April 10 marks 41st anniversary of signing agreement on autocephaly
April 10 marks 41st anniversary of the signing of the agreement on autocephaly
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- April 10, 2011 marks the 41st anniversary of the signing of
the agreement on autocephaly between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian
Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America -- known since October 1970 as the
Orthodox Church in America.
The complete text of the agreement may be found on the OCA web site at
Two weeks earlier, on March 31, 1970, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox
Church signed the Tomos of Autocephaly.
On May 18, 1970, an official delegation from the fledgling OCA traveled to
Moscow to receive the Tomos. A solemn ceremony, during which the formal
presentation of the Tomos to the OCA delegation took place, was held on May 18.
On behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Pimen of Krutitsy and
Kolomna, patriarchal locum tenens, presented the Tomos to the head of the OCA
delegation, His Grace, Bishop Theodosius of Sitka and Alaska. Other members of
the OCA delegation were Archpriests Daniel Hubiak, John Nehrebecki, John Skvir,
and John Turkevich; Prof. Constantine Kallaur; and Mr. Stephen Kopestonsky. The
US Ambassador to Moscow, Jacob Beam, also attended the ceremony.
The text of the Tomos is posted on the OCA web site at
For an informative photo essay on autocephaly, visit
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