One Year as First Hierarch

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Nigula Qian Zishi:
One year ago, by the will of the Holy Spirit, Metropolitan Laurus was elected by the Council of Bishops as First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

Vladyka Laurus accepted this cross as an obedience; a year has now passed as he bears the burden of First Hierarch, unsparing of himself and placing his hopes entirely on the Lord God. Over this one-year period, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus has visited almost all the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, sharing the joys and sorrows of his flock. His even temper, directness and humility have brought a quiet joy, calm and peace to the life of the Church. Despite the fact that the First Hierarch and the Holy Church have been subjected to slander and attacks, the life of our faithful children continues in trust, sobriety and unity of mind.

The health of Vladyka Metropolitan is wantingùover the last month he has lost 20 lbs. and is under a doctorÆs supervision. Vladyka continues to live quietly alone in the woods next to Holy Trinity Monastery, in the so-called ôskete.ö

Despite the frailty of his health, Metropolitan Laurus does not refuse any diocese or parish his First Hierarchal care. This is especially difficult since in 2001, 2002 and 2003 a very many parishes marked or will mark their 50th anniversaries and wishes for Vladyka Metropolitan himself to share in their celebrations.

Vladyka Metropolitan shies away from praise, does not like attention, and so we will not impose upon him, and will only ask all the visitors of our website to pray for him. We know that every day, molebens, the reading of the Psalter, akathists, are read for him (in succession around the globe), and it would be good for all who are faithful to the Conciliar Church to join these prayers.

Out First Hierarch would also appreciate our unity, our trust, our love. May the Lord help us in this!

EIS POLLA ETI DESPOTA!

Editors, Synodal Website

The young fogey:
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This is especially difficult since in 2001, 2002 and 2003 a very many parishes marked or will mark their 50th anniversaries and wishes for Vladyka Metropolitan himself to share in their celebrations.


As I wrote earlier, ROCORÆs presence in America (not counting the 1930s-1946 period when the American metropolia - now the OCA - nominally accepted ROCORÆs authority over it) really dates to the late Æ40s and early Æ50s with the immigration of the WWII displaced persons.

Hypo-Ortho:
Quote from: Nik on October 24, 2002, 01:30:42 PM

One year ago, by the will of the Holy Spirit, Metropolitan Laurus was elected by the Council of Bishops as First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

Vladyka Laurus accepted this cross as an obedience; a year has now passed as he bears the burden of First Hierarch, unsparing of himself and placing his hopes entirely on the Lord God. Over this one-year period, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus has visited almost all the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, sharing the joys and sorrows of his flock. His even temper, directness and humility have brought a quiet joy, calm and peace to the life of the Church. Despite the fact that the First Hierarch and the Holy Church have been subjected to slander and attacks, the life of our faithful children continues in trust, sobriety and unity of mind.

The health of Vladyka Metropolitan is wanting—over the last month he has lost 20 lbs. and is under a doctor’s supervision. Vladyka continues to live quietly alone in the woods next to Holy Trinity Monastery, in the so-called “skete.”

Despite the frailty of his health, Metropolitan Laurus does not refuse any diocese or parish his First Hierarchal care. This is especially difficult since in 2001, 2002 and 2003 a very many parishes marked or will mark their 50th anniversaries and wishes for Vladyka Metropolitan himself to share in their celebrations.

Vladyka Metropolitan shies away from praise, does not like attention, and so we will not impose upon him, and will only ask all the visitors of our website to pray for him. We know that every day, molebens, the reading of the Psalter, akathists, are read for him (in succession around the globe), and it would be good for all who are faithful to the Conciliar Church to join these prayers.

Out First Hierarch would also appreciate our unity, our trust, our love. May the Lord help us in this!

EIS POLLA ETI DESPOTA!

Editors, Synodal Website


MANY YEARS to Metropolitan +LAURUS!  But what of His Eminence, Metropolitan +VITALY, who appears to have withdrawn from his retirement as the ROCOR's First Hierarch to become First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Exile (ROCiE), a rival group to the ROCOR headquartered in Mansonville, Quebec?  Can Metropolitan +VITALY still be commemorated publicly at Services in the ROCOR, if only in the Ektenias for the sick?  Or is Metropolitan +VITALY considered to be in schism from the ROCOR now?

Hypo-Ortho

The young fogey:
Here's what's happening: the group that are ROCiE basically are taking advantage of a senile Met. Vitaly (he's in his 90s), who thinks he is still head of ROCOR and that Met. Laurus' election is 'invalid'. He might not even know he's being used to foment a schism.

Met. Vitaly can't be commemorated at ROCOR services but no one blames him personally for what is happening in his name because he's not responsible for his actions at this point. I understand he personally is welcome back at ROCOR any time.

Hypo-Ortho:
Quote from: Serge on October 24, 2002, 04:26:23 PM

Here's what's happening: the group that are ROCiE basically are taking advantage of a senile Met. Vitaly (he's in his 90s), who thinks he is still head of ROCOR and that Met. Laurus' election is 'invalid'. He might not even know he's being used to foment a schism.

Met. Vitaly can't be commemorated at ROCOR services but no one blames him personally for what is happening in his name because he's not responsible for his actions at this point. I understand he personally is welcome back at ROCOR any time.


Serge, how can such things happen?  Where is the Church order when a retired First Hierarch doesn't recognize his retirement any longer and retracts it?  How many schisms, including the ROCiE, does this make from the ROCOR now?

I remember the furor over the HOCNA schism from the ROCOR led by a group loyal to Archimandrite Panteleimon of Holy Transfiguration Monastery (which I used to visit when it was still within the ROCOR to purchase icons, etc.), Brookline (Boston), MA, several years ago, and then, later another schism at a monastery--Christ-of-the-Hills?-- in Blanco, TX.  Is the ROCOR's chosen isolation part and parcel of the problem, do you think, IOW, a dangerous tendency toward sectarianism?

Hypo-Ortho

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