ROC explained the situation with Holy fire after the division of the churches

© AP Photo / Dan BaliltyСхождение of the Holy fire in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Archival photoROC explained the situation with Holy fire after the division of the churches© AP Photo / Dan Balilty

Secretary of the Russian ecclesiastical mission in Jerusalem hegumen Nikon has told RIA Novosti that the Russian Orthodox Church to suspend participation in the services at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem if you will allow there followers of the Ukrainian non-canonical structures, but this will not prevent the followers of the Russian Orthodox Church to attend the ceremony of the Holy fire.

He made it clear that the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which owns many objects of worship in the Holy land, including a chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has not yet responded to the decision of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church about the break of communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

The Holy fire descends annually in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on the eve of the Orthodox Easter.

Vice-President of the Foundation of St. Basil the Great Mikhail Yakushev explained that the break canonical communion with the Moscow Patriarchate by the Patriarchate of Constantinople will not affect the delivery of the Holy fire from Jerusalem to Russia.

«In order to bring the fire, you need to get on a plane and fly to Jerusalem, and Jerusalem is the canonical territory of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem. Constantinople is irrelevant», — said Yakushev RIA Novosti.

He explained that the delivery of the Holy fire to bless the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

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