Marking the 40th Anniversary of Autocephaly
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- March 31, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the
signing of the agreement on autocephaly between the Russian Orthodox
Church Moscow Patriarchate and what at that time was known as the
Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America -- since October of
1970 known as the Orthodox Church in America.
The complete text of the agreement may be found on the OCA web site
Nearly two weeks later, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox
Church, meeting in Moscow, signed the Tomos of Autocephaly, while on
May 18, 1970, a delegation from the fledgling OCA traveled to Moscow
to receive the Tomos. The text of the Tomos is posted on the OCA web
site at http://www.oca.org/DOCtomos.asp?SID=12.
To mark the anniversary, special features will be forthcoming on the
OCA web site at www.oca.org and in the Spring 2010 issue of "The
Orthodox Church" magazine.
For an excellent photo essay on autocephaly, visit