Ecumenical Patriarch: "Together we wrote history"

Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

 

June 19-26, 2016

 

 

 

The Holy and Great Council concluded its works with success on Saturday evening, June 25, 2016.

 

On this occasion, His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressed a word of gratitude. His Holiness thanked all the Primates of Autocephalous Orthodox Churches who participated in the proceedings, stressing out that “the grace and illumination of the Holy Spirit, which constitutes the entire institution of the Church, led to unanimity”. In addition, His Holiness thanked the organizers, the supporters, those who were directly or indirectly involved, and to those who prayed for the good proceeding of the Holy Council in Crete.

 

The Ecumenical Patriarch exclaimed: “Together We wrote history! We wrote a new chapter in the history of the Church!”

 

Referring to the normality of the proceedings, Patriarch Bartholomew said that there have been difficulties, not everything was easy, not everything was pink, but the Council fathers demonstrated that they are united in diversity.

 

Furthermore, he urged all the Primates that returning to their countries to convey the peaceful message of Christ, which also constitutes the message of the Holy and Great Council.

 

His Holiness ended his speech gratefully, by saying: “The God of peace is with us! Christ in our midst!”

 

Next, His Beatitude Theodoros, Patriarch of Alexandria, took the floor, and congratulated the Ecumenical Patriarch. He also underlined the fact that even though the hierarchs are coming from diverse backgrounds and linguistic cultures, this “has not prevented reaching agreement” among them.

 

For the good proceeding of the Council, but also for his 25th anniversary of patriarchal office, His Beatitude Theodoros offered the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew a hierarchal encolpion panagia and cross set, in order to express that the patriarchal office means both bearing a cross and attaining to resurrection.

 

To conclude with, His Holiness Bartholomew announced that on Sunday, June 26, 2016, during the Divine Liturgy, after the Gospel reading, Metropolitan Jeremiah of Switzerland, coordinator of the Secretariat of the Holy and Great Council, will read out the Message of the Council for the world.

 

 

The Encyclical and the Message of the Holy and Great Council

 

 

01. The Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council, read here

 

02. The Message of the Holy and Great Council, read here

 

 

The Official Documents of the Holy and Great Council

 

 

01. The Importance of Fasting and its observance today, read here

 

02. Relations of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian World,

read here

 

03. Autonomy and the Means by which it is proclaimed, read here

 

04. The Orthodox Diaspora, read here

 

05. The Sacrament of Marriage and its impediments, read here

 

06. The Mission of the Orthodox Church in today's world, read here

 

 

Videos: The celebration of the Liturgy

 

 

01. The Divine Liturgy of Pentecost, watch here

 

02. The Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 26, 2016, watch here

 

 

Videos: Information about the Holy and Great Council

 

 

01. Apolytikion of Pentecost, watch here

 

02. Feast of Pentecost: A Concelebration of Unity, watch here

 

03. Day one of the Holy and Great Council, watch here

 

04. Behind the Issues: The importance of dialogue, watch here

 

05. The Church: Local and Global, watch here

 

06. The End as Beginning: The process after the Council, watch here

 

07. Archbishop Demetrios of America about the Holy Council, watch here

 

 

See more information, videos, photos here and here

 

 

 

The Preparation of the Holy and Great Council

Journeying Together in Faith

 

"The Spirit of Truth will Guide You"

(John 16:13)

 

Synaxis of Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, Chambésy, January, 21-28, 2016

A Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church has been scheduled for 2016. In March of 2014, the leaders of all the autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches met in Constantinople (Istanbul), the sacred see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which historically (since at least the fifth century) coordinates such assemblies, facilitating unity while serving as a center of appeal among these churches. Arguably the foremost decision unanimously agreed upon at that assembly of church heads was the convocation of a Great Council in 2016.

 

The council of 2016, which has been on the table for discussion and preparation since at least 1961 (although there were earlier proposals for such a council in the 1920s and 1930s), will gather representatives from all fourteen independent Orthodox Churches. The Great Council will be attended by patriarchs, archbishops, and bishops from the fourteen autocephalous Orthodox Churches, including those from all of the ancient patriarchates, with the exception of Rome.

 

Where will the Holy and Great Council be held?

 

The Council will be held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete from 16 to 27 June 2016.

 

The decision to convene the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church in Crete, rather than at the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople as originally proposed, was dictated by “exceptional objective circumstances” (i.e. by the recent Russo-Turkish crisis) which basically prevents the Patriarch of Moscow, Kyrill, and his delegation from visiting the City of Constantinople.

 

This is also why the February 2016 Synaxis met in Geneva and not at the Phanar, as had been originally planned.

 

Read more >

 

 

 

Synaxis of the Primates

of the Orthodox Churches

 

Chambésy, 21-28, 2016

 

 

 

Synaxis of the Primates

of the Orthodox Churches

 

Chambésy, 21-28, 2016

 

Communique, Read more >

 

Homily by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Read more >

 

Keynote Address by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Read more >

 

 

 

 

 

Agreed Texts

 

Chambésy, 21-28, 2016

 

 

 

Agreed Texts

 

Chambésy, 21-28, 2016

 

01. The Mission of the Orthodox Church in the Contemporary World, Read more >

 

02. The Orthodox Diaspora, Read more >

 

03.Autonomy and its Manner of Proclamation, Read more >

 

04. The Sacrament of Marriage and its Impediments, Read more >

 

05. The Significance of Fasting and its Application Today, Read more >

 

06. Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World, Read more >

 

Organization and Working Procedure of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, Read more >

 

 

 

 

 

Articles

 

 

 

 

 

Articles

 

01. Anton C. Vrame, On the forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council, Read more >

 

02. George Martzelos, Why the Great Synod of Orthodoxy is necessary today, Read more >

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

 

Bulletin 01 - What is the Great and Holy Council?

 Read more >

 

Bulletin 02 - A message from His All-Holiness

 Read more >

 

Bulletin 03 - The attendees and the process

 Read more >

 

Bulletin 04 - A parish perspective

 Read more >

 

Infographic 01 - Preparation of the Holy and Great Council: a comprehensive timeline

 Read more >

 

Council Participants - Learn about the Orthodox Patriarchates and Autocephalus Churches

Read more >

 

The Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Holy and Great Synod

Read more >

 

Many Questions, Simple Answers (3 Videos, 14 June 2016)

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