On Friday, a meeting of the MP Holy Synod decided to restore Sobriety Day, which the Church observed in pre-Revolutionary days. The Synod also approved a special molieben “For Those Suffering Affliction from Drunkenness or Drug Addiction”. Every year on 29 August/11 September, clergy would preach on this topic, after serving the new molieben dedicated to this affliction. The Synod also recommended, “As far as possible, cooperating with governmental and public bodies, we should publish materials and carry out activities aimed at maintaining a sober lifestyle”. The Synod approved “The Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church to Support Sobriety and Prevent Alcoholism”. Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsy and Kolomna moved that the Synod reinstate Sobriety Day on an all-Church basis.
In 1913, the Holy Governing Synod established this observance for the first time. On 29 August/11 September, the Church celebrates the Beheading of St John the Baptist… one of the strictest fast days in the Ecclesiastical Calendar. It marks the death of a great prophet… after a drunken feast, Herod gave orders to cut off St John the Baptist’s head after his mistress and her daughter asked him to do so.
Other Decisions of the Synod
In addition, the Synod replaced the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin, a cleric of St Nicholas Cathedral in New York NY USA, will replace Archbishop Yustinian Ovchinnikov of Naro-Fominsk. In the near future, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev will elevate Hieromonk Ioann to the episcopate. The Patriarchal Parishes in USA comprises 32 parishes and the Monastery of St Mary of Egypt. Parishes are all over the USA, not only in New York, as well as in Mexico. The Synod also made some changes in episcopal assignments, Bishop Tikhon Zaitsev of Podolsk departed as head of the MP Department for Finance and Economic Management, with Archbishop Mark Golovkov of Yegorevsk replacing him; Mark will temporarily remain as head of the MP Directorate for Foreign Institutions. Bishop Feodosy Gazhu of Bishkek and all Kyrgyzstan (Central Asian Metropolia) went to the Diocese of Isilkul and Russkaya Polyana (Omsk Metropolia), and Bishop Daniil Kuznetsov of Urzhum and Omutninsk (Vyatka Metropolia) would replace him in Bishkek. The Synod also elected new bishops to serve in Siberia and Central Russia.
25 July 2014
The MP decided this TODAY… it was up on patriarchia.ru TODAY… the secular press received it TODAY. Jillions and Lyonyo take two to three MONTHS to release analogous information on oca.org. I seem to notice a slight DIFFERENCE. I’ll be blunt… the MP is acting responsibly and honestly, the OCA is NOT. I’ll repeat that… the MP is being responsible and honest… the OCA is NOT.
There’s no excuse for this. None whatsoever… no way, no how. The OCA/ROCOR First Families hold us in contempt, and this proves it, even for the slow learners. Modern technology allows us to have things up in nanoseconds… the MP does it. Why not the OCA? Why not the ROCOR? If the Mother Church can do it, we can do it, too… that ends the discussion. Remember Isidore Brittain the Kiddie Porn King, the “Lone Ranger” escapades, Mr Justice Mainella’s assessment of Seraphim Storheim, and Eric Iliff’s death (and the SVS cover-up of the circumstances… the lawsuit against them went away, didn’t it?). One of the reasons for the poisonous secrecy in the American diaspora is that the “leading elements” DO have things that they want to hide… we’ve fallen and we not only won’t get up, we argue that being in the shit-pit is the same as being in heaven… please, do spare me…
Oh, one last thing… spare me your mewling about “renewal”… I’d say that the facts indicate that the Mother Church, which follows Tradition, is honest, whereas the elements that spurn Tradition (including the Traditional Calendar) are not. Reflect on that… it’s a meaty bone to gnaw upon. Sobriety isn’t merely abstaining from drink (although the “Green Snake” (the old peasant name for drunkenness) is no joke) and chastity isn’t merely avoiding sexual situations… both are a little bit more… think on that, too…