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A jamboree of young scouts was held January 2-4, 2012, at the Holy Martyr Tsar Nicholas church in Zavyalov (Udmurtia, RF). Each day began and ended with a prayer service. The counselors taught classes in the Law of God along with the history of the Church and Russia. Sports sessions were conducted and included wrestling, boxing and survival techniques. Photos from the jamboree can be seen on the parish website.
03\12\11 - An ukase from the Synod of Bishops to all Right Reverend Hierarchs of the ROCA.
The St. Nicholas Convent Winter Retreat was held on December 23-27, 2011, with 23 youths attending. The Retreat was led by Archbishop Andronik, along with Fr. Daniel Meschter, Fr. Nikita Grigoriev, Fr. Nicholas Chernyavsky, Fr. Anthony Gunin and the abbess of the convent, Mother Agapia (Stephanopoulos). The program included discussions with the young people and their participation in molebens and memorial services. Deacon Fr. Dimitriy Dobronravov arranged walks and other sports activities. Everyone present participated in the Divine Liturgy. In preparation for the liturgy, Reader Daniel Olson discussed the meaning of the prayers of the liturgy, while Fr. Daniel Meschter prepared several attendees to attend in the altar and Nikodim Buryakov prepared others to sing in the choir or read. A more detailed description is available here.
18\12\11 - Eight and a half months after being forced out of his church in Barnaul by representatives of the MP, the rector Fr. Georgiy Titov served a moleben after the Divine Liturgy and blessed a new cross in his new church dedicated to the Holy Ascension. The cross was then installed on the church's cupola.
04\12\11 - On the feast day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple a unique icon of St. Alexander Nevsky from the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg was present at the Holy Trinity Church in Astoria, NY, USA.
04\12\11 - Metropolitan Agafangel served at the Holy Protection church in Malin (Archpriest Vasiliy Demchenko - rector) on the feast day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.
04\12\11 - Hieromonk Moses served the first Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Kazan Mother of God on the feast day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple. The parish recently joined the ROCA and is located in the village of Makarov in the Odessa oblast.
01\12\11 - The Right Reverend Georgiy, Bishop of Kishinev and Moldova, underwent surgery for the removal of the gall bladder at the regional hospital in Odessa. Please pray for Bishop Georgiy's health.
28\11\11 - For being unsettled and not obeying the church administration, Hieromonk Savva (Bogdan) is forbidden to serve.
27\11\11 - The Right Reverend Bishop Gregory's epistle - "Before the start of Nativity Lent."
An article by Metropolitan Agafangel "The Church and Society" has been included in issue 14 of the magazine "The Tribunal of Russian Thought."
26\11\11 - A website for the ROCA Southern Russian Diocese is now available.
25\11\11 - Protodeacon German Ivanov-Trinadzaty has released his article on the First Ecumenical Council. The 90th anniversary of the Council is being celebrated at this time.
25\11\11 - The Video section contains a sermon by Archbishop Andronik given on the feast day of St. Philaret.
23\11\11 - A conditional response has been received from the General Prosecutor office of Ukraine regarding events in the city of Malin in the Zhitomir oblast from November 15, 2011.
The Right Reverend Ioann, Archbishop of Buinsk and Volshsk, visited the ROCA Vologodsk Diocese from November 19-22, 2011. Archbishop Ioann celebrated services to St. Philaret (Voznesensky) and Archangel Michael. The Vologodsk faithful commemorated Archbishop Ioann's fifteen years as bishop with a modest gift, an icon of St. Panteleimon.
21\11\11 - The patronal feast of the Archangel Michael Cathedral in Odessa was celebrated by Metropolitan Agafangel along with Bishop Georgiy, Protopriests Vasiliy and Vyacheslav Zaburyan, Hegumen Methodius, Fr. Vitaliy Morozov and Hieromonks Ignatiy and Macarius. Almost 70 people attended the festive meal after the Divine Liturgy.
Patronal Feast Day of the parish of St. Philaret in Dnepropetrovsk
18\11\11 - The prosecutor's office has asked Archbishop Sofroniy to present all documentation confirming the registration of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos parish (Leningrad oblast, Volkhovskiy region, village of Dudachkino; Rector - Fr. Aleksandr Sukhov), as well as the registrations of our other communities. Photos from the Holy Protection of the Theotokos parish are available here.
The Video section now has a film of Metropolitan Agafangel's sermon at the Holy Trinity Church in Astoria on October 30, 2011.
09\11\11 - The court of the Chimishliyskiy region of the Republic of Moldova has ruled that the Holy Ressurrection Church recently built at our monastery in the village of Noviy Sagaydaki has to be torn down.
A video excerpt of the television show "Silent No More" including a discussion between Protopriest Andrey Kuraev and Fr. Sergey Kondakov can be viewed here.
A session of the Synod of Bishops was held in Odessa on November 9-10, attended by the regular members of the Synod: Metropolitan Agafangel, Archbishop Sofroniy, Bishop Afanasiy, and Synod Secretary Bishop Georgiy. The following bishops were invited to attend: Bishops Kirill, Dionisiy, Nikon and Nikolay. The Secretary of the Western European Diocese, Protodeacon German Ivanov-Trinadzty, was also present representing Bishop Iriney.
Metropolitan Agafangel's sermon during Divine Liturgy at the St. Sergius of Radonezh Church in Valley Cottage, NY, USA, on October 23, 2011.
A discussion of the Glorification of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
03\11\11 - The faithful of the Holy Protection parish in Malin (Zhitomirskaya oblast, Ukraine - Protopriest Vasiliy Demchenko, Rector) continue to be persecuted. For over 10 years, the Zhitomir oblast authorities have refused to recognize the change in the parish's by laws indicating it was no longer a part of the Moscow Patriarchia and was now under the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, despite numerous court rulings in its favor. There have been seven attempts during this period by the MP to seize our church. Yet another, an eighth attempt, is being planned. Metropolitan Agafangel has written a letter to the President of the Ukraine and the General Prosecutor. We ask your prayers that the persecution of our Church in Ukraine cease.
30\10\11 - An interview with Metropolitan Agafangel during his visit to the USA.
25\10\11 - A meeting of the Eastern American and New York and Syracuse and Nikolskiy Dioceses was held.
Metropolitan Agafangel visited the USA from October 21 to 30, 2011.
A photo of Fr. Aleksandr Martinenko, the Dean of the Dneprovsk Deanery, in front of the church being built in Dneprodzerzhinsk (Ukraine) which will be dedicated to St. John of Shanghai.
The Right Reverend Afanasiy, Bishop of Vologodsk and Velikoustyuzhsk, visited the Buinsk-Volzhsk Diocese of Bishop Ioann on October 18-20, 2011, accompanied by Fr. Aleksandr Lilin, to participate in services honoring Apostle Phillip. The services were held in the newly-built Holy Dormition Church.
20\10\11 - Our Protection of the Theotokos parish in the Russian Federation (Leningrad Region, Volkhovsky district, vil. Dudachkino, rector Fr. Alexander Sukhov) was attacked. Officials numbering almost 20 people, headed by the Prosecutor of the Volkhov city, Isakovsky V.V., the police, government representatives (including a land surveyor), searched all the church premises for five long hours without any explanation of their actions and threatened to confiscate the community's land. Our parish is not registered with the local authorities, but is listed as a religious group. Father Alexander was also asked, without a written summons, to appear in the prosecutor's office tomorrow, October 21, 2011. We ask that you pray for Fr. Alexander and his parishioners.
27\09\11 - Sergey Ilyich Tsapko was tonsured a reader in the St. Seraphim of Sarov Church in Vologodsk by Bishop Afanasiy on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.
21\09\11 - Metropolitan Agafangel served Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the feast day of the Nativity of the Theotokos at the St. John of Shanghai convent in the village of Egorovka. (Hegumena Aleksandra is the abbess at the convent.) Also serving with Metropolitan Agafangel were Hegumen Methodius, Fr. Simeon Kaloev, Fr. Georgiy Olynik and Fr. Georgiy Storozhetskiy.
09/08/11, at 9:00 am, a group of people consisting of representatives of local authorities and about 12 priests of the Moscow Patriarchia have penetrated into the territory of the Resurrection monastic community in the village of New Sagaydak, Moldova. Officials declared that there are certain problems with the property (privately owned), and representatives of the MP had threatened monks with physical violence and said that if the Abbot joined the Moscow Patriarchia, there would be no problems. This blackmail on the part of civil authorities was attended by (participated with) the mayor, a construction inspector and the a police inspector. Pictures of the community's life can be found at:https://picasaweb.google.com/
28.08.11 - Melbourne, Australia. The Church of the Martyrs of Vilnius. The rector Hieromonk Andrei Erastov and Protodeacon Basil Yakimov and altar attendants and parishioners on the feast day of the Dormition of the Mother of God. The church was filled to overflowing with many new visitors. the choir sang beautifully and there was a large number of communicants. Fr. Andrei has also organized an icon painting school at the parish.
18\07\11 - Metropolitan Agafangel led services for the patronal feast of the Holy Great Martyr St. Elizabeth parish in Odessa.
The annual choral conference took place on July 11 - 17, 2011, in Odessa at the Monastery of St. John of Shanghai.
15\07\11 - The Cossack cadet academy held its first summer camp in the Kostrom region. The spiritual father of the academy is a ROCA priest.
The Odessa City Council has refused our Holy Great Martyr St. Elizabeth parish the right to pay lower rates for its church and declared, "We consider it inappropriate that this organization retain the right to pay lower rates for the rental of the premises." The parish had been paying lower rates since it acquired the premises in 2007.
On the other hand, the city built the Transfiguration cathedral church in the center of the city and gave it as a gift to the MP along with an award of one million hryvnya for improvements.
That is what they call "equality" of religious organizations before the law in Ukraine nowadays.
09.02.11. The lawful Patriarch of Jerusalem, Ireneus, confirmed the unity of the Local Jerusalem Church with the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad under the omophorion of Metropolitan Agafangel, and he gave a blessing for his name to be commemorated at the Great Entrance. Patriarch Ireneus' title: His divine beatitude, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, Syria, Arabia, all of Transjordan, Cana of Galilee and holy Sion.
Greetings to all on the occasion of the feast day of the Holy Martyrs and Confessors of Russia!
03\02\11 - The Library section now includes a service to Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg.
30\01\11 - Metropolitan Agafangel ordained Deacon Fr. Aleksey Rozhkov a priest during the Divine Liturgy at the St. Michaels Cathedral in Odessa. Fr. Aleksey will be the rector of the St. Philaret Church in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
A religious discussion of the sanctity of marriage by Hieromonk Nikolay (Zavyalov).
The parish of Sts. Cyril & Methodius in St. Petersburg now has a website - http://Cyril-Methodius.spb.ru/
25\01\11 - The Minutes of the Bishops Council of 1959 are now available in the Documents section.
24\01\11 - The Library section now includes the service to the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
24\01\11 - The Video section has a sermon by Fr. Georgiy Titov, given at the Nativity service in the Holy Ascension Church in Barnaul (RF).
21\01\11 - The Barnaul court ruled against Fr. Georgiy Titov and his parish and ordered him to allow representatives of the MP to enter the church. Details are available on the website "ROCA News".
19\01\11 - Nativity celebrations at the Church of Holy New Martyr St. Joseph of Petrograd in Moscow under the pastorship of Fr. Valeriy Lenichev.
19\01\11 - The Video section includes a video by Hieromonk Ignatius on Nativity celebrations at the Theophany Monastery in Naverezhye.
16\01\11 - A longstanding parishioner of the Blessed St. Xenia Church in Ottawa, Canada, Alexandra Luikianovna Reshetnikova, reposed in her sleep early Sunday morning, 16 January. Eternal memory!
16\01\11 - The Church of St. Philaret in Dnepropetrovsk served its first Divine Liturgy. The dean of our Dnepropetrovsk deanery, Fr. Aleksandr Martinenko, served along with Deacon Fr. Aleksey Rozhkov. Glory to God!
14\01\11 - The Document section now contains a summary of the proceedings of the Council in 1983.
09\01\11 - Fr. Valeriy Leonichev of the Moscow diocese served Vigil and Divine Liturgy in a home church dedicated to the Kazan Mother of God icon near the village of Chukhloma of the Kostrom region. The owner of the house, A.M. Starshikh, and his family joined ROCA a month before. A Cossack elder, Aleksandr Mikhaylovich established a shelter for young boys and also has run a summer camp for young Cossacks for many years. Guests from Moscow, Nerekhty, Makariev were also present at the services along with participants of the Cossack winter camp. A male Cossack choir sang during the services. There were over 20 communicants. The children received gifts of icons and sweets from the parish in Moscow.
09\01\11 - Bishop Joseph ordained Deacon John Hinton a priest at the Holy Acension Church in Fairfax, VA, USA. The photo shows Bishop Joseph, the newly-ordained Fr. John to his left and other participants of the Divine Liturgy.
Nativity Appeal of the Assistance Fund of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
05\01\11 - Bishop Georgiy consecrated Monk Damian to the wearing of the mantiya in the St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Church in Chadyr-Lunga, Moldova.