ORTHODOXIA.INFO | Spiros Papageorgiou The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) has announced a cessation of Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate following the latter’s decision to grant autocephaly to Ukraine.
According to the official ROCOR communiqué, Constantinople’s actions constitute “most grievous affronts to the very nature of canonical Orthodoxy.”
ROCOR stresses that, “continuing Eucharistic communion with the Church of Constantinople is impossible, at any level, until this ancient and once-glorious sister Church repents from its introduction of false and alien teachings about primacy and universal authority, contrary to the ancient Orthodox Faith.”
The clergy and faithful of ROCOR have been notified of their Church’s cessation of Eucharistic communion with Constantinople.
“So long as this situation remains, it is not possible for clergy of our Church to celebrate in any parish of the Church of Constantinople, or for clerics of that Church to celebrate in ours; nor is it possible for laypersons to partake of the Holy Mysteries performed in the temples of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.”
ROCOR is a self-governing branch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Translation by Evangelos Nicolaidis