Seeking convergence of the conservative historical Apostolic Churches and the restoration of the true unity of the Body of Christ, we must remember about the unity in Sacraments as the main part of unity of Churches.
The Unity can come true only in identity of blessed doctrine and godly life, in faith of Church, in the fullness of sacramental life in the Holy Spirit.
Especially painful separation of Church which cutting united Communion, and because of it our prayers to God that the days of complete unity of all who truly believe in Him will come again becoming more persistent.
Historical Churches who are not in full and official Communion with World Council of National Catholic Churches (WCNCC) celebrating the Eucharist with great love. These Churches, even they are disconnected from us, have true Sacraments, especially by virtue of apostolic succession, the orthodox doctrine of the seven Ecumenical Councils and the ancient Creeds, the true and lawful Priesthood and the Eucharist, which closely connect them with us. Because of it, communion in the Sacraments, and therefore in the Eucharist, is not only possible, but even recommended under favorable circumstances and with the approval of the church authorities.
In connection with the foregoing, to all clergy and laity of the Church Province of St. Michael the Archangel (CPSMA) which is autocephalous Church Province of the WCNCC must adhere to the following rules:
- Whenever required by necessity or inclined to this genuine spiritual benefit, and there is no danger of misconception or indifference, a faithful to Christ who physically cannot turn to the minister of the CPSMA allowed to receive the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, Marriage and the Anointing of the sick from clergy of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, Roman Catholic Church and other Churches where the aforesaid Sacraments exist validly. But as long as cleric of another Church informed that he gives the Sacrament to the faithful of the CPSMA and at the same time he is guided by a free pastoral will and desire to give the Sacrament.
- CPSMA ministers, showing genuine pastoral care, rightfully gives the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, Marriage and the Anointing of the sick to members of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, Roman Catholic Church and other Churches where the aforesaid Sacraments exist validly but not in full Communion with CPSMA if the latter themselves ask for it and are set up appropriately. Specifically, shows faith that is fully consistent with the faith of the undivided Apostolic Church in the area of that Sacrament which they asks for, and in the presence of a serious spiritual need in it for eternal Salvation. This need relates to a closer union with Christ, which means implies a deeper commitment to the Undivided Church of Christ.
Metropolitan of the CPSMA
+ Pavel Begichev