A Letter of Condolence from His Eminence Bishop Andronik on the passing of Metropolitan Lavr (ROCOR (MP))
The death of anyone is always an occurrence that evokes particular feelings and thoughts in all of us. The death of the last ROCOR metropolitan, Metropolitan Lavr, a name which we commemorated in the holy altars not so long ago, causes us to feel doubly sad.
A year has
not even passed since the Church Abroad, under his pastoral omofor, split into
two parts. God in His wisdom made the
circumstances of the passing of His Eminence Met. Lavr
especially noteworthy, in that it occurred on the day when Christians celebrate
the Triumph of Orthodoxy. This
compels us to seriously consider once again the division in the Church Abroad
and evaluate it from an Orthodox standpoint.
The spiritual life of every Christian and cleric of the
What should we say in regard to the passing of the newly-reposed Metropolitan Lavr? That he was a monk since childhood and unique in his capacity as a bishop? What words are really important now to the soul of the reposed? Certainly, they are the words of our prayers for the salvation of his soul.
We send our
sincerest condolences to everyone who shares our sorrow and we hope that the
ROCOR (MP) episcopate, its clergy and laypeople find in themselves the
spiritual strength to overcome the spiritual inertia that has been created in
their part of the Church Abroad and return to be one with us, their brothers
and sisters within the original