Epistles & Articles of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

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2008 Nativity Epistle

Nativity Epistle of His Eminence Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York Honorable prelates, dear pastors, brothers and sisters! The light fades and the darkness deepens – we draw near to the end of the Seventh Day. There is no clear or noticeable difference in the edifice of the […]

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A Lenten Epistle to the God-loving Pastors and Faithful of the South American Diocese

Beloved honorable Fathers, brothers and sisters in Christ! The time of Great Lent is at hand. In the yearly cycle in the life of the Church, the coming days are days of repentance. We celebrated the Nativity of Christ and Theophany, and since the feast day of Theophany, we have […]

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At the Glorification of the New Martyrs of Russia

This epistle to the flock was delivered on the ocassion of the glorification of the New Martyrs of Russia. In it, the Bishops of the Church Abroad express the unity in spirit with the new martyrs and the catacomb church. To the Children of the Russian Orthodox Church in the […]

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Epistle of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia to our faithful pastors and beloved flock

In this extremely important epistle, the council of bishops outlines the responsibility of the Church Abroad in Russia, and explains the reasons for the establishment of a church administration there.   As God willed, in 1920 a portion of the one Church of Russia found itself, as a result of […]

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Resolution of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Concerning the Election of Pimen (Isvekov) as Patriarch of Moscow

This resolution clearly defines the position of the Church Abroad towards the ecclessiastical body known as the Moscow Patriarchate. In this document, the Sobor denounces the election of Patriarch Pimen on behalf of the persecuted Russian Church, and cites canons that excommunicate both the illegally elected “patriarch” and all who […]

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The Resolution of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, of 1/14 September 1971

This declaration clearly enunciates the ecclessiological position of the Church in Exile, rejecting the false self-proclaimed “patriarch” Sergius and proclaiming the sufferings of the Catacomb Church, here clearly identified as the “persecuted Russian Church” as opposed to the false official church, which is identified as the servant of Belial. The […]

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A Letter From Metropolitan Philaret to Fr. Victor Potapov of the Church Abroad Concerning Father Dimitry Dudko and the Moscow Patriarchate

A letter addressing appropriate relations with the MP, and the ecclessiological position of the Church in Exile. Dear Father Victor, For a long time now I have been intending to write a few words to you, but somehow I haven’t managed to get around to it. But at last I […]

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Declaration to Christians of the Free World

While the Moscow Patriarchate sat in stony silence in the face of an unprecedented persecution of Orthodox Christians and the use of cruel and unusual psychiatric tortures, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia issued an epistle appealing to the conscience of the world, and calling for prayers for the […]

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A Letter from Metropolitan Philaret

The following is part one of a rather strong letter written by Metropolitan Philaret to Abbess Magdalena of Lesna. It is “strict ecclesiology” expressed most eloquently. A clear witness of the teachings of the Holy Church is evident. It should be noted that this letter was composed after the “Sorrowful […]

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Epistle of Metropolitan Vitaly on the State of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

An epistle of the first hierarch from March 1998, clearly stating his views on world Orthodoxy, the Moscow Patriarch, and the ROCA.  A must read in view of the current situation of our church. from St. Vladimir`s Russian Orthodox Information Center As archpastor of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, […]

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