FROM ARCHBISHOP ANTHONY
October 12, A. D. 2018
Saint Wilfrid, Bishop and Confessor
To the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Monastics,
and Faithful of The Orthodox Archdiocese of America (New York)
Dearly Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
The Orthodox Eastern Liturgy prays “For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.” Yet, in the past few months we have seen rancor on the part of the Russian Orthodox Church over the Ecumenical Patriarch giving autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate. Anyone who has studied the documents of the Early Councils can read for himself the authority that Constantinople has since early days. Even Rome has admitted that the Patriarch of Constantinople had the authority in the Eastern part of the Roman Empire.
Perhaps this is a blow to the aspirations of the Moscow Patriarchy, but if it heals a schism in the Church is it not a good thing?
We hear much about humility in the Orthodox Church. Perhaps it is time to be humble and to seek unity with those who are considered uncanonical, non-canonical, or not willing to be hit over the head with the bat of canonicity. Jesus prayed that his Church be one. The Epistle of James (1:22) tells us to “be doers of the word and not hearers only.” What shall we do?
Faithfully in Christ,
Archbishop of New York
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Over the years, some have asked to have a copy of Archbishop Anthony’s Prayer. Here it is: