Russians Supporting Vl. Agafangel

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A Resolution of the General Meeting of the Members of the Moscow Parishes of the New Russian Martyr and Confessor Holy Martyr Joseph of Petrograd to the Vth All-Diaspora Sobor of 2008
June 30/July 13, 2008 – Moscow – Synaxis of the Holy Twelve Apostles

We completely support the intention of B. Agafangel and the PSEA to issue a judgment on the Act at the sobor, as approval of the Act violated the principle of sobornost in the Church. It contradicted the bishops’ promise not to unite without the agreement of all the church members. It was achieved by manipulating the selection of delegates to the IVth All-Diaspora Sobor. Sobornost was violated also when the opposition to the Act by Bishops Agafangel and Daniel was ignored. Preparations for the approval the Act were done in secret, without the participation of the flock and in opposition to the Resolution of the IVth All-Diaspora Sobor, Clergy Conferences, and diocesan meetings. We also find the premise that “sergianism” and “ecumenism” no longer exist in the MP to be incorrect, along with the notion of a supposed revival of Orthodoxy in Russia and of a Russian sovereign government.

The heresy of “sergianism” was purportedly condemned in 2000 by the MP in its so-called “Social Concept,” which theoretically allows the clergy and faithful of the MP to be free of influence from the secular government. In the years since 2000, it is clear this principle is not being upheld. There has not been a single decision of the MP that diverges from the wishes of the secular power. In fact, the MP persecutes priests that oppose the policies of the current government.

After 2006, there was no change in the far-ranging ecumenical ties between the MP and other confessions and joint prayer services continued to be held. It is well known, that not only have the MP bishops served with the Catholic hierarchy in Western Europe, but also, for example, participated in official events in the autonomous republics of the Near North and Far East of Russia, where the official religion is paganism. A global religious summit was also held in Moscow with the participation of the MP, and the attendees prayed together to one “god.” The Sobor of MP Bishops which took place on June 24-29, 2008 in Moscow with the participation of representatives of the ROCOR(MP) not only did not reject the sin of ecumenism, but compelled Met. Hilarion (Kapral) to sign a joint sobor resolution which did not condemn the principle espoused by Met. Kirill (Gundyaev) that “it is possible for Orthodox Christians to participate in services of other religions.” At that Sobor, in clear violation of all church legal procedures, B. Diomid was also forbidden from serving for speaking out against ecumenism.

We support the decision to canonize Met. Philaret (Voznesensky) to honor his pastoral guidance on life within the church today, especially as expressed in his “Sorrowful Epistle.”

The mission of our Church is to preserve truth and loyalty to the historical Russian Orthodox government, overturned by force in 1917. We propose to clarify the text in the “Prayer for the Redemption of Russia” in prayer books and religious services with the words “for the restoration of the throne of the Orthodox czars.”

To the decision made during Met. Philaret’s tenure in 1981 to venerate the Faithful Servants of the Holy Royal Martyrs, we propose to add the veneration of all those who suffered for the Faith, the Czar, and the Homeland. We also propose to observe the decision made at the Local Sobor in 1918 to designate a time for their veneration; to serve a memorial service in the evening of the feast day of the New Russian Martyrs and Confessors.

The members of the Moscow parishes are living witnesses of the history of the Russian parishes which joined the ROCOR on the basis of a decision approved at the Synod of Bishops in March, 1990. Therefore, the future fate of True Orthodoxy is quite important to us. In the difficult period of 2000-2007, members of the ROCOR parishes in Russia ended up in various church groups and “fragments,” though they remained united in their service to the Church’s Truth and to Russia. These divisions were not caused by differences in the beliefs of the faithful, but by the ambitions of their bishops. We are in agreement with B. Agafangel and hope that an appeal from the Sobor, along with application of broad ekonomia, will serve to unite all brothers and sisters divided by these disagreements.

Twelve pages are attached containing signatures of the parishioners who support this Resolution.

1 comment:

Joanna Higginbotham said...

>>>The mission of our Church is to preserve truth and loyalty to the historical Russian Orthodox government, overturned by force in 1917. We propose to clarify the text in the “Prayer for the Redemption of Russia” in prayer books and religious services with the words “for the restoration of the throne of the Orthodox czars.”<<<

Our Bishops intend to add this clarification to the services. Until we receive exact instructions, a good place to insert this prayer is:

...through the intercessions of Thy Most Pure Mother save the suffering Russian people from the yoke of the godless authority AND RESTORE THE THRONE OF THE ORTHODOX CZARS. Amen

(page 27 in Jordanville Prayer Book)