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  • nodirips
    On 23 November 1921, there was accepted a proposal of the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to postpone the election of the Patriarch. Immediately
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 28, 2007
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      On 23 November 1921, there was accepted a proposal of
      the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to postpone the election of
      the Patriarch. Immediately after this, the bishops who had voted to
      postpone the elections were replaced by others, so that two days later, on
      25 November 1921 Meletios Metaksakis was elected. The bishops who had been removed met
      in Thessaloniki and issued a statement saying that Meletios election was
      completely against the holy canons and they promised to conduct an honest
      and canonical election of the Patriarch of Constantinople. Despite
      all this, two months later, amid general astonishment, Meletios
      nevertheless became Patriarch of Constantinople.

      It may be said that from the moment that he was elected there begins a
      completely new chapter in the history of the Orthodox Church. As a fiery
      warrior for the political ideas of Panhellenism, an energetic modernist and
      Church reformer, Meletios initiated a series of reforms and influenced the
      acceptance of numerous resolutions which had extremely tragic consequences

      In 1922 the Synod of this Patriarchate issued an encyclical which recognized
      the validity of Anglican orders and, from 10 May to 8 June, at
      Patriarch Meletios initiative a Pan-Orthodox Congress took place in Istanbul.

      Despite the resolutions of the Councils of 1583 (12), 1587 and 1593, the
      Congress took the decision to change the calendar of the Orthodox Church.
      It is remarkable that at this Conference, which goes under various names
      " Pan-Orthodox Congress" "Orthodox Assembly" and so on
      representatives of only three Local Churches were present: from Greece,
      Romania and Serbia. At the same time representatives from others, and
      moreover from the closest the Patriarchates of Antioch, Jerusalem and
      Alexandria - decided not to take part. As Oecumenical Patriarch, Meletios
      chaired the sessions of the meeting, at which the Anglican Bishop Charles
      Gore was present. At Meletios invitation, Gore sat on his right and took
      part in the work of the Congress . despite all the disappointment in the new calendar reforms ,
      in September 1923, he was forced to quit Istanbul and renounce the Patriarchal
      throne.



      "Fr. Basil Grisel" <batushka@...> wrote: Metropolitan Antony wrote an excellent article/epistle to the Patriarchs both condemning the new calendar introduction as divisive and uncanonical, especially as the Finnish Church also adopted the new Paschalia. The article I have in hand, but I'm trying to find the source to forward it along.

      In Christ, Father Basil Grisel
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      Subject: [orthodox-synod] Exactly when was the New Calendar introduced? Metr. Anastassy

      In Nun Vassa's article on the Synod Web site: "What is the 'Orthodox Episcopate of the Russian Church?'" is the following statement:

      "Metropolitan Anastassy served in Constantinople from 1921-1924,"

      Did he at any time serve in Constantinople under the New Calendar?
      I've tried to find out just when the New Calendar was introduced, and gotten three different articles saying 1922, 1923, and 1924 respectively.

      Does anyone know the answer--when was the New Calendar introduced and did Metr. Anastassy ever serve there using it?

      Thanks,
      Dimitra Dwelley

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    • Athanasios Jayne
      ... encyclical which recognized the validity of Anglican orders
      Message 2 of 4 , Jan 28, 2007
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        --- In orthodox-synod@yahoogroups.com, nodirips
        <text164@...> (Fr. Basil) wrote:

        >>In 1922 the Synod of this Patriarchate issued an
        encyclical which recognized the validity of Anglican
        orders<<

        Dear Fr. Basil,

        I don't believe that this is strictly accurate.

        The statement was made in the context of what
        would/could be done in the event of the Church
        of England converted to Orthodoxy "en mass."
        It was a conditional opinion of the majority
        on a hypothetical situation that never happened.

        It has, unfortunately, often been misconstrued
        as "a recognition of the validity of Anglican
        orders" (especially by Anglicans), but it looks
        to me more like the application of Economy to
        a hypothetical question--not a recognition of
        Anglican orders as being grace-bearing outside
        of the Orthodox Church, but rather, that the
        form of their ordination was regarded as minimally
        sufficient so as to be receivable by Economy
        within the sole context of large-scale conversion
        to Orthodoxy. Tact precluded their saying this
        in clear terms that the Anglicans would fully
        understand, but I believe that this is what
        they were actually saying, and that a careful
        reading of the same will bear this out.

        Athanasios.
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