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ROCA under Metropolitan Agafangel
The sole valid continuation of ROCOR
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"No one man, or group of men, can himself speak for the Church of Christ. It is nonetheless possible to speak from within the Church, in conformity with Orthodox tradition; and it is this that we shall attempt to do."
Fr. Seraphim Rose Orthodox Word #1 Jan-Feb 1965 p. 17
"Jurisdictional ecumenism" is a movement towards some kind of intra-jurisdictional branch theory. It is an old calendar SCOBA. There seems to be 2 main tenets:
1. old calendarists are all equal (except for Cyprianites)
2. ROCOR fragments are all equal
The purpose of this 2nd tenet is to annihilate ROCA by having Her made equal with the uncanonical fragments. It promotes the idea that the Russian fragments are "lifeboats" that came off the same now-sunken Ship.
No! the Ship did not sink!
and Vl. Agafangel is at the helm!
[this refers to a certain arrogant, self-centered,
and deluded internet personality]
"... let him consign himself, to the dustbin of history, and to some freak sideshow of a traveling circus, which is in our town today, and has hit the road, on the 'morrow - going to parts unknown ..."
“ 'Perestroika’ is a great trap of the dark powers. They are preparing something new and more terrible. Russia is standing on the threshold of the Antichrist."
Hieroconfessor Archimandrite Nektary (Chernobyl)
"The lesson of history is that the truly Orthodox must be prepared to witness the apostasy of entire patriarchies and ecclesiastical jurisdictions, and the loss of historic church buildings, monasteries, and monuments while the true Church retreats to catacomb and house-church status."
[Archpriest John Bockman, 2000†]
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, sayeth the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
(Isaiah 55, 8-9)
"The wave of evil roaring out of a dark sea upon mankind is beyond human power to stop. The best Christians can hope for is avoidance. So do not attempt to stop it with your weak hand. Avoid it, protect yourself from it, and that is enough for you. Get to know the spirit of the times, study it so that you can avoid its influence whenever possible."
(St. Ignatius Brianchaninov †)
"When we start dismissing evil as harmless, we become blind fools. This is the story of 'world Orthodoxy,' which truly serves the world and eschews the other-worldliness of Orthodoxy, appealing to ethnicity, tribalism, pride, and human fantasy. This is not the way of Christ."
(Archbishop Chrysostomos 2009)
"The world and humanity, plunging ever deeper and more rapidly into the state of Sodom and Gomorrah, are moving inexorably towards completion of the new Tower of Babel of the 'new world order' - in other words, towards Antichrist. After him will follow the Second and Glorious Coming of Christ. This is the essence of the point in time through which we are living."
(Archpriest Lev Lebedeff 1998†)
"After my death our beloved Church Abroad will break in three ways ... first, the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then, those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church."
(St. Philaret of New York 1985†)
"What began in Russia will end in America"
(Schema-hieromonk Elder Ignatius of Harbin Manchuria, August 3/16, 1958†)
"In these latter days the Church of our Savior will not, of course, suffer defeat, but She will indeed devolve into a remnant as the Scriptures attest."
(ROCOR Protopriest George Macris, 1986)
"Although the Christian name will be heard everywhere, and everywhere will be visible churches and ecclesiastical ceremonies, all this will be just appearances, and within there will be true apostasy. On this soil the Antichrist will be born."
"An evil faith and a false church is arising"
(Bishop Theophan the Recluse†)
"Whoever does not choose and desire with all his love and in all humility to unite with the most recent of all saints, and is mistrustful of him, he will never achieve union with the previous saints and he will not find his place among them, although it may seem to him that he has full faith and love for God and all his saints."
(St. Symeon the New Theologian)
"Guard thyself then, O man; thou hast the signs of Antichrist; and remember them not only thyself, but impart them also freely to all. If thou hast a child according to the flesh, admonish him of this now; if thou hast begotten one through catechizing, put him also on his guard, lest he receive the false one as the True."
(St. Cryil of Jerusalem)
"The enemies of the Church will rise up against the Church, but they will not crush Her. How long? Undoubtedly, until the end of time. For, if they were able to overcome Her in some time in the future, then the Lord, the Seer of all time, would not have said so assuredly that they would never overcome."
(St. Philaret of New York)
"When ROCOR's first bishops went into exile, they did so with an attitude of repentance. They were aware that the tragedy of the Church's persecution was allowed by God to chastise and cleanse the Church. They bore this cross, the burden of the sins of Russia, with deep love... The remnant remaining after the ROCOR merged with the MP is called to the same understanding and to bear with the same with patience."
(? - 2007)
"Whoever is attentive to the unrelenting warfare of the devil against Christ's Holy Church will always know where to find the true Church."
(Unknown Catacomb Bishop 1948)
"They that are of the Church of Christ are they that are of the truth; and they that are not of the truth are not of the Church of Christ ... for we are reminded that we are to distinguish Christianity not by persons who have ecclesiastical titles, but by the truth and by the exactness of the Faith."
(St. Gregory Palamas)
"The time will come when they will renovate even the closed churches, and fix them up not only outside but also inside. They will gild the cupolas of both churches and belfries. But when this is finished, it will usher in the reign of Antichrist. Do you see how cleverly everything is being prepared? All the churches will be absolutely magnificent, as never before, but one must not go into those churches, because the Bloodless Sacrifice of Jesus Christ will not be there, but there will be a satanic assembly. Antichrist will be crowned like a king in a grand cathedral in Jerusalem, with the participation of the clergy and the patriarch."
(Elder Laurence of Cherigov †1950)