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METROPOLITAN ILARION UNITES SEVERAL DOZEN FORMER SECTARIANS TO ORTHODOX CHURCH

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/1211f.html#39 Orthodox church draws back wayward believers METROPOLITAN ILARION UNITES SEVERAL DOZEN FORMER
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      Orthodox church draws back wayward believers
      METROPOLITAN ILARION UNITES SEVERAL DOZEN FORMER SECTARIANS TO ORTHODOX
      CHURCH
      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
      November 2012)
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