UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Metropolitan Yurij Enthroned as the Sixth Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada!
On Saturday, November 20, a spiritually moving Vespers service was celebrated at Holy Trinity Metropolitan Cathedral in Winnipeg, MB. This service began the Enthronement celebrations for the sixth Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij, Archbishop of Winnipeg and the Central Eparchy, Metropolitan of Canada, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. At the end of the service His Grace Bishop Andriy, Bishop-elect of Saskatoon and Vicar of the Central Eparchy, blessed the liturgical vestments and items that the Metropolitan would be using in his new position.
On Sunday, November 21 His Eminence, Metropolitan Yurij, joined by His Eminence Archbishop Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, His Grace Bishop Alexander of Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese, His Grace Bishop Ilarion of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, His Grace Bishop Andriy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and His Grace Bishop Daniel of the Western Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and numerous clergy of the UOC of Canada celebrated a majestic Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Winnipeg, MB. At the end of the service His Eminence Metropolitan Soterios, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch, read the Proclamation of Enthronement on behalf of His All- Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Holy and Sacred Synod. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij was presented with the articles of his new office by the hierarchs in attendance to the joyous refrains from the clergy and laity of ‘Axios – He is worthy’. The celebrations continued with a Banquet to honor His Eminence where tributes were presented by the guest hierarchs, civic dignitaries and family. Both hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, His Eminence Archbishop Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel offered their sincerest greetings to His Eminence Metropolitan Yuriy and related prayerful greetings of Metropolitan Constantine, the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, who was not able to join the festivities.
For the clergy and faithful who traveled from all over Canada to be at these celebrations, and for all the faithful of the UOCC, a renewed spirit of hope, joy and love is now infused into the hearts of each.
May our Heavenly Father, bless His Eminence, Metropolitan Yurij with health and wisdom as he now wears the Metropolitan’s Omophorion to lead the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, which has now been entrusted to his care.
AXIOS! ГІДНИЙ! HE IS WORTHY!