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Biography of Archbishop NIKOLAI (Sayama)

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  • Nelson Mitrophan Chin
    http://orthodox.cn/contemporary/sayama_en.htm Originally published in Russian at http://drevo.pravbeseda.ru/index.php?id=3497 English Translation by Igor Radev
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      http://orthodox.cn/contemporary/sayama_en.htm

      Originally published in Russian at
      http://drevo.pravbeseda.ru/index.php?id=3497

      English Translation by Igor Radev

      Nikolai (Sayama), (born 1914), Archbishop of Ramenskoe, Suffragan of
      Moscow Diocese (retired), prior of St Sofia Monastery in Chiba.

      In the world: Sayama Peter Dairoku (佐山ぺトル大麓)

      He was born on November 22, 1914, in the city of Taihoku (now Taipei)
      on the island of Taiwan where his father, a sociologist by specialty,
      was sent from Japan for work together with all of his family. Shortly
      after the birth of her son, his mother bringing the newborn child with
      herself returned to Japan and settled in the town of Miyazu near Kyoto
      where in an Orthodox church the future hierarch was baptized receiving
      the name of Peter.

      Afterwards, the whole family moved to Tokyo where Peter attended high
      school and even then had a firm intention of becoming an Orthodox
      priest. After finishing school, he continued to the University at the
      Faculty of Theology.

      In 1941, he finished Tokyo Spiritual Seminary under the supervision of
      Metropolitan Sergius (Tihomirov) and intended to continue his
      theological education but the ensuing war interrupted these plans.

      After the end of World War II, the majority of Orthodox parishes in
      Japan found themselves under the jurisdiction of the American
      Metropolia, so in 1954 Peter Sayama was sent to St Vladimir Seminary
      in New York.

      In October of 1956, he was elevated to the rank of deacon and in
      November the same year - to the rank of presbyter and was appointed an
      assistant to the chief priest of the Seminary's church.

      In 1959, Fr Peter graduated from the Seminary and soon after wishing
      more thoroughly to get acquainted with the fundamentals of Orthodox
      Faith he ventured to Greece where he lived half a year in Athens
      visiting during that time many churches in Greece and Mount Athos.

      In 1961, Fr Peter returned to Japan and in August the same year during
      a stay in Japan of a delegation headed by Archbishop Sergius (Larin)
      he came under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.

      In 1962, he went to Russia and was tonsured a monk under the name of
      Nikolai on September 1st in the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra.

      On August 28, 1966, in the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Leningrad
      he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Nikodim
      (Rotin) of Leningrad and Ladoga and subsequently got appointed a
      caretaker of the Patriarchate's parishes in Japan.

      On December 10, 1967, in the Holy Trinity Cathedral of St Alexander
      Nevsky Lavra in Leningrad he was elevated to the rank of Bishop of
      Tokyo and Japan.

      In 1968, by a decision of the Holy Synod Bishop Nikolai was included
      in the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Fourth
      Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Uppsala. In the same year
      he took part on the behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Third
      All-Christian Peace Congress in Prague. In 1969 he became part of the
      Synodal Commission dedicated to the issues of Christian unity.

      As from 19th of April 1970 when the parishes then being under the
      jurisdiction of the American Metropolia came under the jurisdiction of
      the Moscow Patriarchate and thus constituted the Autonomous Orthodox
      Church of Japan, Vladika Nikolai became Bishop of Mozhaysk and was
      appointed prior of the Legation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Japan.

      As a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church he took part in the
      World Conference "Religion and Peace" in Kyoto (October 16 - 22, 1970).

      From September 16, 1971, he became a member of the delegation of the
      Russian Orthodox Church to the Fourth All-Christian Peace Congress in
      Prague (September 30 - October 3, 1971).

      On April 17, 1975, he was appointed member of the delegation of the
      Russian Orthodox Church to the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of
      Churches in Nairobi.

      On July 16th, he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop.

      On December 25, 1986, he was relieved from the duty of prior of the
      Patriarchate's Legation in Tokyo.

      As from May 16, 1996, he is Archbishop of Ramenskoe, Suffragan of
      Moscow Diocese.

      Now he is prior of St Sofia Monastery in the town of Sanmu, Chiba
      prefecture, Japan.

      When on November 23, 2004, in St Sofia Monastery the 90th jubilee of
      His Eminence Archbishop Nikolai was solemnly celebrated, he was the
      oldest hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
      Awards

      * Medal of the Russian Orthodox Church "St Sergius of Radonezh"
      2nd degree (August 31, 1979)
      * Medal of the Russian Orthodox Church "Holy Prince Vladimir Equal
      to the Apostles" 1st degree.
      * Medal of the Russian Orthodox Church "Holy Prince Vladimir Equal
      to the Apostles" 2nd degree.

      Works

      * Speech at the elevation to the rank of Bishop of Tokyo and
      Japan, December 9, 1967 (in English).
      * "To the seceded brothers" (appeal), Journal of the Moscow
      Patriarchate. 1969, № 2, pg. 21-22

      Literature

      * Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate. 1966, № 11, pg. 15, 16
      * Ibid., 1967, № 1, pg. 2; № 11, pg. 5-6.
      * Ibid., 1968, № 2, pg. 5-12, 15; № 5, pg. 3; № 8, pg. 2.
      * Ibid., 1969, № 2, pg. 21-22; № 4, pg. 6.
      * Ibid., 1970, № 11, pg. 1-2; № 12, pg. 37.
      * Ibid., 1971, № 10, pg. 1; № 11, pg. 13; № 12, pg. 33.
      * Ibid., 1973, № 10, pg. 32.
      * Ibid., 1974, № 8, pg. 3; № 9, pg. 30, 31.
      * Ibid., 1975, № 1, pg. 5; № 6, pg. 4.
      * Ibid., 1977, № 9, pg. 26.
      * Ibid., 1978, № 12, pg. 10.
      * Ibid., 1979, № 1, pg. 11; № 11, pg. 9.
      * Ibid., 1980, № 5, pg. 9; № 12, pg. 28.
      * Ibid., 1981, № 1, pg. 13; № 3, pg. 2.
      * Ibid., 1984, № 1, pg. 36; № 9, pg. 3, 6, 7; № 10, pg. 4, 56.
      * Ibid., 1985, № 2, pg. 3.
      * Ibid., 1986, № 11, pg. 3.

      External References

      * Article in the web portal "Russian Orthodoxy":
      o http://www.ortho-rus.ru/cgi-bin/ps_file.cgi?2_2710
      * Article in the web portal pravoslavie.ru - "Archbishop Nikolai
      of Ramenskoe Celebrated his 90th Jubilee":
      o
      http://www.pravoslavie.ru/cgi-bin/sykon/client/display.pl?sid=753&did=1491
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