Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Three New Official Documents from our ROCA Bishops

INFORMATIONAL GENERAL SHARING: Three New Official Documents from our ROCA Bishop's Meeting in Odessa

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Dan Everiss

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Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 11:46 AM
*I share this with all, WITH TEXTS WHICH  WERE JUST INTERNET POSTED TODAY, with my apology:- that putting this rough and imprecise machine-'English' into a good and correct UNDERSTANDABLEhuman-English, a faithful and a correct translation from the Russian, SO THAT THE MEANING IS TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL RUSSIAN,  is simply an impossible task for me. So, awaiting a good human-English translation of these three important official ROCA documents, I must do what little I can which is to simply share this Russian/machine-'English' version.

When these important documents are produced in correct and good human-English, I shall then share them.
Rd. Daniel Everiss in O
regon


MINUTES
Magazines of the session of the Synod of Bishops 11/24 - 13/26 April 2018
The sessions of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia were held from 11/24 to 13/26 April 2018 in Odessa, at the Synodal Mission.
Present: His Eminence Metropolitan AGAFANGEL (Chairman of the Synod), His Grace Georgios, Archbishop of Chisinau and Moldavia (Secretary of the Synod), His Grace, His Grace AFANASY, Bishop of Vologda and Veliky Ustyug, His Grace Kirill, Bishop of Voronezh and South Russia, and, at the invitation of His Grace, the Most Reverend ANFIM, Bishop The Basarabian.
Members of the Synod of Right Reverend GRIGORIA, Bishop of San Pauls and South American and His Grace, NICON, Bishop of Ishim and Sibirskiy took part in the work of the Synod on Skype.
Present: Assistant Secretary of the Synod Prot. Sergiy Begashov
JOURNAL №1
Listened: the Chairman of the Agenda.
Resolved: To adopt the agenda for the session of the Synod of Bishops in the following form:
1. The report of the Chairman
2. Messages of the Right Reverend on the state of affairs in the dioceses.
3. Consideration of the cases of clerics who have left the Synod.
4. About the Synodal House.
5. About petitions of clergymen on reception in ROCOR
6. On the banned in the priesthood archbishop. Andronicus and the Archbishop. Sophoronium.
7. On the glorification of the saints.
8. Financial report.
9. Miscellaneous.
Magazine №2
Listened: Primate's report
Decided: To take note of the Chairman's report.
Magazine №3
Listened: the draft Appeal on the danger of self-isolation.
Resolved: To approve Treatment as amended.
Journal No. 4
Listened: The Chairman's proposal for an additional petition for the unity of the Church on the Sentient Litany.
Resolved: To approve additionally the petition on the Sacred Litany before "About the Fruit-Bearing" in the following way: "Oh, strengthen the unity of the Church of Your Saints, ruin our pride and affirm humility and love, let us be one with Christ, as He is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, we pray to Ti, hear and have mercy "
Magazine №5
Listened: Messages of the Most Reverend about the state of affairs in the dioceses.
Resolved: Messages of the Right Reverend take note.
Magazine №6
They listened to: the President about the disenfranchisement of the rank. Joseph (Sukhova)
Resolved: Deprive the rank of the Hieromonk. Joseph (Sukhov) with the possibility of appealing to the church court until the next Synod. If an appeal is not filed within the specified time limit, this decision is not subject to appeal.
Journal No. 7
They heard: the President about the deprivation of dignity. Sergy Criulina
Decided: Deprive the dignity of the Sir. Sergi Criulina with the opportunity to appeal to the church court until the next Synod. If an appeal is not filed within the specified time limit, this decision is not subject to appeal.
Magazine №8
Listened: the Chairman of the deprivation of the rank of the former priest Leonid Plyats
Resolved: To bring to notice the Holy Church and its saints, Leonid Georgievich Plyats, who denied Orthodoxy and left for the venerable sect that by his actions he trampled on the grace of the Holy Spirit, rejected, received Baptism and denied the holy dignity and, so Thus, he placed himself outside the Church of Christ. That the Synod of Bishops also states, deciding to ejaculate Leonid Plyaz from the holy rank.
Magazine №9
They listened: the Chairman of the Synodal House and the proposal of Agapia's mother about moving the Synodal House to another address.
Resolved: To express to Mother Agapia gratitude for her cares for the affirmation of our Church in the United States. At the same time, the issue of the sale of the Synodal House can not currently be put on the agenda, as payments continue to be made for it and there is a real parish. If there is no possibility to repay the loan, we will be forced to return to the discussion of this issue.
Journal №10
Listened: The draft message of the Synod of Bishops
Resolved: To endorse the draft message of the Synod of Bishops, as amended.
Journal No. 11
Listened: the Chairman of Arseny Moseykov's petition for his accession to the ROCA
Resolved : Tell Arseniy Moseykov that we do not have free parishes and vacant posts. We can return to your question only after the creation of your parishes or communities, in the case of their further application for adherence to the ROCA and their desire to see you as their clergyman.
Magazine №12
Listened : The President of the request of the priest Melchizedek to join him to the ROCA
Resolved: To refuse the clergyman Melchizedek in his address due to the fact that he avoids official meetings in every possible way and does not give an opportunity to make sure of the information he provided.
Magazine №13
Listened to: the President of the request of representatives of the Croatian Church
Resolved: Due to the prolonged absence of contact, leave the question without consideration.
Journal No. 14
Listened: the Chairman of the banned archbishop. Andronicus and the Archbishop. Sophrony
Decided: To postpone the final decision on the deprivation of the rank of banned in the priesthood archbishop. Andronicus and the Archbishop. Sophronia until the next Bishops' Council.
Journal No. 15
Listen: Secretary of the Synod Archbishop. George on the date of the Bishops' Council
Resolved : The time of the Bishops' Council is determined from 10/23 to 12/25 October inclusive, at the Synodal Mission in Odessa.
Magazine №16
They listened to : the Chairman of the need for the canonization of the Council of the First Hierarchs of the ROCOR Metropolitan Anthony, Anastasia and Vitaly.
Resolved: To approve the proposal for canonization and begin preparations for it.
Journal No. 17
Listened: the financial report.
Decided: Approve the financial report.
Journal No. 18
They listened: еп. Athanasius, reporting on the receipt of questions from our flock regarding the chipping of the population in the Russian Federation.
We decided to issue the following definition: We call upon our flock to refrain from introducing any electronic devices or chips into their bodies, capable, possibly, to influence the mental or physical state of a person, in order to manipulate and control him, cherishing God's gift of his free will and bearing in mind the words of the apostle: "Do you not know that your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your bodies and in your souls, which are God's. " (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).
12/25 April 2018, pr. Basil, Spanish, En. Pari
Chairman of the Synod of Bishops
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
Members of the Synod
+ Archbishop George (Secretary of the Synod)
+ Bishop Athanasius
+ Bishop Kirill 
+ Bishop Gregory
+ Bishop Nikon 
+ Bishop Anfim




MESSAGE • EPISTLE
Synod of Bishops to all faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Christ is Risen!
     Having gathered in these Easter days in the God-saved city of Odessa, the Synod of Bishops congratulates its flock on the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ! May this great event of all of us strengthen on the mournful way of carrying the truth of Christ in the midst of the modern numerous departures and apostasy!
     Thank God, God's mercy is open to us both as a true Orthodox faith, and for the Church that contains this truth. We have everything that is necessary for salvation, and our task is to bring this truth in our souls and hearts to the Last Judgment of God.
     He strengthens us all with His mercy and grace Christ, as well as the prayers of His Most Pure Mother and Saints. But we must vigilantly and diligently pray for each other in our sly and sorrowful time.  The Church of Christ is one and one, and the true Church must testify to the world about the truth, including its real unity.  Strengthening of unity directly depends on each member of the Church, therefore we will serve Christ, strengthening the unity of the Church created by Him, praying ceaselessly for each other, and for the entire earthly Church!
     In fulfillment of this aspiration, we invite all of our parishes to include in the special litany, before the petition "We pray for the bearers ...", the petition for strengthening the unity of the Church of Christ: 

"Oh strengthen the unity of the Church of Your Saints, ruin our pride and affirm humility and love, yes We will be one with Christ, as He is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, we pray, hear and have mercy."

May this good deed serve the glory of God and the benefit of the Church.
Verily, Christ is risen!
12/25 April 2018, pr. Basil, Spanish, En. Pari
Chairman of the Synod of Bishops
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
Members of the Synod
+ Archbishop George (Secretary of the Synod)
+ Bishop Athanasius
+ Bishop Kirill 
+ Bishop Gregory
+ Bishop Nikon

+ Bishop Anfim



APPEAL
Synod of Bishops of the ROCA in 2018 on the danger of self-isolation
     In our apostasy time, unfortunately, the dangerous tendency of self-isolation of those who consider themselves to be in "true Orthodoxy" has spread widely.  If earlier, since Byzantium, the civil Orthodox authority, in the event of serious disagreements among Christians, could convoke church councils, and at these Councils, carefully considering all the arguments and arguments, come to a general council decision, which was mandatory for all, thanks to but now there is no such power, and it is impossible to resist the dispersion of Christians with the help of the state.
     On the contrary, the power of the theophany was doing exactly the opposite - making great efforts to divide the Church with the goal of its complete annihilation.  It was in the divisions that she saw one of the main ways of destroying the Church.  Now, these divisions often occur not with the help of power, but proceed, to a great extent, from within the Church itself.
     If before the catacombs made many efforts to find a legitimate bishop, since they were deeply Orthodox people, they understood that without the bishop there is no church, now our land is filled with impostors surrounded by deceived them and those who got used to ignorance and indifference.  Presenting itself as a "small herd", and the words of Christ: "I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Mt 16.18), applying exclusively to themselves and to their present state, they do not think at all about what might happen to them tomorrow.
     Much to our regret, the path of such groups is one - first, spiritual marginalization, finally turning them into a sect, and then diminishing and extinction.  Already, we can name a few almost extinct groups from among those who considered themselves to be the "continuation" of the ROCOR.  Similar to the catacombs, but they were linked by external circumstances, and they are not guilty of what happened.  It is impossible to justify modern "zealots" who are arranging ever new and new schisms in the Church.  Modern Russian "true jurisdictions," or "standing for truth," are in the stage of physical extinction, most of them do not even have a chance of having the next generation of their followers.  We appeal not to those who adhere to the most extreme views, unfortunately, it is impossible to reach them.  We appeal to those of whom the Savior spoke: "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Mt. 11.15).  We hope that there are still many such among the scattered Christians around the world.
     Our Synod of Bishops, like the Synod of the Greek CPI, constantly made and makes efforts to overcome schisms.  And today we call on all those who walk their paths on the off-road, or swim on their own, as they say, from the "broken church ship," to enter into negotiations to find out the possibility of overcoming the church division.  This is the only way that will allow us to jointly strengthen our Church and transmit the good news of salvation to many more people.  In a spiritual union with the Greek, Romanian and Bulgarian Old Calendarist Churches, this is feasible.  The Church does not need us, but we need to stay in the bosom of the One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
     Today, the only unifying force is the fear of God and the Christian conscience.  Therefore, our Synod of Bishops again calls upon all Orthodox Christians to unite around the true confession of the Orthodox faith, the ordained bishops, the living Orthodox tradition, the keeper of which was the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the sacred sacraments they contain, the most important of which is the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.  Unite around Christ - the only Savior of the One Church.
12/25 April 2018, pr. Basil, Spanish, En. Pari
Chairman of the Synod of Bishops
+ Metropolitan Agafangel
Members of the Synod
+ Archbishop George (Secretary of the Synod)
+ Bishop Athanasius
+ Bishop Kirill 
+ Bishop Gregory
+ Bishop Nikon
+ Bishop Anfim

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