Fr. Herman Podmoshensky was in the MP

CSB is Christ the Savior Brotherhood used to be called the Holy Order of MANS.  HOOM was a cult with a dozen or so "communities" in the USA which converted to Orthodoxy via Platina and Fr. Herman, who had taken refuge under the omophorion of the vigante pervert Greek Pangratios.  

Prior to going with Fr. Herman, the HOOM had asked to come into the ROCOR.  The ROCOR wisely insisted that they come into the Church as individuals, and not as established communities.  They were unwilling to give up their past, which they believed had led them to the threshold of the Church, and some actually believed they had some destiny to bring something of their past into the Church.  This resulted in malformed incomplete conversions.  Most of the communities today are in the OCA.  None of the x-HOOM communities are in a true (Royal Path) jurisdiction today, but some individuals have found their way.


December 17, 1999
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/orthodox-synod/conversations/topics/1307
omophorion
Dear Friends,

Vladyka Bless! Batiushka Bless! 

Glory to Jesus Christ!  Glory Forever! 

I am a former member of the "Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis".  I was only a parishioner, never a member of the CSB. 

About six months ago, the "Archdiocese" changed its name from "The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis" to "The Holy Orthodox Missionary Archdiocese of America" Then three months later my then pastor started to commemorate Archbishop Maximos of Athens and all Greece and Metropolitan Pangratios of America during the ectinas.

I also saw copies of the episcopal documents sent by Metropoltan PANGRATIOS and Bishop MICHAEL-PANGRATIOS who is the diocesean chancellor in Nebraska regarding the supposed union of the Jurisdictions.  A videotape and copies of the original Greek documents were supposed to appear but they never surfaced. 

I felt that "Vasiloupolis" was very scrutinizing of its members.  When I inquired about the History of the Diocese/Order, I got a (sometimes in my opinion a nervous) vague answer, avoided, or an "it is unedifying". 

Everyone had a different twist on things as well.  Also, I was told not to put absolute trust in bishops. 

As the church I attended had a bookstore, I would say 70% of the books carried were published by the Saint Herman of Alaska Brotherhood.  A lot are very good, but some have areas I have come to disagree with. 

Some FACTS... 
Fr. Herman was awarded the Gold Pectoral Cross by Patriarch ALEXII II for the Russky Palomnik and other missionary endeavors in Russia.  Yes, He did concelebrate with the Patriarch. 

In Nov. 1991 several CSB priests attended a Patriarchal Liturgy with PANGRATIOS at an OCA Cathedral in New York City.  They also received from the Patriarch but did not serve in the Altar. 

PANGRATIOS also goes almost yearly to Jerusalem and the Holy Land.  In May 1990 he presented his ecclesiastical documents to the Patriarch and his synod, who after debate declared them valid.  He received and official episcopal welcome after that in Holy Places.  He definitely did serve with the Patriarch as I have seen a video taken of that from a CSB member who went along and filmed the event. 

I would appreciate it if you could help me in my endeavor to True Orthodoxy.  I am now living in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

It is with great joy as well as great sadness that I, unworthy as I am, make this move. 

In Christ,
A Humble Sinner 


Symeon Salos tagged as an agent provocateur

Note from Joanna 12Dec2016:
     Wow! Symeon Salos (Milan synod) was showing agent provocateur symptoms back in 1999.
     This is a conversation about the fiasco at Blanco.  It is difficult to understand coming into the conversation at this point.  So I have "colored coded" the different commentators.

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orthodox-synod/message/917
In a message dated 10/29/99 12:30:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
frsymeon@... writes:

 Fri Oct 29, 1999
Looney Gooney Mooney is tagged as an agent provocateur
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orthodox-synod/message/917


In a message dated 10/29/99 12:30:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
frsymeon@... writes:



Hopefully, the Church will also re-teach us about where our treasures are buried (in Christ & His Church or in the false security of civil authority). And tell us how to proceed if anyone of us suspect any kind of abuse between Orthodox Christians.  Let us not hide sin but let us also not expose those who are allegedly sinners under Church Authority has judged them first.
-- frsymeon
     [Vova's reply]: Nonsense Father, the Church has never had that
responsibility, and even during the golden eras of Byzantium and, for that
matter, Holy Rus, violators ot the common weal and public trust were put to
death by Orthodox sovereigns in a most painful manner. Forgiveness in a
Christian sense does not mean condoning, or even forgoing punishment or not
excising the cancer from the body politic.



https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/orthodox-synod/conversations/topics/912
9.)But even if "these guys" are nutty as they come, and use to sacrifice children, naked in the moon light, it doesn't hurt to act like Christians towards them, does it?
-- Deacon John Whiteford
[Vova's reply]: (To 9. - Yes it does). Father Deacon John, if I thought for a minute
that you believed this nonsense, I would be concerned. Fortunately, I don't.
For a mailing list which tends to get out the e-mail equivalent of the stake
whenever Catholics appear or whenever the word "ecumenical" is mentioned, to
say nothing of the MP bogeyman, I find the outpouring of implied support and
misguided and misplaced Christian love for child abusers and pseudoclergy to
be downright baffling. If makes me wonder if there is not some hidden agenda
here.
     I have also heard several clergy rise to the passionate defense of the
ordination of these persons. Sorry that you do not like my observations, but
whether it was Vladyka Hilarion - whom I personally respect tremendously --
or not, it was a mistake. Consecration of a bishop imparts the next link in
the apostolic succession. It does not impart perfection, and bishops have
been making mistakes for almost 2000 years.
     In Christ
Vova Hindrichs



10.)For anyone guilty we pray for their repentance: for anyone wrongly
accused we pray for their steadfastness. We always pray for fallen sinners,
and never rejoice at their downfall. 
--Mr. Joseph Miller
Regardless of our "political" position on this or any issue we must remember that the Love of Christ is our orienting experience by which we must approach all things.  
-- frsymeon
[Vova's reply]: Yes, but forgiveness does not stand in the way of punishment or
elimination of a cancer from the body.



11.) I received a call from a man (who I knew previously, and who is a
lawyer) in 1998 [...] and asked how to get in touch with the mother of the
boy in question. During the course of that conversation, he stated that he
was working for unnamed clients, who had unspecified grievances with the
monastery. He also said that the reason he wanted to get in touch with this
woman was that he wanted "to find out why she took her son out of that
monastery." This doesn't prove that the charges are false, but it does
raise the question of whether the charges were the result of a victim in
search of justice, or simply a lawyer in search of a victim (. . .).
-Deacon John Whiteford
I still wonder about this Fr. John. Because I have heard that the money to be obtained from the civil suite is the real booty in all of this and that there is a ROCOR priest in the background on the plaintiffs side expecting his parish to be a hidden beneficiary so to be able to construct their new temple! It is not my intent to spread rumors. I was told this by someone I trust; I will not stand behind his unknown source however.  The unfortunate and equally unedifying fact is that is "wrinkle" on the Blanco episode is as believable as this thread has been.
--frsymeon
[Vova's reply]:   (speaking to Mooney sarcastically) I love it! (You say, and I paraphrase:) 'Let's not rumor-monger, unless we are priests and unless we can stir up some more excrement! And then cleverly deny it so that we can still hide behind the mantle of Christian love.'   What a pathetic response.  And then neatly dumping it into the lap of the synod. I do not know you,
Father, but in my previous profession we would call actions like this those
of agents provocateurs.  And I don't care who ordained you; I stand behind that comment.



May the Myrrh-streaming Icon of the Theotokos of New Sarov be the monk's saving grace! And May God help us all!
frsymeon
[Vova's reply]:  I agree with that last statement, but St. John warned us of false
prophets and manifestations. Perhaps the Church needs to open its eyes when
it comes to the plethora of myrrh-streaming icons in the hands of less than
'chestnyj' representatives of the church. . .
-- Vova


The least in our Lord's Service,
Father Hierodeacon Symeon

Syracuse, NY

Book Review: The Sword and the Shield

AThe Sword and the Shield
The Sword and the Shield: And the
Secret History of the KGB




by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin
New York: Basic Books, 1999, 700 pages
Reviewed by Father John Bockman
(Fr. John Bockman, HOCNA, reposed 2000)




It has happened before, and it can happen again. Some venal Americans and Europeans will sell their souls and bodies to a foreign enemy at great risk to our political freedom. You and I and our descendants who do not know, who forget, or who ignore the lessons of history, are doomed to relive it.
This heavy 700-page volume is based on an "unprecedented, top-secret archive" which the FBI has termed "the most complete and extensive intelligence ever achieved from any source." It provides the reader with astounding details concerning the KGB's secret operations in the United States and Europe. It identifies hundreds of Soviet agents for the first time. As a result of this book, "no one who spied for the Soviet Union at any point between the Bolshevik Revolution and the 1980s can now be sure that his or her secrets are safe."

This is really an historical specialist's book, but it can give any literate person some valuable insight into how the Communists affected American society, especially in the 1930s, even while left-leaning American intellectuals were protesting that nothing subversive was taking place.

Orthodox readers will be especially interested in the chapter "The Penetration and Persecution of the Soviet Churches," pp. 486-507, and will find that the book greatly supports the biblical injunction: "Put not your trust in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation."
In the early and mid-1930s American and West-European security systems were primitive, and America and the West generally were vulnerable to penetration by very capable Soviet agents. If this book is accepted as factual, which is almost surely to be the case, the KGB infiltrated every branch of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, precisely as many loyal conservative Americans fervently believed at the time. Over the years, as this book points out, the KGB encouraged and contributed to the assassination of many loyal uncorrupted American officials. It discredited J. Edgar Hoover as a homosexual; it successfully infiltrated not only Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign, but also the entourages of Pope John Paul II, Andrei Sakharov, and prominent dissidents worldwide; along with the FBI, it contributed to the smearing of Martin Luther King; it used Communist Sandinistas for terrorist attacks against U.S. targets; it successfully manned eavesdropping operations against Henry Kissinger; it intercepted major defense and technological secrets from Boeing, Brookhaven National Laboratory, IBM, Lockheed, Hughes, Sperry Rand, and other American companies (dust jacket). All the while American liberals insisted that "political right-wingers" were raising false specters.

The hero of this work is Vasili Nikitch Mitrokhin, an employee for almost thirty years in the KGB intelligence archive in Moscow, who assembled and reassembled KGB data over a period of twelve years beginning in July 1972. At that time, since the KGB offices in the Lubyanka in central Moscow had become seriously over-crowded, the First Chief (Foreign Intelligence) Directorate moved to a new building at Yasenevo, southeast of Moscow, beyond Moscow's Garden Ring. Mitrokhin was made solely responsible for checking and sealing the approximately 30,000 files in the archive before they were transported to the new headquarters. His routine was to spend Wednesdays at the Lubyanka inspecting the most secret files (of Directorate S), checking them, compiling inventories, and writing index cards. Once he personally reviewed them, batches of files were placed in sealed containers and transported from the Lubyanka to Yasenevo where he checked them again.

Mitrokhin spent increasingly more time working with the Directorate S files. These dealt with the so-called "illegals," KGB intelligence officers and agents, mostly of Soviet nationality, who worked under deep cover abroad as foreign citizens. They were named in contrast to "legals," who worked under diplomatic cover or in other official capacity in foreign capitals, but essentially pursued the same Communist goals.

Before World War I the "illegals" had been hugely successful worldwide.
They successfully achieved bogus identities as foreign nationals in a variety of professions, including Costa Rican ambassador, piano tuner, and Governor of New York State!
These "illegals" understood themselves and were depicted as self-sacrificing heroes in a great cause. It should be noted that contemporary Russia, though freed from the more deadly yoke of Communism, still celebrates them. Shortly after the death in 1995 of the best-known American illegal, Morris Cohen, President Yeltsin conferred on him the posthumous title of Hero of the Russian Federation (p.9).
Incredibly, in twelve years of service in the archives, Mitrokhin was never once searched. At great potential danger to himself he collected data from 1972 until his retirement in 1984, spent years sorting through his notes and assembling his data in a large volume with linking narrative, while he waited for the opportunity to make his information available to the world. Not until the break-up of the Soviet Union with attendant weakening of frontier controls at the borders of the new Russian Federation, was he able, in March 1992, to bring samples to the British embassy in the capital of one of the new independent Baltic republics.

There he told the British that the samples were only a part of a large personal archive which included material on KGB operations in Britain. He agreed to return a month later to meet representatives of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). By September 1992 he was on his way to Britain in the company of the SIS, and in November he was able to move his family out of Russia to England. Now a British citizen, he has been spending several days a week working on his archive and responding to questions from intelligence services on five continents.

Mitrokhin reveals that the early and mid-1930s were an era of remarkable Soviet success in the establishment and implementation of a group called "the Great Illegals." This was composed of young, remarkably talented, ideological, and highly dedicated individuals, not only Russians, but a variety of multi-lingual Central Europeans who shared a visionary faith in the "Communist millennium." They went about successfully acquiring diplomatic ciphers and documents from agents motivated by money and sex rather than ideology. It is perhaps noteworthy that Soviet intelligence made use of the prestigious Tsarist Okhrana which had as a major priority the theft of foreign ciphers to assist in code breaking.
Documents from the 1930s relating to negotiations between British leaders and the highest leadership of Nazi Germany are still kept in secret archives of the British Foreign Office to conceal the British policy of collusion with Nazi Germany in the latter's eastern move against the Soviet Union (p. 55).
Among the inter-war heroes of Soviet foreign intelligence were the "Magnificent Five." This group of five young Cam-.bridge University students was recruited by Arnold Deutsch, an Austrian Jew, considered by many the most talented of the Great Illegals. The Five were Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, John Caincross, Donald MacLean, and Kim Philby. They supplied such a volume of high-grade intelligence from the British Foreign Office and intelligence community that the Soviets had a hard time keeping up with it. How each of these men was able to accomplish his huge contribution to Soviet intelligence is reported in great detail.

Most Americans are too young to have lived through the dangerous years of subversion by Soviet agents and their American and British "fellow travelers." Left-leaning politicians and academics have largely ignored facts in painting a rosy picture of our relations with the Soviet Union before and during World War II. As a result, the great genocides and enormous injustices perpetrated by the Communists against their own people and other nations have been glossed over compared with the demonization of Hitler and the Nazis. It would be good if younger Americans were made aware of the extent to which American and West European institutions had been successfully infiltrated by Communist agents over many years, and of the ways in which these infiltrations have contributed to the present breakdown of American culture.

This is a fascinating book. It forewarns of the constant danger that other men and women will be tempted to sell their souls and their country to a foreign power for ideological reasons, or simply for hard cash, as predatory forces arise to threaten us in the future. We are already witnessing how far this danger has progressed from the side of Chinese Communism.



Another review:

Book Review
The Sword and the Shield
by Christopher Andrew

Reviewed by Jim Bronskill
Southam Newspapers; Southam News
http://archive.ocl.org/?id=7077
October 6, 1999

KGB clerics spied in Alberta
Russian spies in clerics' robes
At a Nisku parish, the priests worked for the KGB - book


Two missionary priests who served in Canadian parishes spied for the KGB in the early 1970s, says a new book on the Soviet intelligence agency.

The Russian Orthodox clerics used their religious cover to conduct secret research in Alberta and Saskatchewan for the KGB's foreign intelligence directorate, reveals historian Christopher Andrew in The Sword and the Shield.

The book claims Victor Petluchenko, known to the KGB as Patriot, and Ivan Borcha, code-named Fyodor, studied parish registers, gathering biographical material to help future spies establish convincing identities.

Andrew's book, which contains many revelations about the Soviet Union's Cold War spy operations,is based on files compiled by Col. Vasili Mitrokhin, a former KGB archivist who defected in 1992.

Records uncovered by Southam News show Petluchenko and John Borcha (the name John translates as Ivan in the Russian language) landed in Edmonton with their families in late June 1970.

Petluchenko was assigned to St. Mary's Russian Orthodox Church near Nisku, south of Edmonton, where he served until mid-1975, then returned overseas, according to Echoes of Faith, a history of the parish. Borcha occasionally undertook duties at St. Mary's.

Petluchenko also served at parishes in a number of other Alberta towns, including Calmar, Spirit River and Thorsby.

"Father Victor started Saturday school with the children, held Christmas concerts at the church hall and went caroling with the young people at Christmastime," says the St. Mary's parish history. "He was loved by all."

According to The Sword and the Shield, Petluchenko served two masters -- the church and the KGB's Directorate S.

Andrew's book says Petluchenko collected information in Alberta for use in devising the well-documented legends, or background stories, of KGB illegals.  Borcha studied registers in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Orthodox Church's modern-era co-operation with Soviet intelligence began in the early 1940s when the Moscow Patriarchate, the church's administrative centre, was re-established following decades of religious persecution, says Andrew, a history professor at Britain's Cambridge University.

The KGB used agents among Russian Orthodox clergy in the West to not only carry out research, but to spy on emigre communities and to identify possible intelligence recruits. The estimated 15 to 20 per cent of Orthodox priests who refused were denied advancement within the church.

However, it would be "simplistic and unjust" to see all the KGB agents and co-optees in the Orthodox Church as simply having no real religious faith, writes Andrew.

"Most Russian Orthodox priests probably believed they had no option but to accept some of the demands of state security."

In addition, many may have been influenced by the long tradition of Orthodox spirituality, dating to czarist days, that emphasized submission to both God and state ruler.

The book also reveals a Canadian link to KGB operations in Poland designed to undermine Pope John Paul II, former archbishop of Krakow and staunch anti-Communist. 





Miracle in Moscow

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MIRACLE IN MOSCOW

Just as the end of 1997 (the year immediately prior to the one that has
only just now drawn to a close) consisted of a multitude of ominous and
somber signs: the murder of Brother José Muñoz, the disappearance of the
wonder-working, myrrh-streaming icon of the Iverskaya Mother of God, the
murder of Fr. Aleksandr Zharkov, the fire in the [Synodal] cathedral in
Montreal, - so also did the culmination of this past year become a time of
miracles of Divine consolation.  On November 10th, the incorrupt remains of
Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesenkskii) - the third of the First Hierarchs of
the ROCOR [= Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia] - were discovered
at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville [New York, USA].  And just three
days prior to that, an ikon of the Tsar'-Martyr Nicholas [II] began to
exude myrrh in Moscow, Russia.

***

What is particularly significant about the manifestation of this particular
ikon is that it was presented as a gift to a devout woman - Alla Dyakova -
on October 30th, the anniversary of Brother José's murder.

As Anna Dyakova related to Elena Yugina, a correspondent for ITAR-TASS, the
miracle occurred on November 7th, the annual anniversary of the bolshevik
revolt, which brought a régime of fighters against God and of regicides to
power over a Russia that had turned away from her Tsar'.  The servant of
God, Alla, recalled that now (and this, despite the collapse of the
communist régime) there would be demonstrators carrying red flags along the
streets of Moscow - flags from which streams the blood of millions of New
Martyrs.  This very bloodshed was itself a sign of Divine wrath on account
of sin - of Divine wrath called forth by Russia's falling away from God's
Anointed One, from God Himself, and from obedience to the Orthodox Church.
On bended knee, and with a heart contrite, Alla offered up a tearful prayer
unto the Lord, that He might forgive Russia the sin of regicide.  And it
was precisely then that the miracle took place - the ikon began to exude
myrrh.  And from that moment on - on a daily basis and contrary to all the
laws of physics - sweetly fragrant, amber-colored myrrh has been flowing
along the face of the ikon - not downwards, as would normally be expected,
but from its four sides toward its center: toward that spot where the
Tsar'-Martyr is depicted upon it.

The myrrh-streaming ikon was transferred to the Moscow Cathedral of the
Ascension of the Lord, on Gorokhov's Field (Radio St., House 2), which
belongs to the Moscow Patriarchate.  It was in this cathedral that there
was preserved, at one time, a venerable copy of the ikon of the
Feodorovskaya Mother of God - the Protectress of the House of the Romanovs.
 The dean of the cathedral - Protopriest Vasilii Golovanov - immediately
placed the miracle-working ikon on an _analoi_ [= _analogion_ (an ikon
stand)] and provided access to it for hundreds of believing pilgrims from
the entire country roundabout.  According to the dean's testimony, the
myrrh is exuded by the ikon on an almost daily basis, and the fragrance
becomes particularly strong during periods of _panikhidas_ [= funereal
memorial services] for the Tsar'-Martyr.  (The faithful of the Moscow
Patriarchate who venerate the Tsar'-Martyr serve _panikhidas_ for him, as
the MP has not canonized him.)

Protopriest Vasilii himself is of the opinion that the myrrh-streaming of
the ikon speaks of the drawing near of the glorification of the
Tsar'-Martyr in Russia, so looked forward to, and hoped for, by so many.
[V~d-Inform: In fact, the holy and right-believing Tsar'-Martyr is already
glorified; one can speak only of the recognition of the unconditional (for
the Church) fact of his sanctity by the Moscow Patriarchate.]  The moreso,
as the inscription on the ikon states: "This holy Ikon hath been painted
for the glorification of the Tsar'-Martyr in Russia."

"The commencement of the miracle-working on the fatal day of the October
revolt," Protopriest Vasilii supposes, "is a sign of the fact that the
Russian people have been forgiven for their apostasy from God."  We are
eye-witnesses to the coming to pass of the hopes and expectations of St.
Ioann of Shanghai, who said: "If our hopes and prayers will be strong, the
Lord will empower the prayer of the Tsar'-Martyr, of Tsarevich Aleksii, and
of the Royal Women Martyrs; and they will shine forth as a radiant dawn
over our Fatherland, then washed clean by tears of repentance and by the
blood of martyrs."

 ***

The myrrh-streaming of the ikon of the Tsar'-Martyr has become a matter of
world news.  All of the largest information agencies - from ITAR-TASS to
"Reuters" - have reported on the miracle in detail in their communiqués.
This most certainly is a unique occurrence in the history of the world's
mass-media over the past several decades.  However, even this apparently
fails to persuade those whose hearts have grown shamelessly callous in
their opposition to God.  Opposition to the canonization of the Royal
Martyrs has become the traditional stance of the Moscow Patriarchate's
ecclesiastical policy - a line that is adhered to with astonishing
consistency and conviction despite the fact that as a result of such
"hard-headedness" the higher clergy of the MP sustain not a few moral
losses.  And neither the great numbers of miracles on the part of the Royal
Martyrs - the myrrh-streaming and fragrance of their icons, the healings, -
nor their universal veneration throughout that very selfsame MP, nor yet
the position of the government, which was expressed in the rendering of
dubious honors to the last Emperor by interring the "Ekaterinburg remains"
in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, has convinced the [Moscow]
Patriarchate to take even somewhat decisive measures toward their
canonization.  This opposition in principle to the glorification of the
Tsar' can only but evoke astonishment when it is viewed against the
backdrop of that "flexibility" wherewith the MP has frequently exhibited
its position otherwise.

The hierarchs of the MP have used the classical method of hushing-up and
obscuring the significance of these events in order once again to drown the
current wave of spiritual revival in a morass of bureaucracy and
conformity.  Patriarch Aleksii II, as unofficial sources report, has given
the order not to take the ikon anywhere outside the cathedral, and to
report in advance to him all coming activities connected with it.  The very
fact that the dean resolved to place the ikon upon an _analoi_ is already
being interpreted by many parishioners as a "courageous action" on his part.

On January 30th,  the superintendent of churches was present for a brief
space of time in the Cathedral of the Ascension of the Lord, on Gorokhov's
Field; and, at a general meeting, he issued an order in the presence of the
parishioners that the ikon be removed to the altar (although it is true
that he did permit it to be brought out occasionally for the veneration of
the faithful).  Having kept the ikon on its _analoi_ for several days more,
the dean finally submitted to management's directive and the ikon is now in
the altar, being brought out only during the _panikhidas_ served for the
Tsar'-Martyr.  The _panikhidas_ take place daily, at 1700 hours [= 5:00
p.m.], with the exception of those days on which there is an All-night Vigil.

***

What is the significance of this miracle for us?  First of all, it bears
witness yet one more time to the fact that the Lord has long-since
glorified the Tsar'-Martyr in the Heavens.  The faithful sons and daughters
of the ROCOR have no need of proofs of the holiness of the _Gosudar'_ [=
Sovereign] and His Family, which was borne witness to by their
ecclesiastical glorification in 1981.  The then hierarchs of the ROCOR,
headed by Metropolitan Philaret, were not dismayed by that wave of hatred
and slander against the Royal Martyrs which surged up in the émigré - and,
even the moreso, in the soviet - press.  The "haste" displayed at that time
(as is evident now), was nothing other than spiritual wisdom; and the
universal veneration of the Royal Martyrs bears witness most convincingly
of all to the correctness of the decision made at that time - a decision
which nourishes and strengthens this veneration in many.

All the declarations of the [Moscow] Patriarchate about a need for some
sort of investigations (investigations in the course of which such slanders
as were timely refuted decades ago are examined, and re-examined, and then
examined again); all its declarations about a need to turn the process of
canonization into a public court procedure, in accordance with the
mediaeval [Roman] Catholic model of the same (one in which each and every
blasphemer of the _Gosudar's_ memory can let slip the applause of a certain
part of society) - all must conceal one simple fact: that of the [Moscow]
Patriarchate's obstinate desire simply not to join in with the voice of the
Church of Russia, as this was expressed at the _Sobor_ [= Council] of
Bishops of the ROCOR, and thus, de facto, to cut itself off from the one
Body of the Russian Orthodox Church.  The hierarchy of the MP has set
itself up as judge over both the  Russian Church and the Tsar'-Martyr,
manifesting an almost sectarian willfulness and pride in this matter.  One
would expect that the higher clergy of the MP would yet again "adapt to the
situation" - rejecting sergianism, glorifying the New Martyrs, and taking a
firm, Orthodox position in church matters, thus not only preserving, but
also multiplying their assets at the expense of those who suppose that the
barrier between the MP and our Church is only one of discipline and
practice, and not one of grace...  However, it appears that the hierarchs
of the MP are mightily bound by someone - or by something - so that their
stubbornness sometimes displays itself, even despite its being to their
"advantage" to do otherwise.  And this bears witness yet once again to the
fact that the question of belonging to the Moscow Patriarchate is not
simply one of jurisdiction, but one of a definite and quite sufficiently
clear complex of views in which there is not, nor can there be, any place
found for the canonization of the New Martyrs...  Hence, the sons and
daughters of our Church should neither be dismayed by, nor come to false
conclusions on the basis of, the fact that the miracle-working ikon of  the
Tsar'-Martyr happened to appear in the Moscow Patriarchate.  The Lord
imparts His wonders not just as a consolation to the faithful; but also as
a dread sign to infidels, in order that the minds of  those who oppose the
Grace of God might be edified thereby.

To those who criticized and denounced the firm and strictly ecclesiastical
spirit which, in our Church, was connected with the name of her
First-Hierarch - Metropolitan Philaret; to those who called the years of
his primacy "a time of stagnation," the proof of his undoubted sanctity has
now been manifested.  It was made apparent at that very same time when,
among some of our pastors and members of our flock, there arose doubts as
to the rightness of this course, and even the temptation to cast themselves
into the deceptively open embrace of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Now, as if to try everyone's faith - that of the parishioners and hierarchs
of the [Moscow] Patriarchate, first of all - there has appeared the
myrrh-streaming ikon of  the Tsar'-Martyr.  And the fruits of this faith
have been made immediately apparent by the persecution that was unleashed
against this miracle-working ikon.

The Tsar'-Martyr has become, de facto, a sign of stumbling for our people.
The refusal to glorify Him, the disputes that seethe impiously around His
name, bear witness to the fact that the Sin of Regicide yet continues to
weigh heavily upon our people.  How mistaken are those who maintain that to
speak of the necessity for national repentance is absurd, as no one should
have to repent for the sins of one's fathers.  Regicide is not the sin of
our fathers.  It is our sin.  Its essence was remarkably expressed by St.
Ioann of Shanghai [and of San Francisco], who stated in one of his sermons
that "All those have sinned against Him [the Tsar'-Martyr] and against
Russia who, in one way or another, either moved against Him; or who did not
oppose this action; or who, even out of sympathy with it, thus took part
[vicariously] in that event which occurred many years ago.  This sin lies
upon all such, until that time when it is washed away by genuine and
sincere repentance."  And how many there are yet in Russia of those who
labor tirelessly to blacken the memory of the Tsar'-Martyr, sparing no
efforts to prevent His universal glorification!  How many there are in our
midst of those who, on more than one occasion, have spoken sympathetically
of this Regicide, repeating fables about "Bloody Nicholas" and unfounded
gossip concerning Rasputin, exclaiming: "What kind of saint was the
Tsar'?!"  Even amongst today's zealous defenders of the veneration of the
Tsar'-Martyr there are not a few such as, for years, have had to scrub away
their former blasphemously contemptible and narrow-minded prejudices.  And
who among us has not sinned through treacherous silence when we hearkened
to the slander poured out against the Royal Martyrs and did nothing to shut
lying lips with the word of truth.  We must not be deceived: Regicide is a
fearsome sin: one which, as before, continues to weigh heavily upon our
people.  And it is only through sincere and tearful repentance that we can
shake its burden off ourselves.  And if a penitential prayer for the
forgiveness of her sins, offered up by one, single, devout woman, had as
its consequence the manifestation of a myrrh-streaming ikon, then the
repentance of each and every one of us is not something senseless, but
something laden with great significance, and something that, through the
prayers of holy Tsar'-Martyr Nicholas, will not remain fruitless before God.

O Holy Right-believing Tsar'-Martyr Nicholas, pray unto God for us sinners!


Translated into English by G. Spruksts from an abridged Russian text
appearing in "Vertograd-Inform" No. 1 (46).  English-language translation
copyright (c) 1999 by The Russian Cultural Heritage Society, The St. Stefan
Of Perm' Guild and the Translator.  All rights reserved.