METROPOLITAN ILARION UNITES SEVERAL DOZEN FORMER SECTARIANS TO ORTHODOX CHURCH
Orthodox church draws back wayward believers
METROPOLITAN ILARION UNITES SEVERAL DOZEN FORMER SECTARIANS TO ORTHODOX
Interfax-Religiia, 26 November 2012
Around fifty persons who previously had slipped into schisms, heresies,
or sects, and thus fell away from Orthodoxy, returned to the bosom of
the church, the website of the Moscow patriarchate reports.
The ritual of uniting these people to Orthodoxy was performed last
Sunday by the rector of the church consecrated to the "Joy of all who
sorrow" icon of the Mother of God on Bolshaia Ordynka, Metropolitan Ilarion.
After they swore loyalty to the church on the Gospel, the metropolitan
laid his omophorion on the head of each one.
Addressing the audience he advised them to read the Gospel every day and
try to attend church as often as possible in order to commune with God
through prayer and to become full-fledged members of the church community.
"In coming to the holy church, strive to draw other people along with
you, those who still have not known the true God and who remain in
delusions. In sharing your own experience you might lead these people
onto the true pathway and open for them the doors of the church and the
doors of the Kingdom of God," the metropolitan said as he wished that
the former schismatics "will never slip from the true pathway."
Work with people who have fallen away from Orthodoxy is conducted at the
church by the A.S. Khomiakov Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of
Nontraditional Religions. Over the course of several months preparatory
discussions are conducted with sectarians and schismatics who wish to
return to the church. The ritual of union with the Russian Orthodox
Church for people who for one reason or another have fallen away from it
is conducted in this church two times a year. (tr. by PDS, posted 27