In this paper we shall examine the ecclesiological attitude of the ROCOR toward the Patriarchate of Moscow in order to see what fundamentals allowed the development of a dialogue, what elements caused complications in rapprochement, and what elements could facilitate the future of a united Russian Church.
The selfless ministry of the numerous pastors of the Russian Church in the emigration has taken shape in a kind of iconographic image of ministry as expressed in the Russian saying, “for the sake of Christ Jesus and not for a bite of bread.”
Deacon Andrei Psarev is a senior lecturer at the legendary Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville and a researcher into the history of the Russian Church Outside Russia.. We have talked with Fr. Andrei on the outstanding alumni of the Seminary, the difficulties of a seminarian’s life, new historical discoveries, and the distinctive Russian culture in the diaspora. COVID-19, the reasons behind The Black Lives Matter phenomenon, and the lessons of Church life.
We will look at representatives of the Russian Church Abroad who began their service in Russia and as a result of the Civil War found themselves abroad, those who filled her ranks during the war and those who began their service before the 1990’s.
"I was pleased that a certain crisis is apparent which is common to the Russian Church in the Diaspora and in the Moscow Patriarchate. This crisis consists in the fact that the division, which hadn’t happened in the Church before, the division which led to the schism, while today from the external, formal perspective it has been overcome."
In our life it’s simply impossible to meet someone who is both kind and active. Many are active, but they are very cruel; and many are kind, but they do nothing. When you read about Vladyka John and you see what an active and kind man he was, you realize how fortunate it would have been to be his contemporary; he literally and physically save the lives of so many people.