MOC invites BOC for the 1000th anniversary of the Ohrid Archbishopric, SOC will celebrate separately


Skopje, 11 May, 2018 - 21:19 (META) 

The Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) has invited the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) to mark the 1000 year anniversary of the Ohrid Archbishopric.

Archbishop Stefan told the Bulgarian agency BGNES that the invitation was sent to Bulgarian patriarch Neofit and to the state leadership of Bulgaria for a joint celebration of the millennial anniversary of the establishment of the Ohrid Archbishopric.

According to statements by the MOC-OA, the 1000 year anniversary will be marked with church-state ceremonies in Ohrid on 27 and 28 May.

The Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) will also mark the millennial anniversary of the establishment of the Ohrid Archbishopric, read the statement issued after the annual gathering of the Holy Bishopric of the SOC, which ended yesterday.

The statement says that the celebration will be “prayerful and dignified and will take place at some point this year”.

At the annual gathering they also welcomed the legally binding decision of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights “which concludes that the authorities of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia violated the international convention on freedom of thought, conscience and religion by refusing to register the canonical Ohrid Archbishopric.


Russian Patriarch Cyril and Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte will discuss the status of the MOC


Sofia, 2 March, 2018 - 17:46 (META) 

The status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric will be the topic of the meeting between Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte and the Russian Patriarch Cyril, who is paying a visit to Sofia today and tomorrow to mark the 140th anniversary of the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.

This was confirmed by Bulgarian Metropolitan Anthony in a statement on Bulgarian National Television. He pointed out that the status of the MOC-OA is a current issue in the Orthodox world and needs to be discussed.

“The Holy Synod of the BOC has always tried to help Macedonian Christians to have a canonically recognized Orthodox Church”, says Metropolitan Anthony of Western Europe and Central Europe.

She pointed out that the BOC in its history went through a “schismatic path”, similar to the Macedonian one, when it was separated from the Greek Church.

“The BOC wants to resolve the status of the Macedonian Church and can not stay away from this issue, but at the same time it does not want to break from the canons”, said Metropolitan Anthony.

Patriarch Cyril, during his stay in Sofia, with the Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte, will also meet with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.


The Greek Church “is praying” for their sister BOC not to become the MOC’s mother church


Athens, 16 December, 2017 - 13:55 (META) 

The Holy Archaeological Synod of the Greek Church at yesterday’s meeting reviewed the BOC’s decision to accept the request, as the statement said, “to the schismatic church” to assume the role of “mother church”.

“On this occasion, the Holy Synod expresses concern, because of the fact of interference, with that decision, made by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the jurisdiction of another Orthodox Church, i.e. of the Serbian Orthodox Church, an act that is contrary to the sacred canons and the tradition of the church. Therefore, overwhelming the canon law and the leading role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which may be the beginning of unwillingness”, said the statement.

The Holy Archaeological Synod of the Greek Church states that they are “praying for conscience to prevail, and the decision of the sister Bulgarian Orthodox Church is not finally implemented”.


MOC: The BOC’s decision gives hope for a final solution to our autocephaly


Skopje, 27 November, 2017 - 14:56 (META) 

The Holy Bishop’s Synod of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) expressed gratitude to the Bulgarian patriarch Neofit and to the members of the Holy Bishop’s Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, who today came to the decision to accept to be the mother church of the MOC.

“The adopted decision of the BOC’s BAP gives hope for a final settlement of the status of the legitimate autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church within the family of the local Orthodox churches,” said the statement from the MOC-OA.

At today’s session, the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church decided to engage and represent the MOC in front of the local Orthodox churches for establishing the canonical status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church.


The BOC has accepted to be the MOC’s mother church


Sofia, 27 November, 2017 - 14:38 (META) 

The Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – the Bulgarian Patriarchate accepted the request to be the mother church of the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOA) and to represent it in front of the local Orthodox churches.

The Synod of Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) at today’s sitting reviewed the letter from the Archbishop of MOC-OA, HH. Stefan, which was sent on November 9th.

“The Bulgarian Orthodox Church – the Bulgarian Patriarchate was never indifferent to the suffering of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, which is why it was discussed. In a situation when the Macedonian Orthodox Church recognizes the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – the Bulgarian Patriarchate (BOC-BP) as its mother church, the BOC-BP considers its sacred duty to commit itself in engagement, mediation and advocacy in front of the local Orthodox churches. The BOC will do what is necessary for determining the canonical status of the MOC”, wrote the BOC’s Holy Synod about the letter from the MOC.

The Synod of the BOC decided to establish a bishop committee for negotiations with the MOC and other local Orthodox churches for establishing the canonical status of the MOC, reads the decision.


Zaev and Borisov do not want to interfere – they encourage both churches to find a solution


Strumica, 23 November, 2017 - 15:27 (META) 

Macedonian and Bulgarian Prime Ministers, Zoran Zaev and Boyko Borisov, today said they respect the secular character of their two countries and do not want to interfere in the work and cooperation of the two churches, but they can encourage them to find a solution in the spirit of good neighborly relations and friendship.

“I hope that it will come to mutual recognition, because for us as the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, autocephaly is very important. The question is between the two churches. It is our job to encourage them to find a solution in the spirit of the Treaty of good neighborly relations and friendship between the two countries”, said Zaev, answering a journalist question about the letter that the Macedonian Orthodox Church sent to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov stressed that they do not want to interfere in the affairs of the churches, but added that they would be happy if both churches cooperate and help one another, just as Macedonia and Bulgaria cooperate on a political plan.

Borisov thanked Bishop Naum and the other bishops who today welcomed the two state delegations at the Vodoča monastery in Strumica.