Рада Митрополії Розпочала Пленарне Засідання Напередодні Собору УПЦ США
As the Metropolia Center was abuzz preparing for the commencement of the upcoming 23rd Regular Sobor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, the members of the Council of the Metropolia arrived early in order to attend a final meeting of the current council.
With the bright rays of the sun streaming down through the windows of the Consistory Rotunda, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, Prime Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora, along with His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, Ruling Hierarch of the Western Eparchy and President of the Consistory, stood in the center of the atrium and served a Moleben. The voices of the Seminarians of the St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary rose to the heavens as they sang the responses, joined by the voices of the Metropolitan Council members.
In his opening statement, Metropolitan Antony thanked the members who had gathered in the Seminary Library, for their years of service and reviewed the life of the Church since the previous meeting, expressing his appreciation for all who have partaken and served the Church.
Archbishop Daniel expressed that these previous three years have been unprecedented, and yet the Church and her faithful stepped up to the challenge. First, we were faced with the pandemic, having to learn how to serve the faithful while they were isolated and quarantined, how to offer the Sacraments while keeping everyone safe, and then came the flood, followed by the commencement of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Throughout all these difficulties, the Church has stepped up and executed its mission of caring for the faithful both locally, and throughout the world. His Eminence explained that the local parishes have been generous in their support of Ukraine, providing prayers, donations, and much needed supplies to Ukraine, in addition to caring for the newly arrived refugees.
The Metropolitan Council spent the afternoon reviewing the Church finances, Church Ministry updates, discussing plans for future growth, and expressing their anticipation for the upcoming Sobor and the various sessions, lectures, and events that will transpire throughout the remainder of the week. With the conclusion of the meeting, the members of the Council felt invigorated and hopeful for a successful Sobor which would yield great fruit for the upcoming three years of the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.