Τετάρτη, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

I am grateful to the President and the Ecumenical Patriarch - due to their resolve we gained the Orthodox Church of Ukraine - His Holiness Filaret during the joint prayer with the President of Ukraine



President Petro Poroshenko took part in the divine service in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Ternopil.

During the conversation with the attendees in the church, the Head of State stressed that December 15 will be forever inscribed in the history of independent Ukraine, because on this day the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine was born.
"This happened because we believed that the Lord would send us an independent church," Petro Poroshenko once again emphasized. The President also noted the role of His Holiness Filaret in this process and thanked for his "sacrifice and greatness of spirit for the cause of the church and the state". He also thanked the Primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church His Beatitude Bishop Macarius.
The Head of State noted the fact that this Sunday "during the first service at the Fener in the Ecumenical Patriarchate the newly elected Primate and the Ukrainian Church were mentioned for the first time". "And today, on the website of the Vatican, there was a message that Ukraine created a church and elected the Primate. And this will definitely be spread now," he said.
Petro Poroshenko stressed that the newly elected Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine stands at the position of love for each of the believers. "It is very important to hear the words from the new Primate: "We go to all Ukrainians with love, with an open heart. Because our goal is unity. And we have no doubt that every Ukrainian will come because it is a very simple choice. This is not a choice between patriarchates - it's a choice between Ukraine and Russia," the President noted.
His Holiness Filaret, in turn, urged the attendees to thank God for his blessings for Ukraine. “We have achieved the establishment of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. This act has an epochal significance,” he said.
“And this is due to the determination of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. He showed great courage recognizing the Ukrainian church autocephalous. The President has even greater merit. I say this as Patriarch, because I know how this process happened," he said.
"Therefore, Petro Oleksiyovych, we sincerely thank you for taking this cross, bringing it to the place where we gained victory," Filaret emphasized and also thanked everyone who joined the process of unification.
"Due to the creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, we laid a solid foundation for our Ukrainian state. This means that the Ukrainian state will be preserved, because as we sing in the Anthem - we will give our souls and bodies for our freedom. We want to live in freedom, democratically, to serve our people,” His Holiness Filaret noted.