On Thursday, May 9/22, 2014 His Eminence, Metropolitan Agafangel, First Hierarch of the ROCA, together with his entourage visited the Holy Ascension Monastery in Bearsville, NY, where he was received warmly with all the ecclesiastical majesty fitting the First-Hierarch of one of our Sister Churches, by the monastery’s abbot, His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, and the entire brotherhood.
During his visit, Metropolitan Agafangel invited Metropolitan Demetrius to concelebrate with him the following Saturday.
On Saturday, May 11/24, 2014, the feast day of the Enlighteners of the Slavs, Sts. Cyril and Methodius, His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia in Middleburg, NY - the residence of Archbishop Andronik - presided over by Metropolitan Agafangel. Also concelebrating were Archbishop Andronik, and Bishops Afanasii, Kirill, and Nikolai.
Metropolitan Demetrius gave a sermon during which he spoke of the significance of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and how they are the symbols of unity between the Greek and Russian Churches.
For more information regarding the May 2014 ROCA Council of Bishops, please visit this site.
In the early 20th century, the idea of promoting the union of Churches (Orthodox and heterodox) began to gain ground among circles in the Eastern Orthodox Church by establishing a "Communion of Churches" modeled on the League of Nations.
The Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920 foresaw a series of steps toward the “union of the Churches,” of which the first was the change of the calendar for the simultaneous celebration of feast days by all the “Churches.” The content of the encyclical was kept secret from the faithful and only after a few years became known. Read more...
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ, is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Read more...