The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Epifaniy thanked the Ecumenical Patriarchate for providing Tomos and urged them to pray for the just peace for Ukraine and those who are in captivity. In particular, he said this after the solemn ceremony of presenting Tomos in the Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"Together with the prayers of gratitude, we also today make a request to God for our Ukrainian people, who have suffered for five years from the war brought from outside to our peaceful home. We ask your All-Saints, All Mother-Church and all local Churches to pray for a just peace for Ukraine ", said Epifaniy.
The head of the OCU is convinced that these prayers will bring peace and unity to Ukraine, and the well-being and prosperity of the Ukrainian people.
“We are asking for God's intercession for those who are suffering captivity, unfair imprisonment or persecution for their love for Ukraine, who suffer from war,” he added.
Earlier, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy. The event happened during the festive service in St. George's Cathedral, 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event.
Yesterday, January 5, the ceremony of signing the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine took place in Istanbul.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of the Tomos delivery and the divine liturgy said by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the primate of the UOC.
The festive service took place in St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul. This Orthodox cathedral in the Phanar district of Istanbul has been the residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople since 1601.
On January 7, the Christmas day, a divine liturgy will take place at Saint Sophia's Cathedral, where Tomos will be demonstrated on the granting of autocephaly to the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine.