(NFTU) Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky), the third First-hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, is scheduled to be officially glorified by the ROCOR-PSCA in November of this year, in the fourth recorded ceremony known to us at this website. The level of certainty that Metropolitan Philaret is a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church among Russian True Orthodox Christians is extremely impressive, considering the scope of their divisions.
Metropolitan Philaret was the Primate of the Russian Church Abroad from 1964 until 1985, the year of his repose. His relics were opened and revealed to be incorrupt in 1998. The first official glorification service of Metropolitan Philaret was performed under the auspices of the ROAC (Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church) on April 30 and May 1, 2001.
Shortly afterwards, the HOCNA, a group which broke from the ROCOR in 1986, officially glorified Metropolitan Philaret on May 19 and May 20, 2001.
On the basis of the incorrupt relics, a cultus to Metropolitan Philaret began in what would become the ROCOR (V), which formed in late 2001 after the fourth First-Hierarch of ROCOR left the communion of the ROCOR. Since then, a number of splits have taken place within the ROCOR (V). The last remaining original faction of the ROCOR (V), under Bishops Vladimir of North America and Anastassy of the Eurasian district, decided to glorify Metropolitan Philaret in April of this year.
The holy Metropolitan Philaret is perhaps best known for the four most controversial documents in the recent history of Orthodoxy– the three Sorrowful Epistles to the Patriarchs of World Orthodoxy and the Anathema against Ecumenism, which are widely regarded as impressive, if isolated, appeals which at least to some degree changed the direction of the ecumenical movement within Orthodoxy. A priest of the OCA once kindly remarked on the matter, “Metropolitan Philaret drew the line.” With these glorifications, in death and as a marker between Churches for and against the ecumenical movement, the Metropolitan is increasingly becoming the line itself.
The glorification on the part of the ROCOR-PSCA will take place between November 21-23, 2008, at Holy Trinity Church in Astoria, NY.