Porvoo Agreement 1996

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As part of the agreement, the Anglican Churches of Great Britain and Ireland and the Lutheran churches in the Nordic and Baltic countries of Europe agreed on interchangeable ministries and the full Eucharistic community. Archbishop Groege Carey described the document as the most important ecumenical agreement of this century. The declaration, in which the signatory churches recognize not only reciprocal baptism and communion, but also the Bishop`s ministry, fills « a vacuum of reform, » said The Visiting Bishop of Trondheim, Finn Wagle. The agreement is a sign in the history of the Church, comparable to the Reformation, he said. The first seeds for the larger community, formed in 1992, were planted in 1922, when the Anglican Church and the Church of Sweden declared themselves ready to enter into communion. In 1938, the Archbishop of Canterbury, symbolic head of the Anglican Communion in London, invited representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia and the Latvian Lutheran Church to the lambeth Palace in London for an « altar and pulpit communion » between the Anglican and Baltic Lutheran churches. This process ended formally with the creation, in 1992, of the much larger Porvoo Community. The participating churches are the various Anglican churches in the British Isles (under the leadership of the Founding Church of England) and the other Protestant Lutheran churches in northern European countries. Subsequently, the small Anglican churches of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) introduced the agreement. These churches all share the episcopal policy of the ecclesial organization with the triple ministry of bishops, priests (or pastors) and deacons within the historical episcopate with the apostolic succession (only bishops ordain clergy or other bishops, priests and deacons).

This is based on the original action of the early Church. The program began after lunch with a series of introductory lectures in the archbishop`s former palace, a short walk from the cathedral. Many people took the opportunity to hear Professor Tjarhom and Bishop David Tustin explain the history of the agreement and point a possible path. When the word was opened for questions and remarks, many of the founding fathers and mothers of the agreement stood up to describe what happened. Porvoo Communion is a community of 15 Anglican and Lutheran churches, mainly from northern Europe, with some European ecclesiastical bodies (in the Iberian Peninsula) of the same denomination. It was founded in 1992 by a theological agreement called Porvoo Common Statement, which establishes full communion between and between these churches. [1] The agreement was negotiated in the Finnish city of Jurvenp, but the name of the communion comes from the nearby town of Porvoo, where, after the official signing in Jervenp, a common eucharistic celebration (or Holy Communion) was celebrated in the cathedral of Porvoo. The Secretary General of the Lutheran World Federation, Ismael Noko, hailed the declaration as a « theological advance ». At an official reception after the divine service, he expressed the hope that the new Anglican-Lutheran relations will also have « a salutary effect on Anglican-Lutheran relations, if not them in the world. » Porvoo, for example, will have a positive impact on African discussions.