The Primate prayerfully celebrated the 30th anniversary of his episcopal consecration

The bishops of the UOC arrived at the celebrations in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine on December 9, 2020, prayerfully celebrated the 30th anniversary of the episcopal consecration. The bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church arrived at the celebrations, which took place in the Assumption Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, according to

During the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude was co-served by the permanent members of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church: Metropolitan of Odessa and Izmail Agafangel, Metropolitan Mark of Khust and Vinogradov, Metropolitan of Kamenets-Podolsk and Gorodok Theodor, Metropolitan of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Pavel, Metropolitan of Lugansk and Alchevsk Mitrofan, Metropolitan of Borispol and Brovary Anthony, a host of bishops and clergy.

During the service, fervent prayers were raised for the end of the «morbid epidemic»and the granting of God’s help to doctors, as well as for the repose of the reposed archpastors.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry performed the deacon’s ordination of Ilya Kostochka, a cleric of the church in honor of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God on the territory of the National Scientific Center for Radiation Medicine.

After the Liturgy, the Primate was sung for many years and a congratulatory word was pronounced.

Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol and Brovary read out messages from the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, as well as the Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech lands and Slovakia, His Beatitude Metropolitan Rostislav.

Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Izmail congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry on behalf of the episcopate, clergy and the multimillion flock of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Vladyka wished His Beatitude health, goodness, wisdom, peace, prosperity in everything and God’s all-powerful help in the future salvific service at the ancient cathedra of the Metropolitans of Kiev for the benefit of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the prosperity of the Ukrainian state.

At the end of the congratulations, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry was awarded the Order of Venerable Anthony and Theodosius Pechersky, I Degree.

The Primate thanked the concelebrating archpastors and all who arrived at the Lavra for the holiday. His Beatitude asked holy prayers for the fulfillment of church obedience.

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