Thursday, June 16, 2022

A tomos for the Macedonians

It should come as no surprise that Constantinople is not happy to have what it considers its sole prerogative to have been usurped by Serbia. At the same time, from friends in Skopje, I am told that many Macedonians are also unhappy to have the Serbians give them this tomos. The animosity with the Serbian Patriarchate for some seems to trump the more limited autonomy that Constantinople would have given them.

(SOC) - On 5 June 2022, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije presided over the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy in the Cathedral church of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, with the concelebration of His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia kyr Stefan.

The Liturgy was concelebrated by Their Eminences Metropolitans: Petar of Prespa and Pelagonia, Timotej of Debar and Kičevo, Agatangel of Povardarje, Pimen of Europe, Grigorije of Kumanovo and Osogovo, and Their Graces Bishops Fotije of Zvornik–Tuzla, David of Kruševac, Stefan of Remesiana, Jerotej of Toplica – elected Bishop of Šabac, Justin of Hvosno – elected Bishop of Western Europe, Archimandrite Nektarije – elected bishop of Jegar, with the prayerful presence of His Eminence Metropolitan of Tetovo-Gostivar kyr Josif and Their Graces Bishops Kliment of Heraclea, Irinej of Bačka, Sava of Marča and retired Bishop of Canada kyr Georgije.

At the end of the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije handed the Tomos confirming the autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Archdiocese of Ohrid to His Beatitude Archbishop of Macedonia and Ohrid kyr Stefan.

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