It is with great sadness that we have become acquainted with the decision of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow of October 15th, 2018. We pray more than ever for “the stability and unity of the Holy Churches of God”. The Ecumenical Patriarchate, to whose jurisdiction our Metropolis belongs, did not break the communion with the Russian Orthodox Church and continues to mention the name of His Beatitude Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and all of Russia in the Dyptics of the Orthodox Church. This truly means that all Orthodox Christians are always invited to take part in the liturgical and sacramental life of our parishes.
And let us pray every day of our lives:
Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, head of the Church that is Your Body, who prayed for Your disciples to the Father, “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in me, and I in You, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that You has sent me”: We confess that Your Church is the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and cannot be divided; we mourn for all who separate themselves from Her, and we pray that You may make all schisms to cease. We put not our trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation; rather, we put all our hope in You, and we beseech You: send Your Holy Spirit to guide us to share the word of Your truth, and that we may bear witness to the unity of the Church in our lives. Preserve us, O Lord, from the evil one and all his attempts to divide us, and from the sin of pride. Heal the wounds caused by our lack of love, and fill us with love for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Keep us in Your truth; Your Word is truth. To You, and to the Father, and to the Holy Spirit we ascribe all praise, honour, and glory, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.