Patriarch Filaret comments on language of preaching in Ukraine's new church
After the creation of a single local Orthodox church in Ukraine, the language of preaching will be mostly Ukrainian, according to Patriarch Filaret.
In some cases, Filaret noted, clerics may use other languages, according to TV Channel 5.
“The liturgical addresses should, in principle, be in Ukrainian. And sermons – in Ukrainian, as well. But we will allow sermons both in Church Slavonic and in Russian. That is, there will not be such thing, you know, as oppression with respect to the language of preaching,” Filaret said.
On October 11, following a meeting of the Synod, a decision was announced, stating that the Ecumenical Patriarchate proceeds to granting autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. In addition, the legal binding of the Synod’s letter of 1686 was abolished, thus taking the Kyiv Metropolis from under Moscow's canonical jurisdiction. Also, head of the UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret and head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Makariy were reinstated in their canonical status.
On October 12, the Kyiv Patriarchate called on the episcopate, clergy and believers of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to begin the preparation of the Unification Council.