Metropolitan Onuphrius: every believer «should seek your own personal Tomos»

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Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufry called on the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to seek «your own personal Tomos,» that is, seek to free themselves from sin.

«The fact that today Tomasi (decree on autocephaly — ed.) promised… we have the independence and all the freedom – administrative, ecclesiastical. We do everything as they feel it is necessary. And we have a prayer connection with all the Orthodox: and from Russia and from America, and from Greece. These ties cannot be broken in the sake of someone», — said the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in a sermon after the service in the Cathedral of All saints of the land of Volyn in Lutsk.

Everyone, he continued, «should seek your own personal Tomos, that is, freedom from sin.»

«Here’s the Tomos, which we must receive from God. And the rest of Tomasi will not save us. This Tomos we all need to seek, and blessed is the man who has found it, that is already freed from sin and can do what he wants. But he who is freed from sin, does not want any fads. He wants only what God wants. Because he is aware that the most perfect, most good is the will of God,» — said the head of the UOC.

All believers, he urged to hold that faith which they have from their ancestors.

«We love and his power, and all the politicians who are interfering in the business of the Church we all love. But love does not mean that they need to listen to everything, because they often do not understand what they are doing. The time will come when we will become everything God’s judgment, and if I listen to someone who says the wrong way, who teaches the truth, then the judgment of God he himself will tell me: «You understood, did you know that you can’t do that! I didn’t know I was thinking that so it is possible, though wrong. Did you know. Therefore, you are guilty of my death» — said Metropolitan Onufry.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Synod called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.