Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy. The event happened during the festive service at St. George's Cathedral, and 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event.
Yesterday, January 5, the ceremony of signing the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine took place in Istanbul.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of the Tomos delivery and the divine liturgy conducted by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the primate of the UOC.
The festive service took place at St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul. This Orthodox cathedral in the Phanar district of Istanbul has been the residence of the Patriarch of Constantinople since 1601.
On January 7, the Christmas day, a divine liturgy will take place at Saint Sophia's Cathedral, where Tomos will be demonstrated on the granting of autocephaly to the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine.