Kiev is famous all over the world not just for being the capital of Ukraine, but also for having a lot of churches with gold domes. They’re everywhere in this city! Wherever you go, you will always be greeted by the sound of bells ringing. Everything looks better once you see the sparkling gold domes in clear blue sky. Even convinced atheists can’t deny a special feeling of tranquility you get after a visit to a church.
There are lots of old churches and new ones are constantly being constructed. These new churches are only starting their glorious history. One of these new churches is the church of Theodosius of Chernigov. It was built not long ago, but it already has its own tragic story linked to the accident on the Chernobyl nuclear plant, because the church was built in the exact place where the monument dedicated to “The living, the dead and the unborn” used to stand. More than a decade ago in this place priests used to do memorial services for those who died from the accident. To mark the 15th anniversary of the accident the first stone of the foundation for a new church was laid. The parish mostly consists of citizens of Svyatoshinsky district of Kiev, who were moved there from Chernobyl. These people first come up to the monument, and then visit the church to remember people who fell victims for this horrifying distaste.
Relics of St. Theodosius of Chernigov, who gave the church its name, are stored in the church. Due to their inexplicable powers or the strong faith of people who need help, these relics have helped a lot of sufferers. Information about the healing effect of the relics has been known for centuries. It used to be just a tale, but in 1896, when more than 50 cases of full recovery were studied and every fact has been noted, Theodosius of Chernigov was finally proclaimed a Saint. The miracle is still happening. A lot of people with complicated forms of cancer visit the akathist services hoping for a recovery.
Address of the Theodosius of Chernigov Church in Kiev: Chernobylska street, 2.