Mt. Athos: Two abbots invite schismatic Dumenko to Holy Mountain

Mt. Athos, May 26, 2021

Abbot Gabriel of Pantocrator (left), Abbot Alexios of Xenophontos (right). Photo: Abbot Gabriel of Pantocrator (left), Abbot Alexios of Xenophontos (right). Photo:     

Earlier this month, OrthoChristian reported that “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” intends to visit Mt. Athos in the near future.

Now, two Athonite abbots have specifically invited Dumenko to visit and serve on the Holy Mountain.

“Archbishop” Evstraty Zorya, the speaker for the unrecognized organization, published a video of Archimandrite Gabriel of Pantocrator Monastery in which he says that he knows of and rejoices in Dumenko’s and the OCU’s “achievements,” and states that Dumenko is “very loved” on Mt. Athos. He thus invites him to visit, “to meet in person, to concelebrate and rejoice together.”

“May the Most Holy Theotokos give you the strength and enlightenment to lead the holy Church of Kiev, which Christ entrusted to you,” Abbot Gabriel said.

Pantocrator was the first Athonite monastery to receive a delegation from the schismatic OCU, allowing “Bishop” Paul of Odessa to serve in the monastery in February 2019.

In turn, Archimandrite Alexios of Xenophontos Monastery also invites the unordained Dumenko to the Holy Mountain.

According to Fr. Alexios, the OCU “has a great history, although you have only just received autocephaly.”

Recall that the OCU was, in fact, created by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and then-President Petro Poroshenko in December 2018. It is a “gift from God” that the Ukrainian church has become canonical, the abbot states.

Fr. Alexios also emphasizes that he is glad to have attended the enthronement of Dumenko in Kiev in January 2019, and that they “constantly pray that peace would come to the Church of Ukraine, that love would reign, and that there would be a true Orthodox spirit that characterizes us all.”

As OrthoChristian earlier reported, the OCU and the person of Dumenko are highly contentious topics on the Holy Mountain, and visit from Dumenko is sure to create further strife in the Garden of the Theotokos.

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Gérard Reynaud7/1/2021 10:06 pm
Quelle infamie! Voilà que des laïcs ukrainiens déguisés en hiérarques vont servir aux autels de certains monastères athonites. La Très sainte Mère de Dieu doit beaucoup pleurer sur son jardin
Theodoros 5/27/2021 3:56 pm
These abbots were obviously chosen by Patriarch Bartholomew in return for their absolute loyalty to him. Patriarch Bartholomew appoints bishops and abbots throughout all his eparchies on the basis of their loyalty to him. This is why the various Archdioceses under Constantinople are in ruins. Patriarch Bartholomew has already created division on Mount Athos and the process of ruining the holy mountain is under way. Patriarch Bartholomew needs to be deposed.
Alexander Leitner75205/27/2021 3:30 pm
Shame on them! Betrayers of Christ!
Momcilo5/27/2021 8:04 am
Christ is in our midst! May God and his Most Holy Mother not allow this desecration to happen. Amen.
Mark5/27/2021 4:01 am
Why do they pick these people to be abbots? This is Mt Athos we're talking about. Why don't they pick true saintly people?
Steve5/26/2021 9:44 pm
Athonite monks typically have a big problem with Russian economia. No surprise there.
Michael5/26/2021 8:26 pm
EP politics.
Alex5/26/2021 8:26 pm
I'm betting that 90% of Mt. Athos will be turning their backs on this most unholy visit!
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