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Europaica - Bulletin of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions Europaica Bulletin

  Bulletin of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church
to the European Institutions
Bulletin de la Représentation de l’Eglise Orthodoxe Russe
près les Institutions Européennes

16 May 2007

   

№ 120


In English:
The President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission meet European religious leaders
The restoration of full communion between the two parts of the Russian Orthodox Church scheduled for 17 May
Boris Yeltsin’s Last Contribution to Building a New RussiaEn français:
Programme des festivités à l’occasion du rétablissement de la communion entre le Patriarcat de Moscou et l’Eglise russe hors frontières
L’évêque Hilarion s’est rendu en visite en Irlande
Les orthodoxes ont pris part à la célébration oecuménique à l’occasion de la fête des Saints Cyrille et Méthode à Bruxelles

Auf Deutsch:
Akt-Russische Orthodoxe Kirche im Ausland 


The President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission meet European religious leaders

The meeting of the President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission with leading representatives of the three monotheistic religions was held on 15 May 2007 in Brussels on the initiative of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

Together with German Chancellor and European Council President Angela Merkel and European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering, President Barroso co-hosted the discussions, which were attended by 20 leading representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths in Europe. He had hosted similar meetings in 2005 and 2006, but this is the first time such a gathering had taken place under the auspices of the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council Presidency. The topic chosen for this year’s discussion was «Building a Europe based on human dignity».

The Orthodox Churches were represented at the meeting by His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, the representative of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to the EU Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria, and the representative of the Church of Greece to the EU Bishop Athanasios of Akhaia.

Opening the meeting, Commission President José Manuel Barroso said: «Neither geographical proximity nor a shared history suffice to cement a lasting union between States and peoples. Key to the process of integration between the Member States of the European Union and between their citizens is the universal values underlying our common heritage».

In her opening statement German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: «We in Europe have a particular responsibility to foster tolerance and help others to be tolerant. It has taken us hundreds of years to learn this lesson. This is why it is one of our core convictions that intolerance cannot be tolerated

Then followed the intervention of the European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering, who stated: «Tolerance, one of the European Union’s core values, is the basis for a dialogue between cultures that has as its goals cooperation, partnership and mutual respect between cultures and religions. Mutual respect based on human dignity is a shared European value. The different religious traditions in Europe can all make a positive contribution to the public debate and the shaping of a European Union of values. This is why we need to have an ongoing dialogue between the European Union’s institutions and the churches and religious communities.«

The discussions focused on the following questions: What part can religions and religious communities play in a Europe based on human dignity? How can we promote our common values beyond Europe’s frontiers? Is it by means of common values that we can strengthen the dialogue between cultures and religions? Is tolerance a helpful concept?

In his presentation Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria stressed the importance of an open, transparent and regular dialogue between the EU and religious communities of Europe. Such dialogue, according to the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate, would be fostered by creating a special consultative body within the European Commission whose special task would be to bring together the EU leaders and the religious representatives on a regular basis.

Bishop Hilarion also spoke about the importance of tolerance, but noted that tolerance should include all traditional religions of Europe. Apart from islamophobia and anti-semitism, which are usually cited as examples of intolerance, the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate noted certain cases of «christianophobia» and anti-christianity characteristic of some European politicians.

«Christian roots of Europe must be duly recognised, together with the fact that Christianity continues to play a vital role in shaping European identity. Such recognition would in no way undermine the importance of other traditional religions of Europe,» noted the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Sources: www.europa.eu, www.orthodoxeurope.org



The restoration of full communion between the two parts of the Russian Orthodox Church scheduled for 17 May

May 15: His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), arrived in Moscow with clergymen, the combined ROCOR choir and pilgrims from the USA. Later that day His Eminence met with His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia.

May 16: On the Apodosis of Pascha, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus prays during Divine Liturgy in Danilov Monastery, then visits Donskoy Monastery, where he prays at the relics of Saint Tikhon, Patriarch and Confessor of All Russia; and views the holy items of the monastery and cemetery. During the solemn evening vigil, His Eminence prays at Sretensky Monastery, and the combined choir under Peter A. Fekula attends Bolshoy Voznesensky Cathedral, where Patriarch Alexy officiates.

May 17: On the feast day of the Ascension of the Lord, the ceremony of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion will take place in Christ the Savior Cathedral followed by the first joint divine service celebrated by the hierarchs and clergymen of the Russian Church Abroad and of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The greeting of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will take place at 9:15 at Christ the Savior Cathedral.

The arrival of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia is scheduled to take place at 9:30. During the greeting of His Holiness, the festal prayers will be sung by the choir of the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra and the choir of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Then His Holiness will read the prayer for the unity of the Church. The decrees of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and of the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate on the confirmation of the Act of Canonical Communion will be read, followed by the reading of the Act itself. The Primate of the Moscow Patriarchate and the President of the Synod of the Russian Church Abroad will then sign the Act; following this, Many Years will be sung. After the signing of the Act, His Holiness, in concelebration with Metropolitan Laurus and the other bishops will conduct Divine Liturgy. Upon the conclusion of Liturgy, His Holiness will read a prayer of gratitude, after which the Primates of the two parts of the Russian Orthodox Church will exchange greetings.
This will be followed by the opening of an exhibition on the life of the Russian Orthodox Church inside and outside of Russia in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Holy New Martyrs and the dialog process which led to ecclesiastical unity.

At 6 pm that evening there will be a press conference in Danilovsky Hotel given by His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany and His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.

May 18: Part of the official delegation, headed by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, and including the clergymen-pilgrims from different dioceses of ROCOR as well as pilgrims from the USA, will travel to Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra and the Orthodox Icon center «Sofrino.»

May 19: His Holiness Patriarch Alexy will concelebrate with His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, the bishops and clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and of the Moscow Patriarchate at the great consecration of the Church of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in Butovo Field, followed by Divine Liturgy. His Holiness and His Eminence both participated in the consecration of the foundation of this church in May of 2004, during the first official visit by Metropolitan Laurus to Russia.

May 20: On the 7th Sunday of Pascha, His Holiness and His Eminence, the bishops and priests of the Russian Church Abroad will celebrate Divine Liturgy in Uspensky Cathedral in Moscow’s Kremlin.

Participating in the Moscow part of the schedule will be the following bishops, clergymen and guests of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus:

Bishops
+Mark, Archbishop of Berlin and Germany
+Hilarion, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand
+Kyrill , Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America
+Evtikhii, Bishop of Ishim and Siberia
+Michael , Bishop of Geneva and Western Europe
+Peter, Bishop of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America

Members of the Commission on talks with the Moscow Patriarchate
Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), Deputy Dean of Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville
Mitred Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff, Rector of Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Los Angeles, Secretary of the Commission
Protopriest Nikolai Artemoff, Senior Priest of the Cathedral of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, Secretary of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany

Members of the Pre-Council Committee for the IV All-Diaspora Council
Protopriest Victor Potapov, Rector of St John the Baptist Cathedral, Washington DC.
Protopriest Peter Perekrestov, Senior Priest of the Cathedral of the Mother of God «Joy of All Who Sorrow» in San Francisco, Secretary of the Diocese of San Francisco and Western America
Priest Serafim Gan, Rector of St Seraphim Church, Sea Cliff, NY, Personal Secretary of the First Hierarch
Protopriest Peter Holodny, Treasurer of the Synod of Bishops

The First Hierarch’s attendants
Protodeacon Victor Lochmatov
Deacon Eugene Kallaur
Deacon Nicholas Olhovsky
Subdeacon George Shatiloff
George Selinsky
Pavel Vladimirovich Lisitsin

Clerical pilgrims, representing various dioceses of the Russian Church Abroad
Mitred Protopriest Alexander Fedorovsky (Diocese of Eastern America and New York)
Mitred Protopriest George Larin (Diocese of Eastern America and New York)
Protopriest John Shaw (Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America)
Protopriest Michael Protopopov (Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand)
Protopriest Michael Goudkov (Diocese of Geneva and Western Europe)
Protopriest Alexei Kotar (Diocese of San Francisco and Western America)
Protopriest Yaroslav Belikov (Diocese of San Francisco and Western America)
Protopriest Vladimir Boikov (Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand)
Hieromonk Roman (Krassovsky) (Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville)
Hieromonk Nicholas (Perekrestov) (Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem )
Priest Victor Boldewskul (representing the Rector of Epiphany Church in Boston, Mitred Protopriest Roman Lukianov)
Priest John Whiteford (Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America)
Priest Andre Sikojeff (Diocese of Berlin and Germany)
Archdeacon Eugene Burbelo (Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign, NY)
Abbess Elizabeth (St Mary Magdalene Convent, Gethsemane)
Abbess Moisseia (Ascension of the Lord Convent, Mount of Olives)

May 21: His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus will perform all-night vigil along with Archbishop German of Kursk and Schema-Metropolitan Yuvenaly in Znamensky Cathedral in Kursk.

May 22: On the Translation of the Relics of St Nicholas the Wonderworker, His Eminence will participate in the Divine Liturgy in Kursk-Root Hermitage.

May 23-28: His Eminence will perform a pilgrimage to the holy sites of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which will conclude with a celebration of Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pochaev Lavra, built and consecrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of blessed memory. His Eminence will be accompanied on his trip to Kursk and Ukraine by Fr Serafim, Protodeacon Victor, Deacon Eugene, Deacon Nicholas, Subdeacon George, Pavel Vladimirovich Lisitsin and George Selinsky.



Boris Yeltsin’s Last Contribution to Building a New Russia

By Andrey Zolotov, Russia Profile

The last contribution that Boris Yeltsin made to building a new Russia was that he inadvertently gave the country a new ritual of state funeral.

What we all saw on Wednesday was an important step in the formation of a new canon. Future leaders may introduce some changes to it, but the precedent and the frame of reference are now set.

No longer will Russian leaders lie in state at the Hall of Columns of the House of the [Trade] Unions – Moscow’s former Nobility Assembly, where Lenin’s body was first displayed in 1924 and where all subsequent Soviet leaders lay in state. And no longer will they be buried near Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square – in the necropolis of the Soviet elite whose future is at present being debated.

Instead, on Wednesday the whole world watched the solemn beauty of the Orthodox Christian burial service, with CNN and BBC commentators using epithets like «grandiose» and «majestic» to describe the proceedings. Everybody has pointed to the fact that the funeral service was taking place in the Christ the Savior Cathedral, which was rebuilt under Boris Yeltsin as a symbol of the extraordinary revival of Russia and the Orthodox Church after the demise of the Communist era.

Similarly to Yeltsin’s own life and rule, the reconstruction of the cathedral was a controversial venture, and far from everyone was happy with it. But today it stands as a monument to our recent history and the desperate attempts to reconnect, however inconsistently, with our non-Soviet past.

«Boris Nikolayevich’s fate reflected the dramatic history of the 20th century,» Patriarch Aleksy II wrote in a message read out in the cathedral before the service. Yeltsin felt «the people’s will for a free life» and helped to make it happen, the Patriarch wrote, recalling Yeltsin’s kind treatment of the Russian Orthodox Church and his own personal relationship with the former president. «For the first time in more than 100 years, we are sending off the head of the Russian state in a church, with prayer,» he wrote.

Yet, despite their long-standing personal relationship, Patriarch Aleksy chose not to interrupt his treatment in Switzerland to give Yeltsin the last blessing. The fact that the head of the Russian Orthodox Church goes several times a year to an unidentified Swiss clinic is never publicly announced, but it is widely known in church circles. He telephoned Yeltsin’s widow, Naina, and sent two official messages. But the funeral itself was led instead by three senior bishops: Metropolitan Yuvenaly, who presided and read the Patriarch’s message, and Metropolitans Kirill and Kliment, who are both seen as potential successors to the Patriarch.

It is hard to say whether the reason behind the Patriarch’s absence was just his state of health and the importance of the ongoing treatment after the exhausting Lenten and Easter services and ahead of the historical reconciliation with the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad scheduled for May 17. Perhaps. But the fact remains that the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was away at a historical moment, when the eyes of the whole world were fixed on his church. Or maybe this decision added a subtle detail to the ritual being formed today – that a funeral conducted personally by the sitting head of the church is reserved only for the royals and possibly a head of state who died in office, not in retirement?

Much has been said about the monarchist instincts of most Russians and the authoritarian character of Yeltsin’s 1993 constitution, which made the Russian presidency more powerful than Tsar Nicholas II was after 1905. Yeltsin himself was rumored to refer to himself as Tsar Boris and was depicted as such by many cartoonists. Interestingly, this monarchist tendency was delicately reflected in the service, too.

While thousands of Russians filed past the casket to pay their respects, the Book of Psalms was read overnight, as befits laymen, over Yeltsin’s coffin by Moscow seminarians – and not the Gospels, as tradition prescribes for priests and the emperor.

But in a layman’s funeral service broadcast worldwide on Wednesday (the last rites for clergy are different), the priests prayed not «for the repose of the soul of Boris, the servant of God,» which would be the case in an ordinary funeral, but, using a formula that sounded odd to the ears of Orthodox Christians, for the «first President of Russia Boris Nikolayevich.» I don’t know if those who prepared the service were thinking about it, but the use of the patronymic form of the name in Russian Orthodox liturgy used to be reserved solely for royalty. That’s how the emperor and his immediate family were commemorated in the liturgy before the revolution – by their name and patronymic. It has never been done since then.

The honor guard and the gun carriage recalled the past funerals of Soviet leaders. But the site was not Red Square, but Novodevichy Cemetery – the country’s most esteemed place of internment, where Nikita Khrushchev was buried in near secrecy in 1971, seven years after he was ousted from the country’s top post. Priests, family members and the sitting president followed the carriage, not Politburo members. And the carriage itself was draped not in Communist red, but in the white-blue-red tricolor of present-day Russia. It was a new ritual, yet a very organic one.

Watching Yeltsin’s funeral, I recalled the only time I saw Boris Nikolayevich up close, at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Easter in 1996. It was Easter Vespers, a short festive service in the evening on Easter Sunday, which that year fell on April 14, and was the first service conducted on the main floor of the cathedral just two years after its reconstruction had begun.

The walls were already up, but none of the decorations were in place. Carpets were placed on concrete floors and, amid the immense grey walls and iron rods sticking out, the continuous chant of «Christ is Risen! – Indeed He is Risen!» sounded with particular joy.

For me, it was also the day of my engagement. As my wife-to-be and I were leaving the church, the bodyguards were making way for a giant man with a heap of white hair. He was indeed a head taller than the crowd around him. «Look, Yeltsin!» I told my bride. She couldn’t believe it.

Much has changed in Russia since then – for better and for worse. The cathedral’s interior, reconstructed according to the old designs, shines today with marble, paintings and gilded decor. Two empty thrones are the latest addition – for the tsar and tsarina. And in the middle of it stood the coffin with Yeltsin’s body, covered by the traditional shroud depicting Golgotha and the Russian national flag, brought back by Yeltsin in 1991. The choir intoned «Christ is Risen!» and «Memory Eternal!» Eternal indeed!

Source: Russia Profile



Programme des festivités à l’occasion du rétablissement de la communion entre le Patriarcat de Moscou et l’Eglise russe hors frontières

Le site officiel du Patriarcat de Moscou a mis en ligne le programme des principales manifestations liées au rétablissement historique de la communion entre l’Eglise en Russie et l’Eglise russe hors frontières.

Le 17 mai, jour de l’Ascension, l’Acte rétablissant l’unité canonique de l’Eglise orthodoxe russe sera signé à la cathédrale du Christ Sauveur de Moscou par le patriarche Alexis et le métropolite Laure, primat de l’Eglise russe hors frontières. Le métropolite Laure arrivera à la cathédrale à 9 h 15 et y sera rejoint à 9 h 30 par le patriarche Alexis. Le primat de l’Eglise orthodoxe russe prononcera une prière pour l’unité de l’Eglise. Ensuite, les décisions des Synodes des deux Eglises seront proclamées et l’Acte de communion canonique signé par les deux primats. La signature sera suivie de la première liturgie commune.

Le soir du même jour une conférence de presse sera donnée à l’hôtel Danilov. Le Patriarcat de Moscou y sera représenté par le métropolite Cyrille de Smolensk et de Kaliningrad et l’archevêque Innocent de Chersonèse, président de la Commission pour le dialogue avec l’Eglise russe hors frontières. L’Eglise russe hors frontières sera représentée par son primat le métropolite Laure de New York et l’archevêque Marc de Berlin.

Le samedi 19 mai le patriarche Alexis, en concélébration avec le métropolite Laure, les évêques et les prêtres du Patriarcat de Moscou et de l’Eglise russe hors frontières, consacrera l’église des Nouveaux martyrs et confesseurs de la Russie sur le champ Boutovo, près de Moscou. La première pierre de cette église avait été posée en mai 2004, lors de la première visite en Russie du métropolite Laure.

Le dimanche 20 mai le patriarche Alexis, le métropolite Laure et les évêques et prêtres de l’Eglise russe réunie célébreront la liturgie dominicale dans la cathédrale de la Dormition du Kremlin.



L’évêque Hilarion s’est rendu en visite en Irlande

L’évêque Hilarion de Vienne et d’Autriche, représentant de l’Eglise orthodoxe russe près les institutions européennes, s’est rendu en visite en Irlande du 4 au 7 mai 2007 à l’invitation du Trinity College de l’université de Dublin. Mgr Hilarion a donné une conférence sur «Le témoignage orthodoxe dans le monde occidental» à la faculté oecuménique de l’université.

Au cours de cette conférence l’évêque Hilarion a exposé l’attitude de l’Eglise orthodoxe russe envers la question de la liberté des religions. Il a insisté sur le fait qu’aujourd’hui les communautés religieuses ont en Europe la possibilité de professer librement leur foi, mais que le modèle séculaire s’impose progressivement comme une norme universelle. Ce développement risque de marginaliser les communautés de foi et de les empêcher à prendre une part active dans les processus sociaux. A la fin de la conférence Mgr Hilarion a répondu à la question des étudiants présents. Le même jour il a été reçu par l’ambassadeur de Russie en Irlande, M. Timochkine.

Le 5 mai l’évêque Hilarion a rendu visite à la jeune paroisse orthodoxe de Golway qui célèbre dans une église anglicane. Mgr Hilarion a rencontré également le chanoine de cette paroisse hôte et l’a remercié pour son soutien à la communauté orthodoxe de la ville. Le même jour, le soir, a lieu la rencontre de l’évêque russe avec la paroisse orthodoxe du Patriarcat de Moscou à Dublin.

Le lendemain, le 6 mai, dimanche de la Samaritaine, Mgr Hilarion a présidé la liturgie dans l’église des saints Pierre et Paul de Dublin. L’archevêque catholique de Dublin Mgr D. Martin a assisté à la célébration eucharistique et s’est adressé avec un mot à la communauté orthodoxe, après le discours de Mgr Hilarion. L’archevêque catholique a souligné que la présence des communautés orthodoxes en Irlande contribuait à l’annonce de la tradition chrétienne dans le pays et au développement des relations entre l’Eglise catholique et l’Eglise orthodoxe russe.

Lors de la réception qui a suivi la liturgie les deux évêques ont parlé du projet de favoriser l’échange d’étudiants ecclésiastiques entre les deux Eglises et les deux pays, l’Irlande et la Russie.



Les orthodoxes ont pris part à la célébration oecuménique à l’occasion de la fête des Saints Cyrille et Méthode à Bruxelles

Le 10 mai 2007, à Bruxelles, a eu lieu la célébration oecuménique à l’occasion de la fête des Saint Cyrille et Méthode, initiative lancée voici deux ans par la commission de dialogue entre les Eglises catholique et orthodoxe de la capitale belge, et qui se tient alternativement chez les catholiques et chez les orthodoxes.

Cette année, l’office des vêpres catholiques fut célébré en l’église catholique de Ste Croix à Ixelles par Mgr Rémy Vancottem (évêque catholique auxiliaire du Brabant wallon) en présence du métropolite Panteleimon de Belgique (Patriarcat de Constantinople) et des évêques auxiliaires de celui-ci Maximos et Athénagoras, des membres de la Commission de la Conférence épiscopale catholique belge pour le dialogue avec les Eglises orthodoxes, des représentants d’autres Eglises orthodoxes, des moines et religieux catholiques, et de fidèles de différentes Eglises chrétiennes. L’Eglise orthodoxe russe (patriarcat de Moscou) était représentée par l’higoumène Athanase (Cabirou) et Dimitriy Ageev, collaborateur de la Représentation de l’Eglise orthodoxe russe près les Institutions européennes.

A l’issue de la célébration, un exposé fut présenté par l’archidiacre Thaddée (Barnas), moine de l’abbaye de Chevetogne, au sujet de l’histoire et de l’actualité du dialogue catholique-orthodoxe. L’intervenant s’attacha en particulier à la question du prosélytisme et de l’uniatisme, reconnus par les deux Eglises comme des méthodes inacceptables pour atteindre l’unité chrétienne. Le Père Thaddée a également relevé les questions les plus importantes à l’ordre du jour de la Commission mixte de dialogue théologique catholique-orthodoxe, qui a repris son travail après plusieurs années d’interruption et dont la prochaine réunion se tiendra en octobre 2007 à Ravenne.

Après la célébration était prévue une réception, lors de laquelle les participants ont pu prolonger leur rencontre de manière informelle.



Akt-Russische Orthodoxe Kirche im Ausland 

Wir, in Demut Aleksij der Zweite, durch Gottes Gnade Patriarch von Moskau und ganz Russland, zusammen mit den hochgeweihten Mitgliedern des Heiligen Synods der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche (des Moskauer Patriarchats), die sich zur Sitzung des Heiligen Synods am (Datum) in der von Gott behüteten Stadt Moskau versammelt haben, sowie in Demut Laurus, Metropolit von Ost-Amerika und New York, Ersthierarch der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland, zusammen mit den hochgeweihten Bischöfen – den Mitgliedern des Bischofssynods der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland, die sich zur Sitzung (Zeitpunkt, Ort) versammelt haben,

die wir geleitet sind von dem Bestreben zur Wiederherstellung des segensreichen Friedens, der gottbefohlenen Liebe und der brüderlichen Einheit bei der gemeinsamen Bestellung von Gottes Acker innerhalb des Pleromas der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche mitsamt all ihrer Getreuen in der Heimat und in der Diaspora,

die wir die historisch entstandene Ordnung des kirchlichen Lebens der russischen Diaspora außerhalb der Grenzen des kanonischen Territoriums des Moskauer Patriarchats berücksichtigen,

die wir der Tatsache Rechnung tragen, dass die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche im Ausland ihren Dienst auf dem Gebiet zahlreicher Staaten vollzieht, – erklären durch diesen Akt folgendes:

1. Die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche im Ausland, die ihren heilbringenden Dienst in der historisch entstandenen Gesamtheit ihrer Diözesen, Gemeinden, Klöster, Bruderschaften und weiterer kirchlicher Einrichtungen versieht, verbleibt untrennbarer und selbstverwaltender Bestandteil der Russischen Orthodoxen Ortskirche.

2. Die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche im Ausland ist selbständig in pastoralen, administrativen, wirtschaftlichen, Eigentums- und Zivil-Angelegenheiten, wobei sie sich in kanonischer Gemeinschaft mit dem gesamten Pleroma der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche befindet.

3. Die höchste geistliche, gesetzgebende, administrative, gerichtliche und kontrollierende Gewalt innerhalb der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland wird von ihrem Bischofskonzil ausgeübt, welches von seinem Vorsitzenden (dem Ersthierarchen) in Übereinstimmung mit der Satzung der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland einberufen wird.

4. Der Ersthierarch der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland wird von ihrem Bischofskonzil gewählt. Die Wahl wird vom Patriarchen von Moskau und ganz Russland sowie vom Heiligen Synod der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche gemäß den Normen des kanonischen Rechts bestätigt.

5. Der Name des Oberhauptes der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche sowie der Name des Ersthierarchen der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland wird während eines jeden Gottesdienstes in sämtlichen Gotteshäusern der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland vor dem Namen des jeweiligen Diözesanbischofs ordnungsgemäß kommemoriert.

6. Entscheidungen über die Einrichtung oder die Auflösung von Diözesen innerhalb der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland werden von ihrem Bischofskonzil in Übereinkunft mit dem Patriarchen von Moskau und ganz Russland und dem Heiligen Synod der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche getroffen.

7. Bischöfe der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland werden von ihrem Bischofskonzil oder – in Fällen, die die Satzung der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland vorsieht, – vom Bischofssynod gewählt. Die Wahl wird vom Patriarchen von Moskau und ganz Russland sowie vom Heiligen Synod der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche auf kanonischer Grundlage bestätigt.

8. Die Bischöfe der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland sind Mitglieder des Landes- bzw. des Bischofskonzils der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche und nehmen ordnungsgemäß an den Sitzungen des Heiligen Synods teil. Vertreter des Klerus und der Laien der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland nehmen ordnungsgemäß am Lokalen Konzil der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche teil.

9. Übergeordnete kirchliche Machtinstanz für die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche im Ausland ist das Landes- bzw. das Bischofskonzil der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche.

10. Beschlüsse des Heiligen Synods der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche kommen im Bereich der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland unter Berücksichtigung der Besonderheiten zur Anwendung, welche durch den vorliegenden Akt, die Satzung der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland sowie die Gesetzgebung der Staaten, in denen sie ihren Dienst versieht, vorgegeben sind.

11. Berufungen hinsichtlich der Entscheidungen der höchsten kirchlichen Jurisdiktionsgewalt der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland werden an den Patriarchen von Moskau und ganz Russland gerichtet.

12. Änderungen im Statut der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche im Ausland, die von der höchsten gesetzgebenden Macht derselben vorgenommen werden, bedürfen der Bestätigung durch den Patriarchen von Moskau und ganz Russland und den Heiligen Synod der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche, sofern solche Änderungen kanonischen Charakter besitzen.

13. Die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche im Ausland erhält das Heilige Myron vom Patriarchen von Moskau und ganz Russland.

Durch den vorliegenden Akt wird die kanonische Gemeinschaft innerhalb der Russischen Orthodoxen Lokalkirche wiederhergestellt.

Früher verabschiedete Akte, welche der Fülle der kanonischen Einheit hinderlich waren, werden als ungültig bzw. als überholt erklärt.

Die Wiederherstellung der kanonischen Gemeinschaft wird, mit Gottes Beistand, zur Stärkung der Einheit der Kirche Christi und ihrem Werke des Zeugnisses in der gegenwärtigen Welt dienen und zur Erfüllung des Willens des Herrn beitragen, dem gemäß «auch die verstreuten Kinder Gottes zusammengebracht werden sollen» (Joh 11, 52).

Wir entrichten dem Allbarmherzigen Gott unseren Dank, der uns mit Seiner allmächtigen Rechten auf den Weg zur Heilung der Wunden der Teilung geführt und uns zur ersehnten Einheit der Russischen Kirche in der Heimat und in der Fremde, zum Ruhme Seines Heiligen Namens und zum Wohle Seiner Heiligen Kirche und ihrer treuen Kinder geleitet hat. Um der Fürbitten willen der heiligen Neuen Märtyrer und Bekenner Russlands spende der Herr der Einen Russischen Kirche sowie ihren in der Heimat und in der Verstreuung befindlichen Kindern Seinen Segen.

Source: www.russian-church.de

 

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