Next Meeting of the Committees to be in Germany Oct. 24-26
- JRS: The following appeared today on the site "Sedmitza.ru":
LOS ANGELES. The next meeting of the dialogue commissions of ROCOR and the MP will
take place in Germany, in Cologne, from Oct. 24 through Oct. 26. This news comes from
the secretary of the ROCOR commission, archpriest Fr. Alexander Lebedeff.
The participants are to work out all the details of the solemn ceremony of signing the "Act
of Canonical Communion", along with a program for the visit of the First Hierarch of the
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Metropolitan Laurus.
Besides this, the commissions will continue discussing matters involved in the restoration
of full canonical and eucharistic communion in the Local Church of Russia.
As Fr. Alexander noted, the signing of the Act is an event without precedent in the
history of the Russian Orthodox Church, and there are no rules on how such ceremonies
should be conducted. They will have to be worked out for the first time.
The solemn signing of the "Act of Canonical Communion" dots the i's, as it were, on the
healing of one more of the wounds caused by the revolution, and has enormous
significance for Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church.
The resolution on reunion of two branches of the Russian Orthodox Church, as Fr.
Alexander Lebedeff emphasized, already is having a grace-filled effect. For example,
representatives of both branches took part in church services at the transfer of the
remains of General Anton Denikin, the philosopher Ivan Ilyin and the Empress Maria
Feodorovna to Russia.
At the forthcoming meeting, for the first time Archbishop Kirill of San Francisco and the
Western United States will be a representative of ROCOR, replacing Bishop Ambroise who