Despite his meeting with Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on Tuesday, Philaret Denisenko is continuing his self-interested behavior, declaring that the so-called “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU) will not fulfill the terms of the tomos of autocephaly granted by Constantinople and refusing to pledge loyalty to the OCU.
Yesterday, thousands of faithful in the southwestern Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi gathered in a prayerful procession against the forced transfer of their churches to the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” created by the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Hierarch of the Patriarchate of Constantinople Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul met with Philaret Denisenko, the “Honorary Patriarch” of the Ukrainian schismatic church and primate of the still-existing “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) in Kiev yesterday.
Drabinko filed the claim for the “protection of honor, dignity, business reputation, and compensation for moral (non-property) damages” based on the Synod’s address to Poroshenko in which, according to the defector, his name is “mentioned extremely negatively.”
All parties involved need to think only about the good of the Church, not about personal interests, the Cypriot primate emphasized. “The Church is one, and we must all help to raise it up. We must cherish Orthodoxy as the apple of our eye,” he said.
As Gould writes, one of the major difficulties is that materials can only be brought to the island by boat and then hauled up the mountainside to the skete, thus the church, including the foundation must be built entirely of wood, most of which will come from local spruce trees.
His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos, the primate of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, visited the primates of the Serbian, Bulgarian, and Greek Churches from May 17 to 21 to discuss the ongoing Ukrainian Church crisis with them.
The parish celebrates the holy apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian as its patron saint. A special tent was erected especially for the festal occasion, and the Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Pimen of Dubno.
This hardcover edition of the book of Jonah in the Yakut language is illustrated with unique drawings by Yakut artist Maria Adamova at the request of the IBT. 14 illustrations were made in all for each scene of the narrative. The faces resemble the Yakut people and the clothes their traditional clothing, in an effort to bring the narrative closer to the reader.
According to the Ministry of Justice, no one has applied to the state registration authorities to dissolve the KP, and thus, in the eyes of the state, it still exists. Moreover, its website continues to function and Denisenko continues to act on behalf of the KP.
A fire broke out at the Russian St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos on Sunday, causing serious damage that has yet to be fully assessed. Thankfully, there were no human casualties, and none of the monastery’s sacred relics or icons were damaged.
The Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church officially declared its non-recognition of the schismatic “structure headed by citizens Denisenko and Dumenko” in a statement published on the official Church website on Saturday.