The Autocephalous Church of Ukraine is approved. The main thing

Автокефальная церковь Украины утверждена. Главное

Cathedral was held in Sophia

In Ukraine, the Cathedral was founded the United Orthodox Church. It was led by Metropolitan Epiphany, which will go to Istanbul to obtain the Thomas – letters on the independence of the Church

In Kiev on December 15 at the Cathedral of St. Sophia held a unification Council, which adopted a future local Orthodox Ukrainian Church and has chosen the head of the Metropolitan Epiphanios.

At the Council attended by President Petro Poroshenko and the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Корреспондент.net tells details.


Adopted unification Council

At the unity Cathedral of the Orthodox churches in Kiev, the Ukrainian hierarchs of the rules of procedure and the Statute of the Autocephalous local Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

The future of the Ukrainian Church was approved by the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate November 29, 2018 rock.

Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul, who headed the unification Council, brought the document to Ukraine from Istanbul for consideration predstavitelyami Ukrainian churches for approval kompromisnyh wording in the text.

The Council also elected head of the new Autocephalous Orthodox Church, became Metropolitan Epiphanios, Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.

“Today, 15 December, this day will go down in history as sacred day of the establishment of Autocephalous national Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the day of the final independence from Russia”, – wrote on Twitter President Poroshenko.

The Ukrainian President called the new Church “without Putin, no Cyril, no prayer for the Russian government and the Russian army, which is killing Ukrainians.”

Poroshenko stressed that guarantees the respect by the authorities to those believers who decide to remain parishioners of the UOC-MP. He also guaranteed the protection of the rights of the priests and laity of the Moscow Patriarchate, which “voluntarily decide to get out from under Moscow”.


What is known about the Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Church

Metropolitan Epiphanius (in the world, Sergei Dumenko) was born in February 1979 in Odessa region. Included in the entourage of Filaret.

In 2003 graduated from the Kiev theological Academy and began his Ministry of the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate. In 2007 he was tonsured a monk with the name Epiphany. Since 2010 he is the rector of the Kyiv Orthodox theological Academy.

In 2013 he was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky and bila Tserkva. He also became a vicar, that is, the successor of Patriarch Filaret on the occasion of his death.

He will have to arrive in Istanbul within the framework of special procedures and its joint service with the Ecumenical Patriarch, he will get Tomos signed by all the members of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Автокефальная церковь Украины утверждена. Главное
Poroshenko, Metropolitan Epiphanius and Metropolitan Emmanuel of France / Press service of the AP

It is the presentation of Thomas can be considered the birth of an independent Ukrainian Church.

The future Primate of the Autocephalous local Orthodox Church in Ukraine after the Epiphany Cathedral on Sofia square, said: “We managed to unite the three branches of Ukrainian Orthodoxy into a single local Orthodox Church.”

He thanked all the participants at the Sofia area for their support and prayers.

“It’s so we were excited that we had overcome all those obstacles that were on this difficult path,” he said.

Автокефальная церковь Украины утверждена. ГлавноеThe press service of the AP


Who participated

The Ecumenical Patriarch representative Metropolitan Emmanuel of France presided at the Council. It was also attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Constantinople was invited to participate in the unification Council of all the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Each of the invited bishops could bring two more people – one priest and one monk or layman. They also have the right to vote.

In the Cathedral was attended by over 40 hierarchs of the UOC-KP, 14 – two from the UAOC and the UOC – MP- Metropolitan Alexander of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi and Vinnytsia Simeon. Only 190 people.


The reaction of the ROC MP

As is known, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Moscow Patriarchate against the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and strongly criticized the actions of the Church of Constantinople and the Ukrainian authorities.

On 15 October, a few days after the start of the process of granting Ukraine Thomas, the ROC severed Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It was followed by the UOC-MP and Belarus. ROC announced the Constantinople schismatics.

On 15 December, the day of unification Cathedral, the Russian Orthodox Church called it “the counsel of the wicked” and condemned the participation of two bishops of the UOC-MP.

“Of the 90 bishops 88 abstained from participation in the “unification Council” aimed at the destruction of the canonical Church and the creation instead of a new Church structure with a strong dependence on the Patriarchate of Constantinople. And only two went to “the counsel of the wicked,” – said the head of the Department for external Church relations of the MP, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

He noted that unification Council “aimed at destroying”.

“But let’s not forget that among the 12 apostles there was one Judas. If the apostles had 90, you would expect that Jude will be six or seven, not two,” he said.

Chairman of the Synodal information and educational Department of UOC-MP, Archbishop Clement stated that took part in the Cathedral to him “no longer relevant”.

“We’ll just say that they went into schism, and inform local churches in the diptych of canonical bishops of Ukraine, they no longer are,” said Clement.


The text of the Tomos

On November 29 in Istanbul ended a three-day meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It finally made the decision on the granting of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

At the end of the Church of Constantinople issued a communiqué with the results of voting, which States that the Ecumenical Patriarchate approved the draft Charter of the Ukrainian Church.

“In the context of an earlier decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine, and also in anticipation of providing the Patriarchal and Synodal Tomos of, the Holy Synod approved the draft of the constitutional Charter of the Ukrainian Church,” the document says.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in a video message said the details that were not included in the communique on the meeting the Committee approved the text of the Tomos, and the decision on convocation of the unification of the Orthodox Cathedral.

According to media reports, the text of the Tomos – three pages, it is prepared in final form and changes to it will not be introduced.

Advisor to the President of Ukraine Rostislav Pavlenko, who in those days were in Istanbul, said that Tomos provides for the full independence of the Ukrainian Church.

“In fact, proclaimed the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Adopted documents that will become public in due time”, – said Pavlenko.

Advisor to the President stressed that Tomos will be awarded after the unification Cathedral, the new Primate of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“And that is why, perhaps, you have any questions – have a Tomos or not. Tomos is. Its provisions are crystallized and proposed the Cathedral, which will be made in the Charter of the new Church,” Pavlenko explained.


How UOC was going to autocephaly: key dates

– Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church was founded in 1921, when part of the Orthodox clergy in Ukraine called for the establishment of an independent Church. In the 1930s the UAOC announced the dissolution. The activity of the Church resumed in 1989.

In 1990 the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church was established by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate as an independent and separate Church of the MP. It was headed by Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine.

– Head of the UOC-MP, Metropolitan Filaret attempted to gain full independence of the Ukrainian Church (autocephaly). After the failure of the autocephaly in 1992 was formed the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.

Then, the ROC Filaret was deprived of Sanaa, after refusing to leave the post voluntarily. In 1997, the Russian Orthodox Church is Filaret excommunicated and anathematized.

In 2007, President Viktor Yushchenko stated the need for creation in Ukraine of a single local Orthodox Church.

Patriarch Filaret in 2010 announced the start of negotiations with the Moscow Patriarchate about a possible merger of the churches. However, according to the Kiev Patriarchate, MP only “simulated dialogue”.

November 30 last year, the Russian Orthodox Church has announced that Patriarch Filaret wrote to Cyril and the bishops ‘ Council letter of “apology”, and suggestions about overcoming the Church division.

Filaret said that the words about forgiveness are the traditional appeal of prayer, and not an admission of guilt. The UOC-KP said about the readiness to dialogue with the ROC, only for the recognition of autocephaly, but not reunification.

– April 17, 2018 Poroshenko announced plans to encourage Constantinople to issue a Tomos of unified Orthodox Church in Ukraine and to grant autocephaly. The letter was signed by UOC-KP and the UAOC.

– April 22 Ecumenical Patriarchate has taken this appeal into consideration and launched the process of granting autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

On 11 October, the Holy Synod of the Church of Constantinople reversed the document in 1686 on the transition of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Also with the heads of the non-canonical churches in Ukraine, UOC – KP and the UAOC – were removed anathema.

– 15 Oct ROC responded with a Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.

– 10 October the Verkhovna Rada adopted the decision to transfer the Ecumenical Patriarchate of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev – the historical buildings created by the architect Rastrelli. It was transferred for fulfilment of divine services, religious rites, ceremonies and processions.

– November 2 it became known that after unifying Council and grant Thomas a new Church be called the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

The representative of Constantinople at the world Council of churches, Archbishop job stated that the Ecumenical Patriarchate may revoke the Autocephalous status of the Russian Orthodox Church.

He stressed that the existence in Ukraine of the UOC-MP has virtually stopped since the abolition of the Patriarchate of Constantinople October 11 of the act on transfer of territory of Ukraine under the administration of the Russian Church.

– November 3, President Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation and interaction between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

– 13 Nov Poroshenko met with the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The meeting was held behind closed doors.

– From 27 to 29 November in Istanbul was a meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which approved the text of the Tomos for Ukraine.

– 15 Dec in Sophia took unification Council of Orthodox churches of Ukraine.


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