By Kostas Onisenko
Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine performed a Sanctification rite at the Church of the Holy Spirit in the city of Khmelnytsky, on Sunday, June 6, 2021.
The Primate of the Church of Ukraine performed the Divine Liturgy along with the Metropolitans of Ivano-Frankivsk and Galitsky Joasaph, Archbishop Ternopil, and Kremenetsky Nestor, Archbishop Visgorod Agapitov, and Bishop Andrianos of Sepetivski, the priest in charge of the temple Vadim Giakimov and other priests.
Metropolitan Epifaniy was in Khmelnytsky for two days. A ceremony was held on Saturday during which the new head of the diocese, Paul (Juristi), was appointed the new head of the Diocese.
“We must all work together honestly and faithfully to build the Local Ukrainian Church. Therefore, dear Bishop Paul, congratulating you on your appointment to this position, I want to wish that the Lord will give you the strength to perform your duties diligently and to hand over this scepter as a symbol of hierarchical authority.
Rely on Him and be wise and kind. Remember not only episcopal authority but also sacrifice and devotion. Axios!”, stressed the Prelate during the ceremony.