Metropolia Observes the Tenth Anniversary of the Repose
of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Andrei Prazsky
Second Primate of the UAOC in the USA



December 16, 2000

Right Reverend and Very Reverend Archpriests, Reverend Fathers, Metropolitan Officials, Parish Uprava Presidents and Dearly Beloved Faithful of our Metropolia:

Today, December 16, 2000, marks the tenth anniversary of the repose of the second primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the United States of America, His Beatitude of thrice-blessed memory, Metropolitan Andrei Prazsky. Vladyka Andrei was the successor to Metropolitan Hryhorij Ohijchuk, our first hierarch in the United States, also of thrice-blessed memory.

The untimely death of Metropolitan Andrei was indeed a great loss not only for the Ukrainian Church and our jurisdiction, but for the Orthodox Church as a whole and Christendom in general. The Metropolitan's life of service to the church was marked by gifts of great talent and capability during a period of time which saw great change in the church and in the world. He used these gifts for the greater good, together with other important churchmen of his time, Orthodox, Catholic and others, among whom he was well known.

His God-graced ministry continues among us today in the person of Metropolitan Alexis, his immediate successor and close collaborator, by Metropolitan Stephan our current primate and in spirit, by all of us who have been privileged to follow in his steps.

In gratitude for the legacy of Metropolitan Andrei and in remembrance of his life dedicated to God's people, we direct that a Panakhyda be celebrated in each church of the Metropolia tomorrow, Sunday, December 17, at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

May the Lord grant to his High-Priestly Servant, Metropolitan Andrei, blessed repose and eternal memory.


THE COUNCIL OF HIERARCHS OF THE METROPOLIA OF THE
UKRAINIAN AUTOCEPHALOUS ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE U.S.A.


His Beatitude, Metropolitan Andrei

The Most Rev.
Metropolitan Archbishop
ANDREI PRAZSKY


Consecrated Bishop in Chicago
June 15, 1969

Elected Coadjutor Metropolitan Archbishop with the Right of Succession
July 3, 1982

Succeeded Metropolitan Hryhorij as
Primate of the U.A.O.C. in the U.S.A.
February 13, 1985

Died in New York
December 16, 1990


With the Saints, O Christ, give rest to your Servant, where there is no more pain, sorrow nor mourning, but life everlasting!


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