Friday, June 15, 2012

Conference of the Russian Orthodox Hierarchs in the Far Abroad Announced

The Synod Abroad of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) has announced plans for the convening of a conference of all Russian Orthodox hierarchs serving outside the canonical territory of the Church of Rus' in the former Soviet Union. The conference, which is to be held this fall in London, will be dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the reconciliation of the Moscow Patriarchate and the ROCOR.

In addition to other matters the Synod Abroad decided to designate St. Seraphim's Church in Sea Cliff, New York, as a memorial church in honor of the reconciliation of the Russian Orthodox Church in the former USSR and the ROCOR.

More on the recent session of the Synod Abroad can be found here.

6 comments:

  1. I am an Orthodox Christian but this event is about as relevant to me as a gathering of Mormon Bishops who find it convenient to come to London for a business meeting.

    If however these Russian prelates try to use the event to stage some public celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Sourozh, given the recent history and in particular the conduct of the present Russian Patriarch in the matter, they could well anticipate objections and protests.

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    1. Yes, I'm sure tens of thousands would turn out...

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  2. Don't forget that just one man swimming in the river stopped the Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race.

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    1. And the race went on as soon as he was hauled out of the water, much like the life of the Church in the face of the various schisms and heresies.

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  3. No it didn't. The race stopped. And these prelates had better not think they can turn Christ's Church into an outpost of the criminal government headed by Putin in Russia. Let these haughty hierarchs, resplendent in their fine vestments, know that God is not mocked!

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    1. ...and then resumed, if the article I read was correct. Irregardless, the schism within the Russian Orthodox Church in the UK has saddened me since ex-Bishop Basil started it - I hope in time the hurts on both sides can be healed and unity rediscovered.

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