OPEN LETTER FROM PROTODEACON BASIL (YAKIMOFF)
An Open Letter from the unworthy protodeacon Basil from Canberra to all who have ears and eyes to see…..
I am not sure how to broach this subject of the disunity of our ROCA (I am not speaking about those that have subjugated themselves (be they the majority) to the sergianist and ecumenist post soviet MP) but those, in the time that was chaotic for all of us, went to other jurisdictions (some even creating their own). Our Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour bless me to say what is right and to offend no-one, I know I speak from my heart that is bleeding and spiritually hurt, and I hope you will understand me and my sincere plea!
Those that have found a home in SIR I ask you first, perhaps it is time to return to ROCA under the omophorion of his Eminence Metropolitan Agafangel, who I believe, has proved that he and his/our SYNOD have kept the Royal Path of our blessed in memory First Hierarchs metropolitans Anthony, Anastassy, St Philaret and Vitaly. I know the following parishes, convents, Fathers, brothers and sisters: Holy Ascension Parish in Rochester, New York, Holy Trinity Parish in Oxnard, California, Parish of Sts. Seraphim of Sarov and John of Kronstadt,San Diego, California & Holy Protection Convent, Bluffton, Alberta (Canada), the convent and monastery in London, UK, are now part of our sister jurisdiction, the Synod in Resistance. I hope no-one is SIR is offended by my unworthy call for the children of ROCA to return home and make a difference, our voice be it in the wilderness will be once more heard.
I know many others have stopped attending CHURCH all together and/or have gone to other old calendar jurisdictions. You all know that I suffer and my pain is great that I could not have been more stronger and relevant in my opposition to the premature union between ROCA and the post soviet sergianist/ecumenist MP (it is now after the five years (soviet) MP plan) is more than crystal clear that many of our ROCA brothers and sister are now entrapped in the cogmire of sergianism and ecumenism (or worse) in the post soviet MP. Families are divided – it is hard for many to be family. I hope metropolitan Hilarion (and others that have followed him) can sleep peacefully every night of the rest of their life, but they do not care anymore about the lost sheep ( they care more about post soviet MP medals and banquets that are more befitting to their new life style – their hero and saviour now is KGB agent PUTIN and his cronies). WOW I am speechless at their five year success!
I come to those that find themselves now in the so called splinter/and or fragments (groups). I do not mean, again, to offend no-one but if we could be of one heart, our strong ROCA voice, could make the enemies of our LORD JESUS CHRIST pay attention to ROCA, traveling as ever before, on the ROYAL PATH to SALVATION. Could we together in ROCA not save them as well?!? The following is from the Summary of the Minutes of the Meeting of the Central Russian Administrative District. August 1, 2008 – St. Seraphim of Sarov.
“1. It is with great sorrow that we (STILL) witness the divisions that occurred after the signing of the Act. The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad is now fragmented, with each group claiming “divine purpose.”
2. We hold to the belief that it is still possible to unite the faithful adherents of the Church Abroad around the legacy of the ROCA, which is characterized by a spirit of sobornost; uniting laypeople, clergy, and the episcopate. The legacy maintains the traditions of the founding hierarchs, a full life within the Church, and the readiness to set aside one’s supposed “truths” for the sake of God’s Truth. The tendency of other “fragments” to treat lightly the decisions of past sobors and Synod of Bishops is quite worrisome and symptomatic of the irreligious idea of “dogmatic progressiveness.” This leads them to reject certain decisions, or consider them not quite Orthodox in spirit. It should be noted that such tendencies are exhibited by bishops who have become ordained only recently or only a few years ago.
3. We wish to point out that the ROCA PSEA remains an open church body, headed not by a Hierarch, not by an Archbishop, but headed temporarily by Bishop Agafangel. We do not share the ambitions of those in newly-formed jurisdictions, and seek only to avoid considering any fragment as the body of the Church. We regret the refusal to maintain sobornost within the fragments of the ROCA, which results in premature ordinations, canonisations, and rejections of past decisions.
4. We are prepared to engage in dialogue with anyone who considers our divisions to be unnatural and ask them only to answer one question in good conscience: who is creating these obstacles and striving to keep things as they are? If we are guilty of rewriting the history of the ROCA, prove it to us. If these divisions are caused by intemperate feelings, let us reject them and return to the conditions that existed before the tragic divisions. “
In my very short and succinct appeal to you… “please return to the church that is based on and lives by the principles and values set down by our founding hierarchs. Let us continue together on the Royal Path that was charted by them and the sacrifices made by so many that came before us. Please hear our anguished cry and together let us heal the divisions that have come between us. From the Parish Council – Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church Fairfax, VA May 27, 2012” Please see the latest invitation (in Russian) from his Eminence metropolitan Agafangel here: http://agafa-angel.
With love in Christ Jesus our Saviour, asking for your prayers the unworthy protodeacon Basil from Canberra 13 June 2012, Canberra