By Synodal decree, Their Graces, Bishops Photios of Marathon and Clement of Gardikion, Chief-Secretary and Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece respectively, made a two-day visit to Bulgaria from Monday evening July 1/14 to Wednesday afternoon July 3/16 in order to deliberate with His Grace, Bishop Photii of Triaditsa who presides over the Old Calendar Church of Bulgaria on issues of common interest, to facilitate the desired attainment of formal ecclesiastical communion between the Genuine Orthodox Churches of Greece and Bulgaria.
His Grace Bishop Photii of Triaditsa confirmed that in principle there is no disagreement with the Common Ecclesiological Document “The True Orthodox Church and the Heresy of Ecumenism – Dogmatic and Canonical Issues.” However, the Document will be carefully studied and after internal consultation he shall present their opinion thereon, officially and in writing.
They also discussed the way of finding a possible solution to a local issue concerning a cleric in order not to hamper the desired ecclesiastical unity. For this purpose the two bishops from Greece visited the Holy Monastery of the Annunciation in Kopilovtsy in the region of Kyustendil, to conduct discussions.
The discussions with His Grace, Bishop Photii of Triaditsa took place in a climate of mutual respect with a sincere interest to serve the unity of the Church and our common Orthodox Witness and Confession of Faith.
Why do we follow the Old Orthodox Calendar?
a Because based on it, the First Ecumenical Council established the Paschal Canon and appointed that the feast of Holy Pascha may fall anywhere from March 22nd until April 25th, while with the New (Papal) Calendar it can fall as late at May 8th.
b The Gregorian (Papal) Calendar has been condemned by three Pan-Orthodox Councils under Patriarch Jeremiah Tranos (1583, 1587, 1589) Read more...
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Registration is now open for the 2017 St Xenia Camp. Please visit the St Xenia Camp website for more information and registration.
The Family Youth Conference will be held Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22 at The Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church in Concord, NH.
Q. Are the prayers in the blue prayer book [A Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery —ed.] compulsory for everyone? I mean their morning prayers and the service of Small Compline. My confessor gave me a special rule but wasn’t clear about whether this replaced the book prayers or was in addition to them. Read more...