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  • Hristofor
    To clarify: the petition I posted WAS NOT composed by me. I simply received it and passed it on. I am sorry for not having written that to begin with. To tell
    Message 1 of 7 , Jul 6, 2004
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      To clarify: the petition I posted WAS NOT composed by me. I simply
      received it and passed it on. I am sorry for not having written that to
      begin with.

      To tell you the truth, if I had the time I would have composed a
      personal letter to the Synod, which may or may not have included all of
      the items listed in the Letter of Suport.

      Hristofor
      vkozyreff wrote:

      >Dear Hristofor,
      >
      >I deeply respect your initiative and have no doubt that it is
      >inspired by sincerity and love.
      >
      >I am glad to see that you too resort to a petition to express the
      >opinion of the faithful. In doing so, you confirm in fact the idea
      >that the Church is made of both lay people and clergy, and that
      >Christ is with all Christians, not only with the priests and
      >bishops.
      >
      >Your petition is a validation of the petitions against a premature
      >rapprochement with the MP. Your petition would have no meaning if
      >one would assume that only supportive petitions are meaningful. I
      >suppose only a part of the faithful will sign your petition, which
      >will show that not only petitions signed by all are meaningful.
      >
      >All should remember the notion of conciliarity, which is essential
      >in orthodoxy and means that excluding the Christians who think
      >differently or do not submit against their conscience is wrong and
      >is causing a schism. As Father Raphael wrote recently, the Church is
      >not made only of those who think as we do.
      >
      >It is normal to have a peaceful and loving debate among us. Let us
      >pray God to unite us and show us His Truth, which is inseparable
      >from His Love.
      >
      >In God,
      >
      >Vladimir Kozyreff
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >--- In orthodox-synod@yahoogroups.com, Hristofor <hristofor@m...>
      >wrote:
      >
      >
      >>*If you wish to include your name on this document, please e-mail
      >>
      >>
      >your
      >
      >
      >>name, church and city to* supportforbishops@m...
      >><http://us.f532.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?
      >>
      >>
      >To=supportforbishops@m...>
      >
      >
      >>
      >>*Åñëè Âû æåëàåòå ïðèñîåäèíèòüñÿ ê ýòîìó ïèñüìó, ïîæàëóéñòà
      >>
      >>
      >ñîîáùèòå èìÿ,
      >
      >
      >>ôàìèëèþ, ïðèõîä ê êîòîðîìó Âû ïðèíàäëåæèòå è ãîðîä íà ñëåäóþùèé
      >>
      >>
      >àäðåñ:*
      >
      >
      >>supportforbishops@m...
      >><http://us.f532.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?
      >>
      >>
      >To=supportforbishops@m...>
      >
      >
      >>
      >>
      >>*To His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus*
      >>
      >>*To the Eminent Members of the Synod of Bishops*
      >>
      >>* *
      >>
      >>*Your Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, Your Eminences, Your Graces:*
      >>
      >>* *
      >>
      >>*We, the undersigned*, wish to express our support for you, our
      >>hierarchs, during this important time in the history of our
      >>
      >>
      >Church.
      >
      >
      >>While we have remained the mostly-silent majority for some time
      >>
      >>
      >now, we
      >
      >
      >>find it necessary to support you explicitly at this time. We find
      >>
      >>
      >it
      >
      >
      >>necessary to do so now because we are witnessing, sadly, many
      >>
      >>
      >instances
      >
      >
      >>of inappropriate behavior on the part of our lay brothers and
      >>
      >>
      >sisters as
      >
      >
      >>well as among some of our clergy.
      >>
      >>
      >>We find it disturbing and painful to see, among the minority of
      >>
      >>
      >our
      >
      >
      >>members, a lack of respect towards you and a lack of trust in the
      >>
      >>
      >Divine
      >
      >
      >>guidance of our Sobor. We share in the pain you feel from some of
      >>
      >>
      >the
      >
      >
      >>writings, clandestine meetings, appeals for signatures and general
      >>discussions emanating from these individuals. Many who do so are
      >>oblivious to the actual state of affairs in the Russian Orthodox
      >>
      >>
      >Church
      >
      >
      >>of the Moscow Patriarchate, do not know the purpose of the Russian
      >>Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, ignore the history of divisions
      >>within the Orthodox Church over the centuries and how they were
      >>overcome, and ignore the spiritual steadfastness of our Church
      >>
      >>
      >Abroad.
      >
      >
      >>We are further offended and embarrassed by those among us who
      >>
      >>
      >point
      >
      >
      >>fingers at some of you in particular, who make threats of schism,
      >>
      >>
      >and
      >
      >
      >>who demand arbitrary conditions, based upon either misinformation
      >>
      >>
      >or
      >
      >
      >>ignorance, for establishing peace with the MP.
      >>
      >>We are pleased to see significant progress in the relations
      >>
      >>
      >between our
      >
      >
      >>Church Abroad and the MP, and place our faith in our Lord and our
      >>
      >>
      >Sobor
      >
      >
      >>to find the proper resolution to our remaining differences.
      >>
      >>We understand that the correct conditions upon which spiritual
      >>
      >>
      >unity can
      >
      >
      >>be reached are well understood by you, our bishops, and that the
      >>appropriate measures will be taken to ensure the purity of our
      >>
      >>
      >Russian
      >
      >
      >>Orthodox Faith.
      >>
      >>We continue to hold our faith in the guidance of our Metropolitan
      >>
      >>
      >Laurus
      >
      >
      >>and in our Sobor of Bishops. You have guided us in the past
      >>
      >>
      >through
      >
      >
      >>difficult times and through complex canonical and ecclesiastical
      >>decisions and we continue to trust your ability to do so.
      >>
      >>/
      >>Eis polla eti despota!/
      >>
      >>
      >>Seeking your holy prayers,
      >> ____________
      >>
      >>
      >>*Âûñîêîïðåîñâÿùåííåéøåìó Ìèòðîïîëèòó Ëàâðó*
      >>
      >>*Âûñîêîïðåîñâÿùåííûì è Ïðåîñâÿùåííûì ÷ëåíàì Àðõèåðåéñêîãî Ñèíîäà
      >>
      >>
      >Ðóññêîé
      >
      >
      >>Ïðàâîñëàâíîé Öåðêâè Çàãðàíèöåé*
      >>
      >>* *
      >>
      >>*Âàøå Âûñîêîïðåîñâÿùåíñòâî!*
      >>
      >>*Âàøè Âûñîêîïðåîñâÿùåíñòâà! Âàøè Ïðåîñâÿùåíñòâà!*
      >>
      >>* *
      >>
      >>*Ìû - íèæåïîäïèñàâøèåñÿ,* õîòåëè áû âûðàçèòü íàøó ïîääåðæêó Âàì,
      >>
      >>
      >íàøèì
      >
      >
      >>èåðàðõàì, â ýòî âàæíîå äëÿ íàøåé Öåðêâè âðåìÿ.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>Äî ïîñëåäíåãî âðåìåíè ìû îñòàâàëèñü ìîë÷àëèâûì áîëüøèíñòâîì,
      >>
      >>
      >îäíàêî, â
      >
      >
      >>íàñòîÿøèé ìîìåíò, ìû ñ÷èòàåì íåîáõîäèìûì âûðàçèòü íàøó ïîääåðæêó.
      >>
      >>
      >Ìû
      >
      >
      >>ñ÷èòàåì ýòî íåîáõîäèìûì ïîòîìó ÷òî ìû, ê ñîæàëåíèþ, íàáëþäàåì
      >>
      >>
      >ìíîãî
      >
      >
      >>ñëó÷àåâ íåäîñòîéíîãî ïîâåäåíèÿ íàøèõ áðàòüåâ è ñåñòåð â ìèðó, à
      >>
      >>
      >òàêæå
      >
      >
      >>íåêîòîðûõ ïðåäñòàâèòåëåé íàøåãî äóõîâåíñòâà.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>Íàì î÷åíü òÿæåëî è áîëüíî íàáëþäàòü êàê ìåíüøèíñòâî ÷ëåíîâ íàøåé
      >>
      >>
      >öåðêâè
      >
      >
      >>ïðîÿâëÿþò íåóâàæåíèå ê Âàì, à òàêæå ïîêàçûâàþò íåâåðèå â
      >>Áîãîâäîõíîâåííîñòü íàøåãî Ñîáîðà. Íàì òàêæå áîëüíî âèäåòü êàê ýòè
      >>
      >>
      >æå
      >
      >
      >>ëþäè ðàñïðîñòðàíÿþò ïèñüìà, óñòðàèâàþò ñîáðàíèÿ è äèñêóññèè,
      >>
      >>
      >âûñòóïàþò ñ
      >
      >
      >>ðàçíîãî ðîäà ïðèçûâàìè. Ìíîãèå èç íèõ íå èìåþò ïðåäñòàâëåíèÿ îá
      >>
      >>
      >èñòèííîì
      >
      >
      >>ïîëîæåíèè äåë â Ðóññêîé Ïðàâîñëàâíîé Öåðêâè Ìîñêîâñêîãî
      >>
      >>
      >Ïàòðèàðõèàòà, íå
      >
      >
      >>çíàþò î öåëè ñóùåñòâîâàíèÿ Ðóññêîé Ïðàâîñëàâíîé Öåðêâè Çàãðàíèöåé,
      >>èãíîðèðóþò ìíîãîâåêîâóþ èñòîðèþ ðàñêîëîâ âíóòðè Ïðàâîñëàâíîé
      >>
      >>
      >Öåðêâè è
      >
      >
      >>òîãî êàê îíè áûëè ïðåîäîëåíû, à òàêæå èãíîðèðóþò äóõîâíóþ
      >>íåïîêîëåáèìîñòü íàøåé Çàðóáåæíîé Öåðêâè.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>Íàì òàêæå ñòûäíî è îáèäíî çà òåõ èç íàñ êòî ïîêàçûâàåò ïàëüöàìè íà
      >>íåêîòîðûõ èç Âàñ, êòî óãðîæàåò ðàñêîëîì è êòî âûäâèãàåò ñâîè
      >>
      >>
      >óñëîâèÿ äëÿ
      >
      >
      >>îáúåäèíåíèÿ ñ ÌÏ, îñíîâàííûå íà íåçíàíèè èëè íà íåâåðíîé
      >>
      >>
      >èíôîðìàöèè.
      >
      >
      >>
      >>
      >>Íàì îòðàäíî âèäåòü çíà÷èòåëüíûé ïðîãðåññ â îòíîøåíèÿõ ìåæäó
      >>
      >>
      >Çàðóáåæíîé
      >
      >
      >>Öåðêîâüþ è ÌÏ. Ìû ðóêîâîäñòâóåìñÿ âåðîé â Áîãà è â íàø Ñîáîð â
      >>
      >>
      >ïîèñêàõ
      >
      >
      >>ïðàâèëüíîãî ðàçðåøåíèÿ íàøèõ èìåþùèõñÿ ðàçíîãëàñèé. Ìû ïîíèìàåì
      >>
      >>
      >÷òî Âû,
      >
      >
      >>íàøè åïèñêîïû, õîðîøî ïîíèìàåòå òå óñëîâèÿ ïðè êîòîðûõ âîçìîæíî
      >>
      >>
      >äóõîâíîå
      >
      >
      >>åäèíåíèå è ÷òî âñå íåîáõîäèìîå áóäåò ñäåëàíî äëÿ ñîõðàíåèÿ ÷èñòîòû
      >>
      >>
      >íàøåé
      >
      >
      >>Ðóññêîé Ïðàâîñëàâíîé Âåðû.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>Ìû âåðèì â ïðàâèëüíîñòü êóðñà âûáðàííîãî Ìèòðîïîëèòîì Ëàâðîì è
      >>
      >>
      >íàøèì
      >
      >
      >>Ñîáîðîì Åïèñêîïîâ.  ïðîøëîì, âû âåëè íàñ ÷åðåç íåëåãêèå âðåìåíà
      >>ñëîæíûõ êàíîíè÷åñêèõ è äóõîâíûõ ðåøåíèé è ìû ïðîäîëæàåì âåðèòü â
      >>
      >>
      >òî,
      >
      >
      >>÷òî âû ïðîâåäåòå íàñ è ÷åðåç ýòî òðóäíîå âðåìÿ.
      >>
      >>
      >>
      >>/Èñïîëëà ýòè äåñïîòà!/
      >>
      >>//
      >>
      >>*If you wish to include your name on this document, please e-mail
      >>
      >>
      >your
      >
      >
      >>name, church and city to* supportforbishops@m...
      >><http://us.f532.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?
      >>
      >>
      >To=supportforbishops@m...>
      >
      >
      >>
      >>*Åñëè Âû æåëàåòå ïðèñîåäèíèòüñÿ ê ýòîìó ïèñüìó, ïîæàëóéñòà
      >>
      >>
      >ñîîáùèòå èìÿ,
      >
      >
      >>ôàìèëèþ, ïðèõîä ê êîòîðîìó Âû ïðèíàäëåæèòå è ãîðîä íà ñëåäóþùèé
      >>
      >>
      >àäðåñ:*
      >
      >
      >>supportforbishops@m...
      >><http://us.f532.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?
      >>
      >>
      >To=supportforbishops@m...>
      >
      >
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