Lugansk, June 10, 2022
The Lugansk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is now the second to suspend commemoration of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine during the Divine services.
The Rovenky Diocese, also in the territory claimed by the Lugansk People’s Republic, made the same decision earlier on May 31.
An extraordinary meeting of the Lugansk Diocesan Council was held today under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Lugansk, at which the Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church held in Kiev on May 27 was discussed.
The Council decided to “suspend commemoration of the name of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine during the Divine services in all churches and monasteries of the Lugansk Diocese, because of our disagreement with the changes made to the Statutes on the administration of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on May 27, 20022,” reports the diocesan press service.
The UOC Council resolved to remove all mention of any connection with the Russian Orthodox Church from its Statutes, including the requirement to commemorate the Patriarch of Moscow in the Divine services. However, with the blessing of Met. Onuphry, several dioceses in Crimea and the territories claimed by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics earlier announced that they will continue to commemorate the Patriarch.
However, on Tuesday, June 7, the three dioceses in Crimea were received directly into the Russian Orthodox Church by decision of the Russian Holy Synod.