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Synod accepted "Russian exarchate" in jurisdiction of ROC
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The archbishopric of the Western European parishes of the Russian tradition has been accepted under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), RIA Novosti reports. The corresponding decision was announced at a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, held on Monday, October 7. The meeting can rightfully be called historical, according to the Moscow Patriarchate, since now the "Russian exarchate" is an integral part of the Russian Church.
Russkiy Mir reported that last month the ROC received an appeal from the head of the “Russian exarchate” Archbishop John (Renneto) and a number of parishes requesting accession to the Moscow Patriarchate. The decision was a response to the abolition of the exarchate by the Patriarch of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church responded positively to the appeal of Archbishop John and other clergy of the "Russian exarchate."
According to the ROC, most of the clergy followed their head and expressed a desire to enter the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The head of the synodal department for the relationship of the Church with society and the media Vladimir Legoyda assured that the archbishopric would retain all the liturgical and pastoral traditions. It will remain autonomous in the field of finance.
The Decree of the Synod, Legoida explains, not only stops the church division of the parishes of the ROC abroad, but also “connects the Moscow Patriarchate with the most interesting tradition of the archbishopric of the Western European parishes of the Russian tradition”.
The descendants of the first wave of emigrants who left Russia after the revolution, as well as the French, the Dutch, and the Belgians are part of the "Russian exarchate" . They joined it thanks to the missionary and educational activities of Russian shepherds.