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[[Image:Aftimios Ofiesh.gif|left|100px]]'''''[[Episcopi vagantes]]''''' (Latin for "wandering bishops") are persons who have been [[ordination|ordained]] as [[bishop]]s in some irregular fashion, especially those claiming to have valid [[Roman Catholic Church|Roman Catholic]] orders although their ordinations were not authorized by the Roman Catholic Church.  (The singular form of the phrase is ''episcopus vagans''.)
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[[Image:Nevsky.jpg|left|100px]]'''Alexander Nevsky''' was the Grand Prince of Vladimir and [[Novgorod]] during the period of the thirteenth century when the Russian lands were under assault from both the East and West. His military victories in the West and diplomacy in the East kept northern Russia free of foreign domination. The [[Church of Russia]] recognized him as a [[saint]] in 1547. His feast day is [[September 12]].
  
Many of these claim succession from the see of Utrecht, or from Orthodox or [[Eastern Rite Catholic]] churches; others from Roman Catholic bishops that have ordained their own bishops after disputes with the Vatican. Such lines continue to persist because of the more mechanistic understanding of [[apostolic succession]] which the Roman Catholic Church has&mdash;that is, if a "valid" bishop ordains a man using the proper rituals, then he is "valid" as well, even if neither has any living connection to the Church.  The Orthodox understanding, however, necessarily presupposes the impossibility of ''episcopi'' that are ''vagantes'', for the ministry of the episcopacy resides only ''within'' the Church.
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In an age of great turmoil Alexander Nevsky was a man who defended his lands and people with great courage and whose action, while questioned by some, successfully maintained the territorial integrity of his lands for his people. As a consequence of his humble submission to the Tatar khan, Alexander was able to preserve the principality of Novgorod and other Russian lands from ruin. It is for his humble concern for his people that he was recognized as a saint by the Church of Russia in 1547.  
  
  
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'''''Recently featured:''''' [[Episcopi vagantes]], [[Joseph the Hesychast]], [[Eucharist]], [[Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels]], [[John the Merciful]], [[John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco]], [[Gabrielia (Papayannis)]], [[Fall of Constantinople]], [[Seraphim of Sarov]].  ''Newly [[:Category:Featured Articles|featured articles]] are presented on '''Saturdays'''.''

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Alexander Nevsky was the Grand Prince of Vladimir and Novgorod during the period of the thirteenth century when the Russian lands were under assault from both the East and West. His military victories in the West and diplomacy in the East kept northern Russia free of foreign domination. The Church of Russia recognized him as a saint in 1547. His feast day is September 12.

In an age of great turmoil Alexander Nevsky was a man who defended his lands and people with great courage and whose action, while questioned by some, successfully maintained the territorial integrity of his lands for his people. As a consequence of his humble submission to the Tatar khan, Alexander was able to preserve the principality of Novgorod and other Russian lands from ruin. It is for his humble concern for his people that he was recognized as a saint by the Church of Russia in 1547.


Recently featured: Episcopi vagantes, Joseph the Hesychast, Eucharist, Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels, John the Merciful, John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco, Gabrielia (Papayannis), Fall of Constantinople, Seraphim of Sarov. Newly featured articles are presented on Saturdays.

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