UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
HISTORICAL VISIT TO THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
Our Church Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Mt. Sinai departed on their journey early on 17 October 2012. The group of pilgrims was led by His Eminence Metropolitan-Elect Antony and was only a few days into the experience when word came from the Ecumenical Patriarchate and His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I that the Holy Synod would discuss the decision of the Extraordinary Sobor of our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA to formally include the name of Archbishop Antony into the Diptychs of the Holy Orthodox Church as successor to Metropolitan Constantine of Blessed Memory during its monthly meeting on 30-31 October.
It is with profound pleasure and sincere love that we welcome you to this sacred Center of the Orthodox Church, the courtyard of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. We receive you warmly and paternally as beloved children of the Mother Church of Constantinople, as faithful members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America.
The official ceremonies of announcement and acceptance of his election as ruling diocesan bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. with the title Bishop of Nyssa were held in the monastery chapel of the Holy Trinity.
Following the brief liturgical service and commitment of the newly elected bishop, he was greeted by the members of the Holy Synod and all the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful present.