Church of Ukraine

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Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
Founder(s) Apostle Andrew; St. Vladimir of Kiev
Autocephaly/Autonomy declared 1990
Autocephaly/Autonomy recognized 1990 by Church of Russia
Current primate Metr. Volodymyr
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Primary territory Ukraine
Possessions abroad N/A
Liturgical language(s) Church Slavonic
Musical tradition Ukrainian Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate 35,000,000
Official website UOC-MP

The Church of Ukraine is an autonomous Orthodox church whose primate is confirmed by the Church of Russia. Its history extends to the introduction of Christianity into Kievan Rus' with the baptism of Prince St. Vladimir of Kiev and his people in 988, known as the Baptism of Rus'. Its current primate is His Beatitude Volodymyr (Sabodan) (who resides at the Kiev Pecherska Lavra, which is the heartbeat of Ukrainian Orthodoxy), Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine. Its autonomy is currently not recognized in international Orthodox gatherings.

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Ukrainian Orthodox divisions

Main article: Orthodox divisions in Ukraine

Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine is currently divided into three main factions:

Only the UOC-MP is currently in full communion with the Church of Russia and the remainder of the mainstream Orthodox Church.

Ukrainian Orthodoxy abroad

Orthodox churches of the Ukrainian tradition outside of Ukraine are mainly cared for by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including:

But even outside the Ukraine there are splinter groups. These include

  • Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America (AUOCA) which was formerly known as the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - Canonical and which claims its lineage through the Tomos of Autonomy of 1924 given by the Orthodox Church of Poland.

See also


Autocephalous and Autonomous Churches of Orthodoxy
Autocephalous Churches
Four Ancient Patriarchates: Constantinople | Alexandria | Antioch | Jerusalem
Russia | Serbia | Romania | Bulgaria | Georgia | Cyprus | Greece | Poland | Albania | Czech Lands and Slovakia | OCA*
Autonomous Churches
Sinai | Finland | Estonia* | Japan* | China* | Ukraine*
The * designates a church whose autocephaly or autonomy is not universally recognized.



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