Delegation of UOC MP visits Holy Kinot as part of celebrations of 1000th anniversary of Russian monasticism on Mt. Athos (+Photos)

Holy Mount Athos, July 23, 2016

On July 22 the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of
the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and
All the Ukraine together with the official delegation of
UOC MP visited the Holy Kinot of Mt. Athos, reports a
spokesman of the Afonit.info website.

The Protos of Mt. Athos Father Varnava welcomed the UOC MP
delegation at the Holy Kinot administrative building. In
his speech he noted that visits of the primate and
hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Mt. Athos
are always a great joy for the Athonite brethren. The
Protos stressed that since time immemorial the brotherhood
of Mt. Athos has been multinational and each nation has
contributed to the development of the spiritual treasury
of the Athonite monasticism. He said that this year the
St. Painteleimon’s Monastery is celebrating the
1000th anniversary of the Russian monastic presence on
Holy Mount Athos in connection with which His Holiness
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia recently visited
Mt. Athos, and that event was a true blessing for the
Athonites. Now another special blessing is the visit of
the primate and bishops of UOC MP to Holy Mount Athos.

Metropolitan Onufry on behalf of the UOC MP hierarchs
thanked the Protos for his cordial welcome and prayers and
pointed out that today the Ukraine especially needs
prayers for the peace in this country. The Metropolitan of
Kiev also noted the close spiritual, cultural and
historical ties with Mt. Athos from the time of the Kievan
Russia (Rus’), when 1000 years ago St. Anthony of
the Kiev Caves and other ascetics brought the experience
of monastic life and culture from Mt. Athos, and the
Orthodox tradition of Kievan Russia was founded on this
tradition. According to Metropolitan Onufry, a fruit of
that tradition is the famous Kiev Caves Lavra, which was
founded by the Athonite ascetic St. Anthony of the Kiev
Caves (commemorated July 23).

The chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary; Abbot of the
Holy Dormition Kiev Caves Lavra Metropolitan Pavel of
Vyshgorod and Chernobyl; Abbot of the Holy Dormition
Pochaev Lavra Metropolitan Vladimir of Pochaev; Abbot of
the Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra Metropolitan Arseny
of Svyatogorsk; and chairman of the Synodal Information
and Education Department Bishop Clement of Irpen took part
in the meeting at the Holy Kinot of Mt. Athos as well.

Towards the end of the meeting the parties exchanged
gifts. Metropolitan Onufry presented the Protos of Holy
Mount Athos with an icon of All Venerable Fathers of the
Kiev Caves, while Protos Fr. Varnava presented the UOC MP
primate with a copy of the wonderworking icon of the
Mother of God called, “Of Mount Athos” and
gave presents to all bishops and other UOC MP delegation
members.

After the official meeting at the Kinot the UOC MP
delegation proceeded to the principal church of Mt. Athos
of Protaton, where they venerated the “It Is Truly
Meet” wonderworking icon of the Mother of God that
is kept there. During the prayer and veneration at the
Protaton the choir of the Kiev Theological Academy sang
the hymn, “It is truly meet,” and the song of
praise to the Mother of God.

On the same day the UOC MP delegation members paid a visit
to the ancient Iveron Monastery, where everyone prayed
before the wonderworking Iveron icon of the Most Holy
Theotokos, after which they returned to St. Panteleimon
Monastery.

According to Metropolitan Onufry, the hierarchs of UOC MP
arrived to Holy Mount Athos in order to commemorate the
Venerable Father Anthony of the Kiev Caves (feasted on
July 23) who had become a monk at the most ancient
Russian Athonite
monastery, Xylourgou, and to take
part in the celebrations in honor of the 1000th
anniversary of the Russian monastic presence on Mt. Athos.

From July 22 to 23 at the Holy Protection Cathedral of St.
Panteleimon’s Monastery His Beatitude Metropolitan
Onufry headed the All-Night Vigil to St. Anthony of the
Kiev Caves and All Venerable Russian Athonite Fathers.
After that, with icons from Mt. Athos and together with a
delegation of Athonite monks, he was to depart for Kiev
where on July 27-28 celebrations marking the 1000th
anniversary of the Russian monasticism on Mt. Athos are to
be held.

(Photos by Sergei Shumilo).

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