Russian Orthodox Church calls Tomos for Ukrainian church "attempt to steal Christmas"

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the Speaker of the Russian Orthodox Church Vladimir Legoyda, Tomos about autocephaly was signed in violation of the canons
21:24, 5 January 2019

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Tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was signed in violation of the canons and does not posess the canonical force. Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Synodal department of the Russian Orthodox Church for church relations with society and the media, wrote about this on his Telegram channel.

“No matter how some Ukrainian politicians try to steal Christmas from the millions of faithful in Ukraine with the help of the Istanbul Patriarch, it will still come. Tomos is a paper that is the result of irreconcilable political and personal ambitions. It was signed in violation of canons and therefore not possessing any canonical force," he stressed.

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Earlier President Petro Poroshenko awarded the Order of Merit of I degree to the Ecumenical Patriarch, Archbishop of Constantinople - New Rome, His Holiness Bartholomew. It is reported by the press service of the head of state.

"Petro Poroshenko presented an award to His Holiness for his outstanding personal contribution in the development of the autocephalous local Orthodox Church of Ukraine, raising the authority of Orthodoxy in the world, many years of activity, establishing ideals of spirituality, mercy and interfaith harmony", the report says.

In this case, it is added that the Ecumenical Patriarch, in turn, awarded the head of the Ukrainian state a commemorative medal - the cross of Panagiy Pammacaristos.

Earlier the ceremony of signing the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was held in Istanbul, 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event. 

The Ukrainian delegation led by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and primate of the UOC Metropolitan Epifaniy were at the ceremony of the signing.

A prayer service was held prior to the signing the Tomos, the service lasted 20 minutes.  

Tomorrow, January 6, a divine liturgy will take place in St. George's Cathedral, after which the Tomos will be passed to Metropolitan Epifaniy.

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