Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relations
The Metropolitan Ecumenical Office has as its main function the task of providing information, stimulating interest and coordinating ecumenical activities throughout New England. It adheres to the principle that Orthodoxy and Orthodox ecumenism must always speak the truth, never compromising the integrity and purity of Orthodox teachings, but always respecting the sincerity of the religious convictions and spiritual sensitivities of others. A number of clergy and laymen comprise the Ecumenical/Interfaith Commission of our Metropolis, each representing His Eminence in the various areas of common interest.
A strong bond of Christian love and cooperation exists between the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Metropolitan Methodios and Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley regularly meet and share in Christian fellowship, offering opportunities for the faithful of both Churches to pray together. Since the joint pilgrimage of Bostonian Catholics and Orthodox in 1996 to Rome and Constantinople, with the follow-up Pilgrimage in 2007, it has become tradition here Boston for Metropolitan Methodios to lead a delegation of the Orthodox faithful to join our Catholic brethren for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Festal Vespers on June 29. On November 29, at the Feast of St. Andrew, His Eminence Cardinal Seàn reciprocates by leading a group of Catholics to the celebration of St. Andrew, Patron Saint of our Metropolis. This local tradition mirrors that of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople who also sends a delegation to Rome to share the feast of Rome’s Patron Saints. St. Andrew is the Patron for the Greek Orthodox Mother Church of Constantinople and therefore on November 29, at the Feast of St. Andrew, the Vatican sends a delegation to the Greek Orthodox in Constantinople. The local celebration in Boston has always been important as a way of bringing to life the examples of the hierarchs and beginning to make reality of our hope for unity.
For more information on Ecumenical and Interfaith relations, visit the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese: www.ecumenical.goarch.org .