President Petro Poroshenko called on fellow citizens to gather tomorrow, January 7, in the Sofiyska Square for a common prayer for the establishment of the United Local Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This is stated in the message of the president on Facebook.
“I urge all concerned Ukrainians to gather on January 7 at 10 a.m. on Sofiivska Square to pray together to the Lord for having revived and established the United Local Orthodox Church,” Poroshenko said.
The president stressed that he intends to take part in the Divine Liturgy, which will be held on the occasion of Christmas in St. Sophia. "Tomorrow, on the great feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Primate of the Orthodox Church, the Most Blessed Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, Epifaniy will celebrate the Divine Liturgy - historic and significant event for all Ukraine. Together with all the believers I will also take part in the liturgy," he wrote.
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 said by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the primate of the OCU.
The festive service took place in 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.