Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias (1946- ), serving festal liturgy at Kazan Cathedral. Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal Region) RF
On 4 November 2011, the feastday of the Wonderworking Kazan Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Day of National Unity, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias served Divine Liturgy at the Kazan Cathedral on Red Square. Before beginning the service, His Holiness visited the Chapel of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God at the Voskresenskikh Gate, where he prayed and bowed before the Iveron Icon. During the Liturgy, Archbishop Arseny Epifanov of Istra (Vicar of the Diocese of Moscow), Bishop Theodosius Ivashchenko of Seattle (Vicar of the Diocese of San Francisco and Western America), Archpriest Vladimir Divakov, Secretary of the Patriarch, Archpriest Nikolai Inozemtsev, rector of the Kazan Cathedral, Archpriest Alexander Abramov, rector of St Martin the Confessor parish (chief of protocol for the MP), and Moscow clergy concelebrated with His Holiness. Attending the liturgy were Bishop Sergei Chashin of Solnechnogorsk (Patriarchal Vicar), the head of the MP Administrative Secretariat, and Vladimir Legoida of the MP Information Department. During the Liturgy, His Holiness prayed for the recovery of the ill Metropolitan Vladimir Sabodan of Kiev and all the Ukraine. After the service, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church greeted those present in the name of the feastday of the Kazan Icon and the Day of National Unity. Then, on behalf of the clergy and parishioners, the rector of the cathedral, Fr Nikolai Inozemtsev, presented to His Holiness a copy of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God.
4 November 2011
MP Official Website
Welcome to my parlour, said the spider to the fly! Bishop Theodosius’ title is “of Seattle”… one wonders if he popped into the OCA Sobor before he jetted off to the Centre. Let’s see, he was in Moscow on Thursday, 3 November, to see Bishop Panteleimon Shatov, the head of the MP charity operation (see this), that means that (at the latest) he could have been travelling on Wednesday, 2 November, which means that he COULD have been in Seattle on 31 October or 1 November scoping things out for His Nibs (Nibs didn’t get the funny white hat by being dumb, kids).
Due to the extremely poor reporting on oca.org, no reasonably sentient human being can figure out what went on. Firstly, too much space was given to the so-called Strategic Plan, which is utter hot air and BS. Each parish sets its own course, and that’s that. That’s the way it’s been… and it’s not gonna change any time soon. Secondly, the image galleries were overfull. I’ve never seen a patriarchia.ru gallery with more than 20-odd images. That’s a hint, Ginny. Thirdly, the so-called Sobor site was uninformative and contained no Sobor news. Ergo, God Himself would have a difficult time determining whether Bishop Theodosius had paid a courtesy call to the Sobor, based on the information given on oca.org.
Was Theodosius at the Sobor to pay a courtesy call on JP & Co? The only way we’ll know is if he tells us, for Lil’ Mizz Ginny did an incompetent and botched job of reporting the REAL news of the Sobor (who was seen with whom, who supported what, and if the Old Gang was still together or if there’d been a rift or two… another hint, Missy). Juliana Schmemann’s vid was pure fluff and utterly vacuous… it was Brother Juniper stuff of the most vapid and treacly sort. There was no reportage of any major Orthodox figure outside the OCA paying a courtesy call on the OCA Sobor. There was no reportage of any major outside religious figure paying a courtesy call on the OCA Sobor. So, your guess is as good as mine is. I’d lay even odds that Theodosius scoped things out on Monday at the OCA Sobor (or with OCA pals of his off the Sobor site), travelled on Tuesday, rested on Wednesday, confabbed with Vladyki Panteleimon on Thursday, and served with Nibs on Friday (did Theo go with Nibs to Nizhny? Perspirin’ minds DO wanna know…). Busy little beaver…