Source: DECR Communication Service
December 10, 2015
On December 9, 2015, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Kiev Caves Lavra to mark the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ministry of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine.
The primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church officiated; concelebrating were 12 metropolitans, 11 archbishops, 15 bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as well as the ordained brethren and guests.
After the reading from the Gospel His Beatitude delivered a sermon, after which a prayer of fervent supplication for peace in Ukraine was lifted up.
After the Liturgy Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Izmail congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry on the 25th anniversary of his episcopal ministry on behalf of the Holy Synod, clergy and the many million strong flock of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Onufry thanked all the archpastors who came to the Lavra to participate in the festive divine service.
That same day the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with all the bishops went to the tomb of Metropolitan Vladimir (Sabodan) and offered up requiem prayers for His Beatitude, the official website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports.