Archbishop Stefan announced the communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch Mr. г. Bartholomew

The head of MOC-OA Stefan, Photo: Free Press / Dragan Mitrevski

The Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia gg Stefan today on joint liturgy of MOC-OA and SOC in the cathedral "St. Clement of Ohrid" in Skopje said that our letter of thanks and our request for fellowship was accepted and on the birthday of the Church, on Pentecost, we will serve in the temple of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Fanar.

- Here, on the evening of this celebration of love, another joy arrived - good news from the Empress of the cities - the city of Constantine: our letter of thanks was received and our request for service was accepted - so on the birthday of the Church, on Pentecost, We will serve in the temple of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Fanar, said the Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia gg. Stefan.

The SOC recognized the autocephaly of the MOC-OA

This holy day, as he said, is also the Spa of the Knights, because a man approached us - the father of the Orthodox, His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Mr. г. Bartholomew, who put us in the water, because not 38, but 55 years we sat waiting on the porch and not finding someone to take care of us!

"Then another man approached us, our brother and today's servant, to meet us healthy and healed and to hug us warmly - and to send us to the high priest to confirm our healing, as the blind man was sent to the bath of Siloam," he added. g.g. Stefan.

The Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia pointed out that our eighty-year commitment to an independent Church has never had and does not aim to separate us from the Body of Christ, but to allow us, like other Orthodox nations, to freely carry out our mission among our people. , here in the Homeland and everywhere in the world, as far as we are concerned.

-This historical period that we all go through is a holiday for all Christians in Macedonia, regardless of national origin, who are the grandchildren of those who dreamed of seeing their Ohrid Archbishopric renewed, of seeing it autocephalous, or the great-grandchildren of all those who once lived united under one omophorion of the Archbishop of Ohrid. "Our ancestors are now rejoicing with the heavenly Church together with us, seeing our joy and our unity," said HH Stefan.

He reminded that the fraternal reconciliation took place recently in the Svetosava Church in Belgrade, which resulted from the mother initiative of the Mother Church - the Ecumenical Patriarchate and His Holiness.

-Recently, in the city of the two rivers - in Belgrade, under that magnificent vault of the Svetosava temple, the joy of the people of God, both from Macedonia and Serbia, was shouted, so that the sigh of relief of our ancestors and all of us could be heard loudly. . And that joy of fraternal reconciliation, which arose from the maternal initiative of the Mother Church - Ecumenical Patriarchate and His Holiness, and from which arose the condescension, full of love and understanding from the sister Serbian Patriarchate, occurred in the happiest period - in the happiest period this spiritual summer of the blessed Pentecost. And, here, the second liturgical feast of communion, when God gave us, "with one mouth and one heart" to glorify His honorable and majestic name, we again thinkfully celebrate it at an important moment - the feast of the holy all-Slavic educators Cyril and Methodius ", Said gg. Stefan.

GALLERY | Joint liturgy of MOC-OA and SOC in the cathedral "St. Kliment Ohridski ”in Skopje

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