Common Faith Old Believers thank Patriarch Kirill for opportunity to celebrate according to old rites at the Kremlin Cathedral
Common Faith Old Believers thank Patriarch Kirill for opportunity to
celebrate according to old rites at the Kremlin Cathedral of the Assumption
On January 25, 2013, a conference on the Old Rite in the Life of the
Russian Orthodox Church: Past and Present was held within the 21st
International Christmas Readings at the St. Sergius Chamber of the
Church Councils Hall in the Church of Christ the Saviour. The conference
held already for the eighth time was chaired by Metropolitan George of
Nizhniy Novgorod and Arzamas, member of the Moscow Patriarchate
Department for External Church Relations’ commission for Old Belief
parishes and cooperation with the Old Belief community. Papers were
presented on both historical themes including the First All Russia’s
Common Faith Congress, new martyrs from the Common Faith community,
relations with the state authorities and some today’s aspects of the
life of the Old Rite community in the Russian Orthodox Church.
The conference was followed up by a round table on urgent problems in
the life of Old Rite (Common Faith) parishes of the Russian Orthodox
Church. It was held on January 26 at the Patriarchal Center of Old
Russian Liturgical Tradition at the Church of the Protecting Veil at
Rubtsovo near Moscow.
The round table focused on the Divine Liturgy celebrated according to
the old rite by Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna on January
12, 2013, at the Kremlin Cathedral of the Assumption. The hierarchal
service was held thanks to Patriarch Kirill’s decision who authorized to
complete in this way the events held to mark the 100th anniversary of
the First All Russia’s Congress of Common Faith Believers.
According to the participants, this event unprecedented for over three
and a half centuries became a landmark in the history of the Common
Faith community. On the proposal by Rev. Ioann Mirolyubov, head of the
Patriarchal Center for Old Russian Liturgical Tradition, who chaired the
round table, it was agreed to send Patriarch Kirill the following
On behalf of the parishioners and clergy of the Old Rite (Common Faith)
parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church, we would like to express deep
heartfelt gratitude to Your Holiness for the opportunity you have given
us to celebrate the Divine Liturgy according to the old rite at the
Kremlin Cathedral of the Assumption on the commemoration day of St.
Macarius, Metropolitan of Moscow.
With sincere filial love we dare ask Your Holiness to continue showing
your mercy for us so that in the future as well we could have an
opportunity to ask for your blessing upon conciliar celebrations
according to the old rite at the old time monuments of general
significance for the church history.
We express our unanimous wish to ask Your Holiness to lead a prayer
service according to the old rite at the relics of St. Sergius of
Radonezh or other shrine of the Old Russia on a day chosen by Your
The round-table participants also discussed joint plans for celebrations
at church-wide shrines and other proposals for further development of
the Common Faith movement.
DECR Communication Service