Soon the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will receive the Tomos of autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This means that the Ukrainian Church will be equal and will no longer submit to the Moscow Patriarchate. What is Tomos to religion explain in simple words.
Tomos in religion – a kind of ecclesiastical decree. This document contains the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the autocephaly. The document is written in a festive manner.
See also: Ukraine got the Tomos, – Tuk (completed)
Tomos consists of the following parts:
- The historical part. This section describes the current state of the Church of the country that wants to obtain autocephaly, mentioned its relationship with Constantinople.
- The canonical justification. In this part it is described on the basis of any canons of the Church provide this Tomos.
- Wishes for the Church to support doctrine, guided by the canons, there is also a description of its rights and reservations.
The decision on granting of the Tomos accepts the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. For making the majority of the members of the Synod, and the position of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the key.
If the decision on granting of the Tomos made by a majority vote, then the document must be signed by all the members of the Synod, even those who voted against or abstained.
Tomos becomes effective immediately after signing by the members of the Synod. This decision is final and inevitable. It can be canceled only by another decision of the Synod, if, for example, has changed historical circumstances.
How to create a Unified local Church in Ukraine? 9 October in Istanbul began a three-day meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. 10 Oct at these meetings the clergy will listen to the report of the envoys of Patriarch Bartholomew (exarchs), who almost spent a month in Ukraine. The Exarch went there on the Ukrainian churches, talked with priests. Is based on the results of their report Ukraine probably will give permission for the creation of a Single Local Church. After providing Ukraine Thomas in Kiev will hold a unity Council, which announced the creation of a new Autocephalous Orthodox Church will choose its Primate. According to religious experts, the Council may take place before the end of 2018. The Orthodox Autocephalous Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate have to self-destruct and join the newly formed religious associations.