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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

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Fr. Sergius Kondakov

about asking blessings from Sergianist clergy

[translation]

Note: Fr. Sergius here, seems to be concentrated on the blessings aspect, not so much specifically about...taking Holy Confession or Holy Communion from Sergianist clergy. However, we surely know his answer to those questions, through his stern responce to asking  for or taking, the hand/verbal -blessings from such ones.

>FROM: http://orthodox-news.livejournal.com (original Russian text)-
> September 17th, 20:48 September 17th, 20:48
> QUESTION: May one go to Confession and Communion, or simply take a blessing from priests who are ecumenists and Sergianists?
> ANSWER: When we take a blessing from a bishop or priest, we do not just perform some kind of courtesy, but we  enter into prayerful communion. Both the Holy Apostles and Fathers warn us that such communion is possible only with those of the same faith, that is, with the Orthodox who are free of any heresy.
> Here, for example, is how the great elder, the Venerable Theodosius of the Caucasus spoke about this. By the way, Venerable Theodosius was a catacomb monk; he secretly nourished those believers who did not commemorate Patriarchs Sergius and Alexis who were appointed by the godless regime. When during the Second World War they began the to re-open the churches, the authorities fighting against God tried to ensure that Sergianist priests served in them.
> Once, Antonina, a spiritual daughter, came to Venerable Theodoius from Novorossiysk. "Grandpa" – (as his spiritual children so affectionately called Venerable Theodosius),  – "There is a church of God nearby. Bless me to visit it. Previously, I have had to travel far.The elder shook his head disapprovingly and said: "There that fat little priest drinks vodka and smokes cigarettes. However, if occasionally, you go there, you are not sinning.    Listen to how they sing and read.The icons are not defiled, the cross is not desecrated, and you may venerate them;  but do not go up for a blessing."
> Thus, we see from the point of view of holiness, and we should all strive for holiness, that it is not all the same from whom you take a blessing or even more to whom you confess and from whom you receive communion.
>
Recall that in the 1920s, when the spiritual predecessors of the current modernists and renovationists, who were called by the common people "red priests" and who with the support of the godless authorities tried to seize all the churches of Orthodox Russia, – and moreover the Ecumenical Patriarch blessed them from the "plenitude of the Church" –  the faithful Russian  people simply voted with their feet. They did not go to those churches where renovationists served. For example, the Moscow church of Christ the Saviour stood half empty, not because the faithful Muscovites did not love  that magnificent church, but because from that church, and even in accordance with the Ecumenical Patriarch's blessing, the holy Patriarch Tikhon and those loyal to him 
had been banished. The same was the case, for example, in the village of Zavyalovo when our St. Nicholas Church was seized by Renovationists.
Today, we consider that the true parishioners of the church of Christ the Savior in Moscow and of the church in the village of Zavyalovo, during  those years, were  not that part of the believers to whom it was all the same, and who, in spite of the manifest disorders, continued to pray with those Red priests and renovationists in these churches, but those, who went together with all the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia to the overcrowded Tikhonite churches, and then later also into the catacombs.
> So too in our time we can save Orthodox Russia, if we will pray with archpastors and pastors who want to walk along the narrow path of Holy Orthodoxy.
>  
> QUESTION: In that case, if we cannot take a blessing from Sergianists  or Ecumenists, how should we greet them? 
> ANSWER: A believer genuinely tries to relate to each person with respect. One can and should politely say hello or even give a respectful nod. But to take a blessing or behave oneself as if before an Orthodox priest, that is not allowed.
> QUESTION: And if the priest should ask, why do I not take a blessing?
> ANSWER: In this case, one must politely but firmly reply that in accordance with the apostolic canons, one may not enter into prayerful communion with those who have departed from the purity of the Orthodox faith. And for truly Orthodox believers in the past and the present, ecumenism and cooperation with the persecutors is just such a departure. 

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