Monday, January 7, 2019

Ukrainian Orthodox Church split from Russia on 1/6/2019

Ukrainian Orthodox Christians Formally Break From Russia

ISTANBUL — The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide recognized the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in a four-hour ceremony in Istanbul on Sunday, formalizing a split with the Russian church to which it had been tied for more than four centuries.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader, handed a Tomos of Autocephaly containing a decree of independence to the newly appointed Metropolitan Epiphanius of Ukraine, cleaving millions of Ukrainians from the Russian Orthodox Church.

The independence effort outraged political and religious leaders in Russia. But for President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine, who stood before an elevated throne throughout the ceremony in Istanbul, the occasion was an affirmation of independence from Russian influence in his embattled country and a boost ahead of elections in March.

“Tomos for us is actually another act of proclaiming Ukraine’s independence,” Mr. Poroshenko said in an address. “For Ukrainians, our own Church is a guarantee of our spiritual freedom. This is the key to social harmony.”

Church split on a day with a partial solar eclipse that could be seen from Russia.

Partial Solar Eclipse, Orthodox split, Orthodox Christmas

Interesting that the partial solar eclipse yesterday over Russia coincided with Orthodox Christmas and the break away of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from Russia.

Yesterday's Solar Eclipse Was First of Six Eclipses In 2019 With 'Super Wolf Blood Moon' Up Next

"Super Wolf Blood Moon" = 1440 (English Sumerian)

Orthodox Christmas mass in Moscow
Streamed live 20 hours ago

New Ukrainian Orthodox Church holds first Christmas mass in Kiev | DW News

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