The first Bishop Liturgy of Patriarchal Stauropegy will take place at St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv on December 13. It begins at 09:30, the exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will head the divine service, as Religious and information service of Ukraine reported.
On December 13, the Orthodox people celebrate Saint Andrew's Day.
On November 7, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on transfer of St. Andrew’s Church to Ecumenical Patriarchate.
St. Andrew's Church will be given to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for permanent use for holding worships, religious ceremonies, and processions on condition that the Ecumenical Patriarchate observes the laws on protection of cultural heritage. At the same time, the transfer of the building entails its exclusion from the list of immovable objects of cultural heritage of the National Sanctuary "Sophia of Kyiv."
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.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.
As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey.