Nikolaev, Ukraine, November 27, 2018
Despite the ongoing persecution and propaganda against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, its dioceses are remaining faithful to it. A number of dioceses have already openly expressed their support for the Church’s canonical status as a self-governing autonomous body and for their primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and now another has joined them—the Diocese of Nikolaev.
The Nikolaev Diocese held its assembly on November 20, the day of the memory of Hieromartyr Nicholas Romanovsky, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Pitirim of Nikolaev and Ochakov, as the diocesan website reports.
The meeting came just one day after representatives of military operations in East Ukraine gave a letter to Met. Pitirim entreating him to support the creation of a new church in Ukraine, as the Union of Orthodox Journalists reports.
Before the meeting, a moleben was served in the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. During the session, the clergy unanimously expressed their support for the decisions of the Bishops’ Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on November 13, including in particular the decision to affirm the Russian Holy Synod’s decision to break communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and for the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Church His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.
Those present signed a corresponding address to Met. Onuphry, expressing their conviction that he rightly leads his flock to salvation with wisdom and great responsibility.
“We heartily pray that the Lord would increase your strengthen in bearing the cross of the primatial ministry for the confirmation of the people of Ukraine in the true faith,” the message reads.
The same support for the canonical Church and Met. Onuphry has also been expressed by the Dioceses of Nizhyn, Nova Kakhova, Izium, Crimea, Chernigov and Novgorod-Siversk, Kirovograd, Zhytomyr, Lugansk, Mukachevo, Alexandria, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Voznesensk, Tulchin, Rivne, Kherson, Severodonetsk, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Krivoy Rog, Kamenka, Zaporozhye, and Poltava, and the clergy of the city of Vinnitsa and of the Bar Deanery of the Vinnitsa Diocese.
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