ROCOR to elect First Hierarch in September

New York, May 25, 2022

Met. Mark of Berlin (left) and Abp. Peter of Chicago (right) pray at the funeral of the newly reposed Met. Hilarion. Met. Mark is the senior ROCOR hierarch and Locum Tenens. Photo: Met. Mark of Berlin (left) and Abp. Peter of Chicago (right) pray at the funeral of the newly reposed Met. Hilarion. Met. Mark is the senior ROCOR hierarch and Locum Tenens. Photo:     

The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will elect its next First Hierarch in September.

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), who headed ROCOR for 14 years, following the repose of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla), reposed in the Lord on May 16 at the age of 74. His funeral was served on May 21 with the participation of hierarchs and clergy from various Orthodox jurisdictions.

An extraordinary session of the ROCOR Synod of Bishops was held on Monday, May 23, at which it was decided to convene a Council of Bishops on September 13-21 “with the purpose of electing a First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.

In the meantime, His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany, the senior ROCOR hierarch, is commemorated during all Divine services as the Locum Tenens of the First Hierarchical throne.

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m. Cornelia5/29/2022 11:40 am
Ioann: Indeed.
Ioann5/28/2022 11:39 pm
m.Cornelia: Truth will out.
Ioann5/28/2022 6:26 pm
Editor: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has declared effective-autocephaly just as the Russian Orthodox Church did in December 1448 to the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Nikolai5/28/2022 5:30 pm
Thank you m. Cornelia for attempting to help others understand. The situation is very complex and therefore complicated. At this point, prayer and the search for understanding can help. Спаси Господи!
m. Cornelia5/28/2022 10:12 am
Ioann, you are prevaricating. There have been many interviews with people from the Russian-liberated areas of the Donbass, especially Mariupol, which show without a doubt that these people were terrorized by the Azov and similar battalions for eight years. Even with the statistics you quoted, the body count is not yet in. Mass graves are being found. In Mariupol alone, eyewitnesses talk about all the people who disappeared without a trace, the girls who were seized, raped, tortured and killed. Once all the evidence gathered by the Russian criminal investigators is accumulated, registered, and reported, a horrible picture will appear, and the disgust level will be similar to that at Nuremburg. This is not to implicate all Ukrainians by any means--their government has been hiding very many facts from them. Plus, they are afraid to talk about it; after all, anyone who raises his voice could be next. They will find their names on the "Mirotvorets" hit list along with their home addresses. Meanwhile, Russians are still being blamed by uninformed public opinion for things like the Bucha false flag, although there is no evidence proving this, and no reason for the Russian forces to do such a thing. The Russian army is under orders to keep civilian losses to a minimum, while the Azov Battalion was given carte blanche to kill whomever they wanted, all with impunity. How cruel does a government have to be to massacre its own citizens for, say, selling eggs to Russian soldiers--and then blaming it on the Russians? Not even the Communists did that during WW2. I hope and pray that when you yourself are faced with these facts, you will not show yourself to be a defender of clearly evil people.
Editor5/28/2022 9:58 am
Ioann: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has not declared autocephaly. They have simply confirmed and possibly deepened their independence. Declaring autocephaly without the approval of the mother Church is called schism--and they are not schismatics. You are jumping the gun.
Ioann5/28/2022 12:32 am
Juan - An OSCE monitoring mission active in Ukraine since 2014 has found no evidence of mass targeted killings of civilians in the Donbas region. So far, the Russian Foreign Ministry has not provided any proof to back up its claim that the people of eastern Ukraine are subject to "systematic extermination. At least 13,000 people have been killed in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to the latest report by the United Nations, up to 13,200 people died in the conflict until early 2020. Of those, 3,350 were civilians and 5,650 Russian-backed separatists, according to the UN. It says that 4,100 of those killed were members of the Ukrainian military.
Ioann5/28/2022 12:26 am
Now that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has declared its autocephaly - complete independence from the Moscow Patriarchate, what is or will be the response from the ROCOR Synod of Bishops? If the MP were to declare the autocephaly null and void and break communion with the UOC, would ROCOR do obeisance? And if you are a member of ROCOR, would you also break communion with the UOC?
Juan5/26/2022 5:43 pm
The church prays for peace and leaves it to God to find the way to peace, and in the process, asks Him to establish His divine will on earth as is in heaven. By demanding "straight answers", you are imposing a litmus test on God's will, which must correspond with your politics to be acceptable. And if you are insisting on 'straight answers', please lead by example. What do you feel about Russian claims that 14000 people were killed by Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk over the past eight years? Is this untrue? Or irrelevant, because the people who died were irrelevant?
Jesse Dominick5/26/2022 12:06 pm
Anonymous, he did, as seen right on the ROCOR website:
Anonymous5/26/2022 9:50 am
Anybody else wonder why Patriarch Kyril did not send his condolences for the repose of Vladyka Hilarion to the ROCOR synod of bishops?
Nikolai5/25/2022 10:29 pm
Dear brother Ioann, Thank you once again for your Holy prayers. You may help yourself better understand the situation by simply taking the time to research what "Ukraine" really is, how it came about and what really has been happening there in the last 8 years and the years prior to 2014. There is much to learn which can possibly answer the questions you ask of others. Praying for help in the understanding of events and the people involved is good common practice. Confusion arises when things are out of context, when disinformation is accepted and when ignorance prevails. Prayer and knowledge lead to understanding which can hopefully give you "a straight answer" which you seek.
Andrei Tolstoy-Miloslavsky5/25/2022 10:06 pm
I pray that Metropolitan Mark may be elected head of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in September.
Ioann5/25/2022 8:05 pm
Are there any Bishops in the ROCOR Synod who are actually AGAINST the Russian invasion of Ukraine? What kind of "peace" has ROCOR (in the body of its Synod) been praying for? Peace in Ukraine means: 1)A negotiated peace or 2)Ukraine surrenders to Russia or 3)Russia withdraws from Ukraine. Another question: Does the ROCOR Synod of Bishops support (in Orthodox parlance "bless") Patriarch Kirill's blessing of the Russian "Special Military Operation'/War/Invasion? I can't get a straight answer anywhere. Will an answer be forthcoming anytime from the ROCOR Synod of Bishops?
Alexander Leitner5/25/2022 1:31 pm
I know Vladyka Mark personally. He is a very good and traditional Hierarch.
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