Mt. Athos, April 17, 2019
Another hierarch of the schismatic Ukrainian church has visited Mt. Athos. As OrthoChristian previously reported, the trip was undertaken in secrecy, with news about it coming out only now, over a week later.
As Romfea reports, the trip was made by “Metropolitan” Michael of Lutsk and Volyn, along with 10 pilgrims. Michael was the favorite for the primacy of the new schismatic church until “Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko forced him to withdraw his candidacy.
According to the report, Michael visited several monasteries and met several Athonites who support the creation and autocephaly of the Ukrainian schismatic church and believe it is only a matter of time before the other autocephalous Local Churches begin to recognize it.
To date, no Church other than Constantinople has recognized the new Ukrainian structure, although the primate “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko recently lied to reporters saying they had the recognition of other Churches.
“Met.” Michael also reportedly celebrated the Liturgy at Xenophontos Monastery and thanked the abbot Fr. Alexios who had been present at the enthronement of Dumenko as part of the delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
The previous delegation that visited Mt. Athos celebrated the Liturgy at two monasteries and communed at a third.
The schismatic hierarch and pilgrims also made sure to chant the Ukrainian national anthem while holding Ukrainian flags. And according to the Volyn Diocese of the schismatic church, the “bishop” and pilgrims also said a prayer for victory of the great aggressor Russia at all their stops on the Holy Mountain.
The pilgrims also visitеd Meteora and the Church of St. Demetrios in Thessaloniki.
The Sacred Community of Mt. Athos, consisting of one representative of each of the 20 ruling monasteries, has discussed the Ukrainian issue several times but has not made any strong decisions. In early March, the representatives decided that each monastery would decide for itself whether or not to accept visitors from the schismatic-nationalist church.
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