In the presence of the bishops and the ambassador of Greece, the patriarch said that he would like to report "about an important event."
“From today, our patriarchy has inscribed in the diptych the“ Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine ”and His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanius,” said Theodore the Second, noting that the Patriarchate of Alexandria takes second place in the diptych.
The patriarch himself commemorated Epiphanius during today's liturgy. From this day, he said, such a commemoration will begin in all the churches of the patriarchy.
Then Theodore the Second asked the priest to read out the recognition of the PCU, which states that the hierarchs advocated the recognition of the Synodal Tomos of the Patriarch of Constantinople about the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church and its inclusion in the diptych.
Prayer commemoration of the heads of Orthodox churches in accordance with their place in the diptych (list of churches) is a recognition of the local church and the embodiment of the unity of Orthodoxy.
In October, the Ukrainian schismatics were recognized by the Greek Church. And although this decision caused a mixed reaction in the EOC itself, the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece, Jerome sent Epiphanius a congratulatory message.
The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in response announced the breakdown of Eucharistic communion with those hierarchs of the Greek Church who recognize the PCO and will serve with the schismatics. ROC believers will not be blessed with trips to these dioceses.
A year earlier, the Russian Orthodox Church completely interrupted the Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.
The so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine was created in December 2018 at the initiative of President Petro Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople by merging the two schismatic structures.
In January, she received a tomos about autocephaly from Patriarch Bartholomew – a church document that supposedly legalizes its independent existence in the Orthodox world. However, in fact, the PCU was completely dependent on Constantinople.
The only canonical church in Ukraine remains the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, headed by Metropolitan Onufry.
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