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Possible change of some Orthodox holidays, - Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Source : 112 Ukraine

“We will implement new reforms into church normally and gradually”, - Epifaniy said
09:58, 17 February 2019

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The Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv and All Ukraine does not rule the possibility of changing some the dates of some Orthodox feasts, but only then, when it is appropriate. The Metropolitan said during his visit to Chernivtsi, as Ukrinform reports.  

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“We will implement new reforms into church normally and gradually. It is not going to be very fast. But I believe that we can add change to our calendar, which is not Christian dogma. Whenever we see the society is ready for changes, we will do that. However, now it is not topical yet. First of all, we have to educate and explain to people that the calendar is not a dogma. But we have to work hard in order to achieve this,” Epifaniy said.

Besides, the Metropolitan stressed that a person, who visits the church for the first time, should not be criticized for their look. As an example, he mentioned the obligatory wearing a kerchief by women to the church.

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“We have to be closer to people. Of course, we honor the traditions and we will not violate them. Although, I believe that we should not forbid to come to church to those, who come for the first time. We have to be open and to accept the person despite their appearance. In other words, if they come for the first time, they will come for the second time, for the third time and so on, and they will realize that their look is inappropriate for the church. However, if say that in the very beginning to the person, they will not come to the church anymore,” Epifaniy added.

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