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


Message from ROCA Synod

Message of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
The danger of "narodopraviya" "народоправия"

Dear priests and religious brothers and sisters!

Gathered in the God-preserved city Odessa, members of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops welcome you Paschal greeting: Christ is Risen!

No Christian is now no doubt that we are living in the last days, when the waning faith and spirituality, and are replaced by superstition, materialism and sensuality. Apostasy processes and try to capture the church body we see a retreat and loss of consciousness, even in the church of true environment. Especially clearly this is manifested in an increasingly noticeable tendency to lay rukovodstvennogo (руководственного) to assert its influence in the parishes. In itself a good idea, if the laity is an initiative and become more active participants in parish life. But it is dangerous when they assimilate themselves interference with the advent of spiritual guidance. It is known that, for example, the heresy of Presbyterianism "negates the need for the clergy to participate in the issue of salvation and, therefore, in the Presbyterian Church there is no episcopal device, and church organization is a collection of parishes administered by pastors and elders elected by the congregation" [1] . With great regret, we are witnessing similar dangerous trends in our parishes. The desire of some people to take a leading position subordinate to the will of priests, abbots, and even bishops, is now apparent reality. In this regard, we have to warn the flock of great danger and harmfulness of such a trend. No opinion gleaned from the Internet can not substitute for spiritual experience and the Holy. Spirit gifts of the pastor in the ordination. The priest could not sufficiently well-versed in economic matters, but it does not mean that it is for this reason must be pushed aside by the advent of general guidance, since the main purpose of parish life - saving, rather than material prosperity. All the parish must be subordinated to this primary objective - the fight against sin and the acquisition of the grace of the Holy Spirit.. This is the main task of the rector, who must lead his flock along this path. And for the sake of the great importance of this way, the abbot of the authority shall be inviolable and not be subjected to groundless criticism, even more so - for the sake of criticism. It's hard to know our pious fathers, but, unfortunately, have forgotten some reckless contemporaries, putting their intelligence above the church tradition and gracious gifts of the Holy. Spirit. Therefore, we, the members of the Synod of Bishops, invite all the faithful of our Church does not violate the established centuries the church structure and order, commanded the faithful generations of our ancestors, always bearing in mind the elementary truths of our Orthodox dispensation:

"The priesthood is the Sacrament in which the Holy Spirit through the laying on correctly chosen svjatitelskogo (Episcopal) delivers the sacraments, and to feed the flock of Christ. "Let a man so account of us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God" (1 Cor 4.1). "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God which He purchased with His own blood" (Acts 20.28) "[2].

Odessa, 6/19 May 2016.
Week 3rd Sunday of Pascha, right. Job's Suffering.
Chairman of the Synod of Bishops:
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
The members of the Synod of Bishops:
+ Archbishop Andronicus
+ Archbishop Georgy (Synod Secretary)
+ Bishop Athanasius
+ Bishop Gregory (Vice-Chairman)
+ Bishop Kirill
+ Bishop Nikolai
[1] https :// ru . wikipedia . org / wiki /% D 0%9 F % D 1%80% D 0% B 5% D 1%81% D 0% B 2% D 0% B 8% D 1%82% D 0% B 5% D 1%80% D 0% B 8% D 0% B 0% D 0% BD % D 1%81% D 1%82% D 0% B 2% D 0% BE
[2] St Moscow Filaret (Drozdov). An extensive Katehizis Orthodox Orthodox Catholic Eastern Churches. On the Priesthood.

Another statement by our synod, (so far) only available in Machine English
ROCA: True Orthodox Church in the face of the heresy of ecumenism
         Russian  http://internetsobor.org/rptsz/tserkovnye-novosti/rptsz/rptsz
Machine English 

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