Voices from Russia

Thursday, 20 March 2014

A ROCOR View of Philip Saliba

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North American Russian Orthodox… especially, the ROCOR… should never forget that Metropolitan Phillip Saliba was always our friend. In the darkest days of our separation, he endured many swipes from the more fevered parties within the division and always responded with love, grace, and Christian forbearance. When the ROCOR glorified St John of Kronshdadt, St Xenia of Petersburg, and, then, the Russian New-Martyrs, Vladyki Philip congratulated ROCOR, canonically announced the fact to Antiochian belivers, and he added them to their Church’s local calendar of saints. For this sane and proper response the MP castigated him (“There are no martyrs!”). The OCA criticised him even more for this, for they couldn’t abide the fact that he considered the ROCOR a canonical body. He received great criticism for ruling his archdiocese like a king. However, look at how low some more “democratic” jurisdictions have sunk. He saved the AOCANA from that. They owe him! He did wrong. Who hasn’t? God forgive him, give rest to his soul, and grant him the Heavenly Kingdom.

“Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”.


20 March 2014

An anonymous ROCOR believer

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