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


2007 Letter to Metropolitan Laurus from 13 Jordanville monastics

submitted to Vernost April 2007

A Letter  to Metropolitan Laurus from a group of 13 Jordanville monastics
Dear All,
Christ is Risen!
Indeed, indeed, indeed He is Risen!
Bright paschal news keep coming these days; here is one in my hasty  translation from Russian
A group of 13 Jordanville monastics have forwarded the following letter to Metr. Lavr:

"We witness, with great sorrow and frustration, that as the rapprochement with the MP progresses, our ROCOR is disintegrating more and more, both externally and internally. We observe with a sad  feeling, that many staunch believers of our Church make a decision to  no longer be with us. We regret to see the bitter fruits of the  unification process: strife,  contention at court, dissent, general  perplexity; tragic destinies of some believers; loss of trust in our
archpastors; disillusionment often bordering on despair; self-willed  behavior of certain bishops not aligned with truth and canons; obvious  deviation from the traditional patristic path of ROCOR; heading for  unification in spite of the fact that many questions of sergianism and  ecumenism have yet to be dealt with in the light of the pure patristic  teaching of the Church. Globalization gains momentum, a tendency for  unification of all nations and religions is all too apparent. 

"Holy  Fathers warned us of this time, and interpreted it as an unleashed  preparation for the coming of the anti-Christ. Participating in this  are all those who are members of the God-fighting WCC, who supports  the unificatory movement of world's religions, termed ecumenism. In  light of this understanding, we experience deep anxiety when we are  told about the forthcoming union of our Church with such as are  obviously not prepared to follow her patristic course, are not  conscious of the dangers of the apostate ecumenist movement, nor do  they readily resist it. If we unite with MP, we will be one with it in  all things, including the heresy of heresies - ecumenism, and the  ecclesiology-distorting sergianism, hence we will be betraying our  Church. Such resistance is the corner-stone of the faith of the Holy  Fathers, the faith that prompted a mother, in times of old, to bless  her children to accept a martyric death. We are wary of the fact, that  unless those crucial problems find their rightful solution, in the  spirit of churchly humility and repentance, it may so happen that in  the future we will not be able to "endure to the end" (Mt. 10.22).  

"When we are faced with the final decision, who are we with? we may  find ourselves lacking the resoluteness and steadfastness, while the  deadly spirit of apostasy would prevail. This is exactly why we are so  worried and are asking ourselves, can such be the fruits of the Holy  Spirit? We have always believed the admonition of our archpastors that  there can be no unity except in the Truth, and we wish to be loyal to  these words unto the end. These days, however, many believers have  been scandalized by the open disloyalty of many bishops."

Signed by eight (8) monastics, including one archimandrite and three  priestmonks, of the Holy Trinity Monastery, as well as by all the 5  sisters of the St. Elizabeth nunnery in Jordanville.

Metr. Lavr has not responded to this address and forbade its  publication.

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