Ecumenical Patriarchate Communiqué on the Archdiocese of Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in its session of November 27, 2018, decided to revoke the patriarchal tomos of 1999 by which he granted the pastoral care and administration of Orthodox parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe to his archbishop-exarch. This decision responds to the pastoral and spiritual needs of our time, with the greatest respect for canon law and our spiritual responsibility. Indeed, the historical circumstances that led to its creation of such a structure in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of October 1917, just a hundred years ago, have changed profoundly. We thank God for the tireless courage your communities have shown over time in preserving the rich spiritual tradition that came from Russia in the aftermath of the bloody persecution of the new atheist regime. We are especially pleased that the Mother Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has taken the responsibility to offer its canonical protection to these communities and thus allow them to enjoy, in the respect of the ecclesial order, a freedom synonymous with life in the Holy Spirit.

Mother Church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople

The purpose of today’s decision is to further strengthen the bond of the Russian tradition parishes with the Mother Church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Each of these communities holds a spiritual heritage that has been established in the wake of a dramatic story of persecution and exile and prophetically participated in the theological revival of Orthodoxy in the 20th century. It is indeed through personalities, theologians, philosophers, artists, prominent, from Russian immigration that the orthodox faith has radiated in Western Europe and beyond.

Here we wish to reassure the pious faithful of the parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe and their communities. It is through pastoral solicitude that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided the integration and the attachment of the parishes to the various holy cities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the countries where they are located (part underlined by the editorial staff). Our Mother Church will continue to ensure and guarantee the preservation of their liturgical and spiritual tradition. The bond of filiation will be all the more close with the siege of Constantinople that the latter is desirous of continuing to show his pastoral leniency and his apostolic solicitude for the people of God for whom he is responsible. We pray fervently to the Lord, whose preparation we are preparing at this time for the divine nativity, that you will remain faithful to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as the Mother Church of Constantinople is devoted to you.

Orthodox faith in Western Europe

We sincerely hope that you continue to be witnesses to the Orthodox faith in Western Europe through the practice of virtue and the fulfillment of the principles of the Gospel. We also thank His Excellency, Archbishop Jean de Charioupolis for having led his communities with love and loyalty to this new stage of their history, trusting in the grace of God who calls us to “be renewed by the spiritual transformation of the understanding and to put on the new man, created according to God in justice and holiness which come from the truth. “(Eph 4, 23-24) May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be always with you, by the prayers of the Most Holy Mother of God and of all the saints. Phanar, November 27, 2018 Source Previous notes on this topic: The Ecumenical Patriarchate has just dissolved the Archbishop-Exarchate of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe ; Communiqué from the Office of the Diocesan Administration of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe .