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« on: January 19, 2012, 04:06:47 PM »

New York, January 19, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad strive to preserve ownership of its headquarters on Park Avenue in New York City.

ROCOR is facing a financial crisis that can result in losing the building...
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 02:37:47 PM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 06:15:32 PM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


Why is it so terrible to sell an administrative building?  The church can use the money from selling prime city land and have another administrative on cheaper land: even on land the church already owns such as Holy Trinity Monastery property in Jordonville, NY.
Same with the OCA selling their headquarters and moving to a cheaper spot.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 07:03:47 PM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


Why is it so terrible to sell an administrative building?  The church can use the money from selling prime city land and have another administrative on cheaper land: even on land the church already owns such as Holy Trinity Monastery property in Jordonville, NY.
Same with the OCA selling their headquarters and moving to a cheaper spot.
Can they sell? It's not a sellers market.  I know someone who has moved out of state but has to commute because he can't sell the house.  If it is not a historic matter (I doubt it, ROCOR didn't come here really until after WWII), there should  be no problem.  IF they can sell it.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 11:19:00 AM »

Why do all these churches want to have a headquarters in such ridiculously expensive areas? I'd move em all to Alabama or something. Cheap land and low taxes.

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 11:27:46 AM »

Why do all these churches want to have a headquarters in such ridiculously expensive areas? I'd move em all to Alabama or something. Cheap land and low taxes.

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you are in the middle of nowhere in AL (no offense).  Good for a monastery. Not so good for an institution which has to deal with the world head on.  Which is why the primate's see ends up in the metropolis, or rather, grows up there (North America being an anomoly,due to historical circumstanced).
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2012, 11:32:33 AM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


By accepting them into the OCA.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2012, 11:38:30 AM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


By accepting them into the OCA.
LOL.  Though I'm not sure on financial matters.
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 11:45:08 AM »

On January 19, 2012 the Holt Synod of ROCOR issued this appeal:

"In order for the Synod of Bishops to continue to own the complex, three things are needed:

      1) significant financing for urgently-needed capital renovation;

      2) continued financial support to cover maintenance costs, and

      3) a significant increase in annual revenue to fill a severe administrative budget gap.
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The Synod has been running $450-$500k annual deficits in recent years."

http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2012/20110116_enappeal.html

I heard informally and from a source that I do not fully trust that a benefactor has been found to save to obviate the need to sell the Park Avenue properties. However, the structural problem remains.


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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2012, 11:47:53 AM »

Why do all these churches want to have a headquarters in such ridiculously expensive areas? I'd move em all to Alabama or something. Cheap land and low taxes.

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you are in the middle of nowhere in AL (no offense).  Good for a monastery. Not so good for an institution which has to deal with the world head on.  Which is why the primate's see ends up in the metropolis, or rather, grows up there (North America being an anomoly,due to historical circumstanced).

I think that a national headquarters would benefit greatly by being located close to an airline hub. In the South, Atlanta comes to mind.

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There are a number of hubs that are more or less centrally located and where the cost of living is not as expensive as the metropolitan areas of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago--all of which would not be good locations. Other hubs that may be disqualified because of their outlier locations, would be Honolulu and Anchorage (BTW, the most centrally located hub is at Kansas City.) It would also help for the hub to also act as an international airport and to be an efficient one.

I used http://www.flightstats.com/go/AirportTracker/airportTracker.do to get a better handle on the suitability of such a hub and came up with:

1. Atlanta
2. DFW-Dallas/Forth Worth

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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2012, 12:38:24 PM »

Maybe they could rent space from Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville?
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« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2012, 12:48:28 PM »

Why do all these churches want to have a headquarters in such ridiculously expensive areas? I'd move em all to Alabama or something. Cheap land and low taxes.

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you are in the middle of nowhere in AL (no offense).  Good for a monastery. Not so good for an institution which has to deal with the world head on.  Which is why the primate's see ends up in the metropolis, or rather, grows up there (North America being an anomoly,due to historical circumstanced).
Sorry Isa, you and I have to disagree on this. if this were 1938 I'd agree. This is the 21st century. Distance is no longer a concern. Between virtual meetings, internet access, hyper-saturation of air travel to anywhere, this does not matter anymore.

As far as meeting the world head-on I fail to see that. Whether the OCA, for example, is in New York or Sparta, Tennessee nothing would change. Statements would be issued, interviews would be done, etc.

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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2012, 01:04:34 PM »

EDITED because the joke was dumb... sigh...
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2012, 01:07:33 PM »

Why do all these churches want to have a headquarters in such ridiculously expensive areas? I'd move em all to Alabama or something. Cheap land and low taxes.

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you are in the middle of nowhere in AL (no offense).  Good for a monastery. Not so good for an institution which has to deal with the world head on.  Which is why the primate's see ends up in the metropolis, or rather, grows up there (North America being an anomoly,due to historical circumstanced).
Sorry Isa, you and I have to disagree on this. if this were 1938 I'd agree. This is the 21st century. Distance is no longer a concern. Between virtual meetings, internet access, hyper-saturation of air travel to anywhere, this does not matter anymore.

As far as meeting the world head-on I fail to see that. Whether the OCA, for example, is in New York or Sparta, Tennessee nothing would change. Statements would be issued, interviews would be done, etc.

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You haven't heard about the millions of souls that have been saved because ROCOR has a fancy administrative building in NYC? What do you think will happen if they move to New Jersey? Become the OCA2, that's what. Is that what you want?
Ah, I didn't know about that....I guess I gave myself away that I have not yet finished Catechesis.
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Ninja edit...
I liked the joke..... Undecided

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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2012, 01:15:25 PM »

Why do all these churches want to have a headquarters in such ridiculously expensive areas? I'd move em all to Alabama or something. Cheap land and low taxes.

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you are in the middle of nowhere in AL (no offense).  Good for a monastery. Not so good for an institution which has to deal with the world head on.  Which is why the primate's see ends up in the metropolis, or rather, grows up there (North America being an anomoly,due to historical circumstanced).
Sorry Isa, you and I have to disagree on this. if this were 1938 I'd agree. This is the 21st century. Distance is no longer a concern. Between virtual meetings, internet access, hyper-saturation of air travel to anywhere, this does not matter anymore.

As far as meeting the world head-on I fail to see that. Whether the OCA, for example, is in New York or Sparta, Tennessee nothing would change. Statements would be issued, interviews would be done, etc.

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I'm sorry, but I worked in D.C.  It matters a great deal.  Technology hasn't changed human nature.
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2012, 01:17:09 PM »

Why do all these churches want to have a headquarters in such ridiculously expensive areas? I'd move em all to Alabama or something. Cheap land and low taxes.

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you are in the middle of nowhere in AL (no offense).  Good for a monastery. Not so good for an institution which has to deal with the world head on.  Which is why the primate's see ends up in the metropolis, or rather, grows up there (North America being an anomoly,due to historical circumstanced).
Sorry Isa, you and I have to disagree on this. if this were 1938 I'd agree. This is the 21st century. Distance is no longer a concern. Between virtual meetings, internet access, hyper-saturation of air travel to anywhere, this does not matter anymore.

As far as meeting the world head-on I fail to see that. Whether the OCA, for example, is in New York or Sparta, Tennessee nothing would change. Statements would be issued, interviews would be done, etc.

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I'm sorry, but I worked in D.C.  It matters a great deal.  Technology hasn't changed human nature.
Although I can agree with your last statement we'll have to agree to disagree about the rest.

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« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2012, 01:31:22 PM »

Maybe they could rent space from Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville?

A very sound idea, Father.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2012, 04:06:08 PM »

Sorry Isa, you and I have to disagree on this. if this were 1938 I'd agree. This is the 21st century. Distance is no longer a concern. Between virtual meetings, internet access, hyper-saturation of air travel to anywhere, this does not matter anymore.

For Bishops that are 60+?
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Sorry Isa, you and I have to disagree on this. if this were 1938 I'd agree. This is the 21st century. Distance is no longer a concern. Between virtual meetings, internet access, hyper-saturation of air travel to anywhere, this does not matter anymore.

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« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2012, 02:30:14 PM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


By accepting them into the OCA.
+1! I believe that the OCA has something good to offer to ROCOR ( young converts, missionary connections), and ROCOR can offer the OCA solid liturgical traditions and experienced clergy. There already have been several OCA-ROCOR transfers (and vice versa) , for instance protodeacon Stephen Howanetz. Why not join the churches, so that ROCOR can be independent from, but in communion with Moscow?
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« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2012, 04:13:54 PM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


By accepting them into the OCA.
+1! I believe that the OCA has something good to offer to ROCOR ( young converts, missionary connections), and ROCOR can offer the OCA solid liturgical traditions and experienced clergy. There already have been several OCA-ROCOR transfers (and vice versa) , for instance protodeacon Stephen Howanetz. Why not join the churches, so that ROCOR can be independent from, but in communion with Moscow?

ROCOR has young converts and missionary experience, though, doesn't it?  Does ROCOR have any desire to be independent from Moscow?

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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2012, 12:13:30 PM »

Since we're on the topic. I'd like to see a ROCOR/MP+OCA+Antioch union.

But I'm odd ....
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Since we're on the topic. I'd like to see a ROCOR/MP+OCA+Antioch union.

But I'm odd ....

And have a giant Church that covered much of the former Soviet Union, much of the Middle East, and North America? A new first among equals to be sure. ;-)
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« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2012, 02:49:52 PM »

Since we're on the topic. I'd like to see a ROCOR/MP+OCA+Antioch union.

But I'm odd ....

And have a giant Church that covered much of the former Soviet Union, much of the Middle East, and North America? A new first among equals to be sure. ;-)
I just want 1 american orthodox church. Is that too much to ask?

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Since we're on the topic. I'd like to see a ROCOR/MP+OCA+Antioch union.

But I'm odd ....

And have a giant Church that covered much of the former Soviet Union, much of the Middle East, and North America? A new first among equals to be sure. ;-)
I just want 1 american orthodox church. Is that too much to ask?

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For the time being it seems it is ...
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Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


By accepting them into the OCA.
+1! I believe that the OCA has something good to offer to ROCOR ( young converts, missionary connections), and ROCOR can offer the OCA solid liturgical traditions and experienced clergy. There already have been several OCA-ROCOR transfers (and vice versa) , for instance protodeacon Stephen Howanetz. Why not join the churches, so that ROCOR can be independent from, but in communion with Moscow?

ROCOR has young converts and missionary experience, though, doesn't it?  Does ROCOR have any desire to be independent from Moscow?

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« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2012, 06:31:21 PM »

Almost 6 months later & I wonder what happened?  Did the ROCOR sell the building?  Are the headquarters being moved to Jordanville?
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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2012, 01:21:11 AM »

I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out.  Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs.  I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive.  I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution.  Huh
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« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2012, 01:44:50 AM »

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


Why is it so terrible to sell an administrative building?  The church can use the money from selling prime city land and have another administrative on cheaper land: even on land the church already owns such as Holy Trinity Monastery property in Jordonville, NY.
Same with the OCA selling their headquarters and moving to a cheaper spot.

no kidding. I agree wholeheartedly.
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« Reply #31 on: June 11, 2012, 02:18:31 PM »

I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out.  Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs.  I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive.  I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution.  Huh
Zenovia this is the ROCOR so I really doubt there is a connection with the last tsar buying a building used by a church that was only founded AFTER the revolution.
 But the I think the solution is to move everything to Jordanville.

By the way the original press story was from Interfax in Russia.  Can someone please find an American source?
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« Reply #32 on: June 11, 2012, 10:31:40 PM »

It's terrible because the building also houses Our Lady of the Sign Cathedral, the seat of the First Hierarch of the ROCOR and of the Diocese of New York and Eastern America.

Whoa! This is terrible. How could we help ROCOR?


Why is it so terrible to sell an administrative building?  The church can use the money from selling prime city land and have another administrative on cheaper land: even on land the church already owns such as Holy Trinity Monastery property in Jordonville, NY.
Same with the OCA selling their headquarters and moving to a cheaper spot.
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« Reply #33 on: June 11, 2012, 10:31:59 PM »

http://www.synod.com/synod/eng2012/20110116_enappeal.html

I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out.  Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs.  I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive.  I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution.  Huh
Zenovia this is the ROCOR so I really doubt there is a connection with the last tsar buying a building used by a church that was only founded AFTER the revolution.
 But the I think the solution is to move everything to Jordanville.

By the way the original press story was from Interfax in Russia.  Can someone please find an American source?
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« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2012, 11:51:41 PM »

I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out.  Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs.  I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive.  I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution.  Huh
Zenovia this is the ROCOR so I really doubt there is a connection with the last tsar buying a building used by a church that was only founded AFTER the revolution.
 But the I think the solution is to move everything to Jordanville.

By the way the original press story was from Interfax in Russia.  Can someone please find an American source?

I still don't understand it.  I know that there is a Russian Church in Manhattan that was built by the Tsar and I know it was attended by the Russian nobility living in NYC.  Did ROCOR take it over since it was the Russian Church outside of Russia?    Are you sure that the building wasn't also  bought by the Tsar?   To be honest,  I can't imagine ROCOR ever having enough money to purchase a building as impressive as that in Manhattan.   Huh
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« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2012, 11:59:59 PM »

I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out.  Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs.  I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive.  I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution.  Huh
Zenovia this is the ROCOR so I really doubt there is a connection with the last tsar buying a building used by a church that was only founded AFTER the revolution.
 But the I think the solution is to move everything to Jordanville.

By the way the original press story was from Interfax in Russia.  Can someone please find an American source?

I still don't understand it.  I know that there is a Russian Church in Manhattan that was built by the Tsar and I know it was attended by the Russian nobility living in NYC.  Did ROCOR take it over since it was the Russian Church outside of Russia?    Are you sure that the building wasn't also  bought by the Tsar?   To be honest,  I can't imagine ROCOR ever having enough money to purchase a building as impressive as that in Manhattan.   Huh

It's probably still under the MP, or no longer a Church.  After the Soviets took over Russia (please excuse any errors), ROCOR formed and around 1930, separated itself from the MP.  Separately, at the Fourth All-American Sobor, in 1924 or 1925, what eventually became the OCA, declared itself temporarily self-governing.  Only near the end of WWII did ROCOR establish itself in America, when Yugoslavia forced it out.  There were, however, still parishes in America under the MP, and when the OCA was granted the tomos of autocephaly by the Moscow, the MP parishes were given a choice of whether or not to go under the OCA, and consequently the MP still has some parishes in the United States.

I believe that's mostly accurate, and if someone with a better understanding of the history notices any notable omissions, or comes across any error, please correct it.
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« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2012, 02:03:26 AM »

I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out.  Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs.  I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive.  I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution.  Huh
Zenovia this is the ROCOR so I really doubt there is a connection with the last tsar buying a building used by a church that was only founded AFTER the revolution.
 But the I think the solution is to move everything to Jordanville.

By the way the original press story was from Interfax in Russia.  Can someone please find an American source?

I still don't understand it.  I know that there is a Russian Church in Manhattan that was built by the Tsar and I know it was attended by the Russian nobility living in NYC.  Did ROCOR take it over since it was the Russian Church outside of Russia?    Are you sure that the building wasn't also  bought by the Tsar?   To be honest,  I can't imagine ROCOR ever having enough money to purchase a building as impressive as that in Manhattan.   Huh

It's probably still under the MP, or no longer a Church.  After the Soviets took over Russia (please excuse any errors), ROCOR formed and around 1930, separated itself from the MP.  Separately, at the Fourth All-American Sobor, in 1924 or 1925, what eventually became the OCA, declared itself temporarily self-governing.  Only near the end of WWII did ROCOR establish itself in America, when Yugoslavia forced it out.  There were, however, still parishes in America under the MP, and when the OCA was granted the tomos of autocephaly by the Moscow, the MP parishes were given a choice of whether or not to go under the OCA, and consequently the MP still has some parishes in the United States.

I believe that's mostly accurate, and if someone with a better understanding of the history notices any notable omissions, or comes across any error, please correct it.

The Russian Church of Tsarist Russia in New York City is called Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral and is still under the Moscow Patriarch.  The one I attended on the East side was probably the church in the building owned by ROCOR.  I haven't been able to find out if it was purchased by ROCOR, (which is possible since they weren't that expensive in the 1950's),  or whether it belonged originally to the Moscow Patriarch.   

As for the OCA, I recall Arch. Iakovos was quite upset when it was given autocephaly, so it had to have been in the 1960's or 1970's.   Huh

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« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2012, 02:16:11 AM »

I can't understand this, if ROCOR is in communion with Moscow, then certainly Russia can help them out.  Church buildings do not pay taxes, but it probably does need some major repairs.  I believe I've been into it, and if I recall correctly it is quite impressive.  I don't know for sure, but it was probably purchased by the Tsar before the revolution.  Huh
Zenovia this is the ROCOR so I really doubt there is a connection with the last tsar buying a building used by a church that was only founded AFTER the revolution.
 But the I think the solution is to move everything to Jordanville.

By the way the original press story was from Interfax in Russia.  Can someone please find an American source?

I still don't understand it.  I know that there is a Russian Church in Manhattan that was built by the Tsar and I know it was attended by the Russian nobility living in NYC.  Did ROCOR take it over since it was the Russian Church outside of Russia?    Are you sure that the building wasn't also  bought by the Tsar?   To be honest,  I can't imagine ROCOR ever having enough money to purchase a building as impressive as that in Manhattan.   Huh

It's probably still under the MP, or no longer a Church.  After the Soviets took over Russia (please excuse any errors), ROCOR formed and around 1930, separated itself from the MP.  Separately, at the Fourth All-American Sobor, in 1924 or 1925, what eventually became the OCA, declared itself temporarily self-governing.  Only near the end of WWII did ROCOR establish itself in America, when Yugoslavia forced it out.  There were, however, still parishes in America under the MP, and when the OCA was granted the tomos of autocephaly by the Moscow, the MP parishes were given a choice of whether or not to go under the OCA, and consequently the MP still has some parishes in the United States.

I believe that's mostly accurate, and if someone with a better understanding of the history notices any notable omissions, or comes across any error, please correct it.

The Russian Church of Tsarist Russia in New York City is called Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral and is still under the Moscow Patriarch.  The one I attended on the East side was probably the church in the building owned by ROCOR.  I haven't been able to find out if it was purchased by ROCOR, (which is possible since they weren't that expensive in the 1950's),  or whether it belonged originally to the Moscow Patriarch.   

As for the OCA, I recall Arch. Iakovos was quite upset when it was given autocephaly, so it had to have been in the 1960's or 1970's.   Huh



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« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2012, 02:22:35 AM »

Moscow's cathedral in New York, St. Nicholas, remains an Orthodox Church.  The Metropolia lost it in a legal battle shortly after the Russian Revolution and has stayed under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate.  It is on E. 97th Street near 5th Avenue.

The OCA eventually established its New York cathedral on the Lower East Side (E. 2nd Street), in a former Protestant church.  

ROCOR later received a donated mansion on Park Avenue (E. 93rd & Park) and made that building a cathedral and headquarters for ROCOR.  (The cathedral part of the building is located in what was the mansion's ballroom!)  It is ROCOR's building on E. 93rd and Park that has been in danger of having to be sold due to the cost of its upkeep.  I believe they recently raised enough money to forestall this possibility for a time.
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« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2012, 10:41:22 AM »

Thanks for the original source from the ROCOR.  I think this sentence is vital:
"The need for a thriving, efficient administrative center, wherever it is located, has grown since ROCOR now participates in the life of the entire Orthodox Christian World."

To me it looks like the need to hang on to the property is not their most vital concern in the discussions.

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« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2012, 10:52:45 AM »

Moscow's cathedral in New York, St. Nicholas, remains an Orthodox Church.  The Metropolia lost it in a legal battle shortly after the Russian Revolution and has stayed under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate.  It is on E. 97th Street near 5th Avenue.

The OCA eventually established its New York cathedral on the Lower East Side (E. 2nd Street), in a former Protestant church.  

ROCOR later received a donated mansion on Park Avenue (E. 93rd & Park) and made that building a cathedral and headquarters for ROCOR.  (The cathedral part of the building is located in what was the mansion's ballroom!)  It is ROCOR's building on E. 93rd and Park that has been in danger of having to be sold due to the cost of its upkeep.  I believe they recently raised enough money to forestall this possibility for a time.

There is also St. Nicholas Orthodox Church on the lower East Side on E. 10th Street which has been around as either an Orthodox or independent Orthodox parish since the 1920's. Since the early 1970's it was been part of ACROD.
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« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2012, 11:10:03 AM »

Since we're on the topic. I'd like to see a ROCOR/MP+OCA+Antioch union.

But I'm odd ....

And have a giant Church that covered much of the former Soviet Union, much of the Middle East, and North America? A new first among equals to be sure. ;-)
I just want 1 american orthodox church. Is that too much to ask?

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I attend a Rocor mission Church not far from the U of MD. We have lots of grad students and we run a campus Student Group.. All services are in English. Not a bit of Slavonic. Priests are Converts. Sermons all in English. All the grad student types are Scientists working on or just getting their Phd's. We have only about 7  Russians or Ukrainians.. We have several African American members.

We offer the full and entire service schedule including for all weekday feasts. We hold Vigil each Saturday , about 3 hours long.

I am not sure how much more "American" we can get.  What were you hoping for exactly?

  
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« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2012, 04:35:08 PM »

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I am not sure how much more "American" we can get.  What were you hoping for exactly?
I was speaking administratively. All the different *insert racial identification here* Orthodox Churches do nothing but confuse.

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