- Created on 12 November 2009
12.11.2009, [10:45] // UOC-MP // RISU.ORG.UA
UZHHOROD — The archpastoral visit of the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to the Diocese of Uzhhorod and Mukacheve lasted from October 30 to November 3, 2009.
On Friday, October 30, at the city airport Metropolitan Volodymyr was met by the ruling bishop of the Diocese of Mukacheve Archbishop Feodor, ruling bishop of the Diocese of Khust Archbishop Mark, chairman of the regional administration of the Transcarpathian Oblast Oleh Havashi, the students of the Uzhhorod Theological Academy, the clergy, and numerous faithful who gathered to greet their archpastor.
On Saturday, October 31, on the commemoration of the Holy Apostle Luke, the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate consecrated the new Church of St. Catherine in the village Turia Paska, Perechyn district of the region.
Concelebrating with the primate were Bishop Mark of Khust and Vynohradiv, Rector of the Kyiv Theological Schools Archbishop Anthony of Boryspil, Archbishop Feodor of Mukacheve and Uzhhorod, and Bishop Alexander of Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi (Secretary for the primate of the UOC).
Following the consecration of the newly built church the archpastor presided over the first Divine Liturgy there.
On Sunday, November 1, Metropolitan Volodymyr celebrated the liturgical service at the Cathedral of Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Uzhhorod.
Besides the hierarchs mentioned, concelebrating with him were Bishop Alexander of Horodnytsia and the regional clergymen.
The Divine Liturgy conducted by the primate was celebrated in the presence of a great number of faithful who came that day to pray together with their archpastor. It should be noted that the service was broadcast live by one of the local TV channels.
Also in the course of the visit Metropolitan Volodymyr had a series of meetings with the diocesan clergy and administration.