Ukraine made an important statement about continuous worship in St. Sophia Cathedral

В Украине сделали важное заявление о постоянных богослужениях в Софийском соборе

The Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev, where on 15 December must undergo Unification Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, is not regarded as the object of a permanent Church. This was stated today by the Minister of culture of Ukraine Eugene Nischuk.

Answering the journalists ‘ question about whether the St. Sophia Cathedral as the main temple of the one local Orthodox Church, Nyshchuk noted that today we are not talking “about Sophia is the object of a permanent Church.”

“Sophia is like the second Jerusalem… Sofia is not planned for permanent service, “—said the Minister.

According to him, “no one will not be evicted” from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra after the Unification of the Cathedral on 15 December.

“But we hope the main Holy places of Ukraine — the laurels, of which there are three, and in Chersonesos — the fourth, will be praying for the Ukrainian army, the Ukrainian people, for Ukrainian power and the Ukrainian human” — said Nyshchuk.

We will remind, the Ecumenical Patriarchate sent out invitations to the unity Council of the hierarchs of the UOC-MP. In addition, the Primate of the UOC-MP Onufry was invited to compete for the post of head of the new Church. This is stated in a letter to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the UOC-MP. In Constantinople warned Onuphrius, that after elections of the head of the one Church he will lose his title of Metropolitan of Kiev.

On 13 December, in St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev was an unusual Liturgy. For the first time the service was led by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Liturgy was the first after the transfer of the Church to the use of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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