[orthodox-synod] Fr.Lebedeff's Love, Compassion and Mercy
- Fr. Lebedeff, you write, that strict observance to rules of piety and
fasting are only part of what is an Orthodox Christian. St. Seraphim of
Sarov, on the other hand, said very plainly: If you do not follow the fasts,
you are not Orthodox. As you know, Father, in the Orthodox Church we
prostrate, unlike in the West, which stands on its knees. Thus it is not
surprising when we read that Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky, turned to
the people who were on their knees during the Cherubic Hymn and said: Why
are you standing like cats? What is sad is our priests don't teach us.
Teach us about our Faith, we can read about politics in the newspapers.
You write, Matthewites/Panteleimonites/Fundamentalists/Catacombers are all
defined not by their caring for the Orthodox faith, but primarily by their
hatred for the New calendarists and the Moscow Patriarchate. WHOSE
DEFINITION are you quoting? I never heard anyone say this other than the
embittered few, who have animosity for anyone or several of the above
You yourself may have read how the New Calendarists with police would enter
an Old Calendarists' Church, spill their communion from the chalice and
trample on it, beat the priests, shave them and put them into jail. Also,
torture and imprison the people and force them to accept the new calendar. I
can almost understand why Old Calendarists some of whom may even hate the
New Calendarists because of this. It is the same as to love the KGB who
beat and torture. My grandparents remember well and feared the Soviet
priests who were informers to the authorities. In fact, recently I met a
young Russian woman from Italy who was looking for a church. When I asked
her what church she is attending in Italy, she said: "Any church, but the
Moscow Patriarchate for I know what they are all about."
So if I use Logic 101, based on your premises: Matthewites/Panteleimonites/
Fundamentalists/ Catacombers, because they do not give communion or serve
with New Calendarists, Moscow Patriarchate and Serbian Church, they have no
love, mercy or compassion. But if one serves with these churches, then,
they have love, mercy or compassion of which, evidently, you are full of.
Our Saviour talked with the Samaritan woman, showed her mercy, love and
compassion, but he did not go to pray with her at their place of worship.
Bringing up the Pharisees and the fasts - this argument the Baptists cite
when they accuse the Orthodox. Apostle Paul teaches that women should cover
their heads, but we in ROCA don't -- it is for the simple folks, we are
educated, we know better.
From the posts which you and I read, Fr. Azkoul must be a "Panteleimonite".
Then according to you, Fr. Lebedeff, "He is a Pharisee, or someone who has
a lot of hatred for the New Calendarists, OCA, and Moscow Patriarchate."
Yet, in all of his posts he is very kind and respectful. He cites the
canons of the Church, his explanations are clear, and I thank him for them.
He writes as a concerned Christian and not with judgement. How does that
explain your strong condemnation of such as he?
Yes, the Old Calendar Church certainly has many jurisdictions, but we,
Russians, are not too far behind. We have: Moscow Patriarchate, Old
Believers, ROCA, OCA, Paris Exarchate, Russian Free Church, Catacomb Church,
Russians under Old Calendar Bishops. You see, we have splintered much
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