Vinnitsa, Ukraine, November 1, 2019
Following upon the news that Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece has officially recognized the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” and its primate, Epiphany Dumenko, the Tabor Pilgrimage Center of the Pereyaslav-Vyshneve Diocese and the Pilgrimage Department of the Vinnitsa-Bar Diocese of the OCU have announced a week-long pilgrimage to the holy sites of central Greece, reports Cerkvarium.
The pilgrimage will be led by the diocesan hierarchs, Simeon Shostasky and Alexander Drabinko—the only two bishops to abandon the canonical Orthodox Church in favor of joining the schismatic OCU at last December’s “unification council” put on by the Patriarchate of Constantinople and President Petro Poroshenko.
“This will be the first great pilgrimage to Greece after the recognition of our Orthodox Church of Ukraine by the Greek Orthodox Church,” the announcement notes.
The trip is scheduled for November 9-15, and will include visits to Holy Trinity Monastery on Aegina, where St. Nektarios’ relics repose, the Monastery of St. David of Evia, the relics of St. Alexei the Man of God, St. Philaret the Merciful, icons painted by the Evangelist Luke, the relics and cross of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle, and more.
Delegations from the schismatic OCU have already visited Mt. Athos several times, which is under the jurisdiction of Patriarch Bartholomew, where they received by a few monasteries and shut out by others.