The Head of the OCU called on the clergy of the UOC-MP to sever ties with the "Russian world" once and for all

The Head of the OCU called on the clergy of the UOC-MP to sever ties with the "Russian world" once and for all - фото 1
On March 5, the tenth day of the war, Metropolitan Epifaniy addressed fellow Orthodox believers from the Moscow Patriarchate: "Russian world has brought terrible grief, so we must break up with this bloody chauvinistic ideology forever."

"Dear bishops, fathers, brothers and sisters! You, like all of us, suffer from the Russian invasion. Every Russian bomb, rocket, and projectile on Ukrainian soil finally debunks the "Holy Russia" and "Triune People" myths.

Many of you already realize it is no longer possible to be under the jurisdiction of the Russian Patriarch. You have always declared your devotion to the canons, and the canons stipulate that there should be a single Local Church in Ukraine. We urge you to take the canonical path - the path of unity.

We understand that for many, it will not be an easy path to follow. Therefore, I say to those ready and willing to join the Orthodox Church of Ukraine - our doors and our hearts are open! Both individual communities and entire dioceses can become part of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Those who are not ready for such a step can show their good intentions to serve together with us, as is customary among the clergy of different jurisdictions, such as in the diaspora. And those who do not dare to do so - at least publicly demand that your leadership stops mentioning the name of the Moscow Patriarch, and demand complete independence from Moscow with the appropriate changes to the Statute as soon as possible.

"Russian world" has brought terrible grief upon our land, so it is necessary to break up with this bloody chauvinistic ideology once and for all.

Once again, I would like to ask the faithful of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and our supporters: do not succumb to emotions, allow our brothers to walk the path to unity. We need a truly conscious unity, for only thus will it be true and strong," the head of the OCU said in his appeal.