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Metropolitan Epifaniy has his first divine service in Kyiv

The service is taking place in St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery in Kyiv
11:54, 16 December 2018
Press Service of the President of Ukraine

Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Epifaniy is having his first liturgy, as primate of United Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Radio Liberty reports. 

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. 

Related: Official name of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church becomes known

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. 

Related: US Embassy congratulates Ukraine on establishment of United Local Orthodox Church

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.  

Related: Ukrainian Church of Moscow Patriarchate comments on participation of their hierarchs in Unification Assembly

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. 

Related: Metropolitan Epifaniy (Dumenko) became Head of local Orthodox Church in Ukraine

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