... Of course this will never happen. As a *practical* matter (instead of hyper-jesuitical spinning of hypothetical possibilities), no bishop is going to serveMessage 1 of 6 , May 7, 2007View Source--- In email@example.com, michael nikitin
>Of course this will never happen.
> When the MP invites a bishop from ROCOR to concelebrate and a
> bishop from the OCA arrives what will the bishop of ROCOR do...
> concelebrate or take off his vestments and refuse to serve?
> Will Fr's John and Alexander take a blessing and concelebrate
> with B. Lazar of the OCA?
> Michael N
As a *practical* matter (instead of hyper-jesuitical spinning of
hypothetical possibilities), no bishop is going to serve in
another's jurisdiction (which has to be understood not only as
territory but as particular temples in this case because of
overlapping geographies) except by invitation of the presiding
No presiding bishop of any of the entities involved would invite Bp.
Lazar/former Dcn. Lev to celebrate if an ROCOR bishop or clergyman
was present. The accepted-as-retired-bishop person in question has
no diocese, so only goes where he's specifically invited.
And as for other OCA bishops, none would be invited except by prior
arrangement, and none would come without prior arrangement and
approval by all involved. It's ecclesiastical manners and decorum.
... that ... some ... the ... with ... Obviously, the OCA is living through very trying times right now. I d be very cautious about hoping or speculating thatMessage 2 of 6 , May 7, 2007View Source--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko"
> There are some very "Russian" OCA parishes (who is surprised?)
> just might want to be aligned with the Russian Church Abroad andsome
> very "non-ethnic" OCA parishes that are thinking of aligning withthe
> Antiochian Church now that it has a new relationship or standingwith
> its own Mother Church. Time will only tell what the future holdsObviously, the OCA is living through very trying times right now.
> for "American Orthodoxy!" may God Grant us all to see a United
> Orthodox Church in the United States---or better in all of North
> Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko
I'd be very cautious about hoping or speculating that parishes might
re-shuffle among the existing jurisdictions. Such shennanigans tend
to breed animosity all around and, therefore, to delay our hoped and
prayed for eventual unity.