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.”