Report on the Burial Services of the Newly-Reposed First Hierarch of the Church Abroad

30 May 2022:

The official web site of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia has published multiple reports on the funeral and burial services of the newly-reposed First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, who departed to the Lord on 16th May 2022.

Funeral Service at the Synodal Cathedral, New York:

RUSSIAN: https://www.synod.com/synod/2022/20220523_mhfuneral.html

ENGLISH: https://www.synod.com/synod/eng2022/20220523_enmhfuneral.html

Burial Service at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville:

RUSSIAN: https://www.synod.com/synod/2022/20220526_mhburial.html

ENGLISH: https://www.synod.com/synod/eng2022/20220526_enmhburial.html

Clarification on status of defrocked clergy from Colchester, England, with respect to the Romanian Patriarchate

30 MAY 2022:

In light of the falsehoods continuing to be circulated by the small group of defrocked former-clergymen headed by Mr Andrew Phillips in Colchester, England, communications between the canonical hierarchy of the Local Orthodox Churches in the region were concluded earlier this month, to ensure all Orthodox Churches correctly understand the reality of the situation.

In brief summary, claims continuing to be made by the group, to have been received into the Metropolitanate of Western and Southern Europe of the Patriarchate of Romania, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Iosif, are categorically untrue. None of these individuals has any canonical connection to the Romanian Patriarchate, nor do any of them remain clergymen. That none of these individuals were canonically released to the Romanian Patriarchate or Metropolitan Iosif’s archdiocese, nor been canonically received by him, has been confirmed directly by Metropolitan Iosif to the Secretary of Inter-Orthodox Relations of the ROCOR on 26 February 2022; reconfirmed by His Eminence’s secretary on 6th March 2022; and reaffirmed in written correspondence from His Eminence Metropolitan Iosif to the now newly-reposed First Hierarch of the Church Abroad, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, on 20th March 2022. The letter being circulated by the individuals in question, dated 18th February 2022 and written by a priest in the Romanian Church, falsely claiming their reception, has been rebutted by Metropolitan Iosif himself; it was rashly issued by the priest when the Metropolitan had been open to the potential of receiving these individuals, before he had been duly informed of their uncanonical situation, but for obvious reasons never constituted a canonical reception (Metropolitan Iosif’s explanation of this has been duly communicated to all Orthodox bishops of the region).

The actual situation regarding these individuals has already been communicated and has not changed: they were found guilty of canonical violations by an Ecclesiastical Court on 21st October 2021 and their defrocking was confirmed by the Holy Synod on 28 February 2022. In continuing to pretend to be clergyman and impiously feigning to celebrate the sacraments, they have gone beyond their defrocking and excommunicated themselves, in accordance with Apostolic Canon 28. It is essential to stress to all Orthodox Christians that no ‘sacraments’ performed by these defrocked individuals bear the grace of the Church: any ‘baptisms’, ‘marriages’ or other rites performed by them are not Orthodox Sacraments, and faithful caught up in their deception should at once seek an Orthodox Church where these Sacraments can be authentically performed for them — most urgently, the actual baptism of any children or adults who may have been falsely ‘baptised’ by these defrocked individuals. Moreover, faithful Orthodox Christians who attended ‘services’ at the hands of defrocked individuals thereby themselves enter into schism and excommunicate themselves (cf. Canons 2, 4 of Antioch), and must repent of such actions through Holy Confession before they can again receive the Sacraments in an Orthodox Church; and any clergy who concelebrate with such defrocked persons are themselves subject to defrocking (Apostolic Canon 11; cf. Canon 6 of Gangra). For the sake of the souls of the faithful, we continue our fervent prayer that these individuals will cease in their falsehoods and non-Orthodox actions.

Head of the Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem shares information on the Compound of St Alexander Nevsky in Jerusalem under the Omophorion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia | Подворье святого благоверного князя Александра Невского в Иерусалиме под омофором Русской Православной Церкви Зарубежом


English:

From the website of the Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem:

2 January 2022:

Following upon the recent celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of St Alexander Nevsky, the Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem of the ROCOR, the Right Reverend Archimandrite Roman, shares information on the Alexander Compound, in the historical center of Jerusalem, opposite the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, with the Church of St Alexander Nevsky, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem as part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and is rightfully one of the most important churches in the Russian Diaspora.

After the restoration of canonical communion between the Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate in 2007, the name of the Patriarch of Moscow is commemorated at each Liturgy that is celebrated in the Church of St Alexander Nevsky. The Head and the clergy of the ROCOR Russian Ecclesiastical Mission continue to regularly conduct divine services in this church at the Threshold of the Judgment Gate, which is sacred for Russia and the Russian people and which has been under the omophorion of the ROCOR for more than 100 years.

Click here to read the full text on the St Alexander complex’s history in the ROCOR, as a site of pilgrimage for all Orthodox Christians…

Русский:

С сайта Духовной миссии в Иерусалиме:

2 января 2022 г.:

После недавнего празднования 800-летия 800-летие со дня рождения святого благоверного князя Александра Невского глава Русской Духовной Миссии в Иерусалиме РПЦЗ архимандрит Роман делится информацией об Александровском подворье с храмом Александра Невского, в историческом центре Иерусалима напротив храма Гроба Господня возвышается, которое находится в ведении Русской Духовной Миссии в Иерусалиме в составе Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей, и по праву является одним из самых главных храмов Русского Зарубежья.

После восстановления канонического общения Зарубежной Церкви с Московской Патриархией в 2007 году имя Московского патриарха поминается за каждой Литургией, которая совершается в храме святого Александра Невского у Порога Судных Врат. Начальник и духовенство РДМ продолжают регулярно совершать богослужения в этом святом для России и русского народа храме у Порога Судных Врат, и которое уже более 100 лет находится под омофором РПЦЗ.

Щелкните здесь, чтобы прочитать полный текст об истории комплекса княза Александра в РПЦЗ, как места паломничества всех православных христиан …

Archpriest Victor Potapov reflects on the 15th anniversary of the IV All-Diaspora Council: a key moment in the restoration of the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church | Протоиерей Виктор Потапов: «Обрести единство Церкви нам помог Господь» К 15-летию IV Всезарубежного Собора


English:

From pravoslavie.ru:

21 December 2021:

2021 has been a year of many significant dates and anniversaries in the life of the Russian Church Abroad. Among these is the 15th anniversary of the IV All-Diaspora Council, which became a key moment in the process of restoring the unity of the Russian Church, lost in the 1920s. Archpriest Victor Potapov, Rector of St John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and a participant in those events, recounts how the discussions preceding the unification took place, how sharp differences of view were raised within the ROCOR itself, and how they were eventually overcome.

Read Fr Victor’s full account (in Russian) on pravoslavie.ru.

Русский:

С сайта pravoslavie.ru:

21 декабря 2021 г.:

В жизни Русской Зарубежной Церкви в 2021-м году случилось немало знаменательных дат. Одна из них – 15-летие IV Всезарубежного Собора, который стал ключевым моментом в процессе восстановления единства Русской Церкви, утраченного в 1920-е годы. О том, как проходило обсуждение вопроса о предстоящем объединении, как неожиданно возникли резкие противоречия внутри самой РПЦЗ и каким образом удалось их устранить, рассказал участник тех событий, настоятель собора Святого Иоанна Предтечи в Вашингтоне протоиерей Виктор Потапов.

Полный отчет о. Виктора читайте на сайте pravoslavie.ru.

Bishop Irenei expresses his condolences to Patriarch Profirij and the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western Europe, on the repose of Bishop Luke | Письмо епископа Иренея по случаю кончины епископа Сербской православной епархии Западной Европы Луки


English:

From the website of the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe:

SATURDAY 5 / 18 DECEMBER 2021: His Grace Bishop Irenei has written to His Holiness Porfirij, Patriarch of Serbia, as well as to the clergy and faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western Europe, on the occasion of the repose of the soul of their Archpastor, Bishop Luke (Kovacevic), who died yesterday on 4 / 17 December 2021.

Русский:

С сайта Великобританской и Западно-Европейской епархии:

СУББОТА, 5 / 18 ДЕКАБРЯ 2021 г.: Его Преосвященство епископ Ириней написал Его Святейшеству Порфирию, Патриарху Сербии, а также духовенству и верующим Сербской Православной епархии Западной Европы по случаю упокоения души их архипастыря епископа Луки (Ковачевич), скончавшийся вчера, 4 / 17 декабря 2021 года.

Read / download Bishop Irenei’s letter in PDF format here:

A regular session of the Synod of Bishops is held in New York | Состоялось очередное заседание Архиерейского Синода


English:

From the website of the Holy Synod:

On December 8-9, 2021, under the auspices of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God ‘of the Sign’ and presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the first in-person session of the Synod of Bishops since December 2019 was held in New York City. Taking part in the meeting of the Synod were His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany; His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada; His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe; and His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan.

On Tuesday evening, December 7, after the Divine Services in St Sergius Chapel on the ground floor of the Synodal Residence, Bishop Nicholas, Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, hosted a reception in honour of the First Hierarch and visiting archpastors.

Metropolitan Hilarion opened the assembly the next morning, congratulating the hierarchs on the 100th anniversary of the 1st All-Diaspora Council, held in Sremski Karlovci, Yugoslavia, in November 1921. Metropolitan Hilarion expressed his pleasure at the possibility of the first in-person session of the Synod since the beginning of the pandemic.

Having approved the agenda, the Synod members heard a report by Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem of the Russian Church Abroad, on matters relating to the ROCOR’s monasteries in the Holy Land; on the recent feast-day celebrations at St Alexander Nevsky Podvorie at the ‘Russian Excavations’ in Jerusalem; and on renovation work being carried out at the Orthodox school in Bethany. Concluding his report, Archimandrite Roman proposed that the archpastors encourage their clergymen to go to the Holy Land for retreats, to lead pilgrimages to the holy sites, and to conduct Divine Services there and support the monastics.

Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe, Synodal Secretary for Inter-Orthodox Relations, then spoke on events in the Orthodox world. During his extensive report, the uncanonical actions of Metropolitan Jean of Dubna, who has illegitimately claimed to have received a number of clergymen of the Russian Church Abroad without their canonical release, were considered; and the decisions of the Ecclesiastical Court of the Diocese of Great Britain and Western Europe regarding these clergymen were also reviewed. His Grace then spoke of his recent visit to the Archangel Michael Parish in Cannes, France, which is under the rectorship of Priest Antony Odaysky, who was awarded the gold pectoral cross by the Synod of Bishops. Bishop Irenei expressed hope that this large and active parish will soon return to its church building, following a court ruling in Grasse in November, confirming that the Archangel Michael Church belongs to Russia.

Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Vice President of the Synodal Youth Department, then spoke on youth ministry, after which the Synod blessed the convening of a gathering of youth from the parishes in North America, to take place in Salt Lake City, Utah. The gatherings will be held at St George Church on June 13-19, 2022.

The Synod of Bishops also deliberated on various matters of Church administration and discipline, and heard the intercessions of the Synod members for ecclesiastical awards for their clerics and laity.

The gathering concluded with the festal Divine Services in the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady ‘of the Sign’, on the occasion of its Altar Feast of the Kursk-root icon, during which the members of the Holy Synod consecrated the Right Reverend Archimandrite Job (Bandmann) as Bishop of Stuttgart, Vicar of the German Dicoese. Throughout the festal services, the Synodal choir, under the direction of Vadim Gan, sang liturgical music composed by musicians of the Russian Church Abroad.

On Saturday, 11 December, the newly-consecrated Bishop Job celebrated his first hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the cathedral.

The next sessions of the Synod of Bishops will convene on 22 February, 2022.

Русский:

С сайта Священного Синода:

8-9 декабря с.г. под святым осенением Коренно-Курской иконы Божией Матери и председательством митрополита Восточно-Американского и Нью-Йоркского Илариона, Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви, состоялось первое с декабря 2019 года очное заседание Священного Архиерейского Синода Русской Зарубежной Церкви. В работе этого заседания приняли участие митрополит Берлинский и Германский Марк, архиепископы Сан-Францисский и Западно-Американский Кирилл, Монреальский и Канадский Гавриил, епископы Лондонский и Западно-Европейский Ириней и Манхэттенский Николай. 

Во вторник вечером, 7 декабря, после богослужения в нижней церкви Синодальной резиденции епископ Манхэттенский Николай, заместитель Секретаря Архиерейского Синода, дал прием в честь Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви и прибывших архипастырей.

Открыв на следующее утро заседание, Высокопреосвященнейший митрополит Восточно-Американский и Нью-Йоркский Иларион, Председатель Архиерейского Синода, поздравил Преосвященных архиереев с юбилеем 100-летия I Всезарубежного Собора, прошедшаго в Сремских Карловцах (Сербия) в ноябре 1921 года. Его Высокопреосвященство выразил радость по поводу первой за два года пандемии братской встречи архипастырей.

Приняв повестку заседания, Преосвященные члены Архиерейского Синода выслушали сообщение архимандрита Романа (Красовского), Начальника Русской Духовной Миссии в Иерусалиме (в составе Русской Зарубежной Церкви), о положении дел в ее обителях на Святой Земле, о прошедшем накануне престольном празднике Александровского подворья на «Русских Раскопках» в Иерусалиме и о ремонтно-строительных работах, проводимых в Вифанской школе. В конце своего выступления архимандрит Роман предложил архипастырям направлять свое духовенство на Святую Землю для отдыха, совершения паломничества по святым местам, несения чреды служения и поддержания монашествующих.

Затем епископ Лондонский и Западно-Европейский Ириней, Секретарь Архиерейского Синода по межправославным отношениям, выступил с сообщением о событиях в православном мире. Во время пространного доклада Его Преосвященства были рассмотрены неканонические действия митрополита Дубнинского Иоанна, незаконно принявшего ряд клириков Русской Зарубежной Церкви без канонического отпуска. Были рассмотрены и определения Духовного суда Великобританской епархии по делам этих священнослужителей. Затем Преосвященный Ириней рассказал о своем недавнем посещении Архангело-Михайловской приходской общины в Каннах (Франция), которая окормляется священником Антонием Одайским, награжденным правом ношения золотого наперсного креста Архиерейским Синодом выдаваемого. Его Преосвященство выразил надежду, что эта большая и активная община в ближайшее время вернется в свой храм, т.к. в ноябре текущего года суд в Грассе постановил, что Архангело-Михайловская церковь в Каннах принадлежит России.

По докладу протоиерея Андрея Соммера, заместителя председателя Синодального отдела по работе с молодежью, Архиерейский Синод постановил созвать съезд молодежи приходов Северной Америки в Солт-Лейк-Сити (Юта, США). Съезд пройдет при Георгиевской церкви в этом городе с 13 по 19 июня 2022 года.

Архиерейский Синод также рассмотрел различные церковно-дисциплинарные и административно-хозяйственные вопросы, а также и ряд ходатайств Преосвященных архипастырей, представивших своих клириков и прихожан к церковным наградам.

Заседание завершилось торжественными богослужениями престольного праздника Знаменского собора. В пятницу, 10 декабря, за Божественной литургией Преосвященные члены Архиерейского Синода совершили архиерейскую хиротонию архимандрита Иова (Бандманна) во епископа Штутгартского, викария Германской епархии. Во время этого богослужения Синодальным хором (регент – В.С. Ган) исполнялись духовные сочинения и гармонизации композиторов Русской Зарубежной Церкви.
В субботу, 11 декабря, в Знаменском соборе новый архипастырь совершил свою первую Божественную литургию архиерейским чином.

Следующее заседание Священного Архиерейского Синода состоится 22 февраля 2022 года.

The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad congratulates the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the 31st anniversary of his episcopal consecration

From the website of the Synod of Bishops:

To His Beatitude
ONOUPHRY
Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine
Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Your Beatitude, Vladyka:

We heartily greet Your Holiness with the important 31st anniversary of your fervently graceful episcopal service!

On this important day for you, we hasten to assure you that the fervent prayers lifted by you for the strengthening and bolstering of Holy Orthodox Christianity are very dear to us, and that your Primatial staff of service profoundly consoles all Orthodox Christians, most of all, of course, the flock of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The virtuous qualities you possess are not shared by everyone, only by a few infrequent people—people mostly with a broad, warm, responsive heart, with strictly Christian upbringing instilled from early childhood. With these important qualities, you bind like cement the growing edifice of the Church and thereby grant her the possibility of rising ever higher, shining with the grace-filled light of Christ’s truth amid the darkness of temptation and the tribulations of this world.

Therefore, we, your fellow servants in the Vineyard of Christ, prayerfully wish you to continue to rightly teach the word of truth and with the same rare youthful energy that you employed to lead up to this time, desiring for you good health and strength and boldness of all powers in the hope that the Lord will lead you to see even more infrequent important dates to the glory of God and the good of the canonical Church on the holy land of the Kievan cradle!

Asking your holy prayers, we have the honor of assuring you of our devotion and love in the Lord,

+ HILARION
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia,
President of the Synod of Bishops

+ MARK
Metropolitan of Berlin and Germany

+ KYRILL
Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America,
Secretary of the Synod of Bishops

+ GABRIEL
Archbishop of Montreal and Canada

+ IRENEI
Bishop of London and Western Europe

+ NICHOLAS
Bishop of Manhattan,
Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops

Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe visits Archangel Michael Parish in Cannes and looks forward to the parish’s return to its Church building | Епископ Лондонский и Западно-Европейский Ириней посетил Архангело-Михайловский приход, и предвкушает возвращение храма приходу


English:

From the website of the Holy Synod:

On the feastday of St Michael the Archangel, His Grace Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Stavropegic Parish of St Michael in Cannes, France. With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia and Rector of the parish, Vladyka Irenei conveyed the festal greetings of the Metropolitan and the whole of the Holy Synod to the parishioners of Cannes, and headed the Vigil and Divine Liturgy in honour of their heavenly patron, co-served by the clerics of the parish, Priest Anton Odaisky and Priest Mark Lopnevs.

At the Little Entrance, Vladyka bestowed the Gold Cross upon Priest Anton, in recognition of his long years of priestly service.

Following the Divine Services, His Grace greeted the faithful and enjoyed a long repast with them in the nearby hall. Expressing his hope that the recent decision of the French courts would now pave the way for the parish’s swift return to its beautiful church building, after a protracted period of dispute by false claimants to the property, Vladyka commended the community for its steadfast faith, perseverance and patience, all of which will be mightily rewarded by God.

Русский:

С сайта Священного Синода:

В праздник святого Архистратига Михаила Преосвященный епископ Лондонский и Западно-Европейский Ириней совершил Божественную литургию в одноименном приходе в Каннах во Франции, имеющем статус непосредственного подчинения Председателю Архиерейского Синода. По благословению Высокопреосвященнейшего митрополита Илариона, Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви – настоятеля прихода, владыка Ириней передал прихожанам Канн праздничное приветствие от Митрополита и всего Архиерейского Синода, а также возглавил Всенощное бдение и Божественную литургию по случаю престольного праздника в сослужении клириков прихода иерея Антония Одайского и иерея Марка Лопнева.

На Малом входе за многолетнее священническое служение Матери-Церкви владыка возложил на иерея Антония золотой наперсный крест. 

После богослужения Его Преосвященство приветствовал верующих и провел с ними длительное общение во время трапезы, состоявшейся в ближайшем к храму помещении. Выражая надежду на то, что, после длительных споров со стороны ложных претендентов на собственность, недавнее решение французских судов откроет путь для скорейшего возвращения прихода в красивое историческое храмовое здание, Владыка поблагодарил общину за ее непоколебимую веру, стойкость и терпение, выражая уверенность, что все это будет обильно вознаграждено Богом.

Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany meets with His Holiness Patriarch Porfirij of Serbia | Митрополит Берлинский и Германский Марк встретился со Святейшим Патриархом Сербским Порфирием


English:

From the website of the Holy Synod:

BELGRADE, 26 November 2021: His Holiness Patriarch Porfirij of Serbia met with His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

As was noted by His Holiness on his Instagram account: “During the Annunciation feast about 40 years ago at Celije Monastery, as a first-year seminary student, I noticed from afar a hieromonk who appeared at first glance to be very somber. My first impression was confirmed when I learned that this a German citizen named Father Mark of the Russian Church Abroad.

Since then we have met many times. Later, when I became a hierodeacon, I spent a week with him in his monastery in Munich, and today, as I spoke with Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany at Entrance of the Holy Virgin Into the Temple Monastery, I was left with the impression of a broad-minded and kind man, the fruit of decades of life with the Russian people, their spirituality and culture.”

Русский:

С сайта Священного Синода:

БЕЛГРАД: 26 ноября 2021 г.: Как сообщается на странице Святейшего Патриарха Порфирия в Инстаграме, в пятницу, 26 ноября, Его Святейшество
принял митрополита Берлинского и Германского Марка. Встреча прошла в весьма теплой атмосфере. 

Из записи Его Святейшества: «На Благовещение лет сорок назад в Желийском монастыре я, будучи первокурсником, смотрел издалека на иеромонаха, иностранца, который мне на первый взгляд показался суровым. Мое первое впечатление подтвердилось информацией о том, что это был немец отец Марк из Русской Зарубежной Церкви. С тех пор, мы встречались много раз. И когда, будучи молодым иеродиаконом, я провел неделю в его монастыре в Мюнхене, и сегодня, когда я разговаривал с митрополитом Берлинским и Германским Марком в Введенском монастыре, я оставил только впечатление широты и доброты, которые являются плодом десятилетий жизни с русскими, их духовностью и культурой».

Greetings from Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine to the conference on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Church Abroad

From the website of the Holy Synod:

Kiev, November 22, 2021:

Dear Fathers, Brethren and Sisters,

Greetings on the opening day of this international academic forum dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

The tumultuous 20th century with its revolutions and world wars shook up the traditional system of Local Orthodox Churches. One of the particular phenomena that became very widespread as a result of the upheavals pf the 20th century was the large Orthodox diaspora dispersed throughout the world. Today, millions of Orthodox Christians live outside of their traditional homelands in parts of the world where there were traditionally no Local Orthodox Churches. Among these are the countries of Western Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. It is beyond dispute that the former peoples of the Russian Empire – Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians – have a special place in the Orthodox diaspora.

The 20th century history of the Russian diaspora is so multifarious that scholars will likely be studying the history of emigre church communities after 1917 for many years to come. Of course, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has a special place in this history. Its formation and development in various countries are important parts of church history in the past century. Yet today it is no less (and perhaps more) important to try to understand the identity of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. As is well known, the hierarchs behind the ROCOR made a quite distinct ideological choice that shaped the ROCOR’s unique character. We must thus pay particular attention to the theological and liturgical legacy of the ROCOR, as well as taking a closer look at the monastic tradition that took shape within it. It is likewise important to trace the trajectories of the lives of the hierarchs who served the Russian Church Abroad. Nowadays, researchers have access to a great number of previously unavailable archival collections. This has rendered it possible to refer to more reliable sources and reevaluate superficial assessments that had been circulating in previous scholarship.

The centenary of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia is a good occasion to think over these and many other questions. In order to study such a phenomenon as the Russian diaspora church from all angles, it is imperative to develop international collaboration among scholars, not to lose sight of the links between times, and to attempt to grasp which parts of the ROCOR’s rich legacy are most important and valuable for us today.

I sincerely wish all those involved a blessed and successful conference, and I hope that the present forum will be an important milestone in the great and important work of studying the historical journey and legacy of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

+ Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine
Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

An interview with the priest of the ROCOR parish in Cannes, regarding the recent decision of the French court and the awaited return of the church building to the ROCOR’s usage | Интервью со священником прихода РПЦЗ в Каннах по поводу недавнего решения французского суда и ожидаемого возвращения храма в пользование РПЦЗ


English:

15 November 2021 (with information from RIA Novosti):

The French court of Grasse recently recognized the Church of the Archangel Michael in Cannes as the property of Russia — a long sought-after step in the process of the building’s eventual return to the usage of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

The historical church building was constructed in Cannes in 1894 with donations from the Russian community. Three years later, a four-story house for priests and clergy was built on the territory. With the approval of Emperor Nicholas II, all the parish land and the real estate built on it were taken into the ownership and jurisdiction of the Holy Synod on November 3, 1897 — that is, into the ownership of the Russian Empire.

The church has been for most of its history under the ROCOR, though in 2013, a group of former parishioners undertook a process to come into possession of the building, thereafter deciding to submit to a non-canonical religious organisation with leadership in Ukraine, though later affiliating themselves with the Archdiocese of Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe, then under the Patriarchate of Constantinople. In 2014, Russia received from France the ownership of the Archangel Michael Church; but in the same year, the former head of the Russian Orthodox Cult Association (ACOR), Vladimir Jansen, began a lawsuit against Russia, trying to challenge the ownership of the church.

In an interview with RIA Novosti, the rector of the ROCOR parish of Archangel Michael and representative of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in Cannes, Priest Anthony of Odaisky, noted: ‘When Russia has finally reclaimed the church as its own property, then there will follow the question of its restoration and the normalisation of parish life. We are ready to return to our native church even tomorrow.’

Русский:

15 ноября 2021 г. (по информации РИА Новости):

Французский суд города Грасс недавно признал храм Архангела Михаила в Каннах собственностью России — долгожданный шаг в процессе возможного возвращения здания Русской Православной Церкви Заграницей.

Исторический храм был построен в Каннах в 1894 году на пожертвования русской общины. Спустя три года на территории был построен четырехэтажный дом для священников и духовенства. С одобрения императора Николая II все приходские земли и построенная на них недвижимость 3 ноября 1897 года были переданы в собственность и юрисдикцию Священного Синода, то есть в собственность Российской Империи.

На протяжении большей части своей истории церковь находилась под управлением РПЦЗ, хотя в 2013 году группа бывших прихожан предприняла процесс перевода имущества в личное владение, после чего решила подчиниться неканонической религиозной структуры с управлением на Украине, а затем присоединились к Архиепископии приходов русской традиции в Западной Европе, находившейся в составе Константинопольского Патриархата. В 2014 году Россия получила от Франции в собственность храм Архангела Михаила; но в том же году бывший глава Русской православной культовой ассоциации (АКОР) Владимир Янсен подал иск против России, пытаясь оспорить право собственности на храм.

В интервью РИА Новости настоятель прихода РПЦЗ Архангела Михаила и представитель Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви в Каннах, иерей Антоний Одайский подчеркнул: « Когда Россия окончательно вернет храм в свою собственность, тогда встанет вопрос о его восстановлении и нормализации приходской жизни. Мы готовы вернуться в родной храм даже завтра ».