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13281OCA: Marking the 40th Anniversary of Autocephaly

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Mar 31, 2010
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      Marking the 40th Anniversary of Autocephaly

      Posted 03/31

      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
      at http://www.oca.org/DOCindex-autocephaly.asp?SID=12.

      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