Re: [orthodox-synod] Russian Deanery in California
- Dear Alexei,
The OCA always tries to bring in this idea that loving each other is enough.
Orthodoxy has always held to the teaching that we need truth and right
teaching, not only love. Besides which, this idea of love seems to be a
sentimental, mooshy-gooshy kind of thing that has no substance. Love is
willing to lay down one's life for one's brother. When the Moscow
Patriarchate is grabbing properties in the Holy Land, is the OCA stepping in
and saying anything? I haven't heard about it.
The church is one. How can you say your church has unity even in itself if
it is celebrating on two separate calendars? We believe that we are
celebrating with the saints in heaven. Who are you celebrating with if you
celebrate thirteen days earlier?
You say you commemorate the saints at your liturgy. But you also
commemorate enemies of the Church. How does this prove your love for the
If we truly love and pray for Orthodox Christians, then let us be united in
mind, and in faith and in teaching. Let us be united with the Church, with
the saints, and not with this world.
Theodora of the Prairies
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alexei Tcherkassov" <rubezhi@...>
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2000 11:51 PM
Subject: [orthodox-synod] Russian Deanery in California
> I'd like to clarify some points about OCA Russian Deanery in
> California (Russkoe Missionerskoe Blagochinie).
> 1. Currently it includes 5 parishes. All of them are on Old Calendar.
> They use only Church Slavonic in Services;
> 2. Clergy and lay people in those parishes doing a lot of work for
> Russian people in US and in Russia itself. Help with finding jobs,
> legal help, organizing Russian schools and Russian music/art studios
> in US. They are helping needy in Russia (for example, hospital for
> blind children in St. Petersburg, orthodox orphanage house in
> Nerehta, Valaam monastery, multiple parishes in Siberia...);
> 3. I'm personally thankful to these people for all they dedication
> towards Orthodoxy and to my Russian Motherland;
> 4. I'm thankful to be a parish member of Christ The Saviour Church in
> San Francisco (OCA), where the dean father Vasily serves.
> 5. Look. During the lityrgy we pray for patriarch Tihon, for Serafim
> Sarovsky, for St. Vladimir, for St. Ioann San Francisky, for Russian
> people (v Otechestve i rasseyanii)... Don't we have a lot in common
> with god-loving people in ROCOR and MP, other Orthodox churches? Our
> earthly existence is so short. Don't we want to bring more Love and
> Good vs. jurisdictional discussions.
> I hope that I didn't sound like an evil ecumenist and modernist.
> We always pray for all Orthodox people. Pray for me too, please.
> Sinful Alexei
> This mailing list's archives are at
- <<When the Moscow Patriarchate is grabbing properties in the Holy Land, is
the OCA stepping in and saying anything?>>
As a matter of fact, it has, throgh none other than Met. Theodosius himself!
In 1997, When the "land grab" was moving into Phase II with the dispossession
of the Hebron Monastics, His Beatitude sent a sycophantic missive to His
Holiness, Alexei II. See http://www.oca.org/OCA/Official/1997-to-PMO-0711.htm
and notice that the message makes no reference to the brutality or
questionable legalities involved. I guess being a "Daughter Church" of the MP
implies certain loyalties, regardless of the facts.
- As I believe I have mentioned before, The Most Blessed Theodosius, in his
article (July, 1995) on the 25th anniversary of the autocephaly of the OCA,
said there are those who think the OCA would be better off back in the
Moscovite fold. Being a politician, it is unlikely His Beatitude the
Archbishop would want to offend that segment of the OCA constituency.
However, as I have pointed out (in print, in One Church): The OCA was in
formal schism from Moscow, in 1924; they were in declared schism, since
1934; that Moscow finally decided to cut the umbillical cord in 1970, was,
for lack of a better term: Inevitable.
History may be ugly, sometimes, but it will still be history.