Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Metropolitan Hilarion Concludes Paraguay Visit

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk has concluded his visit to Paraguay. On his Sunday in the country Metropolitan Hilarion concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Metropolitan Platon of Buenos Aires not in one of the Paraguayan capital's Russian Orthodox churches (of which there are at least three), but rather in its Roman Catholic cathedral. More here and here.


  1. I have never heard of an Orthodox priest-bishop serving Divine Liturgy in a Roman church ! Or did Met.Hilarion somehow "turn" the Roman church and altar into an Orthodox one ???

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  3. It's not uncommon in areas where a parish or mission is small and renting space from a Roman Catholic parish (the same sort of arrangements exist with other denominations as well - a ROCOR mission in my area was loaned the chapel at an Episcopalian church for their services), but for a bishop visiting an area with three parishes with their own temples, two of which are visited by clergy only once a month or so, it seems a little ridiculous for him to serve in a Roman Catholic space that needs to be retrofitted. From the look of the pictures Metropolitans Hilarion and Platon used the new style altar as an altar and the original pre-Vatican II altar in the cathedral as the 'high place.'