An historic Encyclical has been issued by the Church of Greece (GOC),
which, once and for all, clarifies the teaching, and belief, of
the Holy Synod of the GOC concerning the Cheirothias of 1971 by the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).
The Encyclical clarifies not only the GOC understanding of the cheirothesias, but also comments on the
Innovation concerning the communion among the divine Persons as being
the 'first, uncreated Church....'," and rightly condemns it.
Encyclical is very detailed. It is a document of great value in
that it lays to rest the slander, on the part of the Kirikos schism,
that the Holy Synod of the GOC believed that she received her Apostolic
Succession from the Russian Church - and thereby repudiated the
Apostolic Succession handed down from the Ecumenical Patriarchate and
the State Church of Greece (through blessed Matthew) before the new
calendar innovation. The Holy Synod also reaffirms the adequacy
of the lone-bishop consecrations by the Blessed Archbishop
Matthew, in 1948.
This Encyclical outlines the official, unanimous Synodal
declaration concerning the above matters, and stands despite any
individual, or group, belief or understanding of the events of 1971.
Please click on the following link to read the English translation of the official version in the Greek language. The Encyclical