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№: 06.39.11
June 7/20, 2011

To all clergy of the Eastern American Diocese

     At the last meeting of the ROCOR Sobor of Bishops, the Sobor resolved that one outcome of our unification with the Moscow Patriarchate was the normalization of relations with other Orthodox Churches. Although as a result of prior rivalries between the MP and ROCOR and other reasons, relations with a majority of the Churches has been absent de facto for decades now, they were never broken off de jure, and therefore no formal restoration of them is required. ROCOR, as an inseparable part of the Russian Orthodox Church, is in Eucharistic communion with all of the remaining canonical Local Orthodox Churches:

The Orthodox Church of Constantinople
The Orthodox Church of Alexandria
The Orthodox Church of Antioch
The Orthodox Church of Jerusalem
The Georgian Orthodox Church
The Serbian Orthodox Church
The Romanian Orthodox Church
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Cypriot Orthodox Church
The Orthodox Church of Greece
Albanian Orthodox Church
The Polish Orthodox Church
The Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America

     In accordance with Church rules, in order to concelebrate with clergy from other Orthodox Churches, just as with clergy from other ROCOR dioceses, clerics must have the blessing of their hierarch and the other Church’s local hierarch. Traveling clerics are reminded that many churches require proof of said blessing in written form.

With love in Christ,


Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia


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