The head of the ROC cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

© AFP 2018 / Ozan Counselingi the Patriarch, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople Bartholomew I . Archival photoThe head of the ROC cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople© 2018 AFP / Ozan Kose

Patriarch Kirill cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, but the Eucharistic communion between the churches is not interrupted. The corresponding decision was taken on Friday the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

«The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church at the session today accepted the decision on suspension of the commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinople during the Liturgy in the Russian Orthodox Church,» — said at a briefing the Chairman of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«Eucharistic communion between the churches is not interrupted. This decision is without prejudice to the ability of clergy of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Russian Orthodox Church to perform the divine service,» — said RIA Novosti the press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov.

The cessation of commemoration means that the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill will cease to pronounce the name of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during the Liturgy, that is, will cease to pray for him at home in a Church service. According to the Patriarchal rite of the Liturgy, the worship service several times by name pray for the primates of all local Orthodox churches in the world. The diptychs (the list of these churches) recognized by the Orthodox Church, today in the world 15, and the Church of Constantinople because of the historical tradition is in the list in the first place.

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