Jean-Nectaire (Kovalevsky) of Saint-Denis

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Evgraph Kovalevsky was born in St Petersburg on 8 April 1905 of a prominent Ukrainian family, and brother to Maxime and Pierre Kovalevsky. He taught at the Saint-Serge Institute in Paris until, with the assistance of Vladimir Lossky, he opened the Saint-Denys Institute on 15 November 1944. Kovalevsky and Lossky had founded the Brotherhood of St Photius in 1925. He was ordained a priest of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1937, and his first liturgy was the funeral for Archimandrite Louis-Charles Winnaert, whom he had worked with to bring Winnaert’s followers into the Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Sergius, the patriarchal locum tenens for Moscow, had issued ''ukaze'' No. 1249 on 16 June 1936 establishing Winnaert’s group as “The Western Orthodox Church
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His Excellency, the Right Reverend [[Bishop]] '''Jean-Nectaire (Kovalevsky) of Saint-Denis''' was the first [[hierarch]] of the [[Orthodox Church of France]] (1966-1970). He is scheduled to be [[glorification|glorified]] as a [[saint]] by the [[Orthodox Church of the Gauls]] on Otober 12, 2008.
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== Life ==
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Bp. Jean-Nectaire was born Evgraph Kovalevsky in St. Petersburg, Russia, on [[April 8]], 1905.  He was the brother of the [[deacon]] and musicologist Maxime Kovalevsky (1903-1988) and the historian Pierre Kovalevsky (1901-1979). He was co-founder with [[Vladimir Lossky]] of the [[Brotherhood of St. Photius]] (1925) and the [[St. Denys Theological Institute (Paris, France)|St Denys Institute]] (1944). He was ordained a [[priest]] of the [[Moscow Patriarchate]] by [[Metropolitan]] Eleutherius (Bogoyavlenky) in 1937. Upon the death of [[Archimandrite]] Irénée (Louis-Charles) Winnaert, he was placed in charge of the newly formed Western Orthodox Church established by Metropolitan [[Sergius I (Stragorodsky) of Moscow|Sergius]], the Patriarchal ''[[locum tenens]]'' of Moscow. The [[Holy Synod]] of the Church of Russia conferred upon him the title Doctor of Divinity in 1952. In 1966, he was tonsured by [[Archbishop]] [[John Maximovitch]], given the [[monastic]] name of Jean-Nectaire, consecrated bishop (with the assisatnce [[Theophilus (Ionescu) of Sèvres]]), and installed as the first Bishop of Saint-Denis in the modern era, making him the hierarch of the [[Western Rite]] diocese now known as the [[Orthodox Church of France]].  He reposed on [[January 30]], 1970.
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== Writings ==
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His major published works are
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# ''La Sainte Messe selon l'ancien rite des Gaules ou Liturgie selon S. Germain de Paris. Le canon eucharistique de l'ancien rite des Gaules''.
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# ''Homélies. Quelques enseignements spirituels donnés en l'Eglise Saint Irénée''.
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# ''Message de Noël''.
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# ''Pierre et Paul. Leur signification. Leur place dans la tradition chrétienne catholique orthodox''.
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# ''Quarante Degrés ou quarante Immolation de Carême''.
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# ''La Sainte Messe selon St Germain de Paris et le chant des fideèles''.
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# ''Initiation à la Genèse''.
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# ''Technique de la prière''. (Published in English as ''A Method of Prayer for Modern Times,'' Praxis, 1993, ISBN 978-1872292182).
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# ''Le chemin de la vie et la destinée de l'âme après la mort''.
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# ''Ezéchiel''.
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# ''Le mystère des origines''.
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# ''Initiation trinitaire''.
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# ''La liturgie céleste''.
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# ''Marie, Vierge et Mère''.
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# ''Les chemins de l'homme''.
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# ''Le Verbe incarné''.
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# ''La quête de l’Esprit''.
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# ''Le sens de l'exode''.
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# ''Le carême''.
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[[Category:20th-century bishops]]
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[[Category:Modern Writers]]
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[[Category:Western Rite]]

Latest revision as of 05:26, May 13, 2013

Consecration of Bishop Jean-Nectaire (l) by St. John Maximovitch (r)

His Excellency, the Right Reverend Bishop Jean-Nectaire (Kovalevsky) of Saint-Denis was the first hierarch of the Orthodox Church of France (1966-1970). He is scheduled to be glorified as a saint by the Orthodox Church of the Gauls on Otober 12, 2008.

Life

Bp. Jean-Nectaire was born Evgraph Kovalevsky in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 8, 1905. He was the brother of the deacon and musicologist Maxime Kovalevsky (1903-1988) and the historian Pierre Kovalevsky (1901-1979). He was co-founder with Vladimir Lossky of the Brotherhood of St. Photius (1925) and the St Denys Institute (1944). He was ordained a priest of the Moscow Patriarchate by Metropolitan Eleutherius (Bogoyavlenky) in 1937. Upon the death of Archimandrite Irénée (Louis-Charles) Winnaert, he was placed in charge of the newly formed Western Orthodox Church established by Metropolitan Sergius, the Patriarchal locum tenens of Moscow. The Holy Synod of the Church of Russia conferred upon him the title Doctor of Divinity in 1952. In 1966, he was tonsured by Archbishop John Maximovitch, given the monastic name of Jean-Nectaire, consecrated bishop (with the assisatnce Theophilus (Ionescu) of Sèvres), and installed as the first Bishop of Saint-Denis in the modern era, making him the hierarch of the Western Rite diocese now known as the Orthodox Church of France. He reposed on January 30, 1970.

Writings

His major published works are

  1. La Sainte Messe selon l'ancien rite des Gaules ou Liturgie selon S. Germain de Paris. Le canon eucharistique de l'ancien rite des Gaules.
  2. Homélies. Quelques enseignements spirituels donnés en l'Eglise Saint Irénée.
  3. Message de Noël.
  4. Pierre et Paul. Leur signification. Leur place dans la tradition chrétienne catholique orthodox.
  5. Quarante Degrés ou quarante Immolation de Carême.
  6. La Sainte Messe selon St Germain de Paris et le chant des fideèles.
  7. Initiation à la Genèse.
  8. Technique de la prière. (Published in English as A Method of Prayer for Modern Times, Praxis, 1993, ISBN 978-1872292182).
  9. Le chemin de la vie et la destinée de l'âme après la mort.
  10. Ezéchiel.
  11. Le mystère des origines.
  12. Initiation trinitaire.
  13. La liturgie céleste.
  14. Marie, Vierge et Mère.
  15. Les chemins de l'homme.
  16. Le Verbe incarné.
  17. La quête de l’Esprit.
  18. Le sens de l'exode.
  19. Le carême.
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