New York, May 25, 2022
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.