Istanbul, January 14, 2020
On January 6, the feast of Theophany, Patriarch Bartholomew ordained a priest for the Cypriot Orthodox Church during the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul which was also concelebrated by a “hierarch” of the schismatic Ukrainian Church and a hierarch of the Cypriot Church.
According to Orthodox Times, the Liturgy was concelebrated by a number of hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, as well as Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kyrenia of the Cypriot Church, and “Metropolitan” Makary Maletich of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine.”
Maletich was formerly the head of the “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” before his group voted to dissolve itself and join the OCU.
Met. Chrysostomos of Kyrenia is thus the second Cypriot hierarch to concelebrate with Ukrainian schismatics in Constantinople. In December, Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantia and Ammochostos also served in the Phanar together with “Archbishop” Evstraty Zorya and “Metropolitan” Michael Zinkevich of the OCU and a number of other hierarchs.
During the Theophany Liturgy, Pat. Bartholomew ordained Deacon George Christodoulos to the priesthood. Following the rite, the Patriarch exhorted the new priest: “Keep lit the candle in the holy habitation of the Apostle Andrew, which you will guard and minister for the rest of your life, just as we, here at the Phanar, guard the eternal candlelight our fathers have kept shining and luminescent, and the coming generation of Greeks will guard.”
Last month, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus severely criticized three hierarchs of the Cypriot Church who had organized a monastic conference with and concelebrated with representatives of the Russian and Ukrainian Churches, saying they thereby violated the Cypriot Church’s neutral stance on the Ukrainian issue.
On the other hand, Abp. Chrysostomos did not make any public statements about Met. Vasilios concelebrating with the Ukrainian schismatics.