OCA Holy Synod releases Bishop Nikolai

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SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- In response to a letter from the Hierarchical Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia dated January 13, 2014 and after much prayerful deliberation, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has released His Grace, Bishop Nikolai [Soraich], Former Bishop of Sitka, from the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. According to conditions outlined by ROCOR, Bishop Nikolai is released as a … [Read more...]

Death of an Orthodox visionary — in America

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Source: Terry Mattingly On Religion When major religious leaders die, it's traditional that public figures -- secular and sacred -- release letters expressing sorrow and sending their condolences to the spiritual sheep who have suddenly found themselves without a shepherd. This is precisely what Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis did, acting as chairman of the assembly of America's Eastern Orthodox bishops, after he heard about the death of Metropolitan Philip Saliba -- the … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts and (Unsought) Advice on Holding Church Councils

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Source: The Catholic World Report How the Eastern Orthodox can benefit from the lessons of Vatican II and other Councils  By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille  The recent news out of Constantinople that the Orthodox Church has finally set a date (2016) for the holding of its much-promised but much-delayed “great and holy synod” is good news indeed. If it comes to pass, if it deals successfully with matters of substance, and if it doesn’t get bogged down in the usual jurisdictional … [Read more...]

The Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Great Church of Christ

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Source: The Huffington Post by Evagelos Sotiropoulos The Triumph of Orthodoxy, the celebration of true doctrine over heresy and the definitive restoration of the icons are joyously commemorated by the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church on the first Sunday of Great Lent. This year's feast, celebrated on March 9, was made more magnificent as a Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches was held at the Great Church of Christ -- the Ecumenical Patriarchate of … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod to begin spring session March 18

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]- The spring session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will be held at the Chancery here Tuesday, March 18 through Friday, March 21, 2014. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, “the meeting will coincide with a meeting of the Pension Board, which is slated to present its current strategic plan.  The SMPAC also will be meeting and will brief the Holy Synod on its current work and review the … [Read more...]

Communiqué of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

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Source:  Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople By the grace of God, the proceedings of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches concluded today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Synaxis took place at the Phanar from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to … [Read more...]

Synaxis of the First-Hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches – March 6-9, 2014

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Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the First-Hierarchs of all the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches will gather from March 6-9, 2014, for a Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in order to deliberate on matters pertaining to the entire Orthodox Church throughout the world and procedural issues for the convocation of the Holy and Great Council, whose preparation is coming to an end. Prior to this, from March 4-5, … [Read more...]

The Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Romania Restore Ecclesiastical Communion

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Source: Jerusalem Patriarchate On Monday, the 21st of January/3rd of February 2014, the “Patriarchal decision on the agreement and restoration of the ecclesiastical communion” between the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Patriarchate of Romania was completed and sealed. The decision had been interrupted because of the construction, on behalf of the Patriarchate of Romania, of a Church in Jericho without the approval of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The aforementioned agreement was … [Read more...]

Hierarchs Confirm Commitment to Assembly, Announce Plans for Assembly V

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America  On Tuesday, January 28, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America convened. Along with the members of the Executive Committee, the first hierarchs of all jurisdictions were invited to participate. In a spirit of mutual respect and fraternal love in Christ, the bishops reconfirmed their commitment to the Assembly process. They noted with concern the temporary … [Read more...]

OCA: Minutes, reports of Spring Metropolitan Council meeting posted

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Minutes and reports of the Spring Metropolitan Council meeting, held at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here February 4-6, 2014, are now available. Minutes Committee Reports Officers’ Reports Additional Reports See related story. … [Read more...]