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To the Clergy and the faithful of the Western Rite communities of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia:

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://rwrv.org/files/decrees/WRCommunityStatus.pdf Hilarion METROPOLITAN OF EASTERN AMERICA AND NEW YORK FIRST HIERARCH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
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      Hilarion
      METROPOLITAN OF EASTERN AMERICA AND NEW YORK
      FIRST HIERARCH OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA
      75 E. 93rd Street New York, NY 10128 USA Tel.: (917) 848-9706, (917)
      543-5199. Fax: (212) 534-1798
      July 15th 20 13
      N, 7-12 13

      To the Clergy and the faithful of the Western Rite communities of the
      Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia:

      Christ is in our midst!

      The Synod of Bishops has convened and discussed ways in which the
      Western Rite communities could better be integrated into the larger
      Church structure in order to promote a closer sense of unity,
      fellowship, and participation in the fullness of Orthodoxy within the
      Church. To that end, the Synod of Bishops has made some administrative
      changes that will help the Western Rite communities work toward and
      achieve that unity, fellowship and participation in the rich spiritual
      life of the Church as we work together to serve the Lord in His vineyard
      and build up the Kingdom of God in Holy Orthodoxy.

      The Western Rite vicariate structure and administration model that were
      previously in place, as well as those formerly in charge and holding
      administrative roles such as Pastor Vicar and the Vicar Bishop, have
      been released as a result of these decisions of the Synod of Bishops, in
      order to more effectively implement this new vision for the continued
      spiritual growth and existence and strengthening of the church
      communities in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
      To this end, all Western Rite communities will be directly under the
      oversight and omophorion of the President of the Synod of Bishops,
      Metropolitan Hilarion. A committee has been formed and blessed by the
      Synod of Bishops to assist the clergy and communities in implementing
      and monitoring measures for their well-being and growth.

      Holy Scripture reminds us, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for
      brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 132).

      While it is inevitable and somewhat natural for people to feel
      apprehension or uncertainty in times of change as we move forward, we
      feel that this decision and emphasis on bringing the current Western
      Rite communities into closer integration with the fullness of the Church
      will spiritually enrich the faithful and witness to Holy Orthodoxy to
      the world.

      Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York,
      First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
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