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Re: M.Herman of OCA meets with B.Mercury

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  • Rebecca M
    ... Of course this will never happen. As a *practical* matter (instead of hyper-jesuitical spinning of hypothetical possibilities), no bishop is going to serve
    Message 1 of 6 , May 7, 2007
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      --- In orthodox-synod@yahoogroups.com, michael nikitin
      <nikitinmike@...> wrote:
      >
      > When the MP invites a bishop from ROCOR to concelebrate and a
      > bishop from the OCA arrives what will the bishop of ROCOR do...
      > concelebrate or take off his vestments and refuse to serve?
      >
      > Will Fr's John and Alexander take a blessing and concelebrate
      > with B. Lazar of the OCA?
      >
      > Michael N
      >

      Of course this will never happen.

      As a *practical* matter (instead of hyper-jesuitical spinning of
      hypothetical possibilities), no bishop is going to serve in
      another's jurisdiction (which has to be understood not only as
      territory but as particular temples in this case because of
      overlapping geographies) except by invitation of the presiding
      bishop.

      No presiding bishop of any of the entities involved would invite Bp.
      Lazar/former Dcn. Lev to celebrate if an ROCOR bishop or clergyman
      was present. The accepted-as-retired-bishop person in question has
      no diocese, so only goes where he's specifically invited.

      And as for other OCA bishops, none would be invited except by prior
      arrangement, and none would come without prior arrangement and
      approval by all involved. It's ecclesiastical manners and decorum.

      Rebecca
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