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Circular letter to all diocesan hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church

Circular letter to all diocesan hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church
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8 November 2022 year 15:00

To all diocesan hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church

Circular letter to be complied with

Your Eminences and Your Graces,

The Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of October 17, 2019 (Minutes No. 125) reads as follows: … the holy canons of the Church condemn those who enter in prayerful communion and con-celebration with the deposed and excommunicated (Apostolic Canons 10,11,12; First Ecumenical Council, canon 5; Council of Antioch, canon 2; etc.). In view of this we sever prayerful and Eucharist communion with whose hierarchs of the Greek Church who have entered or will enter in such communion with representatives of the Ukrainian uncanonical schismatic groups. We also do not give our blessing to undertaking pilgrimages to the dioceses governed by the aforementioned hierarchs. In compliance with this decision of the Holy Synod, I am sending you an updated list of the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of Greece who con-celebrated with the Ukrainian schismatics. The Holy Synod does not bless prayerful and Eucharistic communion with those hierarchs, as well as pilgrimages to their dioceses.

Please bring this information to the notice of clerics and laypeople of your diocese and to the administration of the diocesan pilgrimage centres.

With love in the Lord,


Metropolitan Voskresensk

Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate

The list of hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of Greece who con-celebrated with the Ukrainian schismatics
  1. Archbishop Hieronymos II of Athens and All Greece
  2. Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veria, Naoussa and Campania
  3. Metropolitan Kallinikos of Arta
  4. Metropolitan Chryssostomos of Triki and Stagi
  5. Metropolitan Ignatios of Demetrias and Almyros
  6. Metropolitan Theoktistos of Phokis
  7. Metropolitan Dionysios of Zakynthos and Strophades
  8. Metropolitan Georgios of Kitros and Katerini
  9. Metropolitan Panteleimon of Xanthi
  10. Metropolitan Ioel of Edessa and Pella
  11. Metropolitan David of Grevena
  12. Metropolitan Panteleimon of Maronia and Comotini
  13. Metropolitan Stefanos of Philippoi, Neapolis and Thassos
  14. Metropolitan Damaskenos of Didymoteihon and Orestias
  15. Metropolitan Kallinikos of Kastoria
  16. Metropolitan Chryssostomos of Eleftheroupolis
  17. Metropolitan Timotheos of Thesalliotis and Fanariofersala
  18. Metropolitan Theokletos of Stagi and Meteora
  19. Metropolitan Ioustinos of Nea Krini and Kalamaria
Version: Russian

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