The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met to discuss about the exarchs sent by Constantinople to Kyiv
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Vkontakte
  • Messanger
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

On September 14, 2018, in the patriarchal and synodal residence of Saint Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met in an extraordinary session.

The permanent members of the Holy Synod are: Metropolitan Onufyi of Kyiv and All Ukraine; Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna; Metropolitan Vladimir of Chişinău and All Moldavia: Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan, the chairman of the Metropolitan District of the Republic of Khazastan; Metropolitan Vincent of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, the chairman of the Metropolitan District of Central Asia; Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, the Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate; Metropolitan Paul of Minsk and Zaslavsk, the patriarchal exarch of all Belarus; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the President of the Department of External Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate. Others were invited to the winter session of the Holy Synod (September-February): Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye and Melitopol; Metropolitan Sergy of Barnaul and Altai; Bishop Lazarus of Narva and Peipsiveere; Bishop Benjamin of Rybinsk and Danilov; Bishop Nicholas of Nakhodka and Preobrazhensk.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia delivered the opening speech. “Today, there is only one question on the agenda, related to the decision of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to send so-called exarchs to the Ukraine.

On September 8, our Synod has already made a declaration concerning the decision adopted by the Synod of Constantinople to send such representatives. We now have reliable information that they arrived in the Ukraine and have started to work”, Patriarch Kirill said as he opened the session.

For health reasons, Metropolitan Onufryi of Kyiv and All Ukraine was not able to attend the session. A video conference was set up, during which Metropolitan Onufryi communicated with the members of the Synod on the situation resulting from the appointment in the Ukraine of hierarchs belonging to the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

“Indeed, the two so-called exarchs of the Patriarchate of Constantinople have arrived in the Ukraine,” confirmed Metropolitan Onufryi. One was appointed to lead the negotiations with the so-called patriarch Filaret. The other for talks with “Metropolitan” Macarius, head of the “Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church”. We have not met with the “exarchs” and have no intention to do so, because they came here without our blessing. As representatives of the canonical Church in the Ukraine, we will not communicate with them. But we will follow the development of events”, he added.

Based on the communication by Metropolitan Onufryi, the members of the Synod will make decisions on the issue. Greeting His Beatitude Onufryi, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill expressed the hope that the hierarchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church “will continue on the only right path, that is, to carry out its ministry in accordance with the canons of the Orthodox Church.”

“The sending of these so-called exarchs reflects what the Patriarch of Constantinople did in the 1920s, when our Church, led then by His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon, was in the most difficult conditions, continued the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch felt very much pressured by the the civil powers, by the schismatic organization inspired by them, and by the renovated ‘Church’ which was gaining strength. So Patriarch Gregory VII of Constantinople took the decision to send a so-called commission to Moscow, allegedly at the request of some Orthodox. Obviously, the Russian Orthodox Church had sent no request to Patriarch Gregory VII. It had clearly been sent by ‘renovated’ schismatics.
And Patriarch Tikhon wrote a very clear letter, based on the canons, protesting against the fact that a “commission” was sent by another local church in a non-canonical way on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church that he led. We know under what most difficult conditions Patriarch Tikhon was then. But despite the fact that the patriarch was practically deprived of freedom, he courageously and accurately defined his position. Since what is happening now in the Ukraine is a reflection of what took place in the early twentieth century, as I have already said, we must follow the line courageously defined by His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon in the most difficult years for our Church. It is the only just and canonically founded line of action”, Patriarch Kirill concluded.

Source in Russian

Dear readers,

This is one of the five free articles that you can read in their entirety.

To access the unlimited number of full articles, please:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Vkontakte
  • Messanger
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

About the Author

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Beside an anthology on Cistercian texts, Emma Cazabonne has translated and published articles on Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2008. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

Orthodoxie.com Newsletter

Don't miss out on important news and updates. Subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletter.

Divider

Popular Posts

« Aux origines du monachisme (II) » 170535

Ci-dessous : le podcast audio de l’émission Orthodoxie sur France-Culture du 15 mars intitulée « Aux origines du monachisme » (2e partie, 1ère part...

Saint Jean Climaque et l’échelle des priorités 170521

Le quatrième dimanche du Grand Carême, l’Eglise Orthodoxe commémore saint Jean Climaque. Monseigneur Roman, évêque de Yakoutie et de Léna, nous par...

Métropolite Hiérothée de Nafpaktos : certains hiérarques agissent comme s’il n’y avai... 170514

À l’occasion de la prorogation des mesures restrictives qui s’étendent également à l’Église, ainsi que de la prochaine session du...

75e anniversaire de la mort de la sainte martyre Mère Marie de Paris 170499

À l'occasion du 75e anniversaire de la mort de la sainte martyre Mère Marie de Paris, le site Internet de l'Archevêché des églises orthodoxes de tr...

Mgr Milutin, évêque de Valjevo (Serbie) est décédé des suites du coronavirus 170493

Après avoir été hospitalisé, il y a seulement quelques jours, l’évêque de Valjevo Milutin (Église orthodoxe serbe) est décédé à Belgrade des suites...

18 mars (ancien calendrier) / 31 mars (nouveau) 100247

Grand Carême. Saint Cyrille, archevêque de Jérusalem (386) ; saints Trophime et Eucarpe, martyrs à Nicomédie (vers 300) ; saint Aninas, hiéromoine ...

31 mars 100245

Grand Carême. Saint Hypace, évêque de Gangres, martyr (vers 326) ; saint Apolonios d’Égypte (IVème s.) ; saint Hypace, moine médecin des Grottes de...

Communiqué du Saint-Synode de l’Église orthodoxe serbe du 28 mars : “les rites religi... 170469

À l’occasion des dernières recommandations du gouvernement serbe selon lesquelles, afin d’arrêter la propagation du virus COVID-19, « les rites rel...

Dans le contexte du coronavirus, le patriarche de Moscou Cyrille a appelé les fidèles à ne pas fr... 170479

Dans son homélie en la cathédrale du Christ Sauveur, le dimanche 29 mars, le patriarche de Moscou Cyrille a appelé les fidèles à prier chez eux et ...

30 mars 100068

Grand Carême. Saint Jean Climaque, abbé du Mont Sinaï (VIIème s.) ; saints apôtres Sosthène, Apollos, Céphas, César, Épaphrodite (Ier s.) ; saint J...

17 mars (ancien calendrier) / 30 mars (nouveau) 62315

Saint Alexis de Rome, l’homme de Dieu (411) ; saint Marin, martyr ; saint Patrick (ou Patrice), évêque, apôtre de l’Irlande (461) ; sai...