On Thursday, August 17, clergy and faithful from all dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, joined by guests from abroad, gathered in the capital of Ukraine in order to congratulate His Beatitude Onufry, Metropolitan of Kiev & All Ukraine, with the third anniversary of his election to the Kievan Metropolitan See. Among the guests were Eastern American Diocesan Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan and Archpriest Serafim Gan (chancellor of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops).
On the anniversary of the enthronement of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in Holy Dormition Cathedral of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves Lavra. The festal divine service was led by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry, co-served by Metropolitan Agathangel of Odessa & Izmail, Metropolitan Mark of Khust & Vinogradov, Metropolitan Theodore of Kamenets-Podolsky & Gorodok, Metropolitan Paul of Vyshgorod & Chernobyl (deputy abbot of the Lavra), Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol & Brovary (chancellor of the UOC), additional bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, and a multitude of clergy from the dioceses of the UOC and abroad.
During the Little Entrance, for his service to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Joasaph of Kirovgrad & Novomirgorod was elevated to the rank of metropolitan. Elevated to the rank of archbishop were: Bishops Jonah of Obukhov, Longinus of Bancheny, Roman of Konotop & Glukhov.
After the reading of the Holy Gospel, the Primate addressed his flock, which had gathered from every region of Ukraine beneath the domes of Holy Dormition Cathedral, with a sermon.
During the service, an augmented prayer was offered up for peace in Ukraine.
After the dismissal, Metropolitan Agathangel congratulated His Beatitude on the third anniversary of his enthronement on behalf of the Holy Synod, the episcopate, and the multimillion flock of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Bishop Nicholas congratulated Metropolitan Onufry on behalf of the Russian Church Abroad.
His Beatitude thanked the archpastors for their words of greeting, and blessed all of the faithful.