Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Great Britain Marks 70th Anniversary
In August 1947 Bishop Mstyslav (Skrypnyk) visited Great Britain and held the first Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) Archpastoral Divine Liturgy in the country. The service was held in the auditorium of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) and is considered to be the founding moment of the Great Britain Diocese. To mark the 70th anniversary of this historic event in the life of the Church in Great Britain, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel served a Moleben of Thanksgiving at the very same site on the Great Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord – 19 August 2017.
The spiritually uplifting service was concelebrated by the hierarchs and clergy from both the Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Catholic churches in Great Britain and from abroad and was attended by members of all parishes in Great Britain, members of the AUGB board of directors, family of those who participated in the service 70 years ago and invited guests.
Two additional liturgical services took place at the Transfiguration of our Lord Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in London, U.K. Both services for the feast of Transfiguration and the 10th Sunday After Pentecost were served by Metropolitan Antony, the First Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Diaspora and Archbishop Daniel, Ruling Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Diocese of Great Britain. Very Rev. Mitered Protopriest Bohdan Matwijchuk, President of Consistory of the Diocese welcomed the hierarchs to the main cathedral of the Diocese while Mr. Volodymyr Muzychka presented the hierarchs with traditional bread and salt. The youngest members of the community offered the flowers, while the cathedral’s Sisterhood accompanied the children and later welcomed everyone to a jubilee luncheon.
In their sermons the hierarchs reflected on the pages of historical liturgical tradition of the church, while calling to remembrance the contributions of early clergy and pioneers of the Ukrainian Orthodox communities in Great Britain.
In commemoration of the historic event, a guelder rose (kalyna) tree was planted buy the hierarchs, clergy and children of the community.
More information on the history of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Great Britain can be found in both English and Ukrainian by following this link: http://www.ukrainiansintheuk.info/eng/03/uaoc-e.htm