Last of Historic Churches in Suzdal Turned over to MP

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Reported on June 10, 2014 (Source: Portal-Credo)

Recently the last of the historic Suzdal temples were handed over to the Moscow Patriarchate. Sts. Boris and Gleb, a church which dates back to the 17th century, had been restored and used by the ROAC since at least the early 2000s. The ROAC re-furbished and restored much of the temple, which had not been used since before the Bolshevik Revolution. After the restoration project was begun, the MP began to attempt to seize the temple. The temple was this month given to the MP, by authority of the local Russian governing authorities, along with all the liturgical books and materials that belong to ROAC.

  • Fr. Ephrem

    For those who are interested, Fr. Sergius Mechev (a Russian New-Martyr and the priest who served the funeral of Elder Nektary of Optina) wrote an epistle to his flock on the occasion of their temple being seized and closed. It is extremely relevant to our times, and it is very edifying:

    An excerpt:
    “Let us enter, beloved ones, into the cells of our souls, into the temple of our spirit, consecrated unto the Lord at the moment of our Baptism and sanctified by Him at the time of our first Communion. This temple of ours—no one can ever destroy it, except we ourselves. In it there is both priest and penitent. Its Table of Oblation is our heart, and upon it we can always with our tears consummate the great mystery of repentance. It is difficult for us who have let our invisible temple grow desolate, living by the visible church, accept from the Lord a new way of salvation. Let us cry and weep, not with tears of despair, but with tears of repentance, accepting all as what we deserve. Is it not the Lord Who sends this? Have not the more diligent from among us long ago taken to this path? Whether this is for a long time or is permanent—only the Lord knows. The visible side of Christianity is leaving us.”

  • Herman

    Amen Father. Amen.

  • Raphael

    Very sad

  • Deacon Joseph @ NFTU

    They were prepared for this in 2006. Once certain enemies of the ROAC got focused on destroying it, they prepared for a more catacomb existence. IIRC they’ve moved most of the stuff into house churches and new buildings. ROAC is still there; just, sadly, it’s no longer a True Orthodox town in the same way. Now those historical buildings are locked up and empty. But they can look nice for the MP’s “Historical Church Calendars”….