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Holy Synod approves documents regulating liturgical, administrative and social activity and establishes new dioceses

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    http://mospat.ru/en/2012/12/26/news78474/ Monday, December 31, 2012 Holy Synod approves documents regulating liturgical, administrative and social activity and
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      Monday, December 31, 2012

      Holy Synod approves documents regulating liturgical, administrative and
      social activity and establishes new dioceses
      26.12.2012

      On 26 December 2012, the Holy Synod continued its sessions at the
      Patriarchal and Synodal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow
      under the chairmanship of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      Approved for reading at the services and for prayers at home were the
      texts of the Akathistos hymn to the “Queen of All” icon of the Mother
      God and of the Akathistos hymns to St Thomas the Apostle, St Mercurius
      of Caesarea the Great Martyr, St Gregory Palamas, St John of Shanghai
      and San Francisco, St Geracimus of Jordan, St Simeon the New Theologian,
      and St Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain.

      Also approved was the document “On the Russian Orthodox Church’s
      Participation in Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts”, recommended to be used
      at the parishes and monasteries, as well as at other church
      institutions, which take part in the rehabilitation of drug addicts. The
      document was drafted by the Inter-Council Presence; church-wide
      discussion in dioceses and in the Internet followed. Then the plenary of
      the Inter-Council Presence held in Moscow on 22-23 November 2012
      submitted the document to the Holy Synod for consideration.

      The members of the Holy Synod heard the report presented by the members
      of the working group for drafting the provision regulating the award
      system of the Russian Orthodox Church and submitted the results of their
      work to the Bishops’ Council for consideration at the meeting due to be
      held on 2-5 February 2013, and thanked the members of the working group.

      The Synod approved the list of the dioceses where retired bishops may
      reside (live). The list includes the Kemerovo, Kursk, Moscow region,
      Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk and Saint-Petersburg dioceses.

      The Synod established one more day for the commemoration of the Holy and
      Right-Believing Prince Peter (David after taking monastic vows) and
      Princess Fevronia (Euphrosyne after taking the veil). It will be Sunday
      before September 19 (September 6 according to old style) in remembrance
      of the transfer of their holy relics in 1992.

      The new Makhachkala diocese detached from the Vladikavkaz diocese was
      established in the territory of the Republic of Dagestan, Republic of
      Ingushetia and the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. Hegumen Varlaam
      (Ponomarev), father superior of the Monastery of the Holy
      Transfiguration in Murom, was elected Bishop of Makhachkala and Grozny.
      A diocesan bishop of the Vladikavkaz diocese was given the title of
      Bishop of Vladikavkaz and Alania.

      In the Tambov region, the Tambov metropolia was established which
      includes the Michurinsk, Tambov and Uvarovo dioceses. Bishop Feodosy of
      Tambov and Rasskazovo was nominated head of the Tambov metropolia.

      The Holy Synod took a number of decisions regarding the Russian Orthodox
      Church’s institutions abroad. The new parish of the Icon of the Mother
      of God “The Life-Bearing Spring” was established in the town of Hévíz,
      Budapest and Hungary diocese. The newly established parish of St Michael
      the Archangel in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia was placed under jurisdiction
      of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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