He asked God for peace, not victory: For changing the words in the prayer, Kirill banned the priest from serving

Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’ Kirill, by his decree of February 2, 2023, banned Moscow priest Ioann Koval from serving because he changed the word in prayer, according to Christian Megaportal inVictory with reference to the Institute of Religion and Politics.

“Priest Ioann Koval, cleric of the Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called in Lublin region in Moscow, is prohibited from serving until the end of the consideration of his case by the Disciplinary Commission at the Diocesan Council of Moscow,” reads a document published by the Moscow Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church on February 2.

Priest Ioann Koval changed the ending of the phrase in the “Prayer for Holy Rus'”, which the Russian Orthodox Church distributed to churches for mandatory reading.

Instead of the phrase “arise, O God, to help Thy people and give us victory by Thy power,” he said, “Rise, O God, to help Thy people and give us peace by Thy power.”

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ offered this Prayer at the Divine Liturgy on September 25, 2022 in his Alexander Nevsky Skete near Peredelkino, the Russian Orthodox Church reported.

Source: Просил у Бога мира, а не победы: За изменение слов в молитве Кирилл запретил священника в служении | Новости inVictory

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