According to the message, the divine service is taking place in Kyiv in the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. The liturgy started at 10 a.m.
Up to 200 believers and churchmen gathered in the church.
On December 15, the Unification Assembly in Kyiv elected the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) Epifaniy (Dumenko). On the same day, the archbishops adopted the charter of the new church.
Almost all hierarchy of former UOC of Kyiv Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) and two archbishops of UOC MP (Moscow Patriarchate) took part in the assembly.
The next step for the final formation of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine will be a joint service of Epifaniy with Ecumenical Patriarch and receive of Tomos about the Autocephaly.
Earlier, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the creation of the Ukrainian local Autocephalous Orthodox church. He said this at Sofiivska Square in Kyiv, after the Unification Assembly, the 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.
"The representatives of the UOC Kyiv Patriarchate, the UAOC and a group of bishops of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate have just established a united church. The miracle became possible thanks to the unshakable position of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and our Mother Church of Constantinople," he noted.
At the same time, the Head of state stressed that this is a united and independent Ukrainian Orthodox church. "This is a church without Putin. This is a church without Kirill (Russian Orthodox bishop, - Ed). This is a church without a prayer for the Russian authorities and the Russian army that kill Ukrainians. But this is a church with God and Ukraine!" he said.