It took the persecuted St. George community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church five days to arrange a temporary place for worship in the village of Sedlishche in the Kamen-Kashirsky district of the Volyn region of Ukraine, the Orthodox Life website informs.
On September 13, 2023, believers were expelled from their temple. At about 10.00, supporters of the "Orthodox Church of Ukraine" cut off the locks and entered St. George's Church. The seizure of the liturgical building occurred after the Volyn regional State Administration illegally re-registered the religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the "PCU".
"The community expelled from the church prepared a house and arranged a temporary room in it for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy," the press service of the Vladimir—Volyn diocese reported on September 18.
The rector of the parish, Archpriest Igor Tymoshchuk, called on the faithful to continue to worthily carry the light of Christ in their hearts. The diocesan press service said in a statement: "The priest thanked the faithful for their steadfastness and wished, overcoming personal grievances and heartache, to remain worthy to be called Christians in the future and rely in their lives on God, Who is Love. For this Love should be the proof that we are Christians. After all , the Lord says in the Gospel: "By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love among yourselves.""