Orthodox Churches Plant Seeds for Unity

Source: Holy and Great Council Kolymvari, Crete, Greece June 11, 2016 Orthodox Churches Plant Seeds for Unity Despite Tough Conditions Messaging Committee Convenes in Communion  The budding fruits of the upcoming Holy and Great Council began forming when the “Messaging Committee” convened. Τhe Messaging Committee is a gathering that expresses faith in collective roots despite a rocky history, which stretches across hundreds of years and unimaginably diverse cultures. The Orthodox … [Read more...]

THE ESSENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL

Source: Pravoslavie.ru by Met. Hierotheos Vlachos The Great and Holy Council, which is due to gather in June of 2016 in Crete, was "the expectation" of many whose vision it was, and who tired in order to prepare for it, and now the Council finally moves towards its convocation. The question here put forth is whether the Holy and Great Council really is the one awaited by those who originally envisioned it. Much has been written and said about this subject. Some express their joy, … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church to Skip Pan-Orthodox Council

Source: Sputnik News Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk has not departed for Crete to attend the Pan-Orthodox Council on the Greek island of Crete after the church decided to suspend its participation following the refusal of several orthodox churches to take part, a church source told RIA Novosti Friday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, also known as the Pan-Orthodox Council, is a planned synod of the bishops … [Read more...]

Is the Phanar about to Fall into Schism?

Source: Orthodox England Two Local Orthodox Churches, Bulgaria and Antioch, have withdrawn from the Crete meeting, organized by Phanar bureaucrats in Constantinople. The Georgian Church, savagely insulted by the Phanar (just as it also insulted the Bulgarian Church, causing a diplomatic incident, and the Church of Greece, whose canonical territory it invaded) for its faithfulness to Orthodoxy, may not attend. The Serbian Church has called for the meeting to be postponed and the Russian … [Read more...]

MESSAGE OF THE HOLY ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH REGARDING THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL

Source: Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church 1. Message of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church concerning the convocation of the Holy and Great Council to be held on  Crete on the occasion  of the feast-day of the Holy Trinity, from 17th to the 27th of June 2016. The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church № 62/min. 164 25. Мay 2016 Belgrade МESSAGE OF THE HOLY ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH to Primates and … [Read more...]

As Pan-Orthodox Council Approaches, Conflicts and Uncertainty Intensify

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate by Rev. Cyril Hovorun Although only a few days remain until the Eastern Pentecost, when the Pan-Orthodox council has been scheduled, uncertainty remains whether the gathering in Crete will take place. It is the same uncertainty which I described more than two years ago in my CWR article “The Fragile Promise of the Pan-Orthodox Council”. In recent days, the promise of the Council has become particularly fragile. The final meters of the pre-conciliar marathon, … [Read more...]

Statement of the Secretariat of the Antiochian Holy Synod Regarding the Holy and Great Pan-Orthodox Council

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Statement of the Secretariat of the Antiochian Holy Synod Balamand, on the 6th of June 2016 Decision In the sequence of its seventh exceptional session still open since the 25th of May 2016, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch held a meeting on the 6th of June 2016 presided by His Beatitude Patriarch John X and in the presence of Their Eminencies the Bishops, to study the positions of the Autocephalous Orthodox … [Read more...]

ADDRESS OF THE BROTHERS OF THE HOLY DORMITION POCHAEV LAVRA AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SKETE OF THE LAVRA IN CONNECTION WITH THE FORTHCOMING PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Beloved fathers, brothers, and sisters in Christ! From June 16 to 27, 2016 on the island of Crete will transpire the Pan-Orthodox Council, which, unfortunately, has not been canceled. At the Council they will examine the following documents: -Autonomy and the Means of Proclaiming It -The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance Today -Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World -The Mission of the Orthodox Church in the Modern … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod issues Statement, Petitions on the Holy and Great Council

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has issued a Statement on the Holy and Great Council, slated to be convened on the Island of Crete from June 16 through 27, 2016.  Concurrently, petitions have been made available and are to be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication at all Divine Services, beginning immediately. The Statement and Petitions that appear below also are available in PDF format. The Holy … [Read more...]

Announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the Holy and Great Synod

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has received today the text of an important announcement from the Ecumenical Patriarchate about the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, which is presented below: ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE Communiqué An extraordinary session of the Sacred Endemousa Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate took place today under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in order to … [Read more...]