Metropolitan Stephan Babij Petrovich
Metropolitan of All Canada
Archbishop of Ohio and Mid-West
U.A.O.C. of North and South America.
St. Володимир Sobor
Bishop-Elect 1996 Keiv
First Ukrainian Americain to be Elected
Consecrated Palm Sunday 1996.
Ukrainian Patriarch laid to Rest.
LARGE CROWD FUNERAL Held for His Holiness.
Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, 29 Febraury 2000
LVIV, WESTERN UKRAINE, February 29, 2000 (UAOC) -- A crowd of mourners came out today to bid a final farewell to His Holiness, Patriarch Dmytrii, head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine. Police blocked the area around the Church of SS. Peter and Paul while the Patriarch's relatives, members of the clergy and city officials filled the church to capacity. Many more took part in the services from the street, paying homage to a man who was a strong and dedicated churchman in Ukraine for decades. Representatives of various churches, including the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North & South America , based in Cleveland, Ohio, Metropolitan Stephan attended the funeral..
An educated and scholarly man, Patriarch Dymytrii (Volodymyr Jarema) was a long time advocate of the Ukrainian Church and had experience working with such other church leaders as Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytskyj and Patriarch Mystyslav Skrypnyk. He was the author of numerous books and articles, among those, the four-volume work, "Ikons in Western Ukraine" and works on philosophy and religion. In 1993, he was elected Patriarch Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
Prior to the funeral, the body of Patriarch Dymytrii lay in state at the Dormition Church in Lviv until Sunday evening, when it was transferred to SS. Peter and Paul Church where it remained until the funeral.
Archbishop Ihor, of Karkiv and Poltava has been elected as Administrator of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine, until a Sobor is called to elect a new Patriarch. There is speculation surrounding a clause in Patriarch Dymytrii's Last Will and Testament indicating the desire that his successor be chosen from the Diaspora
PATRIARCH DEMETRI DIES IN UKRAINE.
The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North & South America announces that His Holiness, Patriarch Demetri, head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine passed away on February 24.
Patriarch Demetri was the leader of one of two religious groups in Ukraine that use the name of Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine. The other church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate is headed by Patriarch Philaret. Talks have taken place in the last few years concerning unity among the two churches.
In 1996, when Patriarch Demetri left his position as Patriarch for a short time, due to political issues, the church was headed by Metropolitan Vasili Bodnarchuk, senior Metropolitan of the UAOC, who served as Acting Patriarch. It was then that Acting Patriarch, Metropolitan Vasili issued the tomos to establish the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North & South America ,headed by Metropolitan Stephan,Babij Petrovich of Cleveland Ohio,is a active and growing jurisdiction in the Western .
As Patriarch of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Patriarch Demetri was a successor to Patriarch Mystylav, who first accepted the position of Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine in 1990, after Ukraine's independence. Begun in the 1920s, the worldwide Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church was outlawed in Ukriane by the Soviet government. The only church allowed to exist legally during that time was the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church.
May his memory be eternal! Vichnaya Pamyat!
(posted 3 March 2000)
Consecrations takes Place to save a Church.
In 1996 an initiative group of Russian orthodox clergy and laity approached Patriarch Dimitriy of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, asking him to assist them in the canonical restoration of a hierarchy for the True Orthodox Church. It was decided that the name for the restored church would be the Russian True Orthodox Church. In June of 1996, with the blessing of Patriarch Dimitriy, Archbishop Roman and Bishop Methodiy of the UAOC ordained Hieromonk John a bishop of the Russian True Orthodox Church in order to restore apostolic succession. In December of 1996 Bishop John and Bishop Methodiy ordained Archimandrite Stefan a bishop for the Russian True Orthodox Church.
These two bishops, John and Stefan, would pass the apostolic succession to the rest of the bishops of the Russian True Orthodox Church. In 2000 the Russian True Orthodox Church officially added "Metropolia of Moscow" to its name in order to distinguish it from other groups within Russia.
Today, the Church is led by Metropolitan Vyacheslav of Moscow and Kolomensk together with Archbishop Mikhail of Krutitski and Bronitski, Archbishop Alexy of Minneapolis and Chicago, and Bishop Vladimir. The Church strives to live the Gospel of Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ through adherence to the Holy Scriptures, Holy Tradition, the Canons of the Ecumenical Councils, and regulations of the Church Councils of the Orthodox Church. Its desire is to serve the needs of its faithful through spiritual nourishment and with compassion and understanding.
Metropolitan Stephan of the U.A.O.C. works closely with Archbishop Alexy in America, Vladyka Stephan states we are of the same Consecrations we are brothers in Christ His Holiness would not have agreed to their Consecrations but he did for a reason, it is my duty to help our brothers in anyway we can. My Consecration and theirs are one of the same no one can take this from us no one. Let those who no nothing now understand who we are. The True Church of Ukraine. If we are self made Bishops then those who say such spits in the face of Our Blessed +.Patriarch Dimitriy, if not for His [/u] Holiness we wonder where of Church would now be.
If we are denounced then our Holy Orthodox Church in Ukraine is also.
"Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake." (Matthew 5:10-11) In saying these words, Christ promised that those who would follow Him would certainly be persecuted. This is a central prediction of the Gospel and an essential condition of those who accept
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