Re: [orthodox-synod] Metropolitan Anastassy re: Head of Russian Church
- This was written in 1948. Right after the war when everyone hoped things
would change. Metr.Anastassy always prayed and hoped that things
would change in Russia. He wrote the this statement with this in mind.
During the war Stalin opened Churches. Metr.Anastassy knew this and thought
things had changed. He did choose his words wisely and the
Patriarch of Stalin's creation did not respond. The rest is history.
His successors saw that no change is in the horizan. They saw that
Metr.Anastassy was right in that the Communists were infiltrating all
aspects of life everywhere. They serve with heretics and are in the WCC a
Wouldn't one say that Fr.Alexander is beating a dead drum which stopped
beating after it was obvious that the MP was in heresy and under the
influence of KGB.
These things are obvious now as they weren't then.
If Metr.Laurus would refer the MP as the Russian Church than ROCOR would
most definetly be in schism. Don't you agree Father?
After all , after researching more material up to the present time the First
Hierarch's after Metr.Anastassy changed their opinion. Just as Fr.Alexander
STATEMENTS, etc.. "http://www.monasterypress.com/statements.html"
From: "Fr. Alexander Lebedeff" <lebedeff@...>
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Subject: [orthodox-synod] Metropolitan Anastassy re: Head of Russian Church
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 06:55:28 -0800
I was just rereading Metropolitan Anastassy's lengthy Epistle, dated
October 1945, entitled "Epistle to Russian Orthodox People Regarding the
'Appeal of Patriarch Alexei to the Archpastors and Clergy of the so-called
Karlovatsk Orientation'" (published in Jordanville in the Jubilee
collection of the works of Metropolitan Anastassy on the occasion of the
50th Anniversary of his service as a clergyman, in 1948, pp. 213-228)
It begins with the words:
"The new head of the Russian Church Patriarch Alexei, . . ." (p. 213)
In Russian: "Novyj vozglavitel' Russkoj Tserkvi Patriarkh Aleksij. . ."
Not the "new head of the Moscow Patriarchate."
Not the "pseudo-Patriarch of the pseudo-Church calling itself the Russian
Not the "appointed by Stalin head of the Soviet false Church.'
But--simply the "head of the Russian Church Patriarch Alexei."
Was this a typo?
A simple oversight?
Did Metropolitan Anastassy simply misspeak? (Or miswrite?)
In the same Epistle, on page 221, we read:
"Because the current head of the Russian Church follows the example. . ."
In Russian: "Poskol'ku nyneshnij glava Russkoj Tserkvi podrazahet primeru. .
On page 225, again, speaking about Patriarch Alexei:
"The dependence of the new head of the Russian Church. . ."
"Zavisimost' novago vozglavitelya Russkoj Tserkvi. . ."
and, later on the same page:
". . .between the Bishops [of the Church] Abroad and the current head of
the Russian Church. . ."
". . .mezhdu Zarubezhnymi episkopami i nyneshnim glavoju Russkoj Tserkvi. .
Now, just a comment.
Everyone knows that Metropolitan Anastassy was extremely wise,
intelligent,literate and very delibrate and careful in his choice of words
Yet he carefully and deliberately used the term "Head of the Russian
Church" with regards to Patriarch Alexei--not once, but many times.
This is also consistent with the wording of his Epistle to the American
Flock in 1945, and the Conciliar Wpistle of the Sobor of Bishops of the
Church Abroad in Munich in 1946.
In every case, the words: Head (glava or vozglavitel'), or Helmsman
(kormchij) are used, with no derogatory descriptive words added, such as
"lzhe-patriarkh" (pseudo-patriarch) or pseudo- or false-Church. In fact,
the term "Moscow Patriarchate" is avoided, and the Church headed by
Patriarch Alexei is called simply "the Russian Church."
For those who try to insist that a change in the fundamental positions ofthe
Church Abroad has taken place since the Sobor of 2000, or that Fr.
Alexander or Fr. John are "rewriting the history of the Church Abroad"-- I
suggest that they think about how Metropolitan Anastassy referred to
Patriarch Alexei and the Moscow Patriarchate in official Epistles in
Actually, times **have** changed.
Metropolitan Laurus and the Bishops of the Church Abroad, unlike
Metropolitan Anastassy, do **not** refer to the Moscow Patriarchate simply
as "the Russian Church"--and do **not** refer to the current Partiarch of
Moscow simply as "the head of the Russian Church."
In fact, any bishop who would so state would probably be subject to censure.
Something to ponder.
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff
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