From childhood our parents teach us the magic words: “thank you”, “please” and “sorry”. Some learn these lessons perfectly well, but others, alas, forget to thank their loved ones for a delicious dinner or a fresh shirt. And we must admit that we do not often say words of gratitude to our Savior.
Due to Pat. Theodoros’ communion with schismatics and “proceeding from the universally recognized principle rooted in the canons and Tradition of the non-jurisdiction of the clergy of one autocephalous Church to the court of another autocephalous Church,” the Russian Holy Synod ruled yesterday to consider the defrocking of Met. Leonid and the other Russian clergy “as having no canonical force and invalid.”
Two hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North America have appealed to state officials concerning the recent decision of Pristina authorities to block His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije from entering Kosovo on a pastoral visit.
In this season leading up to the coming of the Prince of Peace in the flesh, His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington and All America and Canada, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, has issued a statement calling on all to pray and fast for peace.
Throughout all times it has been important to find a balance between the eternal and the temporal, the spirit and the letter, the content and the form. It is a tragedy when the letter takes precedence over the spirit, and temporal interests and the current state of affairs—over universal ideals and eternal values.