Representatives of Universal Orthodoxy arrive to celebrate the first anniversary of the OCU Primate’s enthronement
On the eve of the celebration of the first anniversary of the enthronement of Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and all Ukraine on February 2, 2020, he led the Liturgy in St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral.
The Primate of the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church was concelebrated by bishops and clergy from all over Ukraine, as well as representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Alexandria, and the Orthodox Church of Greece, and of the monasteries of Mount Athos. This is reported by the official website of the OCU.
On behalf of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Emmanuel of France extended greetings to His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy.
Theodore II, Bishop of Babylon, expressed his greetings from the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and Al Africa.
Greetings from the Greek Orthodox Church was voiced by the Metropolitan Amphilochius of Adrianople.
Metropolitan Epifaniy expressed his sincere gratitude for all the congratulations and noted the importance of recognizing the autocephaly of the local Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the irreversibility of this process.
The Primate also noted that today's greetings are intended to the entire Orthodox Church of Ukraine: the episcopate, clergy and laity.
"Therefore, we will continue to work hard to unite all Orthodox Ukrainians around the Kyivan throne. Together, we will continue to build a Church that is open to all to follow the path that leads to salvation," the Metropolitan said.
We add that on February 1, Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and all Ukraine met with Bishop Theodore of Babylon, vicar of the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all of Africa.
During the meeting, a number of issues related to the relationship between the Ukrainian and Alexandrian churches were discussed.
Metropolitan Epifaniy also conveyed his sincere wishes to the Pope and Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and all of Africa.
In November 2019, the Patriarchate of Alexandria recognized the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
On February 1, 2020, a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, consisting of Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Metropolitan Amphilochios of Adrianople, and the Second Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of Constantinople, deacon Gregory, also visited the OCU Primate. Abbot Gabriel and hieromonk Nikita from the Athos monastery Pantokrator also visited His Beatitude. Lagasse Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox Church was represented by Archimandrite Petros, Panagiotis and Dimitrios.