Friday, May 17, 2019

From Russia: A little slice of heaven


  1. Josephus, I know you’re not too keen on reporting on the Ukrainian stuff, but I have just learned of some things that are great news for Pan-Orthodox Unity and the good of the whole church. Hopefully (knock wood) this results in a healing of the divisions we see today in the church.

    The Archbishop of Cyprus has really been picking up the slack lately, and doing a wonderful job as a mediator between the local churches on this issue.

    “Following his meeting with the primates of the ancient Antiochian, Alexandrian, and Jerusalem Churches one month ago, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus has announced that he will also visit the primates of the Greek, Serbian, and Bulgarian Churches in the coming days to discuss the Ukrainian issue.”

    “a report published by yesterday states that Abp. Chrysostomos plans to visit His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to propose that Synaxis of the Primates be called at which Pat. Kirill would propose offering autocephaly to the canonical Ukrainian Church His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine. This would hypothetically happen after the ground has been prepared for Pat. Bartholomew to accept such a proposal.

    However, according to the report, Abp. Chrysostomos acknowledges that it would be very difficult for both patriarchs to accept this plan.“

    God Bless! -James

  2. It would have been great HAD Moscow already given autocephaly to the canonical Ukrainian church. However, the Ukrainian nationalist response would have been,"It isn't Moscow's to give."

  3. In case your readers are interested...more of Alexis El Massih's beautiful photos of Metropolitan Joseph's pilgrimage to Russia can be found here: