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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY






Synod Meeting October 2015

ROCA: Acts of the Synod of Bishops, October 2015



From 17 to 29 October 2015 in the Synod offices in Odessa hosted a meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

F Urnaliev meetings of the Synod of Bishops
of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

The meetings of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia held a 14/27 for 16/29 October 2015 in Odessa, in the Synod of representation.

Present were members of the Synod - Metropolitan Agafangel, Chairman of the Synod of Bishops; Most Reverend Archbishop Andronik, Archbishop George (Secretary), Bishop Athanasius, Bishop Gregory (Vice-Chairman), Bishop Cyril, Bishop Nikon.


JOURNAL №1
We discussed about synodal document.
Resolved:: From now on, the original minutes of meetings of the Synod of Bishops and the Council should be kept in the archives of the Synod marked "confidential." The sharing can come only logs meetings. Remind me about this earlier in the ROCOR ban takes to record the contents of the meetings of the Synod, including modern media.

JOURNAL №2
Discussed: The report recently adopted in the Canadian Diocese of Abbot Nestor of the registration of our parishes in Canada.
Resolved:: To express gratitude for the efforts of the abbot Nestor registration parishes of the Church in Canada. Bless Preosvyasch. Andronicus complete the registration process of the Canadian Diocese of the ROCA, including the provision of a legal address, drafting of the charter and other necessary procedures.

Magazine №3
Discussed by the representative of the Synod of the Bulgarian Old Calendar Church.
Resolved:: To appoint Preosvyasch. Cyril third representative of the ROCOR Synod of the Bulgarian Old Calendar Church.

Magazine №4
We discussed about the treatment of the Right Reverend Roman due to construction in the Holy Land.
Resolved:: Resume to raise funds for the Holy Land. To bring to the attention of believers bank account details for donations. Remind that traditionally ROCOR fundraising for the Holy Land is carried out in all the parishes of the feast of the Entry into Jerusalem. Be sure to restore this pious tradition.

Magazine №5
We discussed about the message of the Patriarch of Jerusalem antiekumenicheskom Irenaeus.
Resolved:: To express gratitude and support to Patriarch Irinej on his message. To this end, sent him a letter on behalf of the Synod fo Bishops.

JOURNAL №6
We discussed an informal letter to the Synod of Bishops of the Archbishop. Sophronia.
Resolved:: Invite Preosvyasch. Sophronia on the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

JOURNAL №7
Discussed: The Chairman   reaching out to him the priest Vissarion Georgia Tugushi.
Resolved:: Prompt Preosvyasch.  Nicholas general information about the situation in his diocese, and specifically with respect to this priest.

JOURNAL №8
Discussed: The Chairman reaching out to him Archpriest Victor Dobrov.
Decided: The Synod noted the great merits before the ROCOR Fr.. Vsevolod and Fr. Victor. Very sorry about had taken place between the two conflict.  The characteristic of this.  Fr. Victor in the minutes of the Diocese of Syracuse, not entirely untrue. Unfortunately, we can not ask Fr. Vsevolod, that he specifically had in mind, and true as to whether his words contained in the report.  Therefore, taking into account that about. Victor received from selling gramatu Preosvyasch. Andronicus and adopted in the CPI in Greece, we can not open the investigation of the case.  We call on all those involved in the conflict to come to terms with each other and establish a good Christian relations.

JOURNAL №9
Discussed: The Chairman Synod on the situation around the house.
Resolved:: Replace Label Brand Kotljarova bank signature of another member of the ROCA. Selection and appointment of a suitable candidate that the Chair.

Magazine №10
Discussed: The Chairman Synod on the situation around the house.
Decided: To render thanks for his work incurred on the livability of the Synod House Alexander and Ksenia Tatyanenko.

Magazine №11
En. Athanasius read the draft letter to Patriarch Irinej.
Resolved:: To approve the text of the letter as amended (attached).

Magazine №12
We discussed on the residence of the Synod of Bishops.
Resolved: Residence of the Synod is New York City, USA.

Magazine №13
We discussed about your visits diocesan assembly Syracuse, Canadian and South American dioceses and parish Vilna Martyrs from Australia.
Resolved:: Do not make the broad review of the content of calls received diocesan assembly of the above dioceses and parish Vilna Martyrs from Australia, as they were obtained informally, in the context of trust.  Instruct ruling arhiereeyam respective dioceses to hold a meeting with the priests and tell them verbally Synod position in relation to the issues raised in the complaints.

Magazine №14
We discussed about the status of the clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate under the omophorion of the Synod of Bishops.
Resolved:: To eliminate the special status of Izhevsk clergy taken to the Church Abroad as the clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate under the omophorion of the Synod of Bishops.  Henceforth do not take anyone in the ROCA with the special status of the clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Magazine №15
Discussed: Bishop. Gregory  a defrocked priest Michael Bardukov.
Resolved:: To approve the application Preosvyaschen. Gregory of defrocked priest Michael Bardukov.

Magazine №16
We discussed about the boundaries of dioceses and the position of the Church in the United States.
Resolved:: Parishes in New York, Boston and Washington, Massachusets, Virginia (excluding the parish priest John Hinton) and the southern region of the State of New York (except Tolstoy farm) to include in the Eastern American Diocese under the control of the Chairman. Administrator of the diocese appoint Archpriest Vladimir Petrenko, with the retention of rector at Holy Trinity Church in Astoria. The rest of the parishes in the United States remain in charge of Preosvyasch. Andronicus.

Magazine №17
Heard a financial report treasurer.
Resolved:: To approve the Financial Report. Show your appreciation for the work of the new treasurer of Xenia Tatyanenko.

Magazine №18
En. Athanasius is Priest Alexander Lipin for awarding dignity of archpriest.
Resolved: To award priest Archpriest Alexander Lipin dignity.

Magazine №19
En. Gregory is mitred archpriest Vladimir Shleneva for awarding Gramatoy the Synod of Bishops in connection with the 50th anniversary of his priestly ministry.
Resolved: with the 50th anniversary of his priestly ministry.

Magazine №20
Discussed: The draft of the Message of the Synod.
Resolved:: To approve the text of the Message of the Synod of Bishops (attached).

Magazine №21
Discussed: Bishop. Nikon for publication in the Ishim sheet missionary diocese.
Resolved: To publication leaf in his diocese does not require a special blessing of the Synod.

Magazine №22
We discussed about the venue and date of the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops.
Resolved: To hold the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops to 4/17 on 6/19 May 2016 in the Synod offices in Odessa.

Chairman of the Synod: + Metropolitan Agafangel
The members of the Synod: + Archbishop Andronicus, + Archbishop George, + Bishop Athanasius, + Bishop Gregory, + Bishop Cyril, + Bishop Nikon.

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Message of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Jerusalem
October 28, 2015
His Holiness His Beatitude
Jerusalem Patriarch Irinej

Your Holiness!
The Synod of Bishops, at the meeting which was read out your message of June 20, 2015, on behalf of all the faithful of our Church cordially thank you for the fact that being in bondage, you had the courage to raise their voice in defense of the truth and of the Ecumenical Orthodoxy. Deeply grieved about your imprisonment and rejoicing about your confession, all of us and the entire Orthodox world, have in-your-face good example terpelivodushnogo objection to his cross, which draw strength to follow the narrow path of true faith, approved by the Holy Apostles, the Holy Fathers and the Holy Ecumenical Councils. Praying Merciful Saviour of the return of Your Holiness to the management of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, we wish you many good years the glory of God!

Chairman of the Synod: + Metropolitan Agafangel
The members of the Synod: + Archbishop Andronicus, + Archbishop George, + Bishop Athanasius, + Bishop Gregory, + Bishop Cyril, + Bishop Nikon.