Russian Orthodox Church

Official website of the Moscow Patriarchate

Русская версияУкраинская версияМолдавская версияГреческая версияАнглийская версия
Patriarchate

MINUTES of the Holy Synod’s held on 14 September 2018

MINUTES of the Holy Synod’s held on 14 September 2018
Version for print
14 September 2018 year 18:25

On 14 September 2018, at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church held an extraordinary session.

The permanent members of the Holy Synod are Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine; Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna; Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and All Moldova; Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, head of the Metropolitan area in the Republic of Kazakhstan; Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, head of the Metropolitan area of Central Asia; Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate; Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavsk, Patriarchal Exarch for All Belarus; and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations.

Summoned for the winter session (September-February) are Metropolitan Luka of Zaporozhye and Melitopol, Metropolitan Sergy of Barnaul and Altai, Bishop Lazar of Narva and Prichudye, Bishop Veniamin of Rybinsk and Danilov, and Bishop Nikolai of Nakhodka and Preobrazheniye.

 

MINUTE No. 69

DELIBERATED over retaliatory measures after the appointment by the Patriarchate of Constantinople of its “exarchs” to Kiev following up the decision of this Church’s Synod “to grant autocephalous status to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.”

Note:

In its statement of 8 September 2018, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church expressed its resolute protest against the uncanonical appointment of Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon and Bishop Ilarion of Edmonton as “exarchs” of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev, and stated that the retaliatory measures would be taken in the nearest future.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church also condemned the appointment of the “exarchs” by the Church of Constantinople, calling it ‘a gross violation of the canonical territory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church” (statement of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made on 7 September 2018).

DECIDED:

  1. To suspend the liturgical prayerful commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
  2. To suspend the con-celebration with hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
  3. To suspend the participation of the Russian Orthodox Church in all Episcopal Assemblies, theological dialogues, multilateral commissions and other structures chaired or co-chaired by representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
  4. To adopt a statement of the Holy Synod concerning the uncanonical actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine.

 

MINUTE No. 70

DELIBERATED over lifting up prayers for the unity of the Holy Orthodoxy in all churches of the Russian Orthodox Church.

DECIDED:

To include the following prayers in the Litany of Fervent Supplication during every Divine Liturgy celebrated in every church of the Russian Orthodox Church:

  • Again we pray to our Lord and Saviour for the preservation in unity and true faith of the Orthodox Church abiding all over the world and for the bestowal of peace and serenity, love and accord upon it, let us all say, O Lord, hearken and have mercy.
  • Again we pray for the bestowal of love and mercy upon the Holy Orthodox Church and for its preservation from divisions and schisms, enmity and tribulations; may its unity be never weaken or shaken, but may Your Thrice-Holy name be glorified in it, let us all say, O Lord, hearken and have mercy.

 

Patriarchal Press Service

Version: Russian, Ukrainian

Materials on the theme

Synod of Bishops of Russian Church Outside of Russia: Patriarchate of Constantinople violates the principle of collegiality which has guided the Church since Apostolic times

Serbian hierarch expresses support to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Synod of Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports pressure put by Ukrainian state authorities on episcopate, clergy and faithful of canonical Church

Ukrainian Orthodox Church will consider invalid any decision made by ‘the uniting council’ in Kiev

Particle of hieroconfessor Famar’s relics is handed over to the Georgian Orthodox Church

Councils of Russian Orthodox Church’s dioceses in Germany issue joint statement concerning the situation caused by anti-canonical actions of Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine

Ukrainian Orthodox Church will consider invalid any decision made by ‘the uniting council’ in Kiev

Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol: Our faithful feel betrayed by the Ecumenical Patriarchate [Interview]

Metropolitan Hilarion: The fact that the Patriarchate of Constantinople has recognized a schismatic structure means for us that it itself is now in schism [Interview]

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Decision demanded by church canons was taken today

Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church [Documents]

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has considered it impossible to remain in the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople