The religious community of Puzhaikove village (Odesa region) became the first community to move from the jurisdiction of Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine to that of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Radio Liberty reported.
According to Father Theodor Orobets, the Press Secretary of Odesa-Baltic eparchy, over 300 worshippers of the community of St. Dmytro Solunsky upheld the transfer. He added it's the first such case when Odesa region-based religious community completed the procedure of transfer to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
'The respective protocol has been composed and signed; it was passed to the local regional state administration. I served at a local village's church as the priest of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine', he said.
Earlier, the members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed the Tomos on providing autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Prior to that, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy. The event happened during the festive service at St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul, marking a significant day in the history of Orthodoxy in Ukraine; the country re-claimed its own independent church after more than 300 years of Russian domination in religious life in Ukraine.