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(catacomb.org.ua) Between October 26 and November 2 (New Style), the Russian True-Orthodox Church under Archbishop Tikhon held a council covering a variety of issues, which were laid out in detail yesterday on their official website. The week’s events began with a reading of the message of the hierarchical Sobor on the glorification of Metropolitan Philaret, and their flock to be present for the glorification the following Saturday.

The first working session of the council on October 27 made a report and recommendation concerning the glorification of Metropolitan Philaret, and noted that the ROCOR had not actually glorified St Theophan the Recluse or St Ignatius Brianchaninov but simply accepted the glorification done by the Moscow Patriarchate. Amendments were approved to proceed with the glorification of the Catacomb Saints and Metropolitan Philaret, as well as Sts Theophan, Ignatius, Macarius (Nevsky), Metropolitan of Moscow, and Innocent of Kherson. Later in the day, Hieroschemamonk Acacius presented an icon and a service to Metropolitan Philaret on behalf of the Serbian True Orthodox Church (under Archbishop Chrysostom of Athens).

On the 28th, it was decided that days of mourning should be added to the calendar– March 2/15, the day of the fall of the Orthodox monarchy, was decided upon to be remembered as a day of mourning and prostration as it falls during the period of Great Lent. As well, Oct. 25/Nov. 7, Oct. 30/ Nov. 12, May 20/June 1, were remembered for the fall of the White forces, and the last Saturday of November as a day of remembrance for the victims of the Soviet famines. Vladimir Moss of the chief English parish of the GOC of Greece, then addressed the Sobor, apologizing on behalf of the British people for the military injustices done against the Cossacks who fought against the Soviets in World War II. Archbishop Tikhon and the Sobor thanked Moss for his words.

Next it was confirmed that Sts Ignatius and Theophan, along with blessed Theophilus of Kiev, were to be glorified by the Synod, since they had been glorified not in the ROCOR, but the MP.

After a discussion on how to receive in clergy from the Patriarchate, it was established that Patriarchal priests would be received by cheirothesia, and that the length of time for admission would be up to the local Bishop. The same proscription was followed in terms of baptisms from the state Church, leaving it in the hands of the local Bishop. Finally, there was a discussion on globalization and Taxpayer ID-microchips, leading to a debate between those who supported the findings of Fr Taras Kravchenko and those who did not. On October 29, the Bishops decided to make a statement on globalization.

On October 30, good wishes were expressed on behalf of Archbishop Chrysostom (Kiousis) of Athens by Bp Chrysostom (Maniotis) and Bp Photios of Marathon, and the Hierarchical Sobor responded with gratitude and the hope that prayerful communion would soon commence between the two Churches. Later the absence of two dissident Bishops from the Synod was noted and that it would have to be resolved. On the 31st, issues relating to the structure of the Church were resolved, and over the next two days, celebrations for the glorification of the Saints took place.

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