ROC Synod sessions opened in Moscow
Session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church opened in
Moscow, October 6, Interfax - The session of the Holy Synod of the
Russian Orthodox Church, chaired by the Patriarch of Moscow and All
Russia, has opened on Thursday at the patriarchal working residence
in Chisty Pereulok in Moscow.
'I cordially greet all the members of the Holy Synod at its regular
session, which is traditionally held on the threshold of the
Commemoration Day of St. Sergius of Radonezh. I greet you on the
occasion of the Feast of the Venerable Father', the patriarch said
opening the session.
After the greeting, the primate of the Russian Church congratulated
Metropolitan Juvenaly on his 70th birthday and presented him with
the Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, First Degree, the Moscow
Patriarchate officials informed Interfax.
Its agenda includes consideration of such urgent issues as religious
situation in Ukraine, especially the transfer of the Greek-Catholic
headquarters from Lvov to Kiev, prospects for rapprochement between
the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Church Outside Russia, the
work of the Canonization Commission and summing up the celebrations
held to mark the anniversary of the Kulikovo Battle.
The synodal governance system was introduced in the Russian Orthodox
Church by Peter I in 1721 and the Holy Synod was the church supreme
governing body till Patriarch Tikhon was elected to the Moscow see
At present the synod is a consultative body under the patriarch,
which exercises administrative function in the period between
The Synod includes six hierarchs as permanent members who are
obliged to attend every session. It is convened by the patriarch
twice a year for the so-called summer (March-August) and winter