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


Only worthy individuals should enter into the clergy


"If we have a good priest (or bishop), we give thanks to God. 
If a bad one, we endure him".

- old Russian saying

We can pray to St. Basil if we have a bad bishop.
 ~ excerpt from a life of St. Basil:

...Saint Basil almost daily celebrated Divine-services.  He was particularly concerned about the strict fulfilling of the canons of the Church, and kept attentive watch, so that only worthy individuals should enter into the clergy....

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