Ukrainian Orthodox Church
On June 20 turns 20 years from the day of arrival of Metropolitan Volodymyr to Kyiv.
On this day, in the cathedral square of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine led the Divine Liturgy. Concelebrating to him were Vicar of the Kyiv Metropolis Archbishop Anthony of Boryspil, Archbishop Nicholas of Bilohorodka, Archbishop Seraphim of Yahotyn, Archbishop Alexander of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy, Archbishop Alexander of Horodnytsia, bishops Hilary of Makariv, Panteleimon of Vasylkiv, Theodosius of Brovary, Jonah of Obukhiv, Anthony of Borodyanka and all the clergy of the Diocese of Kyiv.
Metropolitan Anthony of Starokostyantynivsk, Archbishop Metrophanes of Bila Tserkva and Bohuslav, Archbishop Ambrose of Chernihiv and Novhorod-Siverskyy, Archbishop Theodore of Mukachevo and Uzhgorod, bishops Anthony of Alexandria and Svitlovodsk, Volodymyr of Dnieprodzerzhinsk and Tsarychansk, Filaret of Drohobych also came to congratulate the Primate on the 20th anniversary of arrival to the Kyiv throne .
Before the Liturgy, Metropolitan Volodymyr met at the gate of the Monastery the Miraculous icon of Our Lady of Kasperov, which was transported from Odessa at his request. Just in front of this icon the future Archpastor prayed before enlisting the Odessa Theological Seminary, and before making decisions about taking monastic vows.
Note that on June 20, 1992, on the day of Pentecost, Metropolitan Volodymyr came to Kyiv, where he was met by thousands of Orthodox clergymen and laymen. His first sermon the Primate began with the words: “I came not on a business trip and not from abroad, I came to serve the homeland and independent Ukraine.”
But today, during the worship His Beatitude addressed to the clergy and faithful with the following words:
“Everything in our life ends quickly, but not the Lord does not end, who by the testimony of the Apostle Paul “is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow “. Today I would like to remember all those who at various times worked here, who suffered, who was persecuted, who expected mercy and goodness of God. Let the kingdom of heaven come to visit those who had worked here before, may the Lord forgive all those who are still alive, but sooner or later will come close to their death. I want to thank you for remaining in the Orthodox faith, you supported yourselves with prayer and fasting. I wish those who will still be here to work in order that God strengthened them in the faith, health, longevity, and that there was always peace, tranquility and well-being of all. Let the Lavra will always be a force that is growing stronger, and will protect us all, educating our weakness. I warmly thank you that during 20 years we have prayed with you and we will pray together, if there is God’s will. I thank the Holy Monastery and its monks, bishops, clergy and faithful people who will always strengthen us and will strengthen. I invoke upon all of you the blessings of the Lord. Stay always in faith, stand firm and do not hesitate ever, because faith is sacred, faith is our strength, faith is our force. May the blessing of God be upon you, with His grace and love of people, always, now and forever. Amen. Christ is risen! “.
Yanukovych congratulated Metropolitan Volodymyr on 20th anniversary of Primate’s service
The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych congratulated the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) Volodymyr, the Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine on the twentieth anniversary of his Primate’s service, the official website of the President says.
“I cordially congratulate you on the twentieth anniversary of your Primate’s service to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Lord and the people,” the congratulation says.
Yanukovych wished the Metropolitan good health and strength and expressed the hope that the Primate will please everybody for a long time with all his inspirational actions and grace he sends every day to the Ukrainian people.
Today, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Volodymyr ministered the liturgy to mark the twentieth anniversary of his Primate’s ministry in the UOC at the Cathedral Square in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Reserve.
At the end of October 2011, the Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Volodymyr was hospitalized. On December 2, he was discharged from the intensive care unit.
On May 9, the Metropolitan got into his office of the Primate of the UOC (MP).