Bulgarian hierarch prays for Metropolitan Epifaniy
Metropolitan Nikolai of Plovdiv of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on November 28 commemorated Metropolitan Epifaniy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for the first time in a divine liturgy which was concelebrated with Metropolitan Ioannis of Langadas and another unidentified / unidentified Metropolitan and Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church at a church in Langadas, Greece.
During the liturgy, the deacon read the commemorations of the leaders of the various Orthodox Churches (diptych) recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Earlier in November, Metropolitan Epifaniy led a UCO clergy and laity pilgrimage to Langadas and Mount Athos, where divine liturgies were celebrated in Greek and Ukrainian.
Metropolitan Ioannis, who was a visiting professor at the Uzhhorod Theological Academy, served with Metropolitan Epifaniy in Kiev during the celebration in July of the 1,031st anniversary of Kyivan-Rus’ baptism on the feast of Saint Volodymyr the Big.
The Patriarchate of Bulgaria and the first hierarch of the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria, Patriarch Neofit (Neophyte), Metropolitan of Sofia, have not yet officially announced that they have recognized the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, while the Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens, first hierarch of the Greek Church The Orthodox Church and Patriarch Theodore II of the Patriarchate of Alexandria officially recognized the OCU after the signing of the Tomos of OCU autocephaly by the Patriarch ecumenical Bartholomew in January.
On December 9 of this year, Metropolitan Onufriy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate (also known as the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine) sent a delegation to Bulgaria to meet with Patriarch Neofit, as he said. reported the Department of External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. . Russian websites have branded Patriarch Neofit’s meetings with Greek officials as complicit in the “international conspiracy” against Russia and its Church.
Sources: Interfax, Romalefronimati.blogspot.com/2019/11, Orthodoxworld.com