By Sarah Mac Donald - 31 October, 2017
“We have worked together as two families who have become one family” – Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin and Glendalough.
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin was the venue for the signing of a historic agreement on the Holy Spirit between the Anglican and Oriental-Orthodox Churches.
The ‘Dublin Agreement’ is the result of two years’ work by the Anglican Oriental-Orthodox International Commission.
The agreement was signed during choral Evensong at the cathedral by the co-chairs of the Commission, Rev Gregory K Cameron of the Anglican Church in Wales and Metropolitan Bishoy of the Oriental-Orthodox Coptic Church.
The meeting was hosted by the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough Dr Michael Jackson, who is a member of the Commission.
In his sermon on Thursday evening, Archbishop Jackson said, “We have worked together as two families who have become one family. The exploration of the Second Person of the Trinity and the Third Person of the Trinity have issued in important theological output in a wide variety of ways.”
A copy of the Dublin Agreement was presented to the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Rev Dermot Dunne by the co-chairs of the ecumenical commission and it will be displayed in the cathedral.
This was the sixth meeting of the Commission since its foundation in 2001.
The Anglican Oriental-Orthodox Commission was established to strengthen the relationships between the Anglican Communion and Oriental-Orthodox Churches and discuss important theological issues.
Among these is the issue of Christology, which divided the Church at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD, leaving the Oriental-Orthodox Churches and the Byzantine and Western Churches separated from one another.
In addition to the discussions and theological work last week, the Commission also heard about the impact that contemporary events have had and continue to have on the countries and the people of all faiths from which the Oriental-Orthodox members come: the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the Indian Orthodox Church, and the Armenian Orthodox Church.
“These tragedies have made their way into our theology and into our prayer. These atrocities have famed our discourse and our compassion. These human and civic devastations have helped to give a contemporary urgency and tragic vibrancy to our reflections,” Archbishop Jackson said in his sermon.
He said this was made all the more poignant by the fact that members of all of these Churches live in Ireland.
He referred to the ecumenical service held in the Coptic Orthodox Church of St Maximus and St Domatius in Drumcondra on Wednesday evening. “We and they together are also one family. We all know one another,” the Archbishop stated.