After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


The Truth About the OCA

rare Historical Masterpiece has been reprinted

This valuable history was in danger of being lost.  Everyone needs a copy of this in their home library for posterity's sake.  What is being taught by St. Vladimir's and St. Tikhon's is NOT the whole story, to say the least.

Carefully researched and footnoted, this is not the work of one person, but of a team.  One of the resources often cited is of another team which is not even Orthodox - and, therefore, had no stake in the conclusions that might be drawn from the facts, no reason to hide facts or twist certain accounts to suit their personal agenda, and no sentimental need to paint certain traitors as heros.

See sample pages here:

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scroll down about 1/2 to 2/3 down the page

A  HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN CHURCH ABROAD AND THE EVENTS LEADING TO THE AMERICAN METROPOLIA’S AUTOCEPHALY:  1917-1971.  Long out of print, we have reissued this book as a historical document in light of the recent reunification of the Russian Church Abroad with the Moscow Patriarchate.  109pp.  Paper/wire bound.  $15.00.

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√ also see the articles on the Rocor Refugees blog labeled OCA


Unprofitable Servant said...

About 20 years ago I read a history of the ROCOR written by ROCOR Archpriest Alexey Young (nee Hieromonk Ambrose Young) published as a standard paperback. I think it had a silver and black cover of some sort, but I do not own the book, and do not recall the publisher.

Is this the same monograph? I noticed that this spiral-bound history of the ROCOR does not name an author.

Joanna Higginbotham said...

This book has nothing to do with Fr. Alexey Young. Actually the monastery responsible for its publication was the same Greek monastery that gave Fr. Alexey such grief over his articles on evolution. They were members of Rocor at the time - they eventually left Rocor as Met. Philaret predicted - and they were later known as Panteleimonites, today known as Hocna.

The value of this history book is not diminished by the course the monastery took 10 years after the book was published. And this is not the only example of the super-correct preserving our histories, for which we can be grateful.

I hope we can find a copy of Fr. Alexey's book that you mention.

John said...

"... in light of the recent reunification of the Russian Church Abroad with the Moscow Patriarchate."

-- should include "[sic]" after "reunification"... or the whole sentence.

Joanna Higginbotham said...

It has been noted by one of us who has been carefully studying this book that the 1971 autocephaly coup closely parallels the 2007 unification coup in several ways. For one thing, both were legalistically based in the idea that MP is "mother."

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