Father Lev Lebedeff died in the Synod building when he came to give this
important report below, it is indeed somewhat paradoxical that the soviet MP metr. Nikodim died at the feet of the heretic pope in Rome... his disciple metr. Kyril rumoured to be also a secret catholic, apart from being the current No 1 ecumenist in the MP, who
has just taken the ROCA church complex in full - in BARI, Italy from his "now" friend (as Archbishop Mark stated in the SF SOBOR to my question that he once hated this ecumenist/kgb agent) - so forget about Ottawa, Hebron, Jericho... 33 serebreniki of betrayal of ROCA have been accepted and extinguished... long live the republic! long live the unia with the MP! but alas the MP Bishop Diomid has said the TRUTH about the post soviet MP! I hope this will awaken the sleeping and indifferent many in our ROCA parishes before the 11th hour
.. O Lord so help me!
Glory to God! Vechnaya Pamyat to a true ROCA priest Father Lebed! Unworthy protodeacon Basil from Canberra
Report to the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church
Archpriest Lev Lebedeff
1. THE PERIOD WE ARE LIVING THROUGH
The world and humanity, plunging ever deeper and more rapidly into the
state of Sodom and Gomorrah, are moving inexorably towards completion
of the new Tower of Babel of the "new world order" - in other words,
towards Antichrist. After him will follow the Second Glorious Coming of Christ.
This is the essence of the point in time through which we are living.
2. THE POSITION OF ORTHODOXY
Against the background of these occurrences and in the context of them
it is especially sad to see the majority of the once Orthodox local
Churches being actively drawn into this world wide construction process through
the ecumenical and interfaith movement, and drawing their flocks into the
Ziggurat of this new Babylon. The only significant island of God's
truth still left in the world is the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
("ROCA"). Some of the Old Calendar groups in Greece, Romania and
Bulgaria, as well as individual zealots of Orthodoxy in other countries have
become smaller islands standing firm in the truth.
3. THE POSITION OF THE MOSCOW "PATRIARCHATE"
The Moscow Patriarchate ("MP"), which was unlawful (uncanonical) in its
very origin, is by its nature an ecclesiastical organization which,
since 1927 and in the guise of serving Christ, has been actively serving
Antichrist. Therefore it is far from surprising, in fact it is
completely logical, that now the MP is actively taking part in constructing the
Babylon of the new world order; this was stated precisely and
accurately in the "Appeal" dated 30 October / 12 November 1997 from the Conference of
ROCA Bishops in Russia held in Yalta.
The occasional outbursts of anti-ecumenical sentiment within the MP as
well as protests by individual members of its clergy against countless other
acts of departure from the truth are nothing more than the feeble
convulsions of an organism that is dying or already dead.
All this is attributable to the fact that the present Russian speaking
population of the Russian Federation, including that part of it which
professes the Orthodox faith, is in a state where it completely
"believes a lie." This is to be typical of people in the times of Antichrist and is
described by St. Paul as God's punishment "because they received not
the love of truth" (II Thess. 2, 10-11).
4. THE POSITION OF THE RUSSIAN SPEAKING POPULATION OF RUSSIA
The entire Russian Orthodox people (including some 80 million people in
the central part of Russia alone), together with Holy Russia itself, was in
large measure physically destroyed during the period from 1917 to 1945
- in just 28 years! Thus it was that the Lord granted the Russian People,
through crucifixion on the Golgotha of history, to attain to a
victorious resurrection in the Jerusalem on High of the Kingdom of Heaven, thereby
removing this people from the contemporary historical process. At the
same time starting in 1917 a new "Soviet people" was artificially cultivated
in the USSR - a "new historical community" as the party and government of
the USSR expressed it in 1977.
But when put to the test this "new Soviet people" proved to be not even
a people, since it has no sense of its own unity, but a conglomerate of
Russian speaking population, and it has completely gone to pieces since
1991. Therefore, with the exception of a small remnant of Russians
living abroad, at the present time the Russian people no longer exists on this
5. THE STATE OF THE RUSSIAN SPEAKING BELIEVERS
The Russian speaking believers in Russia are characterized by a
predominance of earthly interests over spiritual, by an underhand,
dishonest psychology, by "believing a lie," and by "the fearful, and
unbelieving, and the abominable" (Rev. 21,8). Magic and sorcery have
spread to an extraordinary degree. Nobody seeks Christ and His righteousness:
each seeks only "his own." What really proves this is that since 1990-1991,
in circumstances of real freedom of conscience in Russia, the Russian
speakers have not turned en masse, as an entire people, to the Church and to
A certain insignificant revival of faith and a trickle of young people
into the Church has taken place, but now even this is on the wane. If we go
by the statistics, at the present time in the Russian Federation there are
no more than 15-20 million Orthodox believers, and only half as many
attend church. According to the data of the MP, while as recently as
1993 voluntary donations from individuals made up 43% of all the
"patriarchate's" revenues, in 1997 they represented only 6%! The
"patriarchate" obtains the rest from usurious money-lending, trading in
oil, vodka and tobacco and from other forms of "business," as well as
from poorly understood foreign sources.
It is sometimes said that in Russia there is no small number of good,
fine people. But the same could be said of the Catholics and Protestants in
any western country. It is also said that in Russia even now one can find,
even in the bosom of the MP, pious people zealously struggling in prayer and
fasting. But it is important to understand that these are not the first
rays of sunrise, but the last rays of the sunset. On a rubbish dump you
might find antiques, icons and even things made of gold, but still it
is not a palace and not a temple, but just a rubbish dump.100 years ago,
in 1899, Vladika Anthony (Khrapovitsky) wrote of the "unchurched" part of
Russian society of his time: "It is no longer a people, but a rotting
corpse, which takes its rotting as a sign of life, while on it, or in
it, live only moles, worms and foul insects... for in a living body they
would find no satisfaction for their greed, and there would be nothing for
them to live on" (Talberg, "History of the Russian Church," Jordanville,
1959, p. 831). At the end of the last century and the beginning of our
twentieth century this rotting part of the Russian population made up about 5 -
6% of the total. Now, at the end of the twentieth century, in Russia it
constitutes 94 - 95%. The entire Russian Federation taken as a whole is
a "rotting corpse."
6. THE POSITION OF THE ROCA IN RELATION TO THE MP
One cannot but admit that the apostate, heretical and criminal state of
the overwhelming majority of the MP hierarchy corresponds entirely to this
state of society as a whole; it is one of the "moles" or "worms"
greedily devouring whatever it can still find to devour in the rotting corpse.
Under these circumstances what can the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
have in common with the Moscow "Patriarchate"? Nothing! Hence it
follows that any kind of "dialogue" or "conference" with the MP with the aim of
clarifying "what divides us and what unites us" is either an abysmal
failure to understand the essence of things or a betrayal of God's
truth and the Church. What divides us is literally everything! And what
unites us is nothing, except perhaps the outward forms of church buildings,
clerical vestments and the order of services (but not in all respects even
Therefore it is necessary to realize clearly and confirm officially
that now the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia is not a part of the
Church of Russia, but the only lawful Russian Church in all its fullness!
We must also understand that this is realized by the Moscow
This is the reason why it is seeking to be recognized just as it is
(without rejecting its apostasy and heresies) by the ROCA. Such
"recognition" of the MP by the ROCA would provide the MP with the
appearance of legitimacy in the eyes of the entire world. But this
cannot be allowed to happen.
The ROCA must renounce its dreams and illusions regarding the "rebirth
of Russia." Unless there is to be some extraordinary and unpredictable
intervention of God in earthly affairs, and assuming that by His
permission and providence everything continues in the same direction as at
present, then Russia is finished. May God only grant that through excessive
attachment to Russia the ROCA will not plunge together with it into the
abyss of perdition. Now it is necessary just to "hold fast to that
which you have." And if one's soul still suffers pain for the Russian
speaking population of Russia, then it is only through constant and firm reproof
of the MP, and not through making advances towards it, that it is possible
to save those in Russia who still seek salvation and are capable of
It is therefore essential to return to the uncompromising attitude
towards the MP which was taken by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
from the beginning. And it is quite wrong, under the pretext of "the good of
the Church" and "operational efficiency," to undermine the authority of a
Primate of the ROCA who is capable of distinguishing truth from
falsehood and of "discerning the spirits."
Recently the ROCA has been afflicted by a whole series of disasters one
after the other. The murder of the guardian of the miraculous
Myrrh-streaming Iveron icon was especially terrible. Remember that the
miraculous flow of holy oil from it began in 1982. Just before that the
ROCA had glorified the Holy New Martyrs of Russia, lead by the Royal
Family, among the choir of the saints, and in 1983 the anathema was
proclaimed against the heresy of ecumenism. It is clear that the flow
of holy oil from the Iveron icon was a sign of God's approval of the ROCA
for its firm stand in the truth against all kinds of falsehood, including
the falsehood of the MP. But now it is after the very indecisive
resolutions of the Bishops' Council of the ROCA in 1993 and 1994 and the subsequent
steps taken by some of our hierarchs towards rapprochement with the MP that
these disasters began, one after the other - disasters which bear witness to
the withdrawal of God's beneficence towards our Church, because of its
deviation from the truth. How many more disasters do the supporters of
fraternization with the criminal and heretical MP wish to bring down
Address given by Metropolitan Vitaly at the funeral of Archpriest
Christ is Risen!, Christ is Risen!, Christ is Risen!
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Today we have held the funeral of an outstanding pastor of our Russian
Orthodox Church Outside Russia and prepared him for burial and for his
eternal repose in the Heavenly Kingdom.
Through his death each Orthodox Christian, even the most insignificant
person in society, always leaves some kind of spiritual lesson and
edification. For each Christian, if he is in some measure a Christian,
fulfills at least one word of the Gospel in his life. How much the more
does this apply to such an outstanding pastor as was Father Archpriest
Lev Lebedeff, who lived his whole life in full view of all! He has left us
a remarkable example and spiritual lesson.
We are all sinful people. We are all, without exception, given over to
passions, or vices, but with most of us our passions overtake us and
often darken our reason and the feeling powers of our hearts, to such an
extentthat we lose our objectivity and our view of the world becomes somewhat
Father Lev Lebedeff was no stranger to human passions and we all know
He did not conceal it, but he had a special gift of the Holy Spirit and
this passion of his in no way clouded his reason or the powers of his
heart. He always saw exactly what was right and what was not right,
truth and falsehood, and he expressed his thoughts boldly and openly. This is
a very rare gift of God, when a human passion is quite unable to affect
the human thought processes and the feeling powers of the heart. Fr. Lev
Lebedeff preserved this special gift of God throughout his life. This
is why we listened to him. And this is why we considered him to be a most
worthy pastor. So may God grant us to receive even a tiny fraction of
thisgift - to receive God's gift of seeing truth and falsehood and their
utterly opposite nature in full clarity.
Most Reverend Bishops, that is exactly what I wish with all my heart
forall of us. Amen.
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