Russian Orthodox Church

Official website of the Moscow Patriarchate

Русская версияУкраинская версияМолдавская версияГреческая версияАнглийская версия
Patriarchate

Metropolitan Timotheos of Bostra: Hierarchs, clergy, monastics, seminarians and ordinary faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church subjected to ruthless persecutions

Metropolitan Timotheos of Bostra: Hierarchs, clergy, monastics, seminarians and ordinary faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church subjected to ruthless persecutions
Version for print
5 May 2023 year 11:04

In the Paschal message of greeting addressed to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Timotheos of Bostra, Exarch of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in Cyprus, writes in particular about the tragic situation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church enduring persecutions today.

“The Church of Christ, going through various persecutions and severe trials, has not for a minute ceased to believe that the glorious Resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ is the obvious highest degree of the invariable God’s mercy for the fallen human and the crown of His redemptive sacrifice for the sake of the world’s life and salvation. And we draw hope, patience and power from this soul-saving event”, the hierarch stated stressing, “the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, too, is going through similar trials, and we see with indignation that our brothers - hierarchs, clergy, monks, seminarians and ordinary believers - are subjected to ruthless persecutions by Orthodox “brothers” and “compatriots”. According to him, the persecutors have made use of the military conflict “in order to punish “as traitors” all those who remain faithful and committed to their Mother Church in whose bosom they, just as their ancestors, were baptized and raised in the spiritual teaching of her admonitions, prayers and ascetic works”.

“Despite the fact that all these actions arise in our souls deep sorrow and pain, the call of the Risen Lord, But take heart! I have overcome the world, continues to give inspiration and consolation to the plenitude of the Church”, Metropolitan Timotheos reminded, “And so in the end we have the hope that He Who has trampled down the devil, Who has abolished his kingdom and has Risen in glory from the dead, our God Christ will give consolation to those who grieve and suffer, bring to repentance those who threaten the salvific path of His Church and strengthen those who are enduring manifold and severe trials”.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

Version: Russian, Greek

Materials on the theme

Exarch of the Most Holy Sepulchre in Cyprus sends letter of support to Metropolitan Jonathan of Tulchin and Bratslav

Primate of the Church of Jerusalem strongly condemns sentence passed on Metropolitan Jonathan of Tulchin and Bratslav

Metropolitan Timotheos of Bostra called attempts to banish the monks of the Kiev Lavra of the Caves a moral crime

The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem meets with Metropolitan Nestor of Chersonese and Western Europe

Church building belonging to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church seized in the city of Myronivka in the Kiev region

Church building belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church seized in the Cherkasy region

Schismatics seize church building of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Vyshhorod

Hierarch of the Bulgarian Church regrets decision by Bulgaria’s authorities to expel the dean of the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofia

Statement by the Communications Service of the Department for External Church Relations on the Expulsion by the Bulgarian Authorities of the dean of the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Sofia [Documents]

Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church visits the fold of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Church building belonging to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church seized in the city of Myronivka in the Kiev region

Church building belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church seized in the Cherkasy region

Schismatics seize church building of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Vyshhorod