The Russian Orthodox Church will not send representatives to the Pan-Orthodox Council that is scheduled to open in Crete on June 19, the Moscow patriarchate has announced.

"We will not be able to participate," said Metropolitan Hilarion, the chief ecumenical official of the Moscow patriarchate. 

At an emergency meeting, called in response to decisions by several Orthodox bodies to pull out of the gathering, the Russian Orthodox Synod called for postponement of the gathering. 

The withdrawal of the Russian Orthodox Church, which is by far the largest of the world's Orthodox bodies, ends the hopes that the Pan-Orthodox Council-- an unprecedented gathering that has been planned for 50 years-- would be a worldwide demonstration of unity among the Orthodox churches.

 

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Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Those who have truly decided to serve the Lord God should practice the remembrance of God and uninterrupted prayer to Jesus Christ, mentally saying: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

St. Seraphim of Sarov