ROC rep reacts to UOC Synod's decision to resume its own chrism-making

24 November 2022 10:44
Chrism-making at Donskoi Monastery in Moscow. Photo: Chrism-making at Donskoi Monastery in Moscow. Photo:

Archpriest Vladislav Tsypin, an MDA professor, said that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should have agreed with the Mother Church the decision to make its own chrism.

The decision of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to resume chrism-making should not have been taken without the approval of the Russian Orthodox Church. Archpriest Vladislav Tsypin, a professor at the Moscow Theological Academy (MDA), said this in a commentary to TASS.

"It has been so for the last centuries that only the autocephalous Churches, and not all of them, make chrism for themselves. The Kyiv Metropolis used to make chrism. Having joined the united Russian Church for some time, for one or two decades, it made holy oil for itself. But, of course, now it is a step towards autocephaly, and it should not have been made without coordination with the Patriarchate," said the archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church.

As reported, the Synod of the UOC decided to resume its own chrism-making.

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