© RIA Novosti / Christina to Afanasevicha in potamocorbula in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Archival photo© RIA Novosti / Christina to Afanasevicha the image Bank
Metropolitan Varnava of Cheboksary and Chuvashia left the service of the night divine Liturgy in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem because of the presence of the hierarchs and priests of the Church of Constantinople, told RIA Novosti in the press service of the Russian ecclesiastical mission (RDM) in Jerusalem.
Metropolitan Barnabas together with a group of priests and pilgrims from Russia performs with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill pilgrimage journey through the Holy Land.
«October 28, because of the presence on the divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Sepulchre hierarchs and clergy of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, Metropolitan Barnabas postponed the worship services held on the Holy Sepulchre and led the divine Liturgy at Trinity Cathedral of Russian ecclesiastical mission in Jerusalem, thereby emphasizing the high status of this temple as the main Cathedral of the Russian ecclesiastical presence in the Holy Land,» — noted in RDM.
Together with Metropolitan Barnabas worship was made the chief of mission Archimandrite Alexander (elisov), the Secretary of the Russian ecclesiastical mission hegumen Nikon (Golovko) and deacon Vyacheslav Senin.
Later, Metropolitan Barnabas visited Jerusalem Church of the Resurrection of Christ, and bowed to its main Shrine – the Holy Sepulchre.
Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.
The Eucharistic communion makes it impossible for all of the clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church to serve together with the hierarchs and clergy of the Church of Constantinople, and for the laity – participate in the ordinances performed in her temples.