Archive of events for 2009.Photos of the stages of construction of the Church of the Most Holy Theotokos on the grounds of the Monastery of St. John in the village of Egorovka in the Odessa oblast in Ukraine (updated 25.11.09).
The Nativity Epistle of the Most Reverend Andronik, Archbishop of Syracuse and St. Nicholas
Congratulations on the Nativity of Christ from the Church of the Holy Martyrs of Vilnius in Yarraville, Australia
The parishioners of the Church of St. Aleksey in Odessa congratulate everyone with the Nativity of Christ.
The new website of the Ishimsk-Siberian diocese is available at : http://www.sibeparchyrpcz.ru/
November 27-30, 2009, the ROCA First Hierarch was on an archpastoral visit in Moscow. Metropolitan Agafangel served the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the New Martyrs and Confessors along with Fr. Yevgeniy Koryagin and Fr. Valeriy Leonichev. Afterwards, they held a diocesan meeting of the Moscow Diocese, at which a Diocesan Council was formed. A meeting of the Diocesan Council was held after the diocesan meeting.
26\11\09 - Metropolitan Agafangel blessed the creation of a Ukrainian-speaking section in the ROCA Mission and named Fr. Andrey Trachuk as Mission Co-Chairman.
21\11\09 – Pursuant to the decision of the ROCA Synod of Bishops and with the agreement of all the bishops, Hieromonk Kirill was ordained bishop during the Divine Liturgy by Metropolitan Agafangel and Bishop Georgiy and was given the title “of Voronezh and Southern Russia. During the Liturgy, Metropolitan Agafangel also ordained Deacon Georgiy as priest and Aleksey Rozhkov as deacon.
20\11\09 – After the Evening Vigil at the Church of St. Michael in Odessa, Hieromonk Kirill was made Bishop of Voronezh.
20\11\09 – In the Church of St. Michael, ROCA First Hierarch Metropolitan Agafangel tonsured Archpriest Valeriy Kravets with the wearing of the mantiya and the name Kirill, in honor of Holy Martyr Metropolitan Kirill of Kazan, whose memory was celebrated that day. That same day, in the convent in the town of Egorovka in the Odessa oblast, Bishop Georgiy tonsured Archpriest Valeriy’s matushka with the wearing of the mantiya and the name Michaela, in honor of the Archangel Michael.
19\11\09 – A diocesan meeting of the clergy of the Odessa diocese took place in the rectory of the Church of St. Michael, at which a number of matters related to life in the diocese were discussed. The clergy also expressed their support to dialogue with the other groups which separated from ROCA before May 17, 2007.
14\11\09 – The Most Reverend Archbishop Sofroniy elevated Deacon Aleksandr Luzin to the rank of priest. Fr. Aleksandr will serve in the Church of St. Elizabeth in St. Petersburg. The parish was founded by Archpriest Vladimir Savitskiy (Fr. Georgiy Galetskiy is the current rector).
The memory of Holy Metropolitan Philaret of New York is celebrated the first Sunday after November 21.
The Document section of the website has the Minutes of the ROCA Bishops’ Council of 1950. Please remember to send any such documents\information to email@example.com for publication and for the archives.
The Video section includes an interview with the Most Reverend Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York.09\11\09 – During a pastoral visit to Australia, Bishop Ambrose of Methone (Old Calendar Greek Church) also visited our parishes in Dandenong (Church of St. King Stefan of Decani –Hegumen John (Shmelts) rector) and Yaraville (Church of the Holy Martyrs of Vilensk –Hieromonk Andrew (Erastov) rector) and concelebrated the Divine Liturgy.
In the Church of the Holy Martyrs of Vilensk: Reader Simon, Archpriest Stilan, Bishop Ambrose, Protodeacon Vasiliy, Sister Seraphima (see below).
The diocesan conference of the Odessa diocese will be held at the St. Michael rectory on November 19, 2009.
The Video section has a clip of Met. Agafangel’s sermon at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Astoria, NY, USA, on November 1, 2009, on the day honoring St. John of Kronstadt.
The Video section has a clip of a sermon by the Most Reverend Georgiy, Bishop of Bolgradand Belgorod-Dnestrovsk, at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Astoria, NY, USA, on October 25, 2009.
04\11\09 – As a result of a decision made at the last meeting of the Synod of Bishops, Bishop Georgiy spoke on the phone with the Primate of the RTOC, Archbishop Tikhon, and they agreed to an official meeting at the start of the new year. They hope to identify the issues keeping ROCA and RTOC apart.
28.10.09. Meeting of the Synod of Bishops. The meeting was held at Synodal Chancery in Bronx, New York City, USA.
26-27.10.09. Minutes of the Diocesan Conferenceof the Eastern-American and Canadian Diocesesof the ROCA North American Administrative District.The meeting was held on the grounds of the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Valley Cottage, New York.
A joint diocesan conference of the Canadian and Eastern-American dioceses is scheduled for October 26-27, 2009, in New York under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Agafangel.
30/09/09 – Archpriest Vasiliy Zaburyanin and Matushka Anna were returning to Odessa by automobile after visiting Matsuhka’s parents, when they were hit by another car. Matushka died immediately, while Fr. Vasiliy was taken to the hospital. The other driver, who violated traffic laws, was not hurt. Please pray for the newly-departed Matushka Anna and the recovery of Archpriest Vasiliy. Matushka Anna’s funeral will take place on October 2, 2009.
A regularly scheduled meeting of the ROCA Synod of Bishops is scheduled for October 28-29, 2009, in the Synod Chancery in New York City.
21\09\09 – Photos from the patronal feast of the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in the city of Krasilovka, in the Novograd-Volynskiy region, Zhitomir oblast, Ukraine.
20/09/09 - George Illiodorovich Schidlovsky reposed in the Lord this morning in New York. Eternal memory!
From Met. Agafangel’s Forum:
Russia fades away…
George Illiodorovich Schidlovsky reposed in the Lord on September 20, 2009, in New York. Holy Russia lost yet another of its inhabitants. Because of such unique people as George Illiodorovich, I was able to understand that a person who is Russian and Orthodox and a nation that is Russian and Orthodox actually exist. It is amazing, but only in the USA did I meet real Russian people. Here, in the USSR, they simply could not exist, as people who are Russian in spirit and in essence, were foreign to the Soviet regime. One after another, the real citizens of Holy Russia depart, and due to our sins, a worthy replacement does not take their place.
31/08/09 - Cupolas and crosses have been installed on the monastery church under construction in Yegorovka, Ukraine.
The Most Reverend Andronik, Archbishop of Ottawa and North America, was in Australia August 11 to 31, 2009. Archbishop Andronik served in the Church of the Holy Vilensky Martyrs (Hieromonk Andrew (Erastov) is the rector of the parish).
30\08\09 – During the Divine Liturgy in the Church of Archangel Michael in Odessa, Metropolitan Agafangel ordained Hierodeacon Efrem (Maltsev) a priest.
28\08\09 – During the Divine Liturgy in the Church of Archangel Michael in Odessa on the feast day of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Metropolitan Agafangel ordained monk Efrem (Maltsev) a reader, then elevated him to subdeacon and ordained him deacon.
The website of the Most Reverend, Georgiy, Bishop of Bolgrad, http://igym-n.livejournal.com has video clips of Bishop Georgiy’s visit to the monastery in Slatiora, Romania.
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12\07\09 – On this day, Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Vilensky Martyrs in Melbourne, Australia, was served by Hieromonk Andrew (Erastov), Fr. Stilyan, and Protodeacon Basil Yakimov
11\07\09 – Bishop Georgiy’s website http://igym-n.livejournal.com includes a series of photos from the Feast Day of St. Glycheria in Slatiora, Romania.
04\07\09 – Hieromonk Andrew (Erastov) has joined our jurisdiction and will be serving at the parish in Melbourne, Australia. Hieromonk Andrew is a noted iconographer and lived previously at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville.
The website of the Church of St. Philaret in Boston, MA, USA, can be accessed at:http://www.philaret.org.
Archpriest valeriy Alekseyev’s website can now be accessed at:
On the second week of Pentecost, on the eve of the Feast Day of All Russian Saints at the Church of St. Ignatius Brianchaninov in Chadyr-Lunga, Moldova, the Most Reverend Georgiy, Bishop of Bolgrad and Belgorod-Dnestrovsk, tonsured novice Fusik (Lozhenko) with the name of Agapit, in honor of St. Agapit of the Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra (celebrated on June 1\14). He was later elevated to reader and sub-deacon before the Divine Liturgy on June 8\21. During the Divine Liturgy, he was ordained a hierodeacon. He was ordained a hieromonk during the Divine Liturgy on June 9\22. Fr. Agapit will serve at the Church of Blessed Ksenia of St. Petersburg in Bolgrad.
09\06\09 – The ROCA Parish Directory http://ruschurchabroad.com/directory.htm now includes parishes in Paraguay and Uruguay. All corrections\additions\changes for the parish directory should be sent to the email address: Agafangel@paco.net.
07\06\09 –The Church of the Holy Trinity in Astoria, NY, USA, celebrated its patronal feast with a visit by the Most Reverend Andronik, Archbishop of Ottawa and North America. At the festive lunch afterwards, the rector, Fr. Vsevolod Dutikow, and the parishioners were congratulated by Bishops Paul and Christodoulos, members of the Old Calendar Church of Archbishop Chrysostomos.
07\06\09 – During the Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Seraphim of Sarov in the city of Vologda, the Most Reverend Afanasiy, Bishop of Vologda and Velikoustyuzhsk, awarded the rector, Fr. Aleksandr Lipin, with the right to wear a kamilavka.
04\06\09 – Local authorities in the village of Ruzhan in the Brest oblast of Belarus denied the registration request of our Church of Sts. Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov and their Mother Sophia. The chairman of the local city council, L.M. Moskalevich, declared, “No such church exists in Belarus and no will accept your registration request.”
02\06\09 – The ROCA Assistance Fund has received $37,600. from the sale at an auction at Sotheby’s of a necklace of Paschal eggs (some made by the Faberge studio), belonging previously to Princess Vera Konstantinovna Romanov. These eggs were given as gifts to Vera Konstantinovna by various members of the Royal Family in the beginning of the 20th century. Irina Sergeevna, Princess Bagration-Mukhranskaya, inherited them and decided to donate them for the good of our Church. ROCA First Hierarch Metropolitan Agafangel has used this donation to establish a Fund for the purchase of property in the USA for the ROCA Synod of Bishops. Please pray for the well-being and salvation of Princess Irina Sergeevna.
31\05\09 – The Video section now has Metropolitan Agafangel’s sermon given on May 22, 2009, in Voronezh on the Feast Day of St. Nicholas during the Divine Liturgy after the conclusion of the meeting of the Synod of Bishops.
May 20-22, 2009 – the Synod of Bishops held a scheduled meeting on these days. A meeting of the Council of Russian Eminences also took place, along with a meeting of the clergy and laypeople of the Central Russian Administrative District.
22\05\09 – Fr. Sergey Televanov joined our church along with the 3 parishes he serves in the Voronezh, Rostov and Volgograd oblasts. Fr. Sergey was a member previously of the RTOC.
15\05\09 – With the blessing of ROCA First Hierarch Metropolitan Agafangel, Archpriest Valeriy Alekseyev performed the service of the founding of a new church in honor of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Monastery of St. John in the town of Yegorovka in the Odessa oblast of Ukraine.
30\04\09 – The Odessa diocese of the ROCA filed a claim in court against the television company ATV, which had broadcast a program on March 10, 2009, slandering our Church. The company’s management refused to apologize for the broadcast.
29\04\09 – After representatives of the Vologodsky diocese of our Church filed a claim in court against individuals of the MP, the members of this religious organization began working in earnest. For example, a priest of the Vologodsky diocese of the MP, Fr. Aleksey Mokievskiy, author of the article “Catacombs or schism?”, threatened one of our parishioners that if she participates in this case, she and her husband will lose their parental privileges and their children will be taken away. The next day, after receiving threatening phone calls in the night, a commission from the social division appeared to investigate their family. It is well known that representatives of the MP are capable of the most underhanded tactics in the pursuit of their goals.
29\04\09 – The Video section contains a portion of a memorial service (panikhida) on the Day of Rejoicing in 2009, officiated by Metropolitan Agafangel at the parish plots in the Odessa city cemetery.
During bright Week, the Most Reverend Georgiy, Bishop of Bolgrad and Belgorod-Dnestrovsk, visited parishes of the Bolgrad diocese: the Church of St. Ignatius Brianchaninov in Chadyr-Lunga and the Church of the Protection of the Mother of God in Kongaz. In Kongaz, B. Georgiy served Divine Liturgy along with Archpriest Vasiliy Ikizli, Hieromonk Alesiy (Kaloev), and Hieromonk Duly (Patoska). There was a great number of people in attendance. On the second day of Pascha in Kongaz, there were 123 communicants during the Divine Liturgy and more than 200 celebrants. The Liturgy was followed by a meeting of the bishop and the parishioners, at which B. Georgiy answered various questions on life in the church and religious issues.
20\04\09 - On the second day of Pascha, Metropolitan Agafangel served Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Michael in Odessa, and then blessed the chapel dedicated to St. Seraphim of Sarov on St. Michael's square. Later, a recital of church music was held on the square and the guests were treated to kulich and eggs.
19\04\09 - The Video section has footage of the blessing of people's Pascha baskets at the Church of St. Michael in Odessa at the end of the Divine Liturgy and in the morning of the next day.
Paschal Epistle of His Eminence Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Outside of Russia.
Paschal Epistle of the Most Reverend Sofroniy, Archbishop of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia
Abp Andronik's Paschal Epistle12\04\09 -Metropolitan Agafangel's Palm Sunday sermon at the Church of St. Michael is available in the Video section.
Metropolitan Agafangel will be visiting the US on May 2-10, 2009.
10\04\09 - Metropolitan Agafangel gave his blessing to the community in Boston, MA, USA, to register their parish in the name of Holy Hierarch Philaret, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York. Fr. Dimitriy Amelchenko is the rector of the parish.
04\04\09 -Metropolitan Agafangel's sermon at the Church of St. Michael on the feast day of Annunciation is available in the Video section of the website.
04\04\09 - On April 3, 2009, after the Liturgy of Pre-sanctified Gifts at the Convent of St. John, the servants of God Marina, Irene, and Elena were blessed to become novices.
Later that day, before the Matins service, Hieromonk Aleksey elevated the following novices to rassaphore - Angelina was given the name Monica and Anastasia was given the name Nadezhda.
On April 4, 2009, after the Small Entrance during the Liturgy, the following were blessed to wear mantles - Elizabeth was given the name Elizabeth and Evfrosinia was given the name Zoya.
04\04\09 - A photo-report of the divine services at the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Valley Cottage, NY (USA), of the clergy of the North American Administrative District during their Lenten Retreat.
03\04\09 - By ukase of Bishop Georgiy of Bolgrad and Belgorod-Dnestrovsk, Hieromonk Andrian (Zamlinsky) and Deacon Victor Ardilyan are forbidden to serve.
A scheduled meeting of the ROCA Synod of Bishops is planned for May 20-22, 2009, in Voronezh (RF). It will be followed by a meeting of the Council of Eminences in Russia.
A short documentary of the 2009 celebration of the Nativity of Christ at the Church of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia near Moscow.
29\03\09 - A report appearing on the television program "News Roundtable" about the Monastery of St. John is available in the Video section.
28\03\09 - A report appearing on the television program "News Roundtable" filmed on January 19, 2009, about the celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord at the ROCA Church of St.Michael in Odessa is available in the Video section.
26\03\09 - The ROCA Assistance Fund asks everyone to consider its appeal and address form and invites all church members to play an active role in its efforts.
24-25\03\09 - The Lenten retreat of the clergy of the St. Petersburg diocese took place on these days at the Theophany monastery at Pskovshchina (RF).
17-18\03\09 - A Lenten retreat and diocesan meeting of the clergy of the Odessa diocese occurred at the rectory of the Church of St. Michael in Odessa.15\03\09 - Metropolitan Agafangel's sermon given at the Church of St. Michael in Odessa.
Metropolitan Agafangel's sermon given at the Church of St. Aleksey in Odessa on March 3, 2009,
after the Great Compline and the reading of the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.
08\03\09 - A fragment of Metropolitan Agafangel's sermon on the day of Triumph of Orthodoxy.
04\03\09 - Archpriest Valeriy Alekseev's website is available at http://glagol.blox.ua/html.
01\03\09 - Deacon Dimitry Amelchenko was ordained a priest by Archbishop Andronik at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Astoria (New York, USA). Fr. Dimitry will be the rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in the city of Boston.
01\03\09 - Metropolitan Agafangel accepted Fr. Georgiy Oleynik into our jurisdiction. Fr. Georgiy came over from the MP and will be serving in the city of Kotovsk in the Odessa diocese of the ROCA.22\02\09 -A free concert of church music was held on the veranda of the rectory in Odessa during Meatfare week and blini were offered to the guests free of charge.
2\02\09 - The second issue of the periodical "The Russian Zoar" has been released.
21\02\09 - The Most Reverend Georgiy, Bishop of Bolgrad and Belgorod-Dnestrovsk, tonsured Gennadiy Lozhenko as a novice and gave him the name Fusicus, in honor of the ancient martyr Fusicus Selevkiyskiy.The redesigned website of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia is available at http://www.vishegorod.ru/ The Diocese archbishop, the Most Reverend Archbishop Sofroniy, has also started a Live Journal page at http://www.vishegorod.livejournal.com/ A Meeting of the Administrative Council of the ROCA North American Administrative District took place on February 1\January 19, 2009, at the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the village of Valley Cottage, New York, USA. 08\02\09 - The Most Reverend Andronik, Archbishop of Ottawa and North America, served Vigil and Holy Liturgy in the Church of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos in Boston, USA.
After the liturgy, the ROCA First Hierarch, His Eminence Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, greeted the faithful through a live Internet connection from Odessa.
The Most Reverend Archbishop Andronik served along with Fr. Gregory (from the Old-Calendar Greek Church), Protodeacon Job, and Deacon Dimitry Amelchenko.
Fr. Victor Dobroff - Of the Undeniable Canonicity of the Corrective Ordination of the Catacomb Bishops of the TOC through Chirotesiya by ROCA (Available soon.)
28\12\08 - The Most Reverend Andronik, Archbishop of Ottawa and North America, served Vigil and Holy Liturgy along with Deacon Dimitry Amelchenko in the Church of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos in Boston, USA.