Abp. Sophrony, Bp. Dionysius and Clergy (ROCOR-A) Respond to Recent Events in ROCOR-A

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October 30, 2014 (Source: http://kondakov.ws/blog)

 

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Dear brothers and sisters, in a watershed in the history of not only Russia but the whole of humanity, when we see the approach of the most terrible apocalyptic event, we, the undersigned, hierarchs, priests, religious and laity Russian parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of appeal to you.

Great grief came on Russian land: mirovogo forces managed to ignite the flames of lawlessness fratricidal confrontation, thousands of mothers mourn their dead children; many hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Ukraine filled towns and villages of Russia.

MIP was on the verge of not only cold but also hot mirovoy war. In our temples is happening augmented prayer for peace and ending the conflict; our believers – each according to his strength – in word and deed seeks to support people who have been victims of this war.

We believe that today, every member of our Church, from the First Hierarch and ending with the most simple believer should be a peacemaker in his deeds, words and fervent prayers, remembering the commandment of Christ: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5 9).

But, unfortunately, we have to admit that some of our members are trying to change the entire course of a traditional ROCOR church life by putting on the high road to the historical hatred of Russia.

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