|Bishops Present at the Mansonville Sobor, 2011|
A uniting tie of these years is further witnessed in that we are gathered in the same hall today, as where our Bishops before us, under the Enlightener St. Philaret, in 1983 proclaimed and anathematized the heresy of heresies – ecumenism.
This past year has been one of relative calm in our Church. This is demonstrated by how even in our pre-apocalyptic times, the faithful can thru the mysteries of the Church, especially Confession and Holy Communion, not fall to the powers of the evil one, the enemy of our salvation.
Unfortunately, attacks that would have our ark of salvation swayed from the true course persist.
Those who would hope to see us canonically united to other orthodox groups in order to increase our numbers or united to world orthodoxy for appearances sake would do well to recall the words of Archbishop Averky (Tauchev, + 1976) who said that the matter is not in numbers or quantity but rather in strict adherence to the truth of Christ, that one pursuing quantity can easily lose the true path.
In Russia today, this government provides for the process of moving from the fundamental ideology of Sergianism to the integration of Russia into the global system.
Aside from this, an orthodox society from which any local church could be formed is missing from modern Russian society. It is replaced rather with an apathetic population of heretics, Sergianists, ecumenists, sectarians and neopagans, as well as atheists and even Satanists.
In fulfillment of this testimony of our Hierarch, and in keeping with the path of our episcopacy, we have consecrated Heiromonk Ambrose as Bishop of Denver and Vicar to the Western American diocese.
In the holy Church there are various titles, positions and obediences. Each is called to fulfill his duty without causing discord one to another. Rather to help each other. Just as each member of the human body must work in unison and harmony. In the body such a lack of harmony would bring certain demise – so in the Church there must always be accord and oneness of both mind and spirit. In the words of the apostle Paul “be of the same mind one toward another” (Rom 12, 16).
+Bishop Ambrose of Denver, Vicar to the Western American Diocese