church, first gathered for prayer in the open air – in the churchyard near the chapel.
At first, the former church parish actually split into two approximately equal halves – some remained in the canonical Church, others became supporters of the OCU. The temple was placed at the disposal of the new structure with false testimonies and signatures collected with deception. After the split of the community, OCU activists repeatedly came to the abbot and threatened to evict his entire family from the church house, where they remain registered. At the same time, the UOC believers asked the priest not to leave the parish.