Sunday, September 17, 2017

Appeal from Belarus to our ROCA

Sharing: Appeal from the loyal to Orthodoxy and to our ROCA and to our Vladyka Metropolitan Agafangel, -the parishioners of the ROCA Church of St. John of Kronstadt, in Belarus

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Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 4:27 PM



 MAY God grant Many Years! and Mnogaya Leta! to these faithful Orthodox Christians!
and loyal sons and daughters of our Russian Orthodox Church Abroad under our canonical and fully ORTHODOX, Vladyka Metropolitan Agafangel.

"Thou has granted an eternal inheritance, O Lord, to them that fear Thy name!"



 

ROCOR: Appeal of the parishioners of the Church. Иоанна Кронштадтского из Беларуси of St. John of Kronstadt in Belarus Автор: Митрополит Агафангел вкл. Author: Metropolitan Agafangel inc. 17 Сентябрь 2017 17 September 2017 . . Опубликовано в РПЦЗ (Просмотров: 25) Posted in ROCOR (Views: 25)
4/17 сентября 2017 г., прихожане общины Св. Прав.

September 4/17, 2017, parishioners of the community of the Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt parish

  Иоанна Кронштадтского по благословению правящего архиерея Митрополита Агафангела, молились мирским чином: были прочитаны часы, изобразительны и акафист Св. Прав.

with the blessing of the ruling bishop Metropolitan Agathangel, prayed with lay-style prayers [when there is no priest] : the appointed canonical services, in front of the icon and with the Akathist to St. John of Kronstadt.  which were read.

Иоанну Кронштадтскому.

После было проведено собрание, в связи с отречением от православия и уходом в обрядопоклоннический раскол бывшего настоятеля Леонида Пляца.

After the worship, a meeting of parishioners was held, in connection with the recent abdication from Orthodoxy and the departure from our church of the former parish rector, now banned  priest Leonid Plyats into a ritualistic rite and sect-*added explanatory note: [an anti-Orthodox Old Believer type sect apparently
 and for which,  Met. Agafangel had to ban him, defrock him,   from the Orthodox priesthood recently.]

Мы заявляем, что продолжаем находится в молитвенном и евхаристическим общении с нашим правящим архиереем Митрополитом Агафангелом.

We declare that we continue to be in prayerful and eucharistic communion with our ruling bishop Metropolitan Agafangel.

Также обращаемся ко всем верным прихожанам прихода в честь Св. Прав.

Also we appeal to all faithful parishioners of the parish in honor of the Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt,

Иоанна Кронштадтского и просим вас не отказываться от Св. Прав Иоанна Кронштадтского, Новомучеников и Исповедников в земле Российской просиявших, а также Серафима Саровского, Ксении Петербургской, Иоанна Шанхайского и множества других святых, прославленных у Бога, но отвергаемых раскольниками.

  and we ask you not to give up the Holy Righteous  John of Kronstadt, the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors who have shown in the land of  Russia, as well as St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Xenia of Petersburg, St.  John of Shanghai and of the many other saints glorified by God, but rejected by schismatics.

Просим вас продолжить молитвенное и евхаристическое общение в нашей Церкви, и задуматься, за кем Вы собираетесь идти - за Христом или за человеком.

We ask you to continue  prayerful and eucharistic communion in our Church, and to reflect on who you are going to obey - Christ or man.

По благословению Митрополита Агафангела планируется в ближайшее время поездка в г. Малин (Украина) на службу.

With the blessing of Metropolitan Agafangel, a trip to our ROCA parish in Malin (Ukraine) is planned for the near future, for priestly services (i.e. & sacraments).

Также получено благословение Митрополита Агафангела приглашать священников Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей для молитвенной ТРАПЕЗЫ.

Also we received the blessing of Metropolitan Agathangel to invite the priests of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia for the prayer meal.

Участники собрания, члены прихода Св. Прав.

 Participants in the meeting, members of the parish of the Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt: 

Иоанна Кронштадтского:

Мутилин Александр (делегат IV и V Всезарубежных Соборов)

Mutilin Alexander (delegate to the IV and V All-Diaspora Councils)
Веселов Валентин
 Veselov Valentin
Голубев Олег
 Golubev Oleg
Коледа Игорь
Koleda Igor
Коледа Нина
Koleda Nina
Топчилко Игорь
Topchilko Igor


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Ukaz of Vladyka Metropolitan Agafangel, banning from the priesthood, priest Leonid Plyats, who has left Orthodoxy for [apparently] some Old Believer type of anti-Orthodox sect.





ROCOR: Protopriest Leonid Plyaz is prohibited in the priesthood Автор: Митрополит Агафангел вкл. Author: Metropolitan Agafangel inc. 14 Сентябрь 2017 14 September 2017 . . Опубликовано в РПЦЗ (Просмотров: 569) Posted in ROCOR (Views: 569)



Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Metropolitan's Travel Companion

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"Unless ye become as a little child, ye shall not enter the Kingdom of God!"



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http://orthodoxlife.org/pastoral-ministry/metropolitan-vitaly-airplane-child/
A touching story of an unexpected encounter on an airplane, from Metropolitan Vitaly's travels throughout the Canadian diocese.




The Metropolitan’s Travel Companion

September 14, 2017
Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov) 1986-2001

by Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov)

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Vitaly (1910–2006) was the fourth First Hier­ar­ch of the Russ­ian Ortho­dox Church Out­side of Rus­sia. Through­out his tenure as Pri­mate, Vl. Vitaly earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a stead­fast and stern bish­op. Below, from the Metropolitan’s own writ­ings, we gain a win­dow into his soul through a touch­ing anec­dote from his arch­pas­toral travels.
It is often nec­es­sary for me to trav­el by plane through­out my scat­tered dio­cese, vis­it­ing parish­es and some­times even remote com­mu­ni­ties of our Church’s faith­ful. Unex­pect­ed encoun­ters can occur. This is Divine Prov­i­dence act­ing in people’s lives. 
Once, return­ing by plane to Mon­tréal, I wor­ried that this time I had been unable to bring any­thing home with me! I sat, lost in my thoughts, until my ears were struck by hearty, pure laugh­ter erupt­ing from a small group of pas­sen­gers that sur­round­ed a small (or bet­ter said, a crumb-sized) girl — still a tod­dler, real­ly — whose car­ry­ing voice rang like a bell and could not be drowned out, whether by the roar of the plane or the cacoph­o­ny of voices.
I began to lis­ten and glance at this group. The young girl fas­ci­nat­ed every­one with her famil­iar man­ner, sin­cer­i­ty, and puri­ty.  She looked every­one in the eye with her bright blue iris­es and con­fi­dent­ly asked, “What’s your name?”, “Why are you fly­ing?”, “Where are you com­ing from?”, “Where are you going?”, and oth­er, most unex­pect­ed ques­tions. When she saw that she had no suc­cess in soft­en­ing a per­son, she attempt­ed to crawl on their knees, hug them, kiss them on the cheek. No one could avoid her atten­tion. Her moth­er did not suc­ceed, despite her best efforts, in tear­ing the child away and forc­ing her to sit still and behave. Active, open, and excep­tion­al­ly atten­tive, she maneu­vered back into the aisle between two rows of seats and once again approached every­one and enveloped them in the warmth of her pure child’s heart. 
In Ottawa, a new pas­sen­ger board­ed. He was a full-bod­ied man with a trimmed beard, very seri­ous — per­haps a high-rank­ing bureau­crat, per­haps a pro­fes­sor — ful­ly con­scious of his own impor­tance. This was a man to whom one does not sim­ply ingra­ti­ate one­self, of whom one does not sim­ply ask a ques­tion. Very quick­ly, he became the object of the young girl’s atten­tion. She laid eyes on him and again with­out bar­ri­ers asked him the most straight-for­ward ques­tions. And here a mir­a­cle occurred! The great man sud­den­ly and com­plete­ly trans­formed, his face was dec­o­rat­ed in a wide grin, his eyes, to this point seri­ous and even stern, sparked with true emo­tion. Before us sat a new man!
Well, then it was my turn. Unno­ticed, she some­how rose up at my feet and asked per­mis­sion to sit next to me since two adja­cent seats were emp­ty. She asked who I was. My mode of dress did not per­plex her in the least, though she must have found it pecu­liar. She point­ed at my pana­gia1 and asked who was depict­ed on it. I told her this was our Sav­iour, Jesus Christ. She asked if I had a mom and dad, where I lived, and so on. “How old are you?” I answered, “Over six­ty.” She said that she couldn’t count past twen­ty but, real­iz­ing that my num­ber was clear­ly high, this most tiny, minia­ture, four-year-old girl promised to help me car­ry my brief­case. Then she snug­gled her head up to me and kissed the pana­gia. I made the sign of the Holy Cross over her head. She did not notice my move­ment, but nev­er­the­less her pure soul felt the Grace of God upon her and she began to kiss my hands. This was so unex­pect­ed, so direct that I was extreme­ly touched and shocked by this child, whom no one, of course, had ever taught to kiss a bishop’s hand. Tru­ly, “the human soul is Chris­t­ian by nature.“2 She did not leave my side even when we arrived in Mon­tréal. Thus I dis­em­barked the plane hold­ing her hand. She would not let go. She enlivened, cheered, and encour­aged every­one on the plane. Masks of feigned indif­fer­ence, hes­i­tance, and for­mal­i­ty fell away from many.
We all cre­ate our moral cages in which we live for years, often fail­ing to notice our humor­ous­ly arti­fi­cial pos­ture. All of this depart­ed from us thanks to a tod­dler — this lit­tle, crumb-size, minia­ture girl. What more of a mir­a­cle do we need! Every­one part­ed from her with a smile and with emo­tion. This girl’s name is Ang­ie. Pre­serve her, o Lord, just so pure and sin­cere among the moral degra­da­tion of human society!
Trans­lat­ed from Митрополитъ Виталій, Первоіерархъ Русской Православной Зарубежной Церкви: Юбилейный Сборникъ. — Б. м., б. г. [New York, 2001]. — С. 132–134. For more infor­ma­tion about 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Open Letter

this and my other recent emails: Also A Repeat re-sending: More false words from the schismatics-

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Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 2:40 PM



 MY Open-Letter TO ALL WHO WILL LISTEN-WHO CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH:

And a reminder of the facts: Only!..... our honorable and fully Orthodox, Vladyka Metropolitan Agafangel (Pashkowsky) is the SOLE legitimate and canonical EPISCOPAL i.e. -BISHOP   continuation of the old pre-2007 betrayal to the Stalin founded, the still KGB ruled and run Moscow Patriarchy.

Why?

Because he alone [and yes, also Bishop Daniel of Erie, rejected that Judas-union, but he was sick and imprisoned and unfree at his life's end period kept locked up by  the pro-unionist plotters, so that he could not help consecrate more bishops for our continued ROCOR]..... among those then, in June of 2007, the  episcopal  members i.e. the ROCOR Synod of bishops, remained fully Orthodox and totally rejected the apostate & anti-canonical & apostate betrayal,  lead by apostate Laurus Skurla...Vl. Agafangel alone, in that ROCOR Synod of Bishops,  CONTINUED THE HISTORIC MISSION and reasons for the very existence of the diaspora CANONICAL LAWFUL Russian Church Abroad.

No other claimants, to that title,  world-wide,  as to themselves being legitimate and canonical and ACTUAL episcopal continuations of the old free ROCOR, and who were actual members of the old free ROCOR Synod of Bishops, [as Vl. Agafangel was a member of] and all of them,...... and they are bogus in their claims.
We know all of their names. Some have for sure been put up organizing their rival 'ROCOR-fragment' jurisdictions and to attacking Vl. Agafangel's church, because they are agents, willingly or unwittingly,  of the KGB and its MP, the International Communist Conspiracy.....which is still alive with KGB Vladimir Putin! Some of these false people entered our ROCA in Russia, and when Vl. Agafangel would not bow to their demands that he, like them,'as good loyal Russian citizens',  support Putin and his war against Ukraine,.... they LEFT  US. We,...... did not, 'throw them out'. Those MP loyalists in Russia, who Joined our ROCA UNDER FALSE PRETENCES,...AS MP-Putin -MOLES INSIDE OUR CHURCH TO WEAKEN US,  these Mt. View schismatic sympathize with and totally  support, using their 'plight' as evidence against our 'mean-spirited Vl. Agafangel' (!)

Also, Vladyka Agafangel is fully Orthodox in his faith and outlook. He has proved this by his life and his words and his actions. His detractors only pretend to be Orthodox,...just the same as the MP does, indeed they.....pretend....... to be real....... Christians.(!)

Those constantly maliciously slandering and attacking Vl. Agafangel , are not....and none of them who claim to STILL be,[ in their schism], valid bishops are....... valid or fully Orthodox bishops!

 FLEE FROM THEM, for the sake of your immortal souls!

Those who in 2007,  followed traitor Laurus Skurla, "ROCOR/MP" now under Hilarion Kapral, who himself is obviously totally obedient to Kyrill Gundaev, -they LEFT true Orthodoxy, and went into schism and heresy, they LEFT!  the canonical and Orthodox ROCOR, while our Vladyka Agafangel ALONE! STAYED in it, in his episcopal person, and thus he ALONE has continued the canonical and  free anti-communist Russian Orthodox Church Abroad,-blessed by Holy Patriarch Tikhon, .... indeed, the only part of THE historic Russian Church which remains free from communist/sergianist slavery and captivity.

Those who now, as with these current delusional and very pathetic schismatics: Andronik Kotlaroff/Sofrony Musienko/ Stefan Sabelnik/Andrei Erastov 'Mt. View ' schismatics', are making schism and division against Metropolitan Agafangel, AIMED TO KILL OUR WORLD-WIDE ROCOR!, and to impose their illegal schism.... as if.... it were the legitimate ROCOR!, are only doing the will of the Kremlin and of Stalin's 'Moscow Patriarchy'- the pretend false Russian Church.

NOTHING they do or say is Orthodox, [ but yes, they look-Orthodox in their public appearance and worship- but so does the MP!] nor do they have the right to label themselves as Orthodox Christians, and then.....do and say what all they do. SHAME on them all! SHAME!!!

They have broken and trampled on sobornost/conciliarity, betraying their fellow bishops, betraying the Holy Orthodox Faith, and are crucifiers of Christ....soul killers.

All they really seek, is the praise of men and worldly power and wealth.
Their former episcopal consecrations[  and of their priestly followers' ordinations, are thus INVALID, and no sacraments they perform have grace.
They have left The Universal Holy Catholic Apostolic Orthodox Church....whose local church connection with, WAS  our ROCA, which was their former attachment to The Universal Orthodox Church.

No ordained or consecrated Orthodox clergy, if they depart from their original lawful and in true obedience to their rightful and fully-Orthodox bishops,..or if that bishop bans them or defrocks them from priestly ministry, [which is both his right and his duty]  can then as they go out the door of the Church, just put their ordinations or consecrations in their pockets, as if such HOLY ORDERS are  their personal property or private baggage, and continue to function AS IF, they were still Orthodox clergy.

The only canonical exception to this is.... IF their former bishop has himself left Orthodoxy...apostatized, [which is what EXACTLY those ROCOR bishops and priests who bowed to the MP in 2007 did],  and is himself in heresy and/or schism from ORTHODOXY.

This current gang of pathetic and misguided ill-willed 'Mountain View' detractors of our Vl. Agafangel seem to be struggling to prove, by their juggling of various non-applicable canons,  that Vl. Agafangel  is such a non-Orthodox bishop. While all the weight of actual evidence proves him to be fully Orthodox in his faith and life, and far ahead of them all in his profound knowledge of the Holy Orthodox Faith, They simply will not OBEY his lawful  CHRIST ORDAINED apostolic authority- that is THE problem. That fact alone, puts them outside of the Holy Orthodox Faith and Church. But all of their false accusations and slanders only prove that it is they themselves who are ignorant of the Orthodox Faith and its laws, deceivers and liars and are not Orthodox, or indeed not  even .....Christians...... whatsoever.

"Where the Bishop is, there is The Church!".....that...... is Orthodoxy.

This Andronik Kotlaroff lead Protestant-styled schism, DOES NOT EVEN FEAR GOD!

But how few these days seem to know any of the accurate Russian Church history, especially from during and after the Bolshevik takeover of old Russia till today,  or even WHAT IS BASIC and FUNDAMENTAL ORTHODOXY [Catechism-Holy Fathers' NORMAL-Orthodoxy] and what IS NOT!

Ignorance of the Orthodox Faith and its laws and norms of behavior, and a blind false-obedience foolish trusting of popular & sweet speaking clergy, who LOOK holy, which is what mislead many in 2007 to follow their beloved and trusted clergy leaders and to...... submit to the  STILL communist enslaved  MP.

Friends, we live now in the end days, when ......"Will the Son of Man when He returns , WILL HE FIND ANY FAITH?" 

Everywhere, deception and lies rule the entire world.

Because Vladyka Agafangel stands firmly for the truth and for canonical and Holy Orthodoxy, that is why he is so viciously defamed, slandered, and attacked.
And so have been all the Holy Confessors and Martyrs of past ages.

God does not bless those who defame and insult righteous Orthodox bishops! or who are nailing  him, -Vladyka Agafangel,  to his cross, as they are currently doing.
May God grant Many Years! MNOGAYA LETA! to our honorable Vladyka Agafangel and to our ROCOR Holy Synod!...and shame and confusion and repentance, to his enemies and detractors.

Friends! flee these anti-Orthodox schismatics and heretics! Do not pray with them or take their blessings or their false sacraments.

Return to obedience to Vladyka Metropolitan Agafangel!
Rd. Daniel in Oregon

P.S. The real central....though semi-hidden,  reason that this schism against Vl. Agafangel has been started and is continuing is TOTALLY POLITICAL:


Because: Vl. Agafangel WOULD NOT-INDEED..... COULD NOT..... IN HIS GOOD CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE,  support or bless or promote the  KGB dictator of his  neo-soviet Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's utterly immoral and unjustified bloody invasion of Ukraine, his fueling an insurrection there, and his stealing the Crimea.

THAT! is what these schismatics,...... really believe....... is THE 'SIN', of Vladyka Agafangel!!!- why they are trying to prove that he is 'uncanonical' and/or not a 'true loyal son of Russia', etc.

Sorry! but not all of us, world-wide members of Vl. Agafangel's ROCA, whether we have Russian blood in our veins or not,  are fooled by this 'pious sounding'  BALONEY claptrap smokescreen of lies and deceptions........sponsored and originating from Putin's massive propaganda machine.

Vladimir Putin, the actual head/boss  of the apostate Moscow Patriarchate, the  idolizer of Lenin and Joseph Stalin!....who step by step is working daily  to return Russia [actually back to...Soviet-Russia] to the glorious days of Stalin's wonderful reign, -of terror and mass murder and mass torture.

These 'Mountain View' schismatics, centered in New York state, USA,  are only carrying out this anti-ROCOR program, emanating from the Kremlin, .... to prove that they are loyal to Putin's Russia....'true Russians'.

I ask, but then,.... why are they in my country, America???

Their beloved Putin is our America's international perpetual deadly enemy, not our friend.

Let them return to Putinland, the sooner the better, before we must have our police and military round them up and  lock them up and/or deport them as foreign enemy agents.



 






Wednesday, August 30, 2017

ROCA's schismatic 'friends': "All love and light" (?): Trenton,

Our ROCA's schismatic 'friends': "All love and light" (?): Trenton, New Jersey: Dormition Altar-Feast, Andronik with Sabelnik, in Sabelnik's cathedral-

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 Yes, indeed!.......HOW VERY VERY TRUE!  "By their fruits shall ye know them!"- this strong Gospel admonition and dire danger warning from Our Lord,
 is one which warning covers, everyone, without exception, but which is most applicable to those who are false shepherds, wolves in sheep's clothing,
 confused schismatics,  ignorant and de-facto heretics, disobedient to their lawful and Orthodox bishops, and soul and church killers, and who divide  the faithful....who exhibit false-virtue.
Is such activity creating, 'unity'??? What a sad joke!
What Andronik Kotlaroff, with Stefan Sabelnik, and aided by Andre Erastov and Sofrony Musienko are founding, is but one more anti-Orthodox SECT, yes but,  'Orthodox-ish' in outward rituals, clerical titles,& formal appearance, but still a just a SECT, contrary to any and all Orthodox normal church order and canons.
The Stalin founded Moscow Patriarchy is one  other big example of the same grace-less type of organization, which pretends to be The Orthodox Church.
The 2000 plus years of Church history is full of such types, and most of those who have lead such church destructions,
 have been renegade self-deluded ordained clergy, deposed  former disobedient arrogant unrepentant bishops most prominently. Power and money and the praise of men, VAINGLORY! that is what actually motivates them. Though they usually claim that they are heroically and righteously struggling to: purify and reform the corrupted church, to make it ...'better', to get rid of corrupt and evil leadership/'bad bishops',  and to install THEMSELVES as better leaders.
That self-aggrandizing goal they label, as 'progress'.
Here, those guilty themselves, of exactly this Christ condemned evil-doing, DISSEMBLING, attempt to accuse those whom they have wrongly left and have viciously slandered, of being under this biblical condemnation.
Amazing!
"If the shoe fits, put it on!"...is a wise old saying which fits them.
Rd. Daniel in the forest-who knows nothing-only what the birds of the air chirp to me.
 
VIDEO:
https://youtu.be/WCFARQdrSsQ


 

 
RUSSIAN:

Престольный Праздник Кафедрального Храма Успения Пресвятой Богородице в Трентоне Нью-Джерси

Праздник духовного единства
Господь и Бог наш Иисус Христос указал верный признак, по которому мы можем дать оценку происходящим событиям и явлениям нашей жизни : " По плодам их узнаете их " (Матф. 7.16). На праздник Успения Богородицы в Успенском храме г.Трентона состоялось сослужение двух иерархов РПЦЗ , епископа Стефана Трентонского и Северо-Американского и архиепископа Андроника Сиракузского и Свято-Никольского. Радость двунадесятого и Престольного праздника, торжественное богослужение, глубокое утешение от совместной молитвы и братского общения - все это создало особую духовную атмосферу единства во Христе. Плоды этого отрадного события были в сердцах и на лицах всех участников праздника. Владыкам Стефану и Андронику сослужили иеромонах Игнатий (Крутков) и иеродиакон Павел (Липин). По окончании Божественной литургии был совершен краткий молебен Богородице, после чего архиепископ Андроник в знак духовной поддержки и братской любви приподнес владыке Стефану икону Богородицы, привезенную из Румынии. На что Владыка ответил благодарностью и проникновенным словом о помощи Богородицы и святителей Зарубежной Церкви, служивших когда-то в этом храме.
      Образно говоря, можно долго рассуждать о вкусе меда, но аромат и полезность мы ощутим только попробовав его. Так и в жизни церковной : можно много говорить о желательном единстве, но только через практические шаги, ведущие к совместной Евхаристии, мы познаем на деле выражение псалмопевца : " Се что добро или что красно, но еже жити братии вкупе " (Псал. 132;1 ) Прочуствовав добрый плод и светлое утешение от совместного праздника , душа исполняется надеждой на то, что наше единство будет крепнуть , и несмотря на неизбежное противодействие человеческих немощей и антицерковных сил, к процессу объединения примкнут представители других частей некогда единой РПЦЗ.











ENGLISH:

Patronal Feast at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Trenton, New Jersey

A Celebration of Spiritual Unity
           Our Lord and God Jesus Christ pointed out a faithful sign by which we can evaluate the events and phenomena of our life: “By their fruits shall ye know them.” (Mt. 7:16). Two hierarchs of the ROCA, Bishop Stefan of Trenton and North America and Archbishop Andronik of Syracuse and St. Nicholas, concelebrated the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos in the Assumption Church of Trenton. The joy of the Great Feast and the Patronal Feast, the solemn worship service, the deep consolation from joint prayer and fraternal fellowship -- all this created a unique spiritual atmosphere of unity in Christ. The fruits of this welcome event were felt in the hearts and seen in the faces of all the participants of that holy day. Bishops Stefan and Andronik were joined by Hieromonk Ignatiy (Krutkov) and Hierodeacon Paul (Lipin). At the end of the Divine Liturgy, a short molieben to the Theotokos was celebrated, after which Archbishop Andronik, as a sign of spiritual support and brotherly love, presented Vladyka Stefan with an icon of the Theotokos brought from Romania. To which Vladyka responded with gratitude and offered a heartfelt homily about the protection of the Mother of God, and also spoke of the hierarchs of the Church Abroad, who once served in that church.
One can speak a long time figuratively of the taste of honey, but we can sense the aroma and enjoy its effect only after having tried it. So too in the life of the church; we can speak much of a desired unity, but only through the practical steps which lead to a joint Eucharist, do we understand fully the words of the psalmist, “Behold now, what is so good or so joyous, as for brethren to dwell together in unity.” (Psalm 132:1) Having experienced the abundant reward and joyous consolation from the jointly celebrated feast, the soul is filled with the hope that our unity will grow stronger, despite the inevitable difficulties of human weaknesses and the forces arrayed against the church. The process of unification will persuade inevitably other parts of the once united ROCA to come together.