OCA Primate congratulates Beatitude Onuphry on anniversary of enthronement
Metropolitan Tikhon noted the courageous and decisive service of His Beatitude Onuphry in maintaining canonical order in the face of division and schism.
On August 17, 2021, the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Archbishop of Washington, the Metropolitan of All America and Canada, congratulated the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry, on the 7th anniversary of his enthronement, reports the UOC Information and Education Department.
“On the seventh anniversary of your election and enthronement as the Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, I send you the warmest greetings and congratulations from hierarchs and clergy together with the entire flock of the Orthodox Church in America,” wrote Metropolitan Tikhon.
He noted that the service of His Beatitude Onuphrius as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church "in maintaining the canonical order in the face of divisions and schism, which in recent years have been very acutely felt in Ukraine, was courageous and decisive."
“You are leading the flock of the Ukrainian Church with love, patience, humility and prayer. These spiritual qualities, which you personify so abundantly, have earned you the love and respect of many people both in your country and around the world, ”said the Primate of the OCA.
Metropolitan Tikhon also recalled the visit of His Beatitude Onuphry to America and especially his inspiring words at the 18th All-American Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in 2015.
“We pray that the Lord will grant you a lot of physical and spiritual strength to continue your outstanding pastoral work as the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for many years,” resumed the head of the Orthodox Church in America.
As reported earlier, Patriarch Kirill, the Primate of the Polish Church, as well as the Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, congratulated His Beatitude Onuphry on the anniversary of his enthronement.