Protocol Number 719‏

CHURCH of the G.O.C. of GREECE

ΚΑΝΙΓΓΟΣ 32 (γ´ ὄροφος)
106 82 ΑΘΗΝΑΙ
TEL. 21038 28 280 - FAX 21038 47 365

Protocol Number 719


The Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece in its meeting on October 2/15, 2003, under the presidency of His Beatitude Archbishop CHRYSOSTOMOS of Athens and all Greece and composed of its members their Eminences Metropolitans Akakios of Attica and Diauleia, Stephanos of Chios, Pavlos of America, Gerontios of Piraeus, Chrysostomos of Attica and Boeotia and their Graces Bishops Gregory of Christianoupolis, Photios of Marathon and Theodosios of Bresthena, received the petition of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos of America concerning the resolution of the local affairs of the Church of the G.O.C. in America by an Eparchial Synod so that it may be governed more smoothly.

Having taken the matter into consideration, the Holy Synod unanimously decided to establish an Eparchial Synod which will resolve the local affairs of Church in America. The Synod shall be comprised of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos of America as President, His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis and at least one Bishop from Greece until the ordination of a third Bishop in America.

The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Church of the G.O.C. in America shall be exclusively competent to discharge its diocesan and pastoral duties, which shall be undertaken by its ruling hierarch, the Metropolitan of America together with those Bishops under him. The latter, in accordance with the Holy Canons, shall commemorate the former, who in turn shall commemorate His Beatitude the Archbishop of Athens in the diptychs and the Great Entrance.

Such being the case, the Church of the G.O.C. of America preserving unshaken the Divine and Holy Canons, shall walk firmly in the God-given teachings of the Holy Scriptures, steadily following the God-bearing Fathers in their ordinances and remaining united doctrinally, spiritually and in full communion with the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece which is its Mother Church. His Eminence, the Metropolitan of America shall continue to be a member of the Holy Synod of the Church of the G.O.C. of Greece.

In the year of our Lord 2003, the 11th/24th of October

The Archbishop

CHRYSOSTOMOS of Athens and all Greece

The Members

AKAKIOS of Attica and Diauleia
MAXIMOS of Thessaloniki and Demetrias
KALLINIKOS of Achaia and all the Peloponnese
STEPHANOS of Chios Psara and Oinousses
JUSTIN of Euripus and Euboea
PAVLOS of America
GERONTIOS of Piraeus and Salamis
CHRYSOSTOMOS of Attica and Boeotia
GREGORY of Christianoupolis
PHOTIOS of Marathon
THEODOSIOS of Bresthena

By the order of the Holy Synod
CHRYSOSTOMOS of Athens and all Greece

The Chief Secretary
KALLINIKOS of Achaia and all the Peloponnese

On his behalf, the Secretary
PHOTIOS of Marathon



ΚΑΝΙΓΓΟΣ 32 (γ´ ὄροφος)
106 82 ΑΘΗΝΑΙ
ΤΗΛ. 21038 28 280 - ΦΑΞ 21038 47 365

Ἀριθμός Πρωτ. 719


Ἡ Ἱερά Σύνοδος τῆς Ἐκκλησίας τῶν Γνησίων Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν Ἑλλάδος κατά τήν συνεδρίαν αὐτῆς τήν 2αν/15ην Ὀκτωβρίου τοῦ ἔτους 2003, ὑπό τήν προεδρίαν τοῦ Μακαριωτάτου Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Ἀθηνῶν καί πάσης Ἑλλάδος κ.κ. ΧΡΥΣΟΣΤΟΜΟΥ καί συγκειμένη ἐκ τῶν μελῶν αὐτῆς Σεβασμιωτάτων Μητροπολιτῶν Ἀττικῆς καί Διαυλείας κ. Ἀκακίου, Χίου κ. Στεφάνου, Ἀμερικῆς κ. Παύλου, Πειραιῶς κ. Γεροντίου, Ἀττικῆς καί Βοιωτίας κ. Χρυσοστόμου καί τῶν Θεοφιλεστάτων Ἐπισκόπων Χριστιανουπόλεως κ. Γρηγορίου, Μαραθῶνος κ. Φωτίου καί Βρεσθένης κ. Θεοδοσίου, ἐπελήφθη τοῦ αἰτήματος τοῦ Σεβ/του Ἀμερικῆς κ. Παύλου περί ἐπιτοπίου ἐπιλύσεως τῶν τοπικῶν θεμάτων τῆς ἐν Ἀμερικῇ Ἐκκλησίας τῶν Γ.Ο.Χ. ὑπό Ἐπαρχιακῆς Συνόδου πρός εὐχερεστέραν διακυβέρνησιν αὐτῆς.

Συσκεψαμένη δε ὁμοφώνως ἐνέκρινε τήν ἐν λόγῳ αἴτησιν, ἀποφασίσασα ὅπως τοῦ λοιποῦ συσταθῆ Ἐπαρχιακή Σύνοδος διά τήν ἐπίλυσιν τῶν ἐν Ἀμερικῇ τοπικῶν θεμάτων ὑπ’ αὐτῆς. Ἤτοι τοῦ Σεβασμιωτάτου Μητροπολίτου Ἀμερικῆς ὡς Προέδρου ἐν συμμετοχῇ ὡς μελῶν τοῦ Θεοφιλεστάτου Θεοπόλεως καί ἑνός τουλάχιστον Ἐπισκόπου ἐξ Ἑλλάδος μέχρις χειροτονίας τρίτου Ἐπισκόπου ἐν Ἀμερικῇ.

Ἡ Ἱερά Σύνοδος τῆς ἐν Ἀμερικῇ Ἐκκλησίας τῶν Γ.Ο.Χ. ἔσεται ἐφ’ ἑξῆς ἀποκλειστικῶς ἁρμοδία ὡς πρός τά διοικητικά καί ποιμαντορικά καθήκοντα αὐτῆς, τά ὁποῖα θα ἀσκοῦνται ἀπό τόν Πρῶτον τῇ τάξει Μητροπολίτην Ἀμερικῆς καί τούς ὑπ’ αὐτόν Ἐπισκόπους οἱ ὁποῖοι θα ἔχουν τήν πρός αὐτόν ἀναφοράν των καί θα μνημονεύωσιν αὐτόν κατά τά ὑπό τῶν Ἱερῶν Κανόνων ὁριζόμενα. Ὁ δέ πρῶτος αὐτῆς, Μητροπολίτης Ἀμερικῆς θά μνημονεύει ἐν τοῖς δυπτύχοις καί ἐν τῇ Μεγ. Εἰσόδῳ τόν Μακαριώτατον Ἀρχιεπίσκοπον Ἀθηνῶν.

Κατά δέ τά λοιπά, ἤτοι δογματικῶς καί πνευματικῶς ἡ Ἐκκλησία Γ.Ο.Χ. Ἀμερικῆς τηροῦσα ἀπαρασαλεύτως τούς θείους καί ἱερούς κανόνας, στοιχῶσα δέ ἀκλινῶς τῇ θεοπαραθόδτῳ διδασκαλίᾳ τῶν Γραφῶν καί ἀκολουθούσα ἀπαρεγκλίτως τούς θεοφόρους Πατέρας κατά τά θέσμια αὐτῶν, παραμένει ἡνωμένη καί ἐν πλήρει κοινωνίᾳ μετά τῆς καθ’ ἡμᾶς Ἐκκλησίας Γ.Ο.Χ. Ἑλλάδος ὡς μητρός Ἐκκλησίας. Ὁ δέ Σεβασμιώτατος Ἀμερικῆς ἀποτελεῖ ἀναπόσπαστον μέλος τῆς Ἱερᾶς Συνόδου τῆς Ἐκκλησίας Γ.Ο.Χ. Ἑλλάδος.

Ἐν ἔτει σωτηρίῳ 2003 τῇ 11ῃ/24ῃ Ὀκτωβρίου.

Ὁ Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος
† Ὁ Ἀθηνῶν καὶ πάσης Ἑλλάδος

Τά Μέλη

† Ὁ Ἀττικῆς καὶ Διαυλείας ΑΚΑΚΙΟΣ
† Ὁ Θεσσαλονίκης καὶ Δημητριάδος ΜΑΞΙΜΟΣ
† Ὁ Ἀχαΐας καὶ πάσης Πελοποννήσου ΚΑΛΛΙΝΙΚΟΣ
† Ὁ Χίου, Ψαρῶν καὶ Οἰνουσῶν ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΣ
† Ὁ Εὐρίπου καὶ Εὐβοίας ΙΟΥΣΤΙΝΟΣ
† Ὁ Ἀμερικῆς ΠΑΥΛΟΣ
† Ὁ Πειραιῶς καὶ Σαλαμῖνος ΓΕΡΟΝΤΙΟΣ
† Ὁ Ἀττικῆς καὶ Βοιωτίας ΧΡΥΣΟΣΤΟΜΟΣ
† Ὁ Χριστιανουπόλεως ΓΡΗΓΟΡΙΟΣ
† Ὁ Μαραθῶνος ΦΩΤΙΟΣ
† Ὁ Βρεσθένης ΘΕΟΔΟΣΙΟΣ

Ὁ Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος
† Ὁ Ἀθηνῶν καὶ πάσης Ἑλλάδος

Ὁ Ἀρχιγραμματεύς
† Ὁ Ἀχαΐας καὶ πάσης Πελοποννήσου ΚΑΛΛΙΝΙΚΟΣ

Ἐντολῇ τῆς I. Συνόδου
Ὁ Ἀρχιγραμματεύς
† Ο Μαραθῶνος ΦΩΤΙΟΣ

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