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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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Free Serbian Church given a bishop

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The 18th regular Church and National Assembly of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese of the Free Serbian Orthodox Church, on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the suggestion of His Grace Bishop Ambrose (CPI of Greece), who feeds the rest of the Uniproved Baptist Church, the pattern, which will go to the pattern, which will go to the pattern, which will go to the pattern, which will be left to the body, which will be left to the pattern Churches.


The next day, on Sunday, December 23, in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas Monastery, at the Divine Liturgy, led by Bishop Ambrose of Methona (CPI of Greece) and Bishop of Melbourne (ROCOR), Archimandrite Christopher was called to be the bishop of Christian. After the Liturgy, a procession was performed, a service of Serbian Glory was served, and a solemn common meal was held.


No Soviet bishop or priest ever appointed without KGB

World Orthodoxy
Patriarch Philaret (Denisenko) Ukraine Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP)

Philaret spoke about the cooperation of the church and the KGB

Author: Online Cathedral. Publication date: December 23, 2018 . Category: Jurisdictions of Official Orthodoxy .

Patriarch Filaret revealed the truth about the relations of church hierarchs and the KGB (the USSR State Security Committee) in the Soviet Union. According to him, all church leaders were forced to cooperate with the authorities.

Otherwise, they could not fulfill their duties fully - such decisions did not have legal force, the patriarch told Radio Liberty . He noted that the hierarchs could not appoint a single priest without the consent of the special services.

“There was not a single bishop who had no contact with them. If he had no contact, then he was not a bishop. Therefore, if someone from those bishops says that he did not have contacts (with the KGB - ed.), Then this means that he is telling a lie. I know that for sure ... Without the consent of the KGB, neither bishops nor priests were appointed. It was necessary to coordinate with them all appointments. Therefore, there was a registration. The decree of the bishop was invalid if there is no registration. Therefore, in order to have registration, it was necessary to agree with them so that they would agree to the initiation of one or another bishop and the appointment of one or another priest. ”

Filaret said that the KGB demanded to violate the secret of confession and to inform the congregation. For non-compliance threatened with execution. But the patriarch noted that after a sharp refusal, the threats had ceased.

Tonsure at St. John's in Ukraine


ROCOR: tonsure at St. John's Monastery (PHOTOS)

MP Metropolitan revealed to be a KGB agent

Here is something else the ROCOR-MP folks can ignore or make excuses for while they continue to play along with "the glorious reunion of the two parts of the Russian Church."







Alexander Metropolitan of Riga and All Latvia, he is Alexander Ivanovich Kudryashov was recruited in 1982 by Alexander Ischenko, an employee of the 5th Division of the 4th Division of the State Security Committee (KGB) of the Latvian SSR, who assigned his agent the pseudonym Reader.   As is known, the fifth section was formed in 1967 to combat “ideological sabotage”

Kompromat.lv has already told , it was his supervisor, Metropolitan Alexander, who ordered that restorative property be managed. Former Commissioner for Religious Affairs at the Council of Ministers, former KGB lieutenant colonel Alexander Ischenko (Aleksandrs Iščenko) has created two commercial organizations for this purpose. In particular, according to Сrediweb.lv, in February 1992 the company (sabiedrība ar ierobežotu atbildību) "FONDS PC" was created, and then, in October 1993 - "FONDS-LC". 

In 1996, Alexander Kudryashov . Alexander Kudryashov, on behalf of the Synod, issued to the organization of Alexander Ischenko Power of Attorney No. 98, in which he authorized to "manage and receive income from residential buildings with outbuildings located at 14 Pils Street, Riga, and Maza Pils, 11, belonging to the Latvian Orthodox churches".


Also:
KGB Agent: Abbess of MP Diveevsky Monastery 




Shortest day of the year Friday Dec 21



 Winter solstice is on Friday and at the peak of the Ursid Meteor Shower. This is a minor meteor shower, people should expect to see a few shooting stars per hour. 

In 2018, the Ursids will peak on the night between Dec 22–23

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Proof MP is not ROC

Documents: The Founding of the Moscow Patriarchate by Joseph Stalin

Author: Metropolitan Agafangel. Publication date: September 15, 2018 . Category: Moscow Patriarchy .



Documentary evidence.

Documentary evidence that the current Moscow Patriarchate does not continue the historical Russian Orthodox Church, but was founded on September 8, 1943 by the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.


The most terrible thing that God-fighting power has done in Russia is the appearance of the “Soviet Church,” which the Bolsheviks presented to the people as the true Church, having driven the Orthodox Church into catacombs and concentration camps.
   Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky), 
from the letter Fr. To Victor Potapov on June 26 / July 9, 1980



It is known that after the death in 1925 of Patriarch Tikhon in the USSR, it was impossible to convene a Council and restore church authority in a canonical, legal way, that is, by the Resolution of the Bishops' Council of the Local Russian Church.  Therefore, at the head of the Church Administration there were different, rather random, hierarchs, forcedly appointed, "according to a will."  One such primate "in the will" - the former renovationist Metropolitan Sergius (Stragorodsky), unable to withstand the pressure of the Soviet authorities, gave up and submitted to the Soviet authorities.  In 1927, he issued a Declaration in which he avowed his complete subordination to the communist authorities, which served to divide the Russian Church.  Because of this Declaration, with the administration headed by Metropolitan Sergius, the Russian Church Abroad and the Catacomb Church in the homeland interrupted communication.  Despite the fact that Metropolitan Sergius obediently fulfilled all the desires of the God-fighting government, his position and the status of his subordinate parishes were in a very deplorable state, since the Soviet government persistently led the matter to the complete destruction of faith in God in the USSR, and the chances of survival of the structure headed by him were practically non-existent.

This situation radically changed in September 1943, when dictator Joseph Stalin, for political gain, decided to form an "Orthodox church" subordinate to himself. To this end, Stalin, in the schism ruled by Metropolitan Sergius, established his hierarchy of power - below the person in charge of the clergy - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Sergius (Strogorodsky). The head of the Council for the Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church under the USSR Government, G. G., became his immediate superior. Karpov, who himself did not take decisions on important issues, but was the only mediator between the Soviet government and the Moscow Patriarchate. In turn, Karpov was under the jurisdiction of the Soviet government - the staff of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR V.M. Molotov. Molotov at that time was the highest authority of the executive branch for the Moscow Patriarchate. At the same time, the Moscow Patriarchate continued to remain under the supervision and guardianship of the NKVD-KGB - the same Karpov being the chairman of the Council for the Russian Church was at the same time the head of the 5th department of the 2nd Directorate of the NKGB-MGB of the USSR and was subordinate to the Minister (People's Commissar) of State Security .WITH. Merkulov, from whom he also received instructions and orders.

The priority area of activity of the newly formed Moscow Patriarchate, according to Stalin’s plan, was to become international relations and the creation “through its own channels” of the positive image of the USSR in the eyes of free countries, as well as raising the patriotic spirit of the population in the conditions of war within the USSR.  Also, very importantly, the Soviet government in this way gained complete control over the newly formed structure, which it did not have in the Catacomb and Foreign Parts of the Russian Church.  The leadership of this structure (the episcopate) received the privileges and privileges of the Soviet nomenclature, which they used and enjoy right up to the present.  Although the organization under the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Sergius widely spoke in favor of the USSR in the political arena even earlier, since the adoption of the declaration in 1927, but now this activity has entered a new stage.  According to some reports, Stalin's meeting with the next newly elected Patriarch Alexy (Simansky) was devoted exclusively to the political tasks facing the MP.

Stalin made a decision to organize the MP on September 4 (actually, on September 5 at night), and after 2 days, that is, on September 8, this decision was carried out through the Bishops' Council assembled by the authorities from the 19 hierarchs they had chosen time consisted of 28 bishops).

Such actions, of course, can not be called canonical and legal in terms of church law.  There is a church norm, according to which, the bishop who received the episcopal authority in the church with the help of worldly leaders "may be exterminated and excommunicated, and all communicating with him" (see Ap.30; I Univ. 4; VII Univ. 3; Laodik. 13).  In this case, it is not just about "worldly leaders," but about the atheist government, which has the goal of destroying the very faith in God on the territory of the USSR.

The formation of the Moscow Patriarchate further approved the schism in Russian Orthodoxy, as a result of which the true Church of Christ was represented by free parts of the Russian Church independent of the God-fighting people – the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Catacomb Church in the USSR, which had no connection with each other because of the persecutions .

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All subsequent "Soviet patriarchs" were elected and supplied exclusively by the Soviet authorities.  According to the testimony of Konstantin Kharchev, Chairman of the Council for Religious Affairs in 1984-1989: "Not a single candidate for the post of bishop or other high position, whether a member of the Holy Synod, received it without the approval of the CPSU Central Committee and the KGB."*  Below is a document on the election of Patriarch Alexy I , which leaves no doubt about the nature and methods of such an election. The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia did not recognize any of these patriarchs.
+ Metropolitan Agafangel

* Evgenia Albats and Kathryn Fitzpatrick. The state within the state: the KGB and its power in Russia - the past, present and future. 1994. ISBN 0-374-52738-5, p. 46 .

P. S. This note is a brief selection of archival materials, which I hope will be replenished and refined.

APPLICATIONS
Who hath ears, let him hear! (Mt. 11.15)

List of documents:
1944.05.05. Record of Karpov's conversation with Patriarch Sergius
Documentary film "Stalin and the Third Rome"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPqm54ka1sM
     Документальный фильм "Сталин и Третий Рим"
From the Scriptures
Church canons about such actions

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Documentary film "Stalin and the Third Rome"   in Russian⇦⇦⇦⇦
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPqm54ka1sM
Документальный фильм "Сталин и Третий Рим"  45 minutes

Part 1 of 4

Part 2 of 4

Part 3 of 4

Part 4 of 4

From about 31 minutes of the film - about the Stalin bribing the Eastern patriarchs: the Soviet Patriarch Alexy Simansky received from Stalin to bribe the patriarchs, except for icons and panagias from museums, 200 thousand dollars, of which the Alexandrian patriarch received 25 thousand dollars, and Jerusalem - 35. Further it is said that Constantinople received 50 thousand dollars, but not from this money, but through the USSR Embassy. Further in the film it is said that this money, allegedly, was not enough for bribing. But it is not said that they were enough for the corrupt Greek patriarchs to stop communicating with the ROCOR and fully recognize the Moscow Patriarchate. This, in essence, is a fact of moral decay and introduction to the heresy of the sergianism of all the eastern patriarchs.
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From the Scriptures

Worship the Lord your God and serve Him alone (Mt. 4.10; Lk 4.8).

No one can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or one will be zealous, and about the other not to despise. You can not serve God and mammon (Mt 6.24; see Luke 16.13).
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Church canons about such actions

Apostolic Rule 30: "As soon as the bishop, worldly commanders having used it, through them will receive the bishop's authority in the church: let him be ejected and excommunicated, and all who communicate with him." (see also I Universe. 4; VII Universe. 3; Laodic. 13).

Apostolic Rule 34: "It is proper for the bishops of every nation to know the first in them, and acknowledge him as the head, and do not exceed anything that exceeds their power without reasoning: to do to everyone only what concerns his diocese and the places belonging to it. But the first also do not create anything without reasoning for all. For there will be consensus, and God will be glorified in the Lord in the Holy Spirit, Father and Son, and the Holy Spirit. " (see also I Un. 4, 6, 7; II Un. 2, 3; III Un. 8; IV Un. 28; Trul. 36, 39; Antioch. 9).


Известно, что после смерти в 1925 году Патриарха Тихона в СССР было невозможно созвать Собор и восстановить церковную власть каноническим, законным способом, то есть, Постановлением Архиерейского Собора Поместной Российской Церкви. Поэтому во главе Церковного управления находились разные, достаточно случайные иерархи, поставленные вынужденно, "по завещанию". Один из таких предстоятелей "по завещанию" – бывший обновленец митрополит Сергий (Страгородский), не выдержав давления советской власти, сдался и подчинился ей. В 1927 году он издал Декларацию, в которой засвидетельствовал полное своё подчинение коммунистическим властям, которая послужила расколу Русской Церкви. Из-за этой Декларации, с управлением возглавляемым митрополитом Сергием прервали общение Русская Церковь за границей и Катакомбная Церковь на родине. Несмотря на то, что митрополит Сергий послушно выполнял все желания богоборческой власти, его положение и положение подведомственных ему приходов находилось весьма в плачевном состоянии, поскольку советская власть настойчиво вела дело к полному уничтожению веры в Бога на территории СССР, и шансов на выживание возглавляемой им структуры практически не было.
Такое положение в корне изменилось в сентябре 1943 года, когда диктатор Иосиф Сталин ради политической выгоды надумал образовать подчинённую себе "православную церковь". Для этого Сталин, в управляемом митрополитом Сергием расколе, учредил свою иерархию власти – внизу ответственное лицо из числа духовенства – патриарх Московский и всея Руси Сергий (Строгородский). Его непосредственным начальником стал председатель Совета по делам Русской православной церкви при правительстве СССР Г.Г. Карпов, который сам не принимал решений по важным вопросам, но был единственным посредником между советской властью и Московской патриархией. В свою очередь, Карпов был подведомственным советскому правительству – аппарату министерства иностранных дел СССР под председательством заместителя председателя совнаркома СССР В.М. Молотова. Молотов в то время был высшей инстанцией исполнительной власти для Московской патриархии. В то же время Московская патриархия продолжала пребывать под надзором и опекой органов НКВД-КГБ – тот же Карпов являясь председателем Совета по делам Русской церкви был одновременно начальником 5-го отдела 2-го Управления НКГБ-МГБ СССР и подчинялся министру (наркому) госбезопасности В.С. Меркулову, от которого также получал указания и приказы.
Приоритетной сферой деятельности новообразованной Московской патриархии, по замыслу Сталина, должны были стать международные отношения и создание "по своим каналам" положительного имиджа СССР в глазах свободных стран, а также поднятие патриотического духа населения в условиях войны внутри СССР. Также, что очень важно, советская власть таким способом получала полный контроль над новообразованной структурой, которого она не имела в Катакомбной и Зарубежной частях Русской Церкви. Руководство этой структуры (епископат) получили льготы и привилегии советской номенклатуры, которыми они пользовались и пользуются вплоть до настоящего времени. Хоть подведомственная митрополиту Сергию организация широко выступала в пользу СССР на политической арене и раньше, начиная с момента принятия декларации в 1927 году, но теперь эта деятельность вышла на новый этап. По некоторым сведениям, встреча Сталина со следующим новоизбранным патриархом Алексием (Симанским) была посвящена исключительно политическим задачам, стоящими перед МП.
Сталин принял решение об организации МП 4 сентября (на самом деле, 5 сентября ночью), а через 2 дня, т.е., 8 сентября, это решение было проведено через собранный властями Архиерейский собор из 19 подобранных ими архиереев (всего МП в то время насчитывала 28 архиереев).
Такие действия, безусловно, нельзя никак назвать каноничными и законными с точки зрения церковного права. Существует церковная норма, согласно которой, епископ, получивший епископскую в церкви власть с помощью мирских начальников "да будет извержен и отлучён, и все сообщающиеся с ним" (см. Ап.30; I Всел. 4; VII Всел. 3; Лаодик. 13). В данном случае, речь идёт не просто о "мирских начальниках", а о богоборческой власти, имеющей целью уничтожение самой веры в Бога на территории СССР.
Образование Московской патриархии ещё больше утвердило раскол в Русском православии, в результате чего подлинная Церковь Христова оказалась представлена свободными, независимыми от богоборцев частями Русской Церкви – Русской Православной Церковью Заграницей и Катакомбной Церковью на территории СССР, которые из-за гонений не имели друг со другом связи.
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Все последующие "советские патриархи" избирались и поставлялись исключительно советской властью. По свидетельству председателя Совета по делам религий в 1984–1989 годах Константина Харчева: "Ни один кандидат на должность епископа или другую высокую должность, будь то член Священного Синода, не получал её без одобрения ЦК КПСС и КГБ"*. Ниже прилагается документ об избрании патриархом Алексия I, который не оставляет никакого сомнения о характере и методах такого избрания. Русская Православная Церковь Заграницей не признала ни одного их этих патриархов.

1971 ROCOR decision MP Patriarch invalid

ROCOR History: 1971 Definition of the ROCOR Council on the election of patriarchs

Author: Metropolitan Agafangel. Publication date: December 10, 2018 . Category: History of the ROC .

1971.09.14. The definition of the Sobor of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of 1971 on the election of patriarchs in Moscow.

The Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia 1/14 September 1971 had an opinion on a meeting in Moscow from May 30 to June 2 of this year, calling itself the All-Russian Church Council for electing the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. This meeting declared Metropolitan Pimen elected to the aforementioned See. 

Having discussed all the circumstances of this meeting, the Council of Bishops representing the free part of the Russian Orthodox Church, came to the following conclusion:

1. For the election of the Head of the Local Church, it is necessary that this election be made according to the laws of this Church and be free, being the true expression of her voice.
2. In 1917, the All-Russian Council adopted a resolution on the restoration of the Patriarchate in Russia and elected His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon to the Patriarchal Throne. 

The structure of this council included all canonically appointed bishops of the Russian Church, representatives of clergy and laity elected by the dioceses and invited by the Synod, on the basis of the Provision made by it, representatives of monastic clergy and Orthodox Theological Academies. All representatives from dioceses were freely elected at the three-level elections: parish, charity and diocesan meetings. The very election of the Patriarch was made according to the order that secured the freedom to indicate candidates for election. The latter were scheduled by secret ballot, with many candidates initially indicated. Of these, three candidates, among whom one was finally elected by lot, were listed by successive selection of the most votes. Such an electoral system, ensuring full freedom and approved by the All-Russian Church Council, has never been canceled by a free and equivalent Council. Therefore, the election of the Patriarchs, carried out in a different order, not being free, does not express the voice of the Russian Orthodox Church and is not legitimate.

Such illegal elections include not only the elections of the current one, who calls himself the Patriarch, Pimen, but also the elections of his two predecessors (Sergius Stragorodsky and Aleksey Simansky). Their supporters cannot, in justification of these elections, speak about the external conditions of persecution of the Faith as interfering with the implementation of the legal order of elections, because, despite the evidence, they constantly reiterate about the supposedly complete freedom of religion in the Soviet Union. Similar statements were made by the now elected Patriarch Pimen. In all three elections of the Patriarchs, no one dared and was not able to name any candidate, other than those previously indicated by representatives of the civil authorities.

3. Violation of the legal succession of the highest Church authority in the Russian Church began in 1927, when the then Deputy Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne, Metropolitan Sergiy of Nizhny Novgorod, violated the instructions of Metropolitan of Krutitsky, whom he replaced and signed an agreement with the atheist civil authority, on the control panel, he had failed to put the control panel on the control panel, which he replaced and signed the agreement with the atheist civil authority, in order to put the control panel on the control panel, which he replaced and signed the agreement with the atheist civilian authority, he violated the instructions of the Metropolitan Sergius. nor the other oldest hierarchs.

The Soviet authorities began to imprison all the dissenters with Metropolitan Sergius of the hierarchs, thus clearing the way for him to head the Russian Church. He, for his part, disregarding the oldest hierarchs, composed the Synod for his personal purpose and, during the lifetime of Metropolitan of Krutitsky Peter, who by position was in charge of the Moscow Diocese, illegally appropriated the title of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Moscow with the right to wear two Panagias. In 1943, at the direction of the atheist and the worst persecutor of the Church of Stalin, he, in fulfillment of the political plans of the latter, hastily, in 4 days, assembled a Council of the 19 bishops who were freed by Stalin from prison for a special selection of bishops, counting Metropolitan Sergius himself. the bishops who elected him patriarch. In 1945, after the death of Patriarch Sergius, Metropolitan Alexy of Leningrad gathered a Council, to which representatives of autocephalous Churches were invited. The council, besides the ordained bishops shortly before, consisted of representatives of the clergy and laity selected without elections, provided for about the election of the Patriarch, and obediently following the instructions of atheistic civil authority, unanimously elected Metropolitan Alexy of Leningrad as Patriarch.

Upon the death of the latter, the same illegal procedure was made this year so-called. The All-Russian Council for election as Patriarch of Metropolitan Pimen, not so much known for piety and theological knowledge, since he did not receive any theological education, as by his diligence in executing instructions from atheistic authorities aimed at the destruction of the Church and the political plans of the Soviet Government.

4. All elections of the Patriarchs in Moscow, beginning in 1943, are invalid on the basis of the 30th Rule of the Holy Apostles and the 3rd Rule of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, according to which, “having used the bishop of worldly superiors, through them, the bishopric authority in the Church will be erupted and excommunicated and all communicating with him. " The significance that the Fathers of the Ecumenical Council attached to such a crime is evident from the very fact of the unusual for church church rules of double punishment for violating it, i.e. not only the eruption of dignity, but also excommunication.

The famous interpreter of canons, En. Dalmatian Nicodemus, gives the following explanation to the 30th Rule of the Holy Apostles: "If the Church condemned the illegal influence of secular authorities in setting up the bishop at a time when the sovereigns were Christians, then all the more, therefore, she had to condemn it, when the latter were pagans and , the more severe the punishment she had to impose on the perpetrators, who were not ashamed to seek help from the pagan sovereigns and their subordinate authorities in order only to receive the bishopric. The present (30) rule means such cases. " If, in refutation of this provision, examples of some of the Constantinople Patriarchs erected to the Throne at the discretion of the Turkish Sultans are given, then it can be said that no anomaly can be recognized as the norm and one violation of canons cannot justify another.

Taking into account all the above grounds, the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, as representing the free part of the Russian Church, defines:

The election of Pimen (Izvekov) by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia on the All-Russian Church Council in Moscow that calls itself Moscow on June 2 of this year, by virtue of the 30 rules of the Holy Apostles and the 3 rules of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, recognizes as illegal and invalid his acts and dispositions are not valid.

Chairman of the Sobor of Bishops: 
+ Metropolitan Philaret 
Members of the Cathedral: 
+ Nikon, Archbishop of Washington and Florida 
+ Seraphim, Archbishop of Chicago and Detroit 
+ Filofeus, Archbishop of Berlin and German 
+ Vitaly, Archbishop of Montreal and Canada 
+ Anthony, Archbishop of Los Angeles and Southern California 
+ Averky, Archbishop of Syracuse and Trinity 
+ Anthony, Archbishop of Geneva and Western Europe 
+ Seraphim, Archbishop of Brazil, São Paulo and Venezuelan 
+ Theodosius, Archbishop of Sydney and Australian-New Zealand 
+ Paul, Bishop of Stuttgart and South German 
+ Lavr, Bishop of Manhattan 
+ Constantine, Bishop of Brisbane
September 1971