Met. Onuphry changes how he commemorates—reads diptychs of Orthodox primates (+VIDEO)

Kiev, May 28, 2022     

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine commemorated all the primates of the Local Churches with whom the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is in communion during the Liturgy at the Kiev Caves Lavra today.

Thus, Met. Onuphry didn’t commemorate His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia as the hierarch over him, but rather read the diptychs according to the practice of the primates of the autocephalous Local Churches.

Previously, as the head of an autonomous Church within the Moscow Patriarchate, Met. Onuphry commemorated His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia as the primate of the Local Russian Church, while Pat. Kirill commemorates the heads of the other Local Churches.

At 1:16:25 in the video below, the deacon commemorates “Orthodox Patriarchs,” followed by Met. Onuphry, and His Grace Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod, the abbot of the Kiev Caves Lavra.

At 1:31:25, Met. Onuphry begins reading the diptychs of Orthodox primates during the Great Entrance, as would the primate of a Local Church. In this commemoration, he prays for Pat. Kirill as a primate with whom he is in communion.

His Beatitude didn’t commemorate Patriarchs Bartholomew of Constantinople or Theodoros of Alexandria, or Archbishops Chrysostomos of Cyprus or Ieronymos of Greece.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church held a Local Council on Friday, which resolved to strengthen the self-governance and independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It was announced that amendments and additions were made to the UOC statutes to that end.

Following the Council, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, the Deputy Head of the UOC’s Department for External Church Relations, reported that all mention of any connection with the Russian Orthodox Church was removed from the statutes.

The UOC statutes previously stated, in the section concerning the primate of the UOC: “The name of His Beatitude the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine is elevated at the Divine services in all churches and monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church after the name of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.”

Follow OrthoChristian on Twitter, Vkontakte, Telegram, WhatsApp, MeWe, and Gab!


Alex5/31/2022 4:29 am
Cat, if the 'OCU' wants to return to unity with the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, then they would first have to seriously REPENT, then be ORDAINED and CONSECRATED by genuine hierarchs with genuine apostolic succession. The TRUE Church of Ukraine headed by the saintly Met. Onufriy would be the right direction for the 'OCU' to go!
Ioann5/31/2022 12:02 am
Moscow should have known better than to mess with the fierce and formidable St. Olga of Kyiv, Equal to the Apostles!
Cat5/30/2022 11:47 am
What a turn of events. One has to wonder if UOC merges with the OCU eventually.
James5/29/2022 8:45 pm
Good for him. Many years to Metropolitan Onouphry and the genuine Ukrainian Orthodox Church! We continue to be edified by his integrity and honor.
Here you can leave your comment on the present article, not exceeding 4000 characters. All comments will be read by the editors of OrthoChristian.Com.
Enter through FaceBook
Your name:
Your e-mail:
Enter the digits, seen on picture:

Characters remaining: 4000

to our mailing list

* indicates required