The date of the delivery of the Tomos on autocephaly to the future Head of the Local Orthodox Church in Ukraine is announced. The Ecumenical Patriarch will do it on January 6, 2019, in Constantinople. Archbishop Yevstraty (Zorya), the spokesperson of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate made such statement as BBC Ukraine reported.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate held its own bishop’s assembly on December 13 for the preparation to the unification assembly.
“Tomos of the Ecumenical Patriarch should be passed to the Primate on January 6,” Archbishop Yevstraty said.
He noted that on January 6 in Constantinople “the Divine Liturgy should be held, the joint serving of the Ecumenical Patriarch and Primate (of the local church) and then, he will get the Tomos.”
Talking about the assembly, the Archbishop noted that the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate will come to it on December 15. Each of them will take two persons: one cleric and one monk or layperson.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate will present its candidate for primacy in the local church during the unification assembly.
“We have the only offer concerning the candidate, who will be proposed to the assembly,” Zorya said.
According to him, the voting at the assembly will be secret.
Archbishop Yevstraty added that the commission of the representatives of Orthodox Churches of Ukraine, which holds the preparation for the unification assembly, has considered the project of the charter of the future local church.
“We considered the project charter, which was proposed by Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We debated, particular things were kept, some things are unchangeable, and some of them were abandoned,” he said.
On October 11, the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that the United Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reported that the unification assembly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church shall take place on December 15. Besides, the Security Service of Ukraine reported that the provocations are prepared before the unification assembly. According to the service, they are prepared by the Russian Federation.