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17678Rep of UOC-MP Warns UOC-KP That Celebration of Rus Baptism Anniversary Will Be Led by Patriarch Kirill

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Mar 21 7:07 PM
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      Rep of UOC-MP Warns UOC-KP That Celebration of Rus Baptism Anniversary
      Will Be Led by Patriarch Kirill
      20 March 2013

      Reps of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP)
      stress that the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus will be
      celebrated according to the church rules stipulating that joint services
      and celebrations with “schismatics” are impossible, the Press Secretary
      of the head of UOC-MP Protopriest Heorhii Kovalenko said in a comment to
      UNIAN on the recent statement Patriarch Filaret of the Kyivan
      Patriarchate made on Channel 5.

      According to the UOC-MP spokesman, the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism
      of Kyivan Rus is primarily a church holiday. “At the same time, the
      church jubilee will be celebrated by the Ukrainian state which considers
      itself the successor of the Kyivan Rus. The church celebrations will be
      conducted according to the church rules and traditions and the protocol
      of the state celebrations will be prepared by the appropriate state
      institutions,” noted the protopriest.

      He also explained that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow will participate in
      the jubilee celebrations “as the head of ROC [editor: Russian Orthodox
      Church] which traces back its history to the Church of the Kyivan Rus,
      and as the successor of the Kyivan metropolitans who moved from Kyiv to
      the east in certain historic conditions.”

      "The church celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus,
      which is to be attended by representatives of all the Local Orthodox
      Churches of the world, will be led by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and
      His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr," said the UOC-MP spokesman.

      The protopriest reminded that “during the celebration of the 1020th
      anniversary of the Baptism of Rus, even under President Yushchenko,
      there were no meetings of His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of
      Constantinople and Patriarch Alexis of Moscow, who attended the events,
      with representatives of the schismatic groups in Ukraine, such as UOC-KP
      and UAOC.” He stressed that “it is not because the Orthodox do not
      respect representatives of other denominations or religions but because
      we continue to consider the schismatics our brethren and expect their
      return to the unity with the holy Orthodoxy.”

      According to him, the “statements of the leaders of the Kyiv
      Patriarchate are made to appeal to a politically engaged and non-church
      audience.”

      Patriarch Filaret, head of the Kyivan Patriarchate, on March 16 stated
      on a program of Channel 5 that the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of
      Kyivan Rus “is a state-church holiday and that the celebration will be
      attended by the Moscow Patriarchate, Kyiv Patriarchate, Greek Catholic
      Church and Roman Catholic Church and other churches. It is our Ukrainian
      holiday. It is about the baptism of Kyivan Rus and not the Moscow one.
      There was no Moscow at that time, and therefore it is too early for them
      to celebrate.”