A video dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first All-Ukrainian Orthodox Church Council has been released
This is reported on the Institute's website.
"Since the end of the XVII century, along with persistent attempts to subjugate Ukraine politically, Russia has also tightly controlled local religious life for two centuries. Only at the beginning of the XX century, with the fall of the autocracy and the powerful processes of national revival that swept Ukraine, real prospects for the revival of the Ukrainian Autocephalous (i.e. independent) Orthodox Church appeared," the UINP reports.
It is noted that in early December 1917, the All-Ukrainian Orthodox Church Council was created, and the patriotic clergy began a movement for the Ukrainization of parishes, defending the right to conduct services in their native language. The culmination of these processes was the first All-Ukrainian Orthodox Church Council, which was held on October 14-30, 1921 in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv. It was attended by 402 delegates from priests and laity.
According to the report, the Russian Church sabotaged the Cathedral. And since at that time all the bishops were Russian, it was decided to ordain Ukrainian bishops according to the tradition of the Church of Alexandria, which existed until 250, by the ordination of all those present.
It was in this image that archpriest Vasyl Lypkivsky was ordained Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church on October 23, 1921. The Liturgy in St. Sophia Cathedral was attended by 30 priests and 12 deacons. Thus, for the first time in the XX century, the dominance of the Russian Church in Ukraine was put to an end and a new page in the history of Ukrainian orthodoxy began. "We are not creating a new church for our people – we are restoring our native church, for which our ancestors suffered, for which they laid down their lives, covered mother Ukraine with Graves," Vasyl Lypkivsky noted at that point.
"Unfortunately, due to the Bolshevik repressions, this recovery story turned out to be short and dramatic, but not in vain. We remind you about it with the help of a new video from the Series "events of the era," notes the UINP.
The video uses footage from the historical chronicle. Production: Studio "Dyvaky Production".