Regular Session of the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate is
On April 20, 2005, a regular session of the Holy Synod of the Russian
Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate was held. Heard among
the reports on the internal life and external activities of the
Moscow Patriarchate was that of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy on
the bringing of the relics of New Martyrs Elizaveta and Varvara
to Russia. On this matter, the Holy Synod made the following resolution:
To thank God for His all-generous mercy brought upon the Russian
Orthodox Church through the visit to her territories of the relics
of these Holy New Martyrs.
To mark with great satisfaction the positive significance of the
travels of the relics in the edification of the faith of the peoples
nourished by the Russian Orthodox Church.
To thank His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus of Eastern America and
New York and the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside
of Russia for the good will they shown and to express hope that
the travels of the relics of these Holy New Martyrs will be a step
upon the path of further rapprochement between the two parts of
the single Church of Christ.
To thank the organizers of this event [that is, the Fund of St Andrew
the First-called—Ed.] for their labors."
The following decision was rendered following the report of Metropolitan
Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad on the fourth joint session of
the Committees of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
and the Moscow Patriarchate:
To approve the documents drafted during the fourth joint session
of the committees.
To approve the publication of the documents already approved by
the Hierarchies of the Moscow Patriarchate and of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia in accordance with the joint proposals
of the Committees."
The documents adopted at the last session of the Church Committees
and approved by the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate, and also
materials from the Pre-Council Committee preparing the 4th All-Diaspora
Council, will be considered at the spring session of the Synod of
Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, scheduled
be held in Munich on May 23-25, 2005.