Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia Presented the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric
OCP News Service – 6/6/22
Belgrade- Serbia: On June 5, 2022, after the Liturgy served in the Cathedral of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia presented Tomos of Autocephaly to Archbishop Stephen, Primate of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric. A large number of Bishops, clergy and faithful from Serbian and Macedonian Churches witnessed the historic event.
Last month in a surprise move the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church unanimously recognized the Autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Archbishopric of Ohrid.
A reconciliation liturgy was con-celebrated on the 19th of May 2022 in the capital city at the Cathedral of St. Sava in the presence of Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid of the Serbian Patriarchate.
However, the granting of the Tomos of Autocephaly by the Serbian Patriarchate has questioned the position of the Church of Constantinople. According to Orthodox Traditions, the Church of Constantinople is the privileged ecclesiastical entity for granting Autocephaly to local Churches.
OCP News Service