The Canonical Church is finally getting its day in the Orthodox World.
Support for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and His Primate, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, Onufriy, was expressed by representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches who came to the celebrations in Kiev on July 23, the portal "Orthodox Life" reports with reference to the information-educational department of the UOC.
The participation in the briefing for the Ukrainian media was received by the Metropolitan of Boryspil and Brovary Anthony, and the bishops of the Jerusalem, Bulgarian, Cypriot, Hellas and Polish Local Orthodox Churches.
In particular, Metropolitan Vostsky Timothy (Jerusalem Patriarchate) noted: "We understand that hard times have come for Ukraine. We pray for the prosperity of Ukraine and the unification of the people. The Orthodox self-governing Church of Ukraine under the presidency of Metropolitan Onufry is just a symbol of the unity of the people. "
Metropolitan Rosen Naum (Bulgarian Orthodox Church) said that at one time the Bulgarian Church was also experiencing such a negative phenomenon as a schism, but with prayer and God's help it was overcome.
"And our Church always supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Her Primate, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, all the bishops. We offer prayers before the throne, that He will keep and strengthen the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with bishops and clergymen and believing Ukrainian people, "assured Lord Naum.
Metropolitan Isaac of Thamassos and Oreni (the Orthodox Church of Cyprus) paid attention to the theme of the unity of the Church in Christ. "The body of Christ is one, and who is connected with the Body of Christ, is connected with Him. I must say: whoever is in union and unity with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, he is in league with us. Only this is the canonical Church in Ukraine, "the bishop stressed.
Metropolitan of Kitrusskiy, Kateryninsky and Platamonsky George (Hellas Orthodox Church) noted: "Our presence here is symbolic. During the Liturgy, which we will perform today together with representatives of other Local Orthodox Churches and the bishops of the UOC, our all-Orthodox unity around the Chalice of Christ and in the Holy Spirit will be witnessed. The Hellenic Orthodox Church and all other Orthodox Churches of the world recognize the Ukrainian Orthodox Church headed by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy as the only canonical Church of Ukraine. "
Archbishop Georgy of Wroclaw and Szczecin (Polish Orthodox Church) added: "I would like to urge all of us to exacerbate our prayers for the unity of Holy Orthodoxy, for the Lord to bestow many efforts, spiritual support and grace to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufrius and the entire bishopric to stand in the canonical character of the saint Orthodoxy, followed by the grace of the Holy Spirit. And without it there is no Church. "
Also, foreign hierarchs congratulated the Administrative Officer of the UOC Metropolitan of Boryspil and Brovary Anthony on the name day and the 50th anniversary of his birth.