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  • michael nikitin
    Act of Canonical Communion 01 November 2006, 12:45 Act of Canonical Communion We, the humble Alexy II, by God s mercy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia,
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      Act of Canonical Communion

      01 November 2006, 12:45
      Act of Canonical Communion
      We, the humble Alexy II, by God's mercy Patriarch of Moscow and
      All Russia, jointly with the Eminent Members of the Holy Synod of
      the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, having
      gathered at a meeting of the Holy Synod (date) in the
      God-preserved city of Moscow; and the humble Laurus, Metropolitan
      of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian
      Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, jointly with the Eminent
      Bishops, members of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox
      Church Outside of Russia, having gathered (time, place);

      Being guided by the effort towards reestablishing blessed peace,
      Divinely-decreed love, and brotherly unity in the common work in
      the harvest-fields of God within the Fullness of the Russian
      Orthodox Church and her faithful in the Fatherland and abroad,
      taking into consideration the ecclesiastical life of the Russian
      diaspora outside the canonical borders of the Moscow
      Patriarchate, as dictated by history;

      Taking into account that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
      Russia performs its service on the territories of many nations;

      By this Act declare:

      1. That the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, conducting
      its salvific service in the dioceses, parishes, monasteries,
      brotherhoods, and other ecclesiastical bodies that were formed
      through history, remains an indissoluble part of the Local
      Russian Orthodox Church.

      2. That the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is
      independent in pastoral, educational, administrative, management,
      property, and civil matters, existing at the same time in
      canonical unity with the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      3. The supreme ecclesiastical, legislative, administrative,
      judicial and controlling authority in the Russian Orthodox Church
      Outside of Russia is her Council of Bishops, convened by her
      Primate (First Hierarch), in accordance with the Regulations [
      Polozheniye ] of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

      4. The First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
      Russia is elected by her Council of Bishops. This election is
      confirmed, in accordance with the norms of Canon Law, by the
      Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod of the
      Russian Orthodox Church.

      5. The name of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and the
      name of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
      of Russia are commemorated during divine services in all churches
      of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia before the name
      of the ruling bishop in the prescribed order.

      6. Decisions on the establishment or liquidation of dioceses of
      the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia are made by her
      Council of Bishops in agreement with the Patriarch of Moscow and
      All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      7. The bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
      are elected by her Council of Bishops or, in cases foreseen by
      the Regulations of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia,
      by the Synod of Bishops. Such elections are confirmed in
      accordance with canonical norms by the Patriarch of Moscow and
      All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      8. The bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
      are members of the Local Council [ Pomestny Sobor ] and Council
      of Bishops [ Arkhiereiskij Sobor ] of the Russian Orthodox Church
      and also participate in the meetings of the Holy Synod in the
      prescribed order. Representatives of the clergy and laity of the
      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia participate in the
      Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in the established
      manner.

      9. The supreme instances of ecclesiastical authority for the
      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia are the Local Council
      and the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      10. Decisions of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church
      extend to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia with
      consideration of the particularities described by the present
      Act, by the Regulations of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of
      Russia and by the legislation of the nations in which she
      performs her ministry.

      11. Appeals on decisions of the supreme ecclesiastical court of
      the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia are directed to the
      Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

      12. Amendments to the Regulations of the Russian Orthodox Church
      Outside of Russia by her supreme legislative authority are
      subject to the confirmation of the Patriarch of Moscow and All
      Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in such
      case as these changes bear a canonical character.

      13. The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia receives her
      holy myrrh from the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

      By this Act, canonical communion within the Local Russian
      Orthodox Church is hereby restored.

      Acts issued previously which preclude the fullness of canonical
      communion are hereby deemed invalid or obsolete.

      The reestablishment of canonical communion will serve, God
      willing, towards the strengthening of the unity of the Church of
      Christ, of her witness in the contemporary world, promoting the
      fulfillment of the will of the Lord to “gather together in one
      the children of God that were scattered abroad” (John 11:52).

      Let us bring thanks to All-Merciful God, Who through His
      omnipotent hand directed us to the path of healing the wounds of
      division and led us to the desired unity of the Russian Church in
      the homeland and abroad, to the glory of His Holy Name and to the
      good of His Holy Church and Her faithful flock. Through the
      prayers of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, may the
      Lord grant His blessing to the One Russian Church and Her flock
      both in the fatherland and in the diaspora.



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    • David Cassens
      Glory Be To God! http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/engdocuments/enmat_akt.html (Act of Canonical Communion)
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        Glory Be To God!



        http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/engdocuments/enmat_akt.html (Act
        of Canonical Communion)



        http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/engdocuments/enmat_addendum.html
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        http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/eng2006/11ensummation.html
        (Summation)



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