From December 30, 2018 to January 1st, 2019, solemnities were celebrated at the Pochayiv Lavra (Ukraine) in honor of St. Amphilochius, a miracle worker of Pochayiv and a great ascetic of the Orthodox Church in the 20th century.
On December 31, Vigils was celebrated with the Akathist to the saint. At the end of the service, thousands of faithful worshiped the saint’s relics.
Two Divine Liturgies were celebrated, one at midnight and the other the following morning, presided by Metropolitan Mark of Khust and Vinogradov, assisted by eight hierarchs.
We recall that St Amphilochius of Pochayiv (Golovatiuk, 1874-1971), a Pochayiv hieromonk, was renowned for his gift of clairvoyance and miracles. In 1962, he opposed the closing of the Lavra Trinity cathedral by the Soviet authorities, which led to his internment in a psychiatric hospital. After being released, he was beaten to death at the urging of local authorities. Agonizing, he received the Great Schema (monastic habit) and recovered. He then returned to his native village where, until his death, he prayed and received the sick.
Here below, you can see a film about the saint (in Russian and Ukrainian), with the testimony of his niece. It is mentioned in the film that the Pochayiv monks’ open letter, by which they opposed the closing of the Lavra considered by Khrushchev, had had a significant impact in France. A protest meeting had taken place in Paris with François Mauriac.
Source in Ukrainian