Today, 4 th January 2019, His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Mr. Bartholomew welcomed in his
patriarchal residence the reverent Hieromonk Mr. Lucas of Xenophontos. Father Lucas, the most
famous Athonite painter and calligrapher, gave His All Holiness the parchment with a calligraphy of
the Tomos for the autocephalous Church in Ukraine, hand written by him, with the blessing of his
Abbot, Archimandrite Alexios of the Xenophontos Monastery, Mount Athos.
The representatives of the Ukrainian Church, headed by the Metropolitan of Kiev, Mr. Epiphanius,
have already arrived at Phanar, where the next day they will attend the ceremonious act of the
Tomos ratification by the Ecumenical Patriarch. Following that, on Sunday, the two Heads will co-
celebrate at the Great Church, on the occasion of the Holiday of Epiphany, according to the new
stile. During the Divine Liturgy the Patriarch will hand the Tomos to the Metropolitan Epiphanius.