At its session held June 25-26 in the
"St. Bogorodica" monastery at Matka, the
Archpriest Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church
reviewed the latest situation in the MOC.
In an announcement distributed on
Wednesday, the Macedonian Orthodox Church underlines
that the invitations sent by the Serbian Orthodox Church
not to the Synod but to individual priests, who are
invited for joint liturgy and unity with the SOC has a
tendency to cause division between the MOC priests and
The proposal for joint liturgy and
canonic unity between the MOC and the SOC was jointly
adopted by commissions from the two churches at the
meeting from April 15-16, 1992, but was later rejected
by the Archpriest synod of the SOC.
"If the proposal for canonic
unity was addressed to the Macedonian Orthodox Church,
than it would have been reviewed by the MOC Archpriest
Synod and a reply would have been provided
promptly," officials from the MOC say.
The Archpriest synod insists the
communication between the MOC and the SOC to be carried
out on the level of the constitutional church bodies. In
that case, the MOC would ask for continuation of the
negotiations between the two church commissions.
The MOC Archpriest synod also points
out that the SOC denies the agreed practice to call the
Macedonian Orthodox Church by its constitutional name
and to call its Head archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia.
The MOC finds the gesture of
Metropolitan Jovan, who decided to establish canonic
unity with the SOC as hazardous for the Church, but
starting from the Christian love, the Synod invites
metropolitan Jovan to return to the MOC and thus to help
in the closing of this issue.
The MOC believes that the individual
acceptance of the invitation for canonic unity with the
SOC causes divisions in our church