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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






Bishops’ Council 2017

Official English translation

ROCOR: Journals (Sessions) of the Bishops’ Council 2017

The sessions of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia were held from April 19 / May 2 to April 21 / May 4, 2017 in Odessa, in the Synodal Mission.
In attendance: Members of the Synod - His Eminence Metropolitan Agafangel, Chairman of the Synod of Bishops of the ROCA, Archbishop Georgii (Secretary), Bishop Athanasius, Bishop Kyrill. The Most Reverend members of the Synod of Bishops Gregory (Vice-Chairman), and Bishop Nikon who participated in the meeting on Skype.

The Synod was attended by Bishop Anfim (personal presence) and Bishop Roman (on Skype).
JOURNAL №1
They listened to the Chairman about the Agenda.
Resolved: To adopt the agenda for the session of the Synod of Bishops in the following form:
1. Report of the Chairman.
2. Notifications by the Most Reverend Bishops on the state of affairs in the dioceses.
3. Regarding our mutual relations with our fraternal old-calendar Churches.
4. On the actions and statements of the banned clergy who are under the leadership of Archbishops Andronicus and Sophrony, and the clergymen and lay people supporting them after the last Bishops' Council.
5. About the Synodal House.
6. Financial report.
7. Miscellaneous.
JOURNAL №2
Listened: The report of the Chairman.
Resolved:  To take note of the Chairman's report.
JOURNAL №3
Listened: Statements of the Most Reverend Bishops about the state of affairs in the dioceses.
Resolved: To take note of the statements of the Right Reverend.
JOURNAL №4
Listened: To the Chairman regarding the letter from the secretariat of the Holy Synod of the GOC of Greece.
Resolved: To bless the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, His Grace Bishop Georgii, to send a written response to the Holy Synod of the GOC of Greece.
JOURNAL №5
There was an assessment about the consecration accomplished by His Grace  Nikolai on Alexander Khitrov on the diocesan territory of the His Grace Athanasius without the permission of the latter.
Resolved: To consider the consecration performed by His Grace Nikolai over Alexander Khitrov on the diocesan territory of His Grace Athanasius without the permission of the latter, uncanonical. For Alexander Khitrov to make an appeal to His Grace Athanasius for the resolution of his canonical position. To warn His Grace Nikolai about the inadmissibility of repeating such violations.
JOURNAL №6
Made assessments concerning the actions and statements of the archbishops banned from serving - Andronik and Sophrony - and the clergymen and lay people supporting them after the last Bishops' Council.
Resolved:  1. To approve the draft proposal of the Synod of Bishops of the ROCA concerning the actions and statements of  Archbishop Andronik and Archbishop Sophrony. 2. To convene the Bishops' Council from 11/24 to 13/26 October 2017. To invite, in accordance with the established canonical order, Archbishop Andronik and Archbishop Sophrony to the Council.
JOURNAL №7
They listened to: The Chairman regarding the order of affairs of the Synodal house.
Resolved: To take note of the information regarding the order of affairs of the Synodal House.
JOURNAL №8
Listened: To the financial report presented by the Chairman.
Resolved: To take note of the Synodal financial report.
JOURNAL №9
We made an assessment regarding the procedures for the replacement, if necessary, of the temporary members of the Synod of the Bulgarian Old Calendar Church.
Resolved: In the case of the infeasibility for one of our bishops who are among the temporary members of the Synod of Bishops of the Bulgarian Old Calendar Church to be able to leave for Bulgaria, they can be replaced by other bishops of the ROCA, with the approval of both Metropolitan Photii and the Chairman of the Synod of Bishops of the ROCOR.
JOURNAL №10
Listened: To Archbishop Georgii on the change of title for His Grace Anfim, vicar of the Kishinev diocese.
Resolved: To change the title of His Grace Anfim to the Bishop of Bassarabia, according to the name of the city of Basarabka.
JOURNAL №11
Listened: To Bishop Kyrill, who asks to remove from the Synodal site the data of the former deacon of the diocese Dimitri Ilyinsky, from within the the list of parishes and clergymen.
Resolved: To take note of His Grace Kyrill’s request.
JOURNAL №12
Archbishop Georgii recommends that hieromonk Nicholas (Zavyalov) be awarded to the rank of hegumen (abbot) owing the to length of his service.
Resolved:  To award hieromonk Nicholas (Zavyalov) with the rank of hegumen.
JOURNAL №13
Bishop Grigorii recommends that archpriest Vladimir Petrenko be awarded with a palitsa, owing to the length of his service.
Resolved:  To award Archpriest Vladimir Petrenko with a palitsa.
JOURNAL №14
Bishop Grigorii recommends that archpriest Alexander Ivashevich be awarded with a palitsa, owing to the length of his service.
Resolved: To award archpriest Alexander Ivashevich with a palitsa.
JOURNAL №15
There was an assessment on the procedure for the raising up of special joint prayers of intercession during divine services.
Resolved: With the blessing of the Ruling Bishop, if in various parishes they want to establish special general prayers during worship, it is necessary to have the consent of all the parishioners. In the event of contradictions, for those who wish, there is a blessing to hold private moleben services, which would include the aforementioned special prayers.
JOURNAL №16
We listened to: the Chairman, who presented the draft of the Synod's Pastoral Epistle.
We resolved: To approve the text of the Epistle of the Synod of Bishops of the ROCA, taking into account the amendments introduced.

The Chairman of the Synod of Bishops:
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
The Most Reverend:
+ Archbishop Georgii
+ Bishop Athanasius
+ Bishop Gregorii
+ Bishop Nikon
+ Bishop Kyrill
+ Bishop Anfim 


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