On Sunday, May 10, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr together with the Primate of the Autonomous Orthodox Church of Finland Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.
Concelebrating with the Archpastor were Deputy Abbot of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Archbishop Pavel of Vyshgorod, Administrator of the UOC Archbishop Metrophanes of Bila Tserkva and Bohuslav, Rector of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary Archbishop Anthony of Boryspil, Vicar of the Diocese of Karelia Bishop Arseny of Yoensuu, Bishop Iriney of Nizhyn and Pryluky, Bishop Ilary of Makariv and brethren clergy of the monastery.
At the end of worship His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr thanked Archbishop Leo for his visit to Ukraine and his prayers and wished him good luck and God’s assistance in his Archpastoral service. As a keepsake for his pilgrimage trip to Ukraine Metropolitan Volodymyr presented Vladyka Leo with an icon of the Venerable Job of Pochayiv with a particle of the saint’s relics, whose 350th anniversary of invention we celebrate this year.
In his answer the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Finland thanked Vladyka Volodymyr for the possibility to visit Ukraine and its holy sites, stressing the importance of the event, since this visit is the first official visit of Archbishop Leo as primate of the Orthodox Church of Finland. Also His Eminence Leo offered His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr a copy of the Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God of Konev, which stays in the New-Valaam Monastery in the Finnish town Heinavesi.