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 Elimination of ROCA

The Elimination of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Part One, 1945
Category: Some of the factual historical evidence of how the Communists [and now, their successors, this neo-soviet KGB run Putin dictatorship] who took over Old Russia, have been relentless in their determined  long range plan to divide and  destroy  ROCOR, and/or to make it totally subservient & thus USEFUL... to themselves and their Sergianist "Moscow Patriarchy".  Unfortunately, with the aid of the Lavr Sklura-led betrayers, in 2007, now headed by Hillarion-Kapral, they have semi-succeeded.

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Author: about. Valery Leonichev incl. . Posted in ROCOR (Views: 106)

Sergius "The activities of the Russian Orthodox Church to eliminate its overseas divisions." Collection "Patriarch Sergius and his spiritual heritage." Edition of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1947
This collection publishers of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1947 fell into my hands recently. His texts are known to all interested in the history of Russian Church of the twentieth century. Naturally, my attention was drawn to the attention of the head of the ROCOR, of its liquidation, as the authors then, in August-October 1945goda seemed final. This chapter decided to dial for you, not finding it in the in-ones. When you read it, you will understand, of course, what kind of feelings I experienced wading through this text is full of lies, hypocritically-unctuous toasts and bitterness. Let me preface boldly publication of this historic document your comment.
First of all, hit monobasic, uniform scenario "liquidation ROCA" that in 1947, then in the 2007th. There are three main blocks served to the success of those operations.
1) In the 1945th and the 2007th most root in the consciousness "operated" primarily that external political circumstances round the Church of Russia has changed for the better.  And the reports of Met. Nicholas (Yarushevich) before immigrants in 1945, and in the unforgettable report bishop. Eutyches (Kurotshkina) before the Synod of ROCOR Council on the results of the MP in 2000 used the same technique: "to change the attitude of the State and the Church - the church has changed, 'and for some reason, no doubt, for the better. Psychological trick - sophistic trick! But worked! Although it is clear that external changes are not necessarily always strictly related to changes in the internal. And can there be a change in the Church - because it is - "pillar and ground of the truth"?And: In 1945 ± "The Church - free, open religious schools open and monasteries," and in the 2000th - "dome gold, books published and" The Social Concept MP "threatens the sovereignty of the State ...".
2) And in 1945, and in 2007 was a time when mass integrated in the knowledge that come the new times, the winds of change are blowing, that things will be different, that the Russian rise from their knees and win that, although still a lot of flaws, but cheerful efforts of our long-suffering people, we arrange everything to the "best" that the time has at last come back - and there is no justification for isolation. In this nation-wide labor will be needed so the love for one's homeland of Russian immigrants, their skill and experience, their compassionate love for the unfortunate, "brainwashed" their people. And it's all true thoughts about filial love for the Motherland and so on. But Russia is not ruled "Motherland" and "Mother Church", and ruled Stalin communist government in the 2000s, Putin President of the oligarchs. But more about that tried to talk less. Mythical consciousness victory for common sense. Images of the "Russian" and "Russian People" by skillful propaganda, grown, in violation of the second commandment, in some gigantic royal person endowed with mind and soul. That these idols and had to serve as an expat - "other Russian" inflated drug patriotic enthusiasm. This is the burn and was needed for the liquidation of the ROCOR under the guise of "Return to the Mother Church." Smoke shatter, but it did ...
3) The third block of the liquidation of the company, unfortunately, as effectively involved was a national myth of exclusive over all other "bogoizbrannichestve, messianism of the Russian people." Here, I can already hear the powerful howl of anger from a small group of patriots of the world, but we want to understand the point, and not only the national feeling. Do not mix God's plan for people with geopolitics state of the nation wisely and in a scientific study, but speculation on the basis of national advantages over the other in a mixture of messianism in the field of political propaganda given the awesome power of the explosive and heady mix. Submit to not distinguish between "Russia" as "Holy Russia", then Russian Empire - as the "Holy Russia," and later the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation - as Russia, and, therefore, as Holy Russia, but under a different name .... Hocus-pocus in the capable hands of political consultants and "Russian ideologists" right before our eyes makes our religious aspirations of the Kingdom of God in the national-patriotic duty to the patronymic "not depending on the ideology of the government," the duty of every faithful Christian is now imputed to comply with geopolitical interests " Holy Russia "under which she was no earthly rule. Deceive us wonder - just by weakness, and prefers their fears of others. Inflate this "too human" weakness in the political, into the "friend or foe", "our enemy," - it is well-known techniques ... And more than that - in the "patriots" would drive and the threat of being branded as a Russophobe, having no love for the "orthodox" fatherland, and a traitor to declare, and, and that, in and write down the enemies, and the enemies of God.
ROCA still exists today, having gone through two liquidation of the company. External circumstances and evidence of some properties within the Church make anxiously detect very similar to 1945. and 2007. signs of Action for the Elimination of the ROCA. Weakness, our unfortunate addiction are the same, but the devil is monotonous in their methods. Here are the signs allowing seems to say that the beginning of the "Liquidation of the ROCA. Part III »:
1) The boundaries of the Church. We know the history of the MP for decades and see with their own eyes the MP now. Who can argue explicitly that the MP updated cleaned, corrected and ashamed of his past and present sins of his church? But ROCA traditionally accepted in the existing rank clerics from the MP (subject to certain requirements). We say this with dignity, education, conscientious shepherds who, in spite of decades of staying there and honored church awards received there, broke finally and brothers we have taken as their own, but only up to the time in there. ... Here and now MP may have "their future," with dignity, but "until the time neprosnuvshiesya."Therefore, it is possible some version of "vneyurisdiktsionnogo Union." Agreement on mutual recognition of the Holy. Sacraments, first, all the "fragments" of the ROCA, but for those more MP (ROCOR) - that union is ready! All the more so to be honest shepherd in his place who does not forbid it. (But- is only (!) Threats and conjecture.)
2) The grounds for change. Mass propaganda in the Russian Federation, the Eurasian patriotism, its ubiquity and molestation, and to a certain degree of professionalism is impossible not to notice. What is the communist propaganda? Maybe it's Russian nationalism? Or is it a Liberal democracy? No - it is to build a civilization - "The New World of Russian - Eurasia"! Something new, something fresh, special, but at the same time traditional and "our"!"Who is not with us is against us!" - The motto of threatening! Capture the "Russian Spring", if you elect to use the construction of this "opposing civilization" to the world of Europe and America, to come armed defender, though not explicit, but as a "promise", "future Russia" - is not that temptation is certainly will be used for the separation of the members of ROCA "Atlanticist" and "Eurasians". "In the" Union of the Russian-Eurasian nation "!" To start the children of different ecclesiastical jurisdictions, and then into one. ... (This is only possible threats and the hypothesis.)
3) War of geopolitics "hail the beloved." Frightened people propaganda, knock together, equip and send to the front, to convince them that they are fighting a terrible enemy, which is no longer anything human, an enemy that wants to take away "our" oil "our" forest and our children, pervert "our" Orthodox faith, to strengthen all stilted excuse: "we will fight for the" Holy Russia "for God, and if you perish, the heirs of the kingdom of heaven vy-!" - scenario is quite possible. Because our enemy - "Satanist", "liberal", "pervert", "amerikosy!" These motives wars oligarchs do not necessarily know easy - for the "simple" - the religious and patriotic romance fraud. During the single "Russian" in a single "orthodox Internazionale church "against the world. (s But this hypothesis ...)
But finally I say that so impressed me the most in all these "liquidation". Neither the 1945godu nor in 2007 did not have a conversation between the MP and the ROCOR on the nature of the Church, the purpose of the Church, nor of our Lord Jesus Christ! Only - "Mother Church", "Motherland", "fatherly hug", "people" and so on. Where were the guards who know the truth of the Church? Do not we have any of the parishes theologize Metropolitan Anthony of the moral content of the dogma of the Church? Maybe our time, this "final" liquidation account for the need to understand that we are in our name "ROC" abroad "is truly now abroad all the Local-State and blood-national?
The activities of the Russian Orthodox Church to eliminate its foreign divisions
Further linkages with the Orthodox people of foreign countries was preceded by an appeal to His Holiness Patriarch Alexy archpastors clergy and so-called Karlovci orientation. This group was formed In 1920, the bishops of the emigrants who left their flock in Russia and moved to Yugoslavia. Being in Sremska Karlorvtsah, bishops emigrants headed by the former. Metropolitan Anthony of Kiev (Khrapovitsky) organized a "Supreme Ecclesiastical Authority", which, on the basis of hostile Soviet Russian political trends, intended to unite under his influence of Russian immigrants, spreading in all countries of its particular hierarchy. I wonder what Karlovci Cathedral Encyclical Letter of August 27, 1927, said to belong to the Russian Orthodox Church, recognized even by its spiritual leadership in the face of the Patriarchal Locum Tenens, but decided to cut administrative and canonical relations with Moscow ecclesiastical authority, thus emphasizing the political reasons its administrative autonomy.
As early as 1922, His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon, worried Karlovians splitting activities, special decree abolished their Higher Church Administration. But politicking bishops still continued to operate under the new name "Provisional Synod of Bishops Abroad." The following year, Patriarch Tikhon again confirmed its order the dissolution of the Provisional Church Administration, and in 1928 the Patriarchal Holy Synod issued a decree on the abolition of the Council of Bishops and the Synod of Karlovci, as having no canonical authority to manage the affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. In this action-Karlovac groups were arbitrarily considered dangerous to the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church, not only abroad but also in the USSR, where he served Karlovians example program behavior for some of the bishops who were dissatisfied with the legitimate ecclesiastical authority. Four years later, the Serbian Patriarch, at the request of the Deputy Patriarch Stragorodsky Locum tenens Metropolitan Sergius, assumed the role of mediator in the negotiations with the monitory Karlovac bishops, but the latter replied the Patriarch, they do not consider it possible to enter with Metropolitan Sergius in any agreement. Finally in 1934, Metropolitan Sergius, believing that the time exhortations, expectations and delays over, held by the Holy Synod of the tradition postanovleenie ecclesiastical court Russian foreign bishops and clergy, ie Karlovac group as Vostan to its rightful hierarchy and, despite a long exhortation, recalcitrant in the split, with the removal of the accused until their repentance, or until a decision on their judgment of church offices.
Simansky JArushevich
Patras. Alexis and mitr.Nikolay (JArushevich)
However, this measure does not cut short their harmful activities, despite the softening clause "until their repentance," which gave them the opportunity to withdraw from a church and the court and the prohibition. As a result of the adverse perseverance "Synod Abroad" in 1928 showed their sympathy to Hitler brought to him a thanksgiving address as the "leader in the global struggle for peace and justice", and in Germany during the war with the Soviet Union Karlovci openly made prayers for the victory of Hitler. According to this sad and yet outrageous about His Holiness in his address to the Karlovci writes, "When our country suffered a severe and terrible military test, then it could be expected that, at least, the ministers of the Church of God who find themselves abroad, will merge with the Russian people in the sense of love for the country and in the pursuit of our ability to stand on its defense, that it will be absorbed by a gust of all differences and divisions, and that it will split off from the Mother Church again in her fence. were in vain But those hopes. Throughout the wartime lost touch not only with the home church, but also with the motherland, the leaders of the church life of the Russian emigration continued to serve as an enemy invader, openly speaking on the side of Hitler and making public prayers for his victory. And this at a time when so many of Russian abroad, primarily hostile to our Union, decisively changed their attitude towards the motherland. "
After outlining the history of more long-term and patient exhortations Karlovac splitters, His Holiness writes: "Izprobovav certainly all means to preserve the peace and unity of the church and to the treatment departed from the communion with the Russian Orthodox Church, we present our message in the last stretch to them word of exhortation and offer to repent before the Church, in the consciousness of the fact that, as taught by St.. John Chrysostom, "to break the unity and fullness of the Church - not the lesser evil than to create a heresy." This is the last call. Over those who remain, and this time a deaf ear to the call of our fatherly, will be confirmed by the above-mentioned decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1934. We pray to the Lord that He repented he put his mind above the mind of the Church and in the pride of his coming in hard kosnenii and in His infinite mercy will let stray into the fence of His Church, which is the one ark of salvation and a single path to the Kingdom of Heaven. "
After this treatment, which confirmed the final sentence of the transgressors of the Church's unity, their influence over a large flock was to lose all power, especially as the main culprit arbitrarily, Metropolitan Anthony was no longer among the living, as well as many of his associates. Their Synod had already ceased operations, the survivors fled the bishops, and the moment when personal contact with them, and most importantly, with the Russian Orthodox parishes abroad could bring them from error to truth unity with the Mother Church. The largest church unification of Russian emigrants were in France, so His Holiness sent the August 24, 1945, Metropolitan Nicholas with two Moscow archpriest.
nicholas JArushevich
Met. Nikolai
The mission of Metropolitan Nicholas in France was complicated by the presence of at least three groups of Russian emigration, different orientations with respect to the Russian Orthodox Church. In the difficult task of negotiating and exhortations only support could serve only a small union of three Russian and two French parishes remained unchanged fidelity to the Moscow Patriarchate. But the most powerful association consisting of 75 parishes in France and other countries, are subject to the Metropolitan Eulogius with its four suffragan bishops. This group is not driven by considerations of the church, in 1931 withdrew from the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church and became an Exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Another significant association of 30 Russian parishes, which constituted the Western European Diocese, headed by Metropolitan Seraphim (Lukyanov), a protege of Karlovci Council of Bishops.Active struggle between these groups was not, but his fragmented existence, they not only have made confusion in the soul of the Russian people, but also contributed to a very considerable. Although informal layer oscillating people who do not know which camp to join them.
St. George
Met. Eulogy (St George)
However, with respect to the task of combining Eulogian Metropolitan Nicholas easier by the fact that after the war Metropolitan Eulogius himself appealed to the Moscow Patriarchate with the expression of readiness to return to the bosom of Mother Church. But there was concern that not everyone has to agree with his desire. A Metropolitan Seraphim and does not give to know about their intentions. Therefore, before the Metropolitan Nikolai, as a messenger of peace and unity, had the difficult task to reconcile and unite all the Russian people under the wing of the Mother Church, which can not be done without referring to their political prejudices against Soviet Russia, inspired by false rumors and enemy propaganda. It was necessary to give them a chance "to breathe clean air conciliar unity" with the Russian Orthodox people, most of which Orthodoxy has been questioned. In the live communication and cordial greetings even more important was to give long familiar feel, but a half-forgotten genuine breath of Holy Russia, until now live in the Russian Orthodox Church, remaining a loving mother to all her children.And this is truly apostolic mission of Metropolitan Nicholas was crowned with complete success.
Before the meeting, representatives Eulogian parishes designated August 29, Metropolitan Nicholas and his companions were to study the life of the Russian people in Paris. All of this is very original, challenging and mentally very active. Numerous clubs, Orthodox brotherhoods and associations devote their strength works of charity, mutual aid and lectures, essays and reports on a variety, but almost always hot topics. A lot of talk and debate about the fate of Russia, Europe and the whole of humanity, to discuss religious and philosophical issues, revealing a desire to resolve all issues in a global scale. Intense mental life creates numerous pamphlets and books that make up the spiritual food of the Russian emigration. It is easy to understand that the arrival in Paris church delegation from Moscow caused the whole pilgrimage to the Metropolitan Nicholas, which visitors and sides pelted with questions about life in Russia, about the state of the Russian Orthodox Church and the possibility of returning to his homeland.
Seraphim Lukyanov
Met. Seraphim (Lukyanov)
All of these comforting impressions served Metropolitan Nicholas inspiring prerequisite to the report, which he did on August 29 at the historic meeting of representatives Eulogian parishes. In this report, Metropolitan Nicholas brilliantly solved all the doubts and questions that made up for Russian emigrants stumbling block on the path to peace and unity of the church. Certificate of prominent hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church of the normal relationship between the Church and State in Soviet Russia, from religious freedom, patriotic work of the Church during the war, about the theological schools, monasteries, and other aspects of church life in the Soviet Union to convince everyone of the need for total unity and peace. Of unanimous consent to make a decision arose September 2 solemn liturgy as a sign of the reunification of the Orthodox parishes in France with the Patriarchal Church. On the same day, Metropolitan Nicholas withdrew Metropolitan Eulogius, Archbishop of Vladimir and Bishop John imposed on them by the Patriarch Sergius of prohibition, and the next day was passed in a prayerful canonical communion with the Moscow Patriarchate and Metropolitan Seraphim. Apostolic mission Reverend Nicholas was completed joint solemn divine service in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Paris. Since that historic moment, all Russian Orthodox parishes abroad, managed by Metropolitan Eulogius and Metropolitan Seraphim, entered the prayer-canonical communion with the Mother Church. Only required approval act reunion Patriarch and the Holy Synod, which was accomplished on his return to Moscow, Metropolitan Nicholas. Hearing his report, the session of the Synod made the following definition: "Let us thank the Lord God, take the Metropolitan Eulogius and his vicars Archbishop of Vladimir and Bishop John with all 75 parishes reunited with the Mother Church and accepted the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate and temporarily, until the final dispensation of the canonical church affairs abroad, save for Metropolitan Seraphim control of his domain at the current composition of its parishes. What to send preosvjashchennym decrees. "
After a successful trip to France, Metropolitan Nicholas work on collecting stray sheep herds church intensified. After some time, 28 September 1945, His Holiness sent Metropolitan of Leningrad and Novgorod Gregory to Finland for a reunion with the Mother Church Russian monks of Valaam Monastery, who sent a special request to that effect to His Holiness Patriarch. At the same time it was necessary to clarify the question about the possibility of returning to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Finnish Orthodox Church, which in 1923 was subordinated to the Patriarch of Constantinople. This transition is facilitated by the following circumstances. State independence of Finland since 1917 and gave birth to the independent management of the Finnish Orthodox Church, Patriarch Tikhon sanctioned. But this autonomy has been used for political purposes, and the Finnish Orthodox Church was subordinate to the Government of Finland. It is clear in such cases, the predominance of the political interests of the Church of Finland has led the Church to fall from unity with the Russian Church and its transition to the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Constantinople. Another consequence of the abnormal situation Prvoslavnoy Church in Finland was the modernization of Orthodoxy in the spirit of Protestantism, said, among other things, and in the transition to the new style. As a result of the innovative direction of the official Church have any disagreement or dispute which led to the separation of the Church from many communities. Even Valaam monastery split in two camps: Old Calendar and New Calendarists. The church world was thus broken, and Orthodoxy in Finland not only kept pace in its prosperity, but instead increasingly discredited itself before non-Orthodox confessions. This situation lasted for more than 20 years, has forced so many to ponder the question of the reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church, because of the remoteness of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and in the absence of regular communication could not provide substantial assistance. On this occasion, struck up a correspondence with the Patriarch of Moscow, who found blagovremennym send a representative to Finland for talks on reunification.
Met. MP.Grigory (CHUKOV)
Met. MP.Grigory (CHUKOV)
In his talks with the head of the Finnish Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Archbishop Hermann Gregory has made significant progress. Archbishop Herman acknowledged that the circumstances and causes of separation from the Russian Church have disappeared and that the return of the Finnish Orthodox Church under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate is a natural and logical. But the final decision of this matter must be held at the Council scheduled for the convening in the middle of 1946. In this regard, agreed to work and Bishop Alexander (Karpin), who promised to take all measures to eliminate the division and to unite on this basis all the clergy and laity of the diocese.
Evening, October 4, Metropolitan Gregory held a speech before the Valaam monastery was evacuated during the war in a place Pepin-Niemi. Referring to the new calendarists, Bishop Gregory pointed to evasion in the involuntary sin of innovation, even if the calendar issue, and falling away from the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate in Constantinople Patriarch and Old Calendarists put the blame evasion spiritual guidance illegal Karlovatsskoy hierarchy. All the brothers counted in their sin disputes and mutual resentment as a violation of angelic lives. His powerful speech Bishop Gregory finished a call to repentance and return to the maternal embrace of the Russian Church. Consent and remorse Valaam monks were universal, and its grand reunion with the Mother Church was held the next day.
Upon his return to Helsinki Metropolitan Gregory was committed reunification of the two Orthodox communities, is run by the Paris Metropolitan Eulogius; was immediately reunited the abbot of the monastery Konevskogo Amphilochius which Bishop Gregory received will continue the work of the brothers reunion Konevets monastery.
Two days before the return of the Metropolitan Gregory of Finland, ie October 10, 1945, from Moscow went abroad just two church delegations, one led by Archbishop Fotiem- in Austria and Czechoslovakia, the other led by a.Nicholas Kolchitskim- in Germany. Purpose of visit to Austria and Czechoslovakia was the dispensation of the church affairs in the Russian Orthodox parishes and reuniting them with the Patriarchal Church. Stayed Archbishop Photius in Vienna was marked by two solemn divine services in St. Nicholas church, which has gathered all the Russian population in the Austrian capital. Empower all Russian caused prayerful communion with the Archbishop of Photius, was universal, and his departure from Vienna was accompanied by the most touching wishes and thanks for visiting.Prague Archbishop Photius met more welcoming and related reception. There in the church of St.. Cyril and Methodius, October 21, the solemn liturgy with the participation of Russian and Czech clergy. After the service, the Archbishop said Photios welcome speech in which he pointed to the Saints. Cyril and Methodius as a symbol of unity and spiritual community of Slavic peoples. Talking about wanting to see some Czechs Czech Autocephalous Orthodox Church visible, Bishop Photios essentially confirmed the legality of this desire, but pointed out that the autocephalous status of the Church require a national episcopate, to be a lot of work to strengthen the local church.Since this condition is absent, the autocephaly of the Church of the Czech premature. For the benefit of the Church and the faithful need not autocephaly, and the union of all nationalities Orthodox Patriarch of running the most extensive and powerful Orthodox Church. Informative and friendly word of the lord, highlighted the religious life in Soviet Russia, united all the worshipers in the sense of shared joy and strength in the minds of Orthodoxy committing a trans-universal case the unification of mankind in Spirit and Truth. During his stay in Prague
Archbishop. Anthony (Martsenko)
Archbishop. Anthony (Martsenko)
Bishop Photios established canonical ties with Lavrynenko Bishop Sergius (Queen), with Archbishop Anthony (Martsenko) and Archbishop John (Lavrynenko), which was entrusted with the dispensation of a number of churches and parishes (in Carlsbad, Merienbade and Pilsen). Too many Russian priests who attend Bishop Photios Prague, also expressed a strong desire to be in subjection of the Moscow Patriarchate. From conversations with representatives of the Czech Orthodox clergy revealed that the Czech Orthodox Church, which is subordinate to the Serbian Patriarch, has the intention to deliver as soon as the question of the transition to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Archbishop. Alexander (Nemolovsky)
Archbishop.Alexander (Nemolovsky)
In Germany, the delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate, visited Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig and Dresden. Among the ruins of these cities miraculously preserved Orthodox churches: three temples in Berlin and one temple to the other three cities. Like islands of salvation, these temples unites all the Russian people and the clergy led by Archbishop Alexander (Nemolovsky), which after the collapse of the Karlovci Synod took its beginning, the Orthodox clergy and congregation of Berlin. During the terrible days of the war remained in Berlin clergy did not stop worship and remained with his flock, despite the intimidation of enemy propaganda. The general condition of the Russian Orthodox clergy and laity, reunited on the day of the Holy Virgin with the Mother Church, Archbishop Alexander expressed in a letter to His Holiness Patriarch as follows: "The twenty-five lives in exile after many sorrow and grief has taught everyone to be extremely cautious, suspicious, and almost six years War, especially the last year with constant raids bombers made some irresponsible, and in general all the nerves brought to an extreme degree boil. It is no wonder that the arrival of representatives of Your Holiness has led many into confusion: what is it kissing, and some came a fear, fear of reprisals; but after talking with vysokoprepodobnymi delegates, their conversation with the priest and laity, their accessibility, willingness to answer all questions, even the appearance of the venerable St. pastors. Russia, to dispel any suspicions, so solemn liturgy leaked in full splendor and by rank, and with joyful feelings of believers came to Holy Cross (after prayer) and lobyzaya him with love, kissed his right hand on.Archpriest Nikolai Kolchitskogo. "
Archpriest Nikolai Kolchitsky
Archpriest Nikolai Kolchitsky
Upon returning church delegation from Germany, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church made into canonical communion Archbishop Alexander and the Clergy of all the temples of Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden and Leipzig. All these parishes are left in the administration of Archbishop Alexander, which was approved by the vicar of the Paris Metropolitan keeping him all Belgian parishes. He also requested to further the reunification of the Russian Orthodox parishes in the territory of Germany. These solutions were immediately reported to the Exarch of Western European Church Metropolitan Eulogius.
Following successful dispensation of church affairs in Germany October 22, 1945 in Moscow came bishop of Mukachevo-Pryashevsky Vladimir. Until that moment, it was under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, but with the addition of Carpathian Russia to the Soviet Union before it was a question of going to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Back in December 1944, came to Moscow Orthodox clergy Carpathian Russia to reaffirm its commitment to connect with the Russian Orthodox Church. The population of this area of ​​the church for centuries with great courage defended his loyalty to Orthodoxy from countless attacks Catholicism to escape from him the beneficent influence of grace centers of Orthodoxy as the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra monastery Pochaevskaya and other nearby monasteries. And now Bishop Vladimir brought the Moscow Patriarchate decree of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Church on the transfer of Mukachevo-Pryashevskoy diocese under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Act of transfer was issued at a special meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Tserkvi22 October 1945. Immediately His Holiness appointed chair of the bishop of Mukachevo pas Umansky Nestor.
Met. Meletios Harbin (Zaborowski)
Met. Meletios Harbin (Zaborowski)
Spreading its convening activities, mainly in the countries of Western Europe, the Moscow Patriarchate and remember the significant masses of Russian Orthodox population in far-eastern border. There existed in Harbin and management of the Far Eastern Orthodox Church in the person of Metropolitan Meletius and his vicars: Hailar Archbishop Demetrius, bishop of Qiqihar Juvenal and Archbishop Nestor. When they had heard reports of the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church and the election of the new Patriarch, these events made them particularly acute endure the severity of disunion existence outside of the Mother Church. The election of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy was a good reason to pay him with compliments and at the same time to express their desire to enter into prayerful and canonical communion with the Moscow Patriarchate. And July 26, 1945 followed by treatment of the Far Eastern bishops to the Patriarch of Moscow Alexy. In this appeal after the expression of joy and congratulations floor the election of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow said: "Our Far Eastern Orthodox Church abroad and, in particular, the Harbin Diocese, throughout its existence, from 1922, by the grace of God, enjoyed the peace and in the inner world of his life: churches multiplied, parishes are being built together, and plant nurseries spiritual prosvescheniya- Faculty of Theology and Religious seminariya- whole life was on the instructions of the Catholic definition of 1917-1918 and the precepts of Patriarch Tikhon. But each of us these many years suffered great emotional weight, being cut off from the past events of our holy Mother the Russian Orthodox Church. At the same time, thanks to the great mercy of the Lord, with joy again clogged our hearts, for honoring a true sons of the holy Mother of our Russian Orthodox Church (we always remembered our churches Orthodox Bishopric of the Russian Church and the Russian Bogohranimuyu country) - we again have the opportunity to offer up our prayers to the Primate of the Russian Church - our Holy Father Alexis, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the legitimate receiver of Patriarch Tikhon, who was elected by the Local Council of 1945, which has a canonical link to the past Council 1917-1918 ... Humbly falling at the feet of Your Holiness and asking Pervosvyatitelkogo your blessings, pray diligently Your Holiness reveal to us the Father's embrace, take a high hand your primatial pastoral care "...
Rejoicing request bishops to return to the bosom of Mother Church, His Holiness said their promise to send representatives to study the affairs of the Church in their dioceses, and to adopt the clergy and laity in ecclesial communion with the Moscow Patriarchate. With this mission in October 1945 and was sent to Harbin delegation headed by the bishop of Rostov Eleutherius. After the official meet and greet was held to discuss and resolve the question of reunification Metropolitan Meletius, Archbishop Nestor, Archbishop Demetrios and Bishop Juvenal with Russian Patriarchal Church and return them, with the clergy and flock, in the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.Act of reunification has been signed by both parties on 26 October and the solemn celebration of this event was held at the Divine Liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral. So another significant group of clergy Karlovci was returned to the bosom of Mother Church.
Page. 358-374 Chapter X. "The activities of the Russian Church to eliminate its overseas divisions." Collection"Patriarch Sergius and his spiritual heritage." Edition of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1947. Text with the reduction, spelling originala- ed.
Part first. 1945god. Participants: Generalisimus Stalin, Patras. Alexis (Simansky), Met. Nicholas (JArushevich,) Met. Eulogy (St George), Met. Seraphim (Lukyanov), Archbishop. Alexander (Nemolovsky), Met. Meletios (Zaborowski), Archbishop. Demetrius (Voznesensky) ....).
Part of the second. 2007year. Participants: President Vladimir Putin, Patras. Alexis (Riediger), Met. Laurel (Shkurla), Archbishop. Mark (Arndt), En. Eutychius (Kurochkin), en. Michael (the Don), and others.
Part of the 3rd. year 201 ?. (VV Putin, Patras. Cyril (Gundyaev) ???????????? .............
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New ROCA Priest and Parish in Cyprus

(the Turkish controlled part)


ROCA: Our parish church appeared in Cyprus and the new priest
Posted by: Metropolitan Agafangel

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Kyrenia town. Parish of St.. Spyridon. Priest Alexei Ivanov.

Primate of the Russian Church Abroad, Metropolitan Agafangel adopted Russian parish in honor of St. Spyridon of Cyrene in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).  To serve in this parish, Metropolitan Agafangel in Odessa, in the Archangel Michael Church, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Mother of God, to a priest he ordained of the deacon, Alexey Ivanov.


Glory to our God! 
Always joyfully recognize that the Church is expanding, there is a new Foreign point where people will find peace and salvation. Most fraternal congratulations father Alexei and wishes for his new priestly duties. Congratulations also flock obreshuyu finally their pastor. For all of you will begin a new life around the church. Be Russian - is to be Orthodox, it is true, wrote FM Dostoevsky. Without the Church, the Russian people can not live, or he is not Russian. 
All with joyful feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
Protodeacon. Herman

From the Fathers

from the August issue of The Shepherd


“CONSIDER from how many plotters, how many spies, the Church suffers. If they come upon a slight crack, they plant a dart in it.”
Saint Ambrose of Milan, + 397 A.D.

“THIS, if anything, is the subversion of the Church: being in divisions. This is the devil’s weapon; this turns all things upside down. For as long as the body is joined into one, he has no power to get an entrance, but it is from division that offence comes. And whence the division? From opinions contrary to the teaching of the Apostles. And whence come opinions of this sort? From men’s being slaves to the belly and the other passions.”
Saint John Chrysostom, + 407 A.D.

“LET THEM [the schismatics] not flatter themselves if they think they have Scripture authority for their assertions, since the devil himself quoted Scripture, and the essence of the Scriptures is not the letter but the meaning. Otherwise, if we follow the letter, we too can concoct a new dogma and assert that such persons as wear shoes and have two coats must not be received into the Church!”
Blessed Jerome, + 420 A.D.

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Renovated Orthodoxy

Introduction by Fr. Seraphim to article: Renovated Orthodoxy

In past centuries the greatest peril to the Church of Christ came from false teachers who were singled out and condemned because of their dogmatic errors.  Thus the early Fathers and Councils condemned Nestorianism, Arianism, Monophysitism, Iconoclasm, etc.  But the enemy of man's salvation does not sleep, and in our day, when there is no basic new heresy—unless it be that conglomeration of heresies, ecumenism—he has inspired various currents of "renovationism" within the Church, which have attacked chiefly the life and practice of traditional Orthodoxy, beginning with the outright Protestantism of the "Renovated" or "Living Church" in Russia in the 1920s, through the reforming uniatizers of the Church of Constantinople (Patriarchs Meletios Metaxakis and Athenagoras, Archbishop Iakovos) to the numerous would-be reformers who may be found in almost every Local Orthodox Church today.

In this article the work on liturgical theology of one well known and widely respected contemporary Russian theologian is carefully criticized and its "reformist" tendency pointed out. In all fairness it should be noted that Fr. A. Schmemann probably does not see himself as a "reformer," and it will doubtless be left to other less sensitive souls, another generation removed from the life of genuine Orthodoxy, to draw the inevitable iconoclastic conclusions from Fr. Schmemann's already Protestant views.

The author of this article, Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky, one of the last living theologians to have graduated from the theological academies of pre-Revolutionary Russia, has taught theology to generations of Orthodox priests, and now [1970] teaches and resides at Holy Trinity Monastery at Jordanville, New York.

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Imaginary Canonical Independence

We never did get a human translation of this 2008 report.  Machine Google translations have much improved since 2008.  This translation below is a human attempt to combine two recent and improved machine translations: Google + Microsoft.   http://www.microsofttranslator.com

On the eve of the V-Diaspora Council:

• on the imaginary canonical independence of the fragments
• after V Diaspora Council splits are officially schismatics
• on the need for dialogue with the Orthodox astray

Priest Victor Dobroff.

  "Ye are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither domen light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shne before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven."
  (Matt: 5:14-16)  

Imaginary canonical independence, proclaimed the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church, as well as numerous other otkolkov Orthodox Church, based on the decision of bishops to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the Synod Abroad on the basis of the 15th Rules Second Council. This Rule does allow the bishops, in order to preserve the purity of the faith, to protect themselves from its canonical authority, has fallen into condemned by the Ecumenical Councils, or Fathers of the Catholic heresy before the legal Court, but after the removal of such bishops themselves, for the possible perpetration of the split, according to the first part of the 15th Regulation reside precisely in anticipation of the Catholic Court on themselves. Such canonically precarious situation obliges them to the appropriate behavior, so naturally it would be aware of the dubious legality of any of his actions, save them in the utmost restraint. Because it is difficult not to marvel at the sight of the opposite, when the bishops, in flagrant violation of the Canons, build new churches and new, separate from the Mother of the Church Abroad, synods, even several at a canonical territory and themselves collect cathedrals, creating over other its cathedral court!

According to the provisions of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, "ROCA is an inseparable part of the Local Russian Orthodox Church, temporarily self-governing on conciliar principles", that has a temporary canonical status.   Itself without having autocephaly, ROCA, even if desired, can not and does not have canonical authority to grant autocephaly to someone else or to create a new independent synod.  God willing if favorable conditions were established for convening the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, in which temporary canonical status ROCOR will be canceled, then they will be subject to cancellation and all existing canonical structures ROCA.  This explains why the ROCOR has never created canonically independent structures from herself.  Therefore, all the existing synods and bishops, tracing their origin from the ROCOR can not canonically exist in isolation from the unity and authority of the HIGHER CHURCH GOVERNMENT of the ROCA.

Given that the canonical uncertainty separated from ROCA before May 17 2007, it was a very long time, no one judges the temporary arrangements that were established – "diocese" and "synods"  and centralized management of parishes – temporary may be allowed and is acceptable.  However, after the appearance of a original ROCA after the cleaning division of 17 May 2007 and the subsequent formation of the PSEA and consecrations to the episcopate of canon, such temporary independent position arrangements can no longer continue, because apart from the unity and abide by the ROCA PSEA, separated parts can not canonically exist.  To restore its legality, they need to immediately restore the relationship due to the ROCA PSEA and to provide a report on its activities during the period of temporary stay in isolation from the Mother Church no later than before the convening of V-Diaspora Council.  If, before the time of the All-Diaspora Council this is not done, after the Council of their being in a state of potential split would be completely illegal and address already in schism from the ROCOR, and committed them ordinances become invalid and graceless.

It is known that every separately taken Orthodox Church - the keeper of the grace of God, stores within its canonicity, and this primarily refers to the origin of the Synod of the canonical jurisdiction and the canonical ORIGIN of her episcopacy.  Therefore difficult to take seriously the reasoning and Pauline Definitions of bezblagodatnosti and nepravoslavnosti èkklesiologij of local churches that originated from the jurisdictions, such as the ROAC, or the RTOC, who, being outside of the unity with RPTSZ before obtaining from the PSEA proper hirotesij, do not have neither.

Regarding the issue of the presence or absence of grace in other jurisdictions, without limiting its clergy and children in the freedom of expression of their private opinions, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has always insisted that it did not consider itself, or any other local church, having the right to make the final decision, as it is in authority only duly convened by the Ecumenical Council.   Such a position is always and by all, even the harshest critics, and it was considered orthodox it professes ROCA PSEA.

Many years ago, at the beginning of my spiritual formation, the author of these lines, I myself was a staunch Orthodox perfectionist.  Finding in a stormy apostatesea the precious pearl of great price, the Church Abroad; I wondered, is it possible that God's grace has acted outside the bounds of true Orthodoxy?  Is it possible manifestation of grace in the sacraments apart from the Eucharistic communion with the ROCOR?  How could "spoil" in 1991, the entire Council of Bishops of ROCOR and consecrated bishop, graceless Archimandrite MP received from graceless ecumenical "World Orthodoxy" and graceless sergianist split MP, and therefore that did not have to imagine the priesthood Valentine Rusantsov?  Resolution of some of these issues, under the action of grace, I found in a personal conversation with Bishop Gregory (Grabbe).  Instead of a direct answer, the gray-haired bishop gave the following example to ponder:

"If a branch from a green tree is ripped away from his mother-tree, which is its vital energy supply, watch what happens.  At first we will see that the branch will maintain its healthy green look like living leaves on the tree.  However, gradually the leaves wither, sometimes lost and leaf turns to yellow, gradually changing in color to brown and brown, while the whole does not lose its original vitality and beauty and curled up in a brown tube, finally dies.  However, if the fading branch is nurtured and in time to put by a reviver into the life-giving water, it can not only recover the freshness of its kind, but even to put down roots and being the upset, take root and develop into a flowering plant.  It matters how long the branch was in isolation from the tree.  And this is strange, too: sometimes even a green leaf, placed in a glass of water, quickly fade, and sometimes have yellowed and suddenly recruited from some force and takes it root: it means not even length of time in isolation leaf of the tree is the main factor - all the will of God!"

Though it was instructive parable told by a wise bishop, but we can not find it full pravdatelnogo interpretation episcopal consecration "layman" Valentine Rusantsov: even to restore the life of a branch, it had to be at least some, albeit fading, but planted earlier and acting in it, the life force. Using this natural analogy, we must assume that the Valentin Rusantsov remained the grace of baptism, and at least some, albeit scant, but all the same - Grace successive hierarchical church sacraments tonsure, hirotesy and ordinations which ultimately could only be made up for and use it in its entirety after his accession to the living source of the Church Abroad. Otherwise, if Valentin Rusantsov was not present Archimandrite, then episcopal consecration done on the MP in layman ROCA could not make a lay into a bishop!

Oddly enough, but the fundamental answer to the question about the validity of the episcopal consecration of Archimandrite Valentine Rusantsov is found only in combination with the parable of Bishop Gregory ecclesiology of Metropolitan Cyprian, allowing the possibility of some action of grace in the sacraments in the Orthodox misguided, ill, as MP, member of the Church.

In this regard, it seems ironic that the Council of Bishops, chaired it Rusantsov Valentine, now the Metropolitan ROAC, condemned the "impious philosophizing" Metropolitan Cyprian, and sharing this, "zloverie" betrayed the anathema of ROCA.  But if so, it turns out that under pain of anathema is fitting for us to recognize the founder of the bishopric ROAC layman Aleksandrov Rusantsov invalid!  Not much better than the situation in the RTOC, Archbishop Tikhon Pasechnik, who came from the MP, he was elevated to Archbishop Lazar Zhurbenko, who himself received the priesthood by Bishop MP Benjamin Novitsky.

In his salvific ministry, for the sake of saving the desired unity in Christ, the Church Abroad has sought to combine the canonical Orthodox confession and canonic rigor to her with brotherly love and the wide oikonomia - to others.  The same principle has always guided the ministry of the Greek Church Synod in Resistance TOC, and in general, this principle is not new to the Church of Christ.

Which of the Orthodox do not know from church history, as St.. Basil served to heal the split and return to the bosom of the Church of heretics in-Macedonians?  Then the most Orthodox, including even saints Basil the great imposters's propensity to heresy, stopped communicating with him!  However, the inspired to the Torah Ecumenical Council approved and adopted the position of communication.  Basil - do not require the Macedonians confession of the Holy Spirit of God, but only require the condemnation of those who believe the Holy Spirit creature.  History has proven the truth of opinions Basil and in the second Ecumenical Council: former macedonian themselves gradually deviating from evil, chose to benefit.  In a warning to the Orthodox "extremists", as well as the memory of love, and of economy of the Church to the lost, still sounds to us Orthodox Creed, in which a direct confession of the Holy Spirit of God is absent, although the words of the Symbol refers to believers as the affirmation of His divinity.
Being the Church in Philadelphia, the Russian Church Abroad was always looking for the possibility of a maximum of economy in relation to the lost. This principle is particularly important for the discharge of its historic mission: to sanctify the light of Orthodoxy other beliefs m i pk, a if God wills - to return to the Fatherland light of the Russian Church. Similar mission - to serve as a spiritual revival in Greece, took over the Greek Church and Her-Sister.

The successful construction of the Old Calendar Church of Greece Church of the TOC Synod of Metropolitan Cyprian proved faithful to its selection of a path. Weighted ecclesiology Russian Orthodox Church for nearly ninety years allowed it to successfully carry out their missionary work. And we continue to believe that the chosen Orthodox Church Golden King's Way, will be able to bring Russia to its triumphant resurrection!

Orthodox ecclesiology, CE approved in the Orthodox Church, is reduced to abstain from the final decisions regarding the presence of grace in the sacraments of other jurisdictions. This means that unnecessarily extreme, any definitive "yes" or "no" in the solution of this issue is unacceptable to the Church Abroad. From this it follows that the doctrine of Metropolitan Cyprian, admitting to the final judgment of the Ecumenical Council, the possibility of the presence of grace in the sacraments of the Church who have transgressed against their professed purity of Orthodoxy, is the only existing ekklisiologiey, which does not contradict the ecclesiology of the ROCA. Prudence and wisdom of this position allows our sister Churches not to withdraw into themselves and harsh intolerance not to cut the possibility of dialogue with the erring, not stop it before it starts, but on the contrary - keep an open mind to this vitally important matter. Thus, in the bosom of the Orthodox Church of Greece and her sisters on the tradition of theological dispute, suschestvovovavshaya in the Church with the Evangelical times.

For us, the Russian people, particularly pained by the separation, which arose in 1927 after the publication of Metropolitan. Sergius Stragorodsky Declaration loyalty Church of Soviet rule, the Russian Orthodox Church gave birth to a phenomenon called "sergianism." According to the Moscow Patriarch Alexy II of 10 June 1991 "true implicated in its Declaration", and now is no exaggeration to say that at the injustice of this Declaration is involved all the Moscow Patriarchate.

"He that cometh to Me" (Mf.8.22) - Christ says these words apply to every one of us - "If anyone is thirsty, let go to me and drink. But these are reche about Doucet "(In.7.37-39):" I am the Way, the Truth and the Belly "(In.14.6)"

Theologian John, revealing the great secret Christians, says: "Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (In.1,17), and divine wisdom, Paul warns: "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, which contains the truth in unrighteousness" (Rom. 1:18).

Do not Sergianists Ecumenists and huddled in the darkness of his evil ways and from the saving in the wrong containing his errors and truth derived from Christ with Her Grace, the wrath of God?

Out of the way, the dynamics can not be close to God, is Truth - the knowledge of the Divine Life is - can not be fertile eternity. And before to the lost people so finally, in the words of the Apostle, will the wrath of God before in front of them will be revealed in all its ugliness waiting for their eternity, we must not evade dialogue with these misguided, but the truth of the fence, with all diligence and fear give them - those in darkness, staying in the Church of Christ the Light, and so fulfill the commandment of Christ: "Yes enlightened your light before men!" (Mf.5.16)
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." (Mt 6, 34) - that is what we are commanded by God.
Not scholasticism about where the grace of God there and together with the Truth whether and under what conditions is valid, must be addressed to Christians, for reasonable action are inseparable from the Being of God, Energy and Power of the Divine - Secrets area, does not fit into the squares drawn by the human mind, but in simplicity heart on this Commandment, we should first of all seek the truth of God and to help others find this truth. And when they found her, She has one guided in its decision with whom to communicate, on what basis and how they engage in dialogue. Parvdy God, resulting in the belly, we're looking for, however, is not in the new calendar, nor in Sergianism nor in ecumenism nor splits do not.