Alexandria Patriarchate Recognizes Ukrainian Church
Alexandria patriarchate is the first to commemorate Ukrainian Metropolitan among the oldest Orthodox patriarchates after Ecumenical which means a great step towards recognition for the Ukrainian church
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Alexandria patriarchate recognized the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine, just roughly a month after the recognition by the Church of Greece.
“Today, Nov. 8, 2019, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope, and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa commemorated the name of His Beatitude Epiphanius I, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine in Diptych (list of the autonomous local churches) during the Holy Liturgy service, during the Great Entrance (part of the Holy Liturgy), in the Archangels Church in the capital of Egypt (El-Zaher, Daher, Cairo),” the press service of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine reported.
Alexandria patriarchate became the third autocephalous church, which recognizes the autonomy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
But what is more important, Alexandria patriarchate is the first to commemorate Ukrainian Metropolitan among the oldest Orthodox patriarchates after Ecumenical which means a great step towards recognition for the Ukrainian church. The Ecumenical patriarchate started commemorating the Ukrainian church right after Ukraine received the autocephaly.
The event is a powerful signal to the whole Orthodox world, the BBC reported. Because many of the autonomous churches had stated before, that they would consider Ukraine’s recognition after the greatest and oldest patriarchates, such as Ecumenical, Alexandria, Antiochian, and Jerusalem, did it first.
The first autocephalous church that started commemorating Metropolitan Epiphanius was the Greek Orthodox Church. After this, the Russian Church, which is opposed to Ukrainian autonomy, broke ties with the Greek Church, as it had earlier with the Ecumenical patriarchate.