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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Yustinian Ovchinnov to Leave the Apple for Kalmykia… Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin to Replace Him in the City

00 Fr John Roschin. NYC. 25.07.14

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JOURNAL Number 66 of the MP Holy Synod, 25 July 2014

RESOLVED:

  1. Archbishop Yustinian Ovchinnikov of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, transferred to be Archbishop of Elista and all Kalmykia.
  2. We express gratitude to Archbishop Yustinian for all of his archpastoral labours.
  3. Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin, cleric of St Nicholas Cathedral in New York NY USA will be the new Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and shall be consecrated Bishop of Naro-Fominsk (vicar of the Diocese of Moscow).
  4. Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev will choose the place and time of consecrating Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin to the episcopate, elevating him to the rank of Archimandrite for the time being.

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Biographical Details for Hieromonk Ioann Roshchin

A graduate of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary, in 1996-97, worked as an employee of the MP Publishing Council. In 1997, he joined the staff of the MP Synodal Department for External Church Relations (OVTsS). In December 1998, he was a member of the MP delegation at the Eighth Assembly of the WCC (Harare ZIMBABWE) and he became a member of the WCC Central Committee. In 2000-02, he studied at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America (Washington DC USA). From 2003 to 2009, as a member of the OVTsS Secretariat on Church and Society, was in charge of inter-religious communication, including interaction with the Interreligious Council of Russia and the SNG Interreligious Council, and international interfaith organizations, was a member of the Commission of the Conference of European Churches “Islam in Europe”, participated in the preparation and conduct of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Meetings of the joint Russian-Iranian commission “Islam-Christianity”.

On 27 July 2009, the MP Holy Synod appointed him Deputy Chairman of the MP Synodal Department for the Coordination of Church and Society (OVTsO). In 2009, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, he was a member of the Council for the Study of Religious Materials to identify extremist materials in the RF Ministry of Justice. He was the official MP representative in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, a member of the Commission on organising state support and the development of original Cossack culture, a member of the Public Council under the Federal Drug Control Service, and a member of the Public Council under Rosreestr. From 2010 to 2013, he was the Executive Secretary of the SNG Interreligious Council. In October 2012, the Holy Synod appointed him representative of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS) at the UN and assigned him to St Nicholas Cathedral in New York NY USA. On 11 March 2014, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias, the Superior of the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra, Archbishop Feognost Guzikov of Sergiev Posad, tonsured him a monk with the name “Ioann” in honour of St John Maksimovich of Shanghai and San Francisco. A MP Holy Synod decision on 25 July 2014 (Journal Number 66) selected him as Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, and Vicar of the Diocese of Moscow with the title “Naro-Fominsk”.

25 July 2014

Russian Orthodox Church in the USA

http://ruschurchusa.org/ru/news/951

MP Established Sobriety Day… Elected New Bishops… Yustinian Ovchinnikov to Leave NYC

00 drunkenness. 25.07.14

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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.

Sobriety Day

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

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/obschestvo/1342648

Editor:

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.

FULL STOP.

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…

BMD

Monday, 21 July 2014

“St Sergei Radonezhsky as a Symbol of the Russian World”: G A Zyuganov to His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, and to All Those Participating in the Celebrations Honouring the 700th Anniversary of the Birth of St Sergei Radonezhsky

00 Patr Kirill and Pres Lukashenko 01a 14.10.12

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When the people (народ) remember their moral revival under St Sergei, it makes political revival possible, as it renews the essential living rule that our political foundation is strong only if it sustains its moral force.

V O Klyuchevsky

Today, all Rus, the entirety of the Russian World, celebrates the 700th anniversary of the birth of St Sergei Radonezhsky, a prayer-warrior of the Russian Land, a great statesman, a key figure in our country’s history. It’s gratifying to know that thousands of pilgrims gathered in Sergiev Posad for the occasion, and millions of our fellow citizens pay tribute to and give respect to our illustrious compatriot in these days, as well.

His great faith and his continual service to others and to the Motherland played a key spiritual role in the victory of the united Russian forces on the Kulikovo Field; it made St Sergei a symbol of the Russian World, a personification of national revival and of the victory of light over darkness. The saint blessed Grand Prince Dmitri of Moscow before the battle, predicted his victory, and sent such warrior-heroes as Peresvet and Oslabya to fight in the campaign, who had taken monastic vows as Aleksandr and Rodion. However, when the prince hesitated whether to proceed to the Don, cutting off retreat, the Great Starets once again encouraged him to dare to do a podvig. He sent a letter blessing him to march to the Don, not to retreat, to dare…

Today, this call… “Don’t retreat, dare”… inspires us to fight for a revival in our divided motherland, surrounded by foes and beset by various sanctions.The battle with Mamai in the Don Land, at Nepryadva, wasn’t merely a struggle between the Horde and the Rus. The border wasn’t ethnic, it wasn’t religious; rather, it was moral and geopolitical.The men of Moscow, of Vladimir, of Suzdal, of Yaroslavl, of Rostov, from all of Muscovite-Vladimir Rus marched to the Kulikovo field under a Red Banner; they went forward under a red and gold banner with the image of the Saviour “Not Made by Hands”. Along with the men of Rus marched men from Lithuanian Rus… from Smolensk, Polotsk, and Bryansk. This combined army crushed not just the hordes of Mamai, it also brought low those Westerners, Genoese and Teutonic Knights, who fought under his banners.

It was a geopolitical confrontation, repeated many times later in Russian history. The balance of power on the Kulikovo Field resembles the current situation, where Good, Order, and Unity face Evil, Chaos, Aggression, and Adventurism. Now, destructive forces in Malorossiya and Galicia, the “temniks” with Euromaidan and Western allies, the New World Order gendarmes of the USA and Romano-Germanic Europe confront multinational Russia, insurgent Novorossiya, likeminded Belarus, and those Ukrainians who revere our common past.

However, St Sergei gave not only spiritual leadership in that great battle of ancient times; he still affects current times, after seven centuries of veneration. Peering into Russian history, into the very fabric of our national culture, we find that the remark of the philosopher Pavel Florensky is just… there isn’t a single thread that doesn’t lead to St Sergei, to this seminal source. Our moral ideology, our conception of statehood, our painting, our architecture, our literature, our schooling, our science… all these facets of Russian culture meet in St Sergei. In his personality, our people realised themselves… the nexus of our cultural and historical place, its essence, and its main tasks. Only then, realising itself, did it have a right to independence and greatness.

One can’t separate the concept of “Holy Rus” from the veneration of St Sergei. One can’t separate his name from his foundation, the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra, the most sacred site of the Russian people, the “spiritual fountainhead of our Motherland”. Through a new self-identity, the dying New Rome passed its genius to the young Russian people. St Sergei awakened this transition, in greatness of spirit and creativity, along with such like-minded saints as Aleksei and Kiprian of Moscow, Dionisy of Suzdal, Fyodor of Rostov, renowned podvizhniki and disciples of St Sergei, who founded a quarter of all Russian monasteries. These monasteries became centres of spiritual enlightenment, these podvizhniki enriched agriculture, construction, and crafts, laying the foundations of a mighty state. He bequeathed great selflessness, inspired service to the Motherland, spiritual elevation, and continuous moral improvement to our monastics and ordinary people… he became the intercessor for the rulers and people of the Russian Land. His hard work, patience, humility, purity of soul, and unfeigned love for all… he left his personal example to his monastic brethren and to his spiritual children.

This great Russian podvizhnik had a multifaceted life full of spiritual creativeness. Service, faith, and Motherland, the people and the state drove the life and deeds of St Sergei. St. Sergei’s “quiet and gentle sayings” could act on the most callous and hardened hearts, reconciling warring rulers, softened the manners of his spiritual children, “causing repentance without exasperation” (V O Klyuchevsky). “The hand of Sergei stretched out like a deep river, a quiet stream” (Epifany the Wise). Nevertheless, he was determined and adamant when the Motherland was in danger.

In a famous speech delivered over a century ago, The Meaning of St Sergei for the Russian People and State, prominent historian V O Klyuchevsky said, “One of the hallmarks of a great nation is its ability to rise to his feet after a fall. No matter how hard the humiliation, at the appointed hour, it’ll gather its scattered moral strength, and embody it in one great man or in a few great people who’d put it back on its temporarily-lost direct historical road… in bringing forth the memory of St. Sergei, we examine ourselves compared to his moral reserves. The great builders of our moral order bequeathed them to us, we update them, adding to them as we spend them”. We must do the same… check our spiritual roadmap, update our moral stock, replace incurred expenses, overcome spiritual schisms, comparing our historical era to our great ancestors and teachers. After all, historical fate sets before us a choice… we can stay in the marketplace of evil, or, we can flee from that, not retreating, to find solid ground in the works of righteousness and justice. Much serious effort lies ahead of us, but our great guide St Sergei Radonezhsky is with us, inspiring and enlightening us with the light of Goodness, Truth and Truth. 

00 G A Zyuganov 201117 July 2014

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/133045.html

Editor:

Let’s not dwell on things nor shilly-shally about. You may follow G A Zyuganov in the above text, or, you may follow Victor Potapov’s foolish attack on I V Stalin on the ROCOR official website. You MUST choose… you MUST choose one or the other. Your choice is between Orthodox Socialism and the Theomachistic Free Market (with its “Evangelical”/Mormon/Pentecostalist fellow travellers)… there’s nothing else on offer. You may follow G A Zyuganov, HH, V A Chaplin, and V V Putin… or you can follow Victor Potapov, Jonas Paffhausen, Chad Hatfield, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, and Michael Dahulich. The choice is yours… I can’t make it for you.

Choose well…

BMD

“It’s Very Hard”: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Trying to Move on after Priest Accused of Embezzling

00 Mojum Kamki. Rogger Robber. 2010

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Bouncing back after an alleged embezzlement, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee WI is trying to revive itself after falling into a financial slump. This happens at the same time as a former priest faces charges of improperly spending thousands of dollars from a church trust fund. James Dokos faces a Class G felony charge of theft (embezzlement), value exceeding 10,000 USD (352,000 Roubles. 10,750 CAD. 10,650 AUD. 7,400 Euros. 5,850 UK Pounds), and he was a “no show” for his first two court appearances. Prosecutors accuse 62-year-old Dokos of tapping into an Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church trust fund… to the tune of about 100,000 USD (3.52 million Roubles. 107,500 CAD. 106,500 AUD. 74,000 Euros. 58,500 UK Pounds). The GOAA Chicago Metropolis transferred Dokos to Ss Peter and Paul Church in Glenview IL in 2012, his most recent parish.

Last month, the church placed Dokos on unpaid administrative leave and suspended him from his duties as parish priest at the church in Glenview. Members of Annunciation parish said that they’ve experienced a myriad of emotions since learning of the allegations against Dokos. One member said, “I’m just very saddened. It’s very hard”. Church member Despina Panos said, “He was very good to us. I don’t know. I still don’t believe it happened”. Current priest Fr Angelo Artemas said, “When we realised that there were financial difficulties here and that there was a trust involved, it was very disheartening and all these circumstances have been very sad for us. We are experiencing some financial difficulties”. Fr Angelo said that the alleged theft, carried out by someone so trusted within the church is an unfortunate thing, but he said that he has full trust in the court system, noting, “This is America. Everybody’s entitled to their defence as well, and our sincere prayers are with Fr Jim Dokos as well”. Others are looking toward their faith… praying justice is served. Panos said, “Only God knows the truth, and He’ll give us the answers”.

Lately, it’s been difficult to even get Dokos in front of a judge. He was a “no show” for his first two scheduled court appearances… claiming that he missed them due to car problems and an illness. He finally showed up for his initial court appearance on Friday, 18 July. As Dokos moves through the court system, members of Annunciation parish said that they’re just trying to move on. Church member Constantine Stamantelakys said, “We just really want to move on. We really come here to worship and believe in Jesus and that’s what it’s all about. We’ll survive”. The court ordered Dokos booked and released by 15.00 Saturday, 19 July. If he failed to appear, it’d issue a bench warrant for his arrest.

20 July 2014

Derica Williams

Fox6Now.com

http://fox6now.com/2014/07/20/its-very-hard-annunciation-greek-orthodox-church-trying-to-move-on-after-priest-accused-of-embezzling/

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