- Oct.22nd (Orth. cal.) <6th hour> + St. Abercius
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, and, especially, you, . ..the
souls who have departed the Church,
Please, stop the whining and feeling injured. Keep in mind, it
is you and your like-minded brothers, who are joining in on a
Synod list, clearly defined as for "members and friends of..."
Forgive me, somehow I lost the thread of just WHO charged
WHAT in the exchanges. The Charges of high crimes,
misdemeanors and heretical stewardship against ROCOR'S
hierarchs, are severe, but vague and , apparently, based on your
own divinations and dire predictions. I'll make bold one dire
prediction concerning your group(s), YOUR SCHISM WILL END
IN SCANDAL AND SHAME, . . . very soon.
Furthermore, I'll stop lamenting the "schism". I call ROCiE,
"HOCNiE (v)" because it suggests just where the hearts and
minds of the new groups were formed. But what does that little
"vee" stand for? Is it a boast or confession that they've split the
Church into, at least, five new splinter groups? Perhaps it's an
inversion of the Russian letter "L" (Lavra), whom they know they
should be under, if their pride would allow them to repent.
Plainly said, there is a "high correlation" of past (God forbid
future) ties with the HOCNA (Boston/Panteleimonites) group.
Personally, I lament that we ever had any dealings with them, as
they stained our Russian Church's otherwise pure and virtuous
reputation. Since that time, I'll have to admit, we've been much
weakened and injured.
It's very painful to see that much of the vitriol of the first weeks
continues. Are the blue hues of our Synod web-site a problem?
Note: Blue is the correlative color of a Russian Orthodox
Metropolitan. One Gospodin Sprukstzts (sp?), at the outset of
the schism engaged in such unpleasant vitriol, that I remember
feeling my stomach turn at his attacks and mockery of our dear
Metropolitan. I attended seminary with some of these fellows,
and I am familiar with a few of the key figures in HOCiE. Even 5
or 6 years ago, some of these individuals were at Jordanville
beginning their campaign of "AGITATORSTVO"; defining,
declaring,passing out papers under dormitory doors, classifying
and slandering, searching for "zhidomasoni'" (Jewmasons) and
"Skrytiyekumenisti' (veiled ecumenists). Did you find them? Am I
one of them? . . . to ridiculous extremes of hiding microphones
under your cassocks, . . .to catch someone, anyone guilty of
"revealing his "ecumenism" or heretical inclinations; one, an
Athonite Great-Schema Hieromonk and Old-Ritualist, another an
Archimandrite and former cell-attendant to St. John (each of
them now serve, obediently and diligently, in the Holy Land and
finally, [then] Archbishop Lavra, who was maligned, and
accused, and derided. Enough. I am not searching for villains,
for I may be, indeed, the most villainous of all. Certainly the most
Rather, . . .rather repent, please, and submit yourselves to the
faithful, true and loving and Concilliar Holy hierarchs of the
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Contrast the
sobriety, love, simplicity, and steadfastness of our Chief
Hierarch, Metropolitan Lavra, to your own "Synod[s]".
I await your fierce attack, . . . and attack you will, it's inevitable.
Welcome to the SYNOD list boys. Sorry, I can't respond
promptly, I've Divine Services to fulfill, diapers to Change,
wooden gates to start sanding, and Brio, don't forget Brio.
priest Dmitry Wieber ( " . . .it takes one to know one, and, yes, I,
apparently, have some jewish blood ")
St. Juliana of Lazarevo Russian Orthodox Church
Santa Fe, New ("it's in the United States, folks") Mexico