Concerning Signs of the Church

From: magapia
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2009 10:25 AM
Subject: [orthodox-goc] Re: ROCA on situation in Russia for those outside the MP

--- In, "magapia" wrote:
> Has also come to my attention that Metropolitan Agafangel and his
> followers have been increasingly harrassed in Ukraine. I've got someone
> working on a translation of an incident that recently took place there
> involving an MP priest intimidating a young altar server who goes to one
> of our churches.
Just received the translation on the harrassment of ROCA clergy/laity in Ukraine below. m. A.

Concerning Signs of the Church

On Tuesday morning, 13 October, our acolyte in the Zhitomir parish, the servant of God Sviatoslav Vitol'dovich Gansky, decided to travel to the city of Novograd-Volynsky. He got a ride in a passing car; it turned out that behind the wheel was a priest of the Moscow Patriarchate, Fr. Sergei. Along the way, Slavik told Batiushka that he was an altar-server in a parish of the Russian Church Abroad. Instead of going to Novograd-Volynsky, Batiushka took him to a local police station, where together with a policeman, he began to demand from him a renunciation of our Church, threatening him that they will open a criminal case and imprison him. He refused. Seeing his intractability, Fr. Sergei took him to his monastery – Saint George's – in the village of Gorodnitsa. There, attempts to persuade him continued with the help of lavish and refined refreshments and promises on the one hand, and calumny and defamation directed at our Church on the other hand. Inasmuch as Sviatoslav did not want to renounce our Church, they locked him up and forbade him to leave the environs of the monastery. In response to a telephone call from his mother, Fr. Sergei insulted her and threatened her with various unpleasantnesses. Only after the rector of our parish, Fr. Alexander Leleka, appealed to the office of the public prosecutor, on Wednesday, at about two o'clock in the afternoon, did they free Slavik from that "holy" place.

The question to people who know: Is there not a corpus delicti in the actions of Fr. Sergei? There is something in his actions not at all like the conduct of normal people.

Also, not long ago, the police came to our priest in the Khmel'nitsky province, Fr. Pankraty, and said that a letter from the MP had been received by them, in which it was written that the Church Abroad had united with the Moscow Patriarchate, but that he, inasmuch as he had not united, was a rogue and not a representative of the ROCA. Fr. Pankraty had to send a copy of the certificate of our registration so that he could prove that he exists legally.

There is no cause to doubt that these "swallows" fly to us from the MP Patriarch Kirill. He has enormous experience in the struggle with our Church, beginning with the seizure of our property in Ottawa and in the Holy Land, and ending with the intrigues that let to the split in the ROCA.

But God helps us.

(reported by Metropolitan Agafangel, ROCA)

1 comment:

Unprofitable Servant said...

I believe it was St. Seraphim of Sarov who taught that the Evil One attacks us externally--often with the assistance of evil men-- when he is unsuccessful in conquering us through internal spiritual assault. This persistent practice of "external" assault on Orthodox Christians seems to be a peculiar, defining characteristic of the Moscow Patriarchate throughout its brief history, does it not? It is almost an MP "signature" of sorts; as in the forced confiscation of churches and monasteries, threats and even murder of priests and hierarchs, the abduction and legal proceedings against the late Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov),etc.