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Jerusalem did not allow the envoys of "new church" of Ukraine to serve in Holy Sepulcher Church
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The Jerusalem Patriarchate did not give to the priests of the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) the pilgrims badges that allowed to take part in the Easter service in the Church of the Resurrection of Christ (another name is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher). According to the Speaker of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, the representatives of the OCU can be allowed into the temple as ordinary parishioners, but have no right participate in the service, TASS reports, citing the Ukrainian edition of Vesti.
The OCU delegation is already in Jerusalem, deputies of the Ukrainian Rada accompany it. None of the representatives of the new Ukrainian church and the politicians was granted the reception of the Patriarch of Jerusalem. According to the Speaker of the Jerusalem Patriarchate, the priests of the OCU will be allowed to attend the descent of the Holy Fire in their own robes, without admission to the service.
“We are aware of Ukrainian church problems, and we assure: they won’t be able to perform the service. This is the position of the patriarch, "- said the speaker.
The representatives of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) are also in Jerusalem, they have already received the blessing of the patriarch and served in the Gornensky Convent.
Russkiy Mir reported that in April the twelve elders of Holy Mount Athos had sent a letter to the Holy Kinoth, calling the actions of the Constantinople Patriarchate to grant autocephaly to the new Ukrainian church arbitrariness and disrespect of church canons.