By the grace of God and at the invitation of His Beatitude Onuphrius, I represent our Church, the Church of Cyril and Methodius, the Church of Great Moravia. I am glad that packs and packs have the opportunity to be with brothers – bishops and clergy. I am also glad in connection with today’s celebration. This was announced by Archbishop Michael of Prague (Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia) during a briefing by the UOC Chancellor, Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, and representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches, guests of the celebration of the Baptism of Rus.
“Our Church is glad that in the Czech Republic most of our flock are citizens of Ukraine who live or temporarily stay in the respective territory. We try to nourish them spiritually, share our love. Moreover, we often open new parishes. Opening new parishes is the main thing for the Ukrainian people, being in a foreign land, to find a piece of their homeland. And what is Motherland when there is no church of its own? So we are trying (in this direction) …
In our diocese, at each Divine Liturgy, we pray for peace, tranquility, mutual understanding in Ukraine, so that everything will be as it should for the life of the Christian people.
We pray for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, we pray for its canonical Primate, His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufriy.
In the end, I would like to convey congratulations from His Beatitude Rostislav, Metropolitan of the Czech lands and Slovakia.
May the Lord strengthen the spiritual and physical strength of His Beatitude Onuphrius for many and good years! ”- said the hierarch.
On July 27, a religious procession dedicated to the 1033th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus was held in Kiev. The UOC estimates that 350,000 people took part in it.