Bishop Milan Consecrates 115th Church Since Becoming the Bishop

The new church of Saint Nicholas and SS. Cyril and Methodius.
On the feast of St. Nicholas, in the village of Suskovo in Svaliava raion, the new Greek Catholic Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius and St. Nicholas was consecrated. This is 115th temple consecrated Bishop Milan since his episcopacy.

The Greek Catholic Church had tried to reach accommodation with the Orthodox parish, and use the old church with alternate Liturgies. The Orthodox failed to implement this, even after the Greek Catholic believers had the support of the village council.


Background:

In 1691 the old wooden church was built with riven oak, that stood on the eastern slope of the after the desolation of the village in 1677 during local wars. According to tradition, during that war the peasants took down the three church bells and buried them, but then failed to find them. A new bell was installed in the wooden church in 1730.
After many floods, the priest Anton Silvay asked that a new church be built. The brick building of Saint Nicholas was dedicated in 1868. This was accomplished through the efforts of the famous writer and educator, Father Ivan Silvaya and senior trustee Basil Sabov, who “worked more than all” with his aide Vasily V. Rusin. In 1898 the imperial ministry allocated 100 guilders for the completion of the interior decoration with a complete iconostas.

The Orthodox installed a new iconostas in 1992, but saved the old altar and baldochino.


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Another packed congregation, with people of all ages crammed in for the ceremonies.