Damascus Orders Antiochian Clergy to stop commemorating their Bishops
Archpastoral Directive + March 3, 2009
Metropolitan PHILIP writes:
To all clergy of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North
We greet you in the spirit of this Great Lent.
Some of our clergy have inquired about hierarchical commemorations in the
divine services. In order to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding, we
would like to direct your attention to the following:
On February 24th, 2009 the Holy Synod of Antioch amended Chapter VI of the
by-laws of the Patriarchate, which now reads:
The Metropolitan is the point of reference of all bishops in his Archdiocese
and they are under his authority.
All bishops within the Antiochian See are auxiliary bishops and are directly
under their spiritual authority.
The Metropolitan defines the responsibilities of the bishops and the place
where they should serve. The bishop does not do anything contrary to the
will of the Metropolitan.
Therefore, in accordance with the decision of the Holy Synod of Antioch, the
following is the proper order for the commemoration of hierarchs in the
The clergy should commemorate the Metropolitan in all divine services.
The clergy should commemorate the auxiliary bishop when he is present at the
It is expected that all clergy will strictly adhere to this directive. May
the journey to the Empty Tomb bring you all the joy of the Glorious
Your father in Christ,
(Signature of Metropolitan Philip)
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