A bishop of the Patriarchate of Constantinople was “asked not to concelebrate”
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Bishop Grigorije (Durić) was enthroned as the new bishop of Frankfurt and All Germany (Serbian Orthodox Church) in the Saint Sava Church in Düsseldorf on September 16, 2018. During the liturgical celebration, Archbishop Bartholomew of Arianzos, the bishop Vicar of the Diocese of Germany (Patriarchate of Constantinople) “was asked not to concelebrate because of the presence of two Russian bishops [Archbishop Tikhon of Podolsk (Moscow Patriarchate) and Archbishop Mark of Berlin (ROCOR)]”.

Metropolitan Augustin of Germany (Patriarchate of Constantinople) issued the following statement:
“… Another aspect of the September 14 decision concerns the interdiction for bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate to concelebrate with bishops of Ecumenical Patriarchate. This has already had an impact on us, here in Germany: during the enthronement of the new Serbian Bishop in Düsseldorf on September 16, our vicar bishop Bartholomew of Arianzos was asked not to concelebrate, because of the presence of two Russian bishops. Even if the Russian side stresses the fact that it does not put an end to Eucharistic communion, as concelebrations of priests continue to be permitted, I deeply regret this measure and the suspension which is at its base. For us, Orthodoxy is the common celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Therefore the Eucharist is the culmination of our ecclesial life. This situation, which I have been experiencing in this form for the first time in nearly five decades of episcopal ministry, is thus painful and disturbing…”

Source in German (official site of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis in Germany)

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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