Abp Antony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) sends message of prayerful greetings to His Holiness Benedict XVI
- 2005.04.20 BRAMA:
BRAMA, Apr 20, 2005, 4:00 am ET
Archbishop Antony (Ukrainian Orthodox Church) sends message of prayerful
greetings to His Holiness Benedict XVI
His Eminence, Archbishop Antony, President of the Consistory of the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, sent a message of congratulations
with an assurance of prayers on behalf of the Church's hierarchs, clergy,
and laity to His Holiness Benedict XVI, on the occasion of his election to
the sacred office of Bishop of the Holy See of Rome and Patriarch of the West.
The text of the message, dated April 19, 2005, reads as follows.
"As members of the world-wide Orthodox Christian community, Ukrainian
Orthodox Christians have prayerfully followed the events culminating in
Your Holiness's election to the sacred office of Bishop of the Holy See of
Rome and Patriarch of the West.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox
Church of the United States of America, His Eminence Archbishop Vsevolod of
Chicago and the Western Eparchy and the undersigned Archbishop of New York
and Washington, DC and Bishop of the Eastern Eparchy, convey personal
assurances of prayers and those of the venerable clergy and devout faithful
entrusted to our Archpastoral and administrative care. May the grace of the
All Holy and Life-giving Spirit guide and strengthen Your Holiness as you
commence the work, which the same All Holy Spirit has called upon you to
In an era when the waves of secularism strike against the Holy Church,
attempt to topple it, and configure it to the standards of secular society,
we the Bishops, clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the
USA pray that like, the Holy Apostle Peter, Your Holiness will confirm the
brethren of the Holy Church of Rome in the Faith and cooperate with the All
Holy Spirit in bringing unity to what your predecessor of blessed memory
called "the two lungs" of the Church of Christ."