Monday, September 30, 2013

Synodical Encyclical

Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece

Protocol No. 473-S185
Athens, May 20, 2013                                        
Most holy clergymen, most pious congregation of the Holy Orthodox Church,

The grace of our Lord and Master be with you all!

As we all well know, the Lord said, If ye love Me, keep My commandments.  He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me.  This is My commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you (John 14:15, 21; 15:12.)

In short, our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that if we love Him, then we will keep His commandments, which are all summarized and included in the commandment of love for one another, since according to our heavenly dweller, the Apostle Paul, Love is the fulfilment of the Law (Romans 13:10).

Having all this in mind, our Holy Synod always pursues contacts with Orthodox brethren who do not belong to our domain, as for example the hierarchs of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America under the most reverend Metropolitan Ephraim, who were not long ago our brothers in the hierarchy and who have drawn their ordinations from our admirable Archbishop Kyr Auxentios.

With great care and diligence for a long period of time we have examined from all sides both our ecclesiastical situation and theirs, as well as administrative issues, and we have found, to our great joy, that there is much uniting us and nothing of importance to keep us apart.  Having then examined each other's confession on the sound basis of the holy dogmas and traditions of the Church, and having established and sealed this confession as being truly Orthodox in all, we have decided to reestablish our ecclesiastical communion and seal it with holy concelebrations here, as well as in America in this present after-Paschal period.

With this present statement we establish all of us as partakers of the happiness of this joyful event which took place in America of the holy concelebrations between us in accordance with our union in Christ, for which we offer great doxology to the Triune God Who wishes all His true children peace and love.  To Him be glory and dominion unto the ages.  Amen.

For the Holy Synod

+ Makarios
Archbishop of Athens and All Greece