Kiev, April 15, 2019
This weekend, on the Saturday of the Salutations of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine led the Divine Liturgy and consecration of a new hierarch for the canonical Ukrainian Church in the Church of Sts. Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves Lavra, reports the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
During the service, Archimandrite Ambrose (Vainagy) was consecrated as the Bishop of Zgurovsky, vicar of the Boryspil Diocese. As the Union of Orthodox Journalists notes, His Grace Bishop Ambrose thus became the 100th bishop of the rapidly growing Ukrainian Church.
The decision to appoint the new hierarch was made by the Holy Synod on April 3. Bp. Ambrose is a teacher at the Kiev Theological Academy and a cleric of the Kiev Caves Lavra.
Before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, a special rite in which the episcopal candidate reads out a confession of faith and vows to preserve the holy canons of the Apostles and the Local and Ecumenical Councils and the Holy Fathers of the Church was served as part of the hierarchical consecration.
His Beatitude was concelebrated by 19 other hierarchs of the Ukrainian Church.
During the Liturgy, a special prayer for peace in Ukraine and the unity of the Orthodox Church was read. At the end of the service, Met. Onuphry addressed the new hierarch with a primatial word and handed him his episcopal staff. According to tradition, Bp. Ambrose then gave the faithful his first archpastoral blessing.
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