Kiev, November 23, 2022
Abp. Stefan of Ohrid. Photo: Wikipedia By decision of the Ukrainian Holy Synod today, the name of the primate of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric has been added to the diptychs of the primates of the Local Orthodox Churches to be commemorated at the Divine services, reports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Information-Education Department.
The Synod of the canonical UOC met at the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra this morning under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, who will from now on commemorate His Eminence Archbishop Stefan of Ohrid in the services.
The UOC thus recognizes the MOC as both canonical and autocephalous.
Recall that after the UOC’s Council in May in which it removed all connection to the Russian Orthodox Church from its statutes, Met. Onuphry began to commemorate the diptychs of the primates of the Local Churches during the Divine services, according to the practice of Orthodox primates.
The UOC’s decision comes less than a month after the Council of Bishops of the Polish Orthodox Church decided to recognize and enter into communion with the Macedonian Church.
Thus far, the canonicity of the MOC has been formally recognized by (in addition to the Patriarchate of Serbia which granted it autocephaly) the Synods of the Patriarchates of Constantinople, Bulgaria, Russia, and Antioch, and the Churches of Greece and Poland.
Whereas the Russian, Polish, and now Ukrainian Churches explicitly recognize the autocephaly of the Macedonian Church, the Church of Greece explicitly rejects it on the grounds that only Constantinople can grant autocephaly, though it nevertheless accepts the Macedonian Church as canonical.
MOC hierarchs and clergy have also concelebrated with hierarchs and clergy from the Churches of Jerusalem, Romania, the Czech Lands and Slovakia, and the Orthodox Church in America, though their Synods have not formally addressed the issue.
Thus far, there have no been Synodal decisions from or concelebrations with hierarchs or clergy of the Churches of Alexandria, Georgia, Cyprus, and Albania.