Met. Hilarion proposed as bishop for Moscow Patriarchate Old Believers

Moscow, January 30, 2018

Met. Hilarion serving according to the Old Rite Met. Hilarion serving according to the Old Rite
    

Executive Director of the St. Gregory the Theologian Foundation and permanent member of the Committee for Old Believer Parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate Leonid Sevastianov has proposed Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, as the bishop for the Edinoverie Old Believer community, reports Interfax-Religion.

Met. Hilarion is also the Chairman of the Commission on Old Believer parishes and cooperation with the Old Believer community.

“Do we have a candidate for the role of Edinoverie bishop? I will respond on behalf of all Old Believers: We do. Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev). It would be a great honor for us if he, in addition to his other obediences and the leadership of the commission for the Old Believers, would also become the bishop for the Edinoverie parishes,” Sevastianov told journalists yesterday.

According to the committee member, the need for an Edinoverie bishop was already recognized at the 1917-1918 Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“After the restoration of the patriarchate and the enthronement of St. Tikhon, even despite the civil war that had begun, the holy fathers of the Council (I am especially emphasizing that they were holy because 50 of them became New Martyrs, which is unheard of and unprecedented in history) considered it necessary to have an Edinoverie bishop and bequeathed this to the Church,” Sevastianov stated.

The feast of the holy fathers of the 1917-1918 Local Council was recently established by the Russian Orthodox Church, to be celebrated annually on November 5/18.

He also noted that the first Edinoverie bishop, Hieromartyr Simon (Shleev), was consecrated by Pat. Tikhon himself according to the old rite, with the concelebration of other holy New Marytrs, and the bishop had the status of a patriarchal vicar then, and visited all the Edinoverie parishes. The first Edinoverie bishop was also “accounted worthy of being a martyr for Christ.”

According to Sevastianov, “the metropolitan, a member of the Holy Synod, the head of the Department for External Church Relations, becoming the manager of the Edinoverie parishes, would raise the level and status of the Old Believers to that level that the holy confessors and fathers of the Council dreamed of.”

The Edinoverie are a group of Old Believers who, beginning in the 18th century, have returned to the Moscow Patriarchate, with a blessing to retain their older liturgical rites.

Follow us on Facebook and Telegram!

1/30/2018

See also
As in Old Russia: Edinoverie Families Today As in Old Russia: Edinoverie Families Today
Vladimir Basenkov
As in Old Russia: Edinoverie Families Today As in Old Russia: Edinoverie Families Today
Vladimir Basenkov
We decided to ask a few questions to simple lay Old Believers about the way of life in their “little church” today.
According to “The Domestic Rule” According to “The Domestic Rule”
Vladimir Basenkov
According to “The Domestic Rule” According to “The Domestic Rule”
On Edinoverie Family Life in Our Days
Vladimir Basenkov
The value of tradition as the best experience of our ancestors, accumulated, refined, and transmitted, has been devalued in our days. The modern Orthodox family is compelled to seek new ways to orient their everyday life. Over the course of the many centuries of Christian history, the Russian people created a universal system of family values, which, having moral categories, is always clearly manifested externally: in expressions, relations, and organization of space.
How a Edinoverie Parish is Organized How a Edinoverie Parish is Organized
Vladimir Basenkov
How a Edinoverie Parish is Organized How a Edinoverie Parish is Organized
Vladimir Basenkov
What was an Edinoverie parish like 100 years ago and today? How do Edinoverie parishes differ from conventional Orthodox parishes? This next article on the Edinoverie discusses these questions.
Edinoverie Old Believers: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Edinoverie Old Believers: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Vladimir Basenkov
Edinoverie Old Believers: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Edinoverie Old Believers: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Vladimir Basenkov
The Edinoverie allows you to truly, as a in monastery, break away from worldly vanity, immerse yourself in a prayerful condition, look at the Orthodox faith through the prism of greater strictness with yourself, and pull yourself up to a personal spiritual height.
Getting To Know the Old Believers: How We Pray Getting To Know the Old Believers: How We Pray
Vladimir Basenkov
Getting To Know the Old Believers: How We Pray Getting To Know the Old Believers: How We Pray
Vladimir Basenkov
There are no longer long services and plangent, angelic singing in our city parishes, and icons of the Rublev school are found far from everywhere. But grains of these olden times, of this semi-monastic life have been preserved, by the will of God, and survived to our day in the Edinoverie (United Faith, Old Rite) parishes of the Russian Church.
Old Believers: Life centuries after a religious schism Old Believers: Life centuries after a religious schism
Ksenia Isaeva
Old Believers: Life centuries after a religious schism Old Believers: Life centuries after a religious schism
Ksenia Isaeva
Russian photographer Fyodor Telkov presents the first part of a large visual project about Old Believers in the Russian Urals.
Comments
Here you can leave your comment on the present article, not exceeding 700 characters. All comments will be read by the editors of OrthoChristian.Com.
Enter through FaceBook
Your name:
Your e-mail:
Enter the digits, seen on picture:

Characters remaining: 700

Subscribe
to our mailing list

* indicates required
×