We Will Defeat ‘Antichrist Putin’
5.9k Share this

ROME — The Orthodox Bishop Epiphanius, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, called Russian president Vladimir Putin the “new Antichrist” who has “decided to destroy the Ukrainian people.”

“With God’s help, we will defeat the enemy, we will defeat the new Antichrist Putin, who has decided to destroy the Ukrainian people,” the metropolitan said during a sermon on Friday. “But we must not fall, we must continue to be spiritually strong.”

Epiphanius, who is the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, was officiating at the Divine Liturgy for St. George the Trophy Bearer, whose memory is commemorated on May 6 according to the Julian calendar.

“God and St. George support us in this struggle, from which we will emerge as winners. And these trials will make us stronger spiritually,” Epiphanius said.

“This is why we must fight, pray and do everything in our power to preserve this great gift of freedom, to consolidate it, and to transmit it to future generations,” he added.

The Ukrainian primate also invoked lessons from history, insisting that Ukraine must fight to the finish.

A woman leaves the Mykhailo Golden Domes Cathedral after a service for the rest of souls of the dead Ukrainians who died in the Russian-Ukrainian War, held by Epiphanius, primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, in Kyiv on March 13, 2022. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

“We will defeat the enemy, we will restore our territorial integrity, we will regain the occupied territories, and in our united, independent, democratic, European Ukraine, we will build a common future. And this future is now in our hands,” he said.

During the service, prayers were also offered for the soldiers defending Ukraine, for the government and the people, and for the repose of the souls of those who have fallen for their homeland.

In his first Divine Liturgy as Metropolitan in December 2018, Epiphanius omitted the name of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow from the list of brother primates with whom he is in communion.

“At the moment I do not commemorate him because we are in a state of war, so the Ukrainian people would not accept if the newly elected primate commemorated the name of the Russian Patriarch,” he said in an interview on Ukrainian television.

Pope Francis recently warned that Patriarch Kirill must not be Putin’s “altar boy,” but has also insisted that divisions among Christians create “fertile ground” for war.

5.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Disney Launches LGBTQ Clothing Line for Children and Older, Donating Profits to LGBTQ Groups

As it continues to wage war against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education…

Tom Cruise looks suave while Hayley Atwell flashes her abs at the Top Gun: Maverick London premiere

Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly once again dressed to impress on Thursday as…

Gisele Bündchen, 41, reveals she feels BETTER in her 40s as she details hitting ‘rock bottom’

Gisele Bündchen has revealed she feels better in her forties than she…

Biden Releases 954K Border Crossers into U.S. Since Taking Office — Twice the Population of Miami, Florida

Since taking office in late January 2021, President Joe Biden has released…

The FDA Already Has a $6 Billion Budget, Formula Shortage Isn’t ‘a Matter of Money’

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Senate Minority…

SpaceX corporate flight attendant says she was paid $250K to settle claim with Elon Musk

Elon Musk ‘paid SpaceX corporate flight attendant $250,000 to settle claim he…

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall lay wreath at the National War Memorial

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were met by a small group…

Stabenow: 'The FDA Was Too Slow' – Gave USDA Only Two Weeks' Notice of Formula Plant Shutdown

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition,…