Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church Bartholomew I has been urged to estimate the consequences of his actions and reconsider his decision on the provision of Tomos to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The proper decision was signed by Pavlo, Metropolitan of Vyshhorod and Chornobyl, together with 281 delegates of the monk’s congress and Metropolitan of Svyatohirs'k Arseniy is published on the website of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.
The authors of the statement have urged Bartholomew I to reconsider his decision on the provision of Tomos to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine as KP in Ukraine reported.
“We, the religious men of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, appeal to you with the urge to estimate the consequences of your actions and reconsider your decision. Become recognized for all Orthodox people the first in honor archiereus and father. Remember firm commitment to the Orthodox of your great predecessors. Think about great responsibility on you if your name in Orthodoxy will be tied with the oppressed unity and it will not be at the same row with the names of your great predecessors and saints: John I Chrysostom, Photios I of Constantinople, Tarasios of Constantinople, Gennadius I but in the row of Churches’ representatives who befouled Constantinople chair,” the statement says.
The document states that on July 15, 2021, 310 members of the monk’s congress from 258 monasteries and 56 sketes, churches in town and communities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church have gathered at Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra to discuss current issues of the monkery and react to the processes in the world Orthodoxy that undermine the unity of the Orthodox Church.
“The extreme pain and extreme grief for us your surreptitious actions that you held as the first in honor archiereus against canonic Ukrainian Orthodox Church…Do you understand that in the latter days of your life you became the reason for division of the united God’s people in which, according to Apostle Paul: “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”? Do you realize that in the bloody opposition that brings grief to our people, you put new seeds of the religious fight from which God saved us earlier,” the document says.
The authors concluded with the statement that they would pray to God to give understanding to Bartholomew I of where his aspiration led to unite the legal Church with those who left it decades ago.
“Before common relics of all Orthodox Christians we, the archiereus, vice-rectors and mother superiors of all saint monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, we offer up our prayers to Merciful God to enable you to see where your aspirations led to unite the legal Church with those who left it decades before and becoming firm in your hardheartedness, you play havoc and division among common people,” the statement concludes.
On July 15, 2021, at Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra with the blessing of Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onufriy, the Congress of the monkery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took place. 310 members of the monk’s congress from 258 monasteries and 56 sketes, churches in town and communities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church participated in it.
According to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, for today there are 258 monasteries and 56 sketes of the Church with about 5,000 monks and nuns.