The Ecumenical Patriarchate has announced that it is accepting the Macedonian Church into Eucharistic communion
The Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC) was surprisingly recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate as the Ohrid Archbishopric.
A statement from Istanbul said yesterday that the term “Macedonia” and any other derivatives of it were excluded and that the church was recognized only by the name “Ohrid”, BNR reports.
After today’s meeting, the Holy and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it accepts in Eucharistic communion the Macedonian Church “the hierarchy, the clergy and the people of this Church under the omophorion of Archbishop Stefan” and thus “the Mother Church heals the wound of schism and schism. and wine “on the wound of the Orthodox brothers there.”
The Church of Serbia must settle administrative issues with the Church in the Republic of Northern Macedonia, according to a statement from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
This is a knife in the back of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, for which the Ohrid Archbishopric is part of the historical and spiritual space, as well as the oldest Bulgarian church institution, theologians commented. Years ago, the MOC demanded that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church be declared their mother church, but as soon as a commission was formed at the Holy Synod of the BOC on the issue, bishops from northern Macedonia began seeking direct assistance from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.