His Eminence Metropolitan Philip writes to His Eminence Archbishop Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA:
Christ is Risen!
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing into eternal life of His Eminence, Metropolitan CONSTANTINE just two days after celebrating his 40th anniversary in the holy and sacred episcopacy. Please know that the his loss is not only felt among the clergy and faithful of your God-protected archdiocese, but throughout Orthodox America. Having worked with Metropolitan CONSTANTINE in both SCOBA and the Assembly of Bishops over many years, I knew him to be a faithful servant in the vineyard of the Lord. On behalf of our local synod of bishops, and the clergy and faithful of our Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, we express our most sincere condolences to the hierarchy, clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Be assured that we will remember him in our prayers for the next 40 days.
Praying that his soul is resting with the saints and that his memory be eternal, I remain,
Your Brother in the Risen Lord,
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Consistory Office of Public Relations writes:
Metropolitan Constantine of Blessed Memory: 1936-2012
Dearly Beloved Brother Hierarchs, Clergy and All Orthodox Faithful:
It is with a profound depth of sadness that we hereby inform you of the repose, in the morning of 21 May, 2012 in the 76 year of his earthly pilgrimage, of His Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine, the Ruling Hierarch of the Central Eparchy and the Primate of our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.
His Beatitude was stricken with a serious illness just a few weeks ago and was released only three days ago from a local Pittsburgh hospital, which enabled him to participate in the celebration of his 40th anniversary of Archpastoral ministry among the faithful of our Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. This celebration took place at the Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks, PA with the presence of his brother Ukrainian Orthodox hierarchs and visiting bishops of other Orthodox jurisdictions, his family from the United States and his beloved spiritual children, the clergy and faithful of the UOC of the USA, South America and Europe.
O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who has trampled down death; You have overthrown the devil and have given Life to Your world: now give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your departed servant Metropolitan Constantine, in a place of light, a place of refreshment and a place of repose, where there is no sickness, sighing nor sorrow. As You are a Good God, Who loves mankind, pardon every sin, which he has committed, whether by word or by deed or by thought, for there is no man who lives and has not sinned. You alone are sinless, Your Righteousness is Eternal and Your Word is Truth. For You are the Resurrection, the Life and the Repose of your newly presented servant, Metropolitan Constantine, Christ our God and we give glory, together with Your Father, Who is Eternal and Your All-Holy, Good and Life-Creating Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen!
In our Lord’s abundant Love,
† Antony, Archbishop
† Daniel, Bishop
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Consistory Administrative Offices
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
P. O. Box 495
South Bound Brook, NJ 08880
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
135 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
All expressions of sympathy will be shared with our clergy and faithful and most especially with the members of Metropolitan Constantine’s family.