the Second Joint Working Meeting of the Negotiating Committees of
Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
The second joint working meeting of the Committees of the Moscow
Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was
held at the premises of the Cathedral of the New Martyrs and Confessors
of Russia of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in Munich
from September 14-16, 2004.
Participating in the work of the Committees, on the part of the
Russian Orthodox Church were: the President of the Committee, Archbishop
Innokenty of Korsun, Archbishop Evgeny of Vereya, Protopriest Vladislav
Tsypin, Archimandrite Tikhon and the Secretary of the Committee,
Protopriest Nikolai Balashov.
the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia were Committee President
Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany, Bishop Ambroise of Vevey,
Archimandrite Luke, Protopriest Nikolai Artemoff and the Secretary
of the Committee, Protopriest Alexander Lebedeff.
The Committees continued the work begun at the first joint meeting
held in Moscow from June 22-24, 2004, in accordance with the directives
given them during the meetings held on May 17-18 by the delegation
of the Russian Orthodox Church headed by His Holiness Patriarch
Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia and the delegation of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan
result of the joint sessions were mutually-approved draft documents
touching upon all the areas assigned to the Committees to discuss,
including the relationship of the Church and state, the relationship
of Orthodoxy with heterodox groups and inter-confessional organizations,
the canonical status of the Russian Church Abroad as a self-governing
part of the Local Russian Orthodox Church, and also the overcoming
of obstacles towards the establishment of Eucharistic communion.
These documents will be submitted for consideration and confirmation
to the Hierarchies of the Moscow Patriarchate and of the Russian
was the case during the first meeting in Moscow, when the participants
in the Committees' work felt great joy that during the meetings
they were able to pray before the miracle-working Tikhvin Icon upon
its return to the homeland, it was an unexpected joy for all the
members of the Committees that the Miracle-working Kursk-Root Icon
of the Mother of God arrived at the Munich Cathedral. The participants
of the talks prayed together during a moleben and akathist before
the holy icon.
The next meeting of the Committees is scheduled to be held in Moscow
in November 2004.