List of heads of the Macedonian Orthodox Church

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The Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia (Macedonian: Архиепископ Охридски и Македонски) is the title given to the primate of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. The Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia exercises jurisdiction over the Macedonian Orthodox Church members in the Republic of Macedonia and in exarchates in diaspora. Additionally to the title "Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia", the title "mister mister" (господин господин) is given, always after the first one.

The current Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia is Archbishop Stephen, who was elected in 1999 following the passing of Archbishop Michael.

In 1959, the Macedonian Orthodox Church was declared as the restoration of the Archbishopric of Ohrid. The declaration was celebrated in a common liturgy by Macedonian priests and the Serbian Patriarch German in 1959 in Skopje. The Archbishop Dositheus II was enthroned as Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia, continuing in the lineage of the Archbishops of Ohrid.

In 1962, the Serbian Patriarch German and Russian Patriarch Alexius I visited the Macedonian Orthodox Church on the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Ohrid. The two Patriarchs and the Macedonian Archbishop Dositheus II celebrated Holy Liturgy marking the first occasion where the leader of the Macedonian church met with heads of other Orthodox churches.[citation needed]

On July 19, 1967, in Ohrid, the Macedonian Orthodox Church self-declared autocephaly from the Serbian Orthodox Church, as was the will of the church's faithful, but as yet remains unrecognised by other Orthodox churches.

List of Archbishops of Ohrid and Macedonia[edit]

"Autonomous" church (1959-1967)[edit]

Name Start of Reign End of Reign Birth Name Title
Dositheus II
Доситеј II
1958 1967 Dimitar Stojkovski Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia

"Autocephalous" church (since 1967)[edit]

Name Start of Reign End of Reign Birth Name Title
Dositheus II
Доситеј II
1967 1981 Dimitar Stojkovski Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia
Angelarios
Ангелариј
1981 1986 Cvetko Krsteski Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia
Gabriel II
Гаврил II
1986 1992 Ǵorǵi Milošev Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia
Michael
Михаил
1993 1999 Metodi Gogov Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia
Stephen
Стефан
1999 current Stojan Veljanovski Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia

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