Resources for The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church 2016

Source: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church A “Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church” will convene on June 16, 2016 and conclude on June 27, 2016. There are many rumors and much speculation about what this “Holy and Great Council” will mean. Some of these are true, others are totally false. What follow are some brief clarifications on basic questions surrounding the council. What issues are under consideration? The following six issues, out of very many that … [Read more...]

Unity of the Body of Christ: Letter to OCL President George Pontikes from Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

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ORGANIZATION AND WORKING PROCEDURE OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations Originally published on January 28, 2016. The document is approved by the participants in the Synaxis of the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches on January 21 – 28, 2016, in Chambesy, except representatives of the Patriarchate of Antioch. It is published by the decision of the Synaxis of the Primates. Article 1 Introduction By the grace of the Holy Trinity, the Holy and Great Council is an authentic expression of … [Read more...]

PAN-ORTHODOX SECRETARIAT OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH BEGINS ITS WORK IN CHAMBÉSY

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations On 29 March 2016, the first meeting of the Pan-Orthodox Secretariat of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church began at the Orthodox Centre of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambésy, near Geneva, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Jeremiah of Switzerland (Patriarchate of Constantinople). The Pan-Orthodox Secretariat was established in compliance with a decision of the Synaxis of Primates of the … [Read more...]

Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgium calls for unity against terrorism

Source: Amen.gr (Vatican Radio)  The Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgium, Athenagoras (Ecumenical Patriarchate) has called for all religious leaders of Belgium to unite their voices and forces against terrorism. Commenting on the attacks of Tuesday morning in Brussels, Athenagoras, President of the Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Belgium, appealed to every person of good will around the world, Christians and non, to become a shield against terrorism as well as messengers of … [Read more...]

Moscow Orthodox Patriarch criticizes Union with Rome

Source: Orthodox Church His holiness, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril I, at the Feast of Victory of Orthodoxy (20th March 2016) held a speech in which he strongly criticized union with Latins that former Orthodox Christians, now known as "Eastern Catholics" signed with Rome, during Florence Robber Synod crises in 15th century, before the fall of the great and holy city of Constantinople (1453) … [Read more...]

Letter to a Roman Catholic Friend

Source: Journey to Orthodoxy Originally posted on May 26, 2010 I would like to share with you a brief letter that was published some time ago in an Italian Orthodox parish newsletter. Its author, Archpriest Gregorio Cognetti, is the Dean of the Italian parishes under the Moscow Patriarchate. This letter was generally liked by the Italian Orthodox converts, and also received a high degree of appreciation among some cradle-born Orthodox (it was, for instance, translated into Romanian); I … [Read more...]

Analyzing the Holy and Great Council

Source: Huffington Post by Evagelos Sotiropoulos The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to be held in Crete during Pentecost has prompted a great deal of discussion. The affirmation at the January Synaxis of Primates in Chambésy to proceed with the Council was historic and almost one hundred years in the making. With the stage set, this essay will examine three points: an historical framework with which to view the June 2016 Council; the role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate; … [Read more...]

Eastern Christian leaders face ultra-conservative grumbles as they prepare for a summit

Source: The Economist BY ERASMUS  AS ORTHODOX Christian leaders prepare for what has been billed as their most important gathering for centuries, they have many problems to wrestle with. One, as widely reported already, is the chronically uneasy relationship between the two best-known of those leaders, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. It is Patriarch Bartholomew, in his capacity as "first among equals" in the Orthodox hierarchy who … [Read more...]

Orthodox Academy of Crete: A wonderful setting for the Holy and Great Council

Source: Orthodox Academy of Crete OCL: The Council meets in God’s Space, Place and Time.  The Holy Spirit is present everywhere and fills all Creation.  What an awesome experience for the hierarchs who will assemble in this holy place.  Our prayers are that they will work in synergy with the Holy Spirit.  Together, we shall overcome! CLICK HERE to visit the website of the Orthodox Academy of Crete and learn more about this Orthodox Center. … [Read more...]