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It happened!

Division between the Russian Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) has been overcome and the glory of Christ, which had been overshadowed by this division, has again shone in America!
On May 24/11, the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius and namesday of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the first joint hierarchal liturgy of the OCA and the ROCOR since 1943 was celebrated at St. Nicholas Cathedral in New York.

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and his Eminence Justinian, archbishop and administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA participated in the liturgy.
Photo report,, which illustrates the OCA website's article on this historic event.
Below are the Archbishops' speeches following the liturgy:

Right after the feast the bishops departed from New York to participate
in the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America in Chicago.

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