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Tomos handover ceremony kicks off in Istanbul

The official ceremony will take place at St. George's Cathedral, beginning on January 5, ending on January 6
10:17, 5 January 2019

St. George's Cathedral, Istanbul
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew shall officially sign Tomos, the formal decree of autocephaly, tomorrow, on January 5, 2019. After the formal signing of the Tomos of Autocephaly for Ukraine, a divine liturgy shall take place, to be followed by the handing the Tomos to Epifaniy, the Metropolitan of Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

10:30, January 5: live broadcast of the prayer service and signing of the Tomos is to start on Ukrainian public TV channels. 

8:30, January 6: Ukrainian public TV shall broadcast the ceremony of handing Tomos in Istanbul and divine liturgy after the ceremony.

The procedure of granting Tomos, a document of autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, will take place at St. George's Cathedral at the Phanar, Istanbul on Christmas eve.

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Epifaniy, the Metropolitan of Ukrainian Orthodox Church, together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will pray at St. George's Cathedral. Bartholomew shall officially sign the Tomos and handle it over after the divine liturgy on January 6.

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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. 

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