As some of our parishioners requested, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve, next Saturday, February 6, at 10:00 am, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom will be celebrated in English in our Cathedral. The first liturgy of this day, as usual, will be held in Ukrainian at 9:00.
On this day, two years ago, His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphaniy was elevated to the throne of the Kyiv metropolitans. During today’s festive Divine Liturgy in St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral, Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve concelebrated His Beatitude together with the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Ukraine, Bishop Michael of Comana, and the bishops of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Chairman of the Parish Council of the Stauropegic Cathedral of the Transfiguration Mr. Igor Lysov congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanius by telephone, send over flowers and a gift, and wished the Primate all-round help from the Lord for the joyful and fruitful service for the Church of Christ. “By your efforts let faith and truth be established on our land, let peace and harmony come to every home, and as soon as possible let all Orthodox Christians glorify the Lord God in the one local Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” added Mr. Lysov. Many and blessed years to our Primate!
“At all times, churches reminded people of the heavenly world, the path to which begins here on earth,” says Parish Council Chairman Igor Lysov.
When the decision was made to build a church, there were no churches in Teremki or the adjacent part of the Holosiivskyi district. Mr. Lysov decided not to make it a “typical” project, but to build a unique architectural masterpiece. The church building had to be filled with light, to look modern but at the same time traditional.
On behalf of Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve and the Chairman of the Parish Council Mr. Igor Lysov, we congratulate the parishioners and all the visitors on the great feast of the Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord!
In our Сathedral we have a tradition to greet the new year with prayer. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve. The live stream of the service is carried out with the support of the Chairman of the Parish Council Mr. Igor Lysov.
I used to be a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate for more than 20 years, and now I am a priest of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It’s a newborn Church with a thousand years of history.
Last June at the XXIII Orientale Lumen conference in Washington, DC, I was asked to give a balanced presentation on the situation and how the overlapping jurisdictions are affecting the clergy and people in Ukraine. As a presbyter of one part of the divided flock, I can hardly avoid some personal and sometimes painful issues. But I will try to be fair. Here below is a brief summary of my paper.