Orthodox Christian Constantinople's greatest mission outreach was to areas known as Kievan Rus that are now the states of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia.Christianity was introduced into Kievan Rus by Greek missionaries from Byzantium in the 9th century.In 863–869, Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius translated parts of the Bible into Old Church Slavonic language for the first time, paving the way for the Christianization of the Slavs.
He argued that an independent Ukraine deserved a national church truly independent of Moscow.The Moscow Patriarchate whose parishes prevail in Ukraine has never recognized the Ukrainian Patriarchate.Autocephaly opens the way for the creation of a United Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which will not be subordinate to Moscow.The split between the Moscow and Kyiv branches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church happened during the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Ukraine's Primate Filaret broke with the Russian Orthodox Church.By the mid-10th century, there was already a Christian community among Kievan nobility, under the leadership of Greek and Byzantine priests, although paganism remained the dominant religion.
Princess Olga of Kiev was the first ruler of Kievan Rus to convert to Christianity, either in 945 or 957.
Over the course of future centuries, the difference will continue to increase, limitlessly.
Pascha is, by far, the most important day in the ecclesiastical year, and all other days, in one way or another, are dependent upon it.
There are two types of feasts in the Orthodox Church calendar: fixed and movable.
Fixed feasts occur on the same calendar day every year, whereas movable feasts change each year.
The annual round of commencements at the Orthodox Church in America’s three seminaries opened on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Saint Herman’s Seminary, Kodiak, AK.