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Russian True-Orthodox Church (Vyacheslav)

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== History The '''Russian True Orthodox Church''' is an autogenic jurisdiction which claims to have arisen from differences with the [[Church of Russia|Moscow Patriarchate]] that resulted from the Bolshevik revolution in Russia but was given a hierarchy through the [[Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church]]. The group is not in communion with any of the historical and canonical Orthodox Christian Churches. Due to the similarities of naming conventions, they are commonly confused with the [[Russian True Orthodox Church == ]], an early splinter from the [[Russian Orthodox Church in Exile]]
==History =The Early Foundation of Orthodoxy in Russia=== According to tradition, St. Andrew, the first called Apostle, stopped at the hills of what would become the great city of Kiev while preaching the [[Gospel]]. It would, however, take nearly one thousand years before Christianity would begin to take hold of the region. In 954 Olga of Kiev|Princess Olga of Kiev was [[baptism|baptized]]. But it was her grandson, Vladimir I of Kiev|Prince Vladimir, whose baptism in 988 would forever establish Orthodoxy as the principal religion of [[Russia]].
The Orthodox faith grew and flourished throughout In the Russian Empire and served as a unifying force in period from the lives 1970s-80s, many of the Russian people. Not only did the True Orthodox Church provide spiritual strength communities had lost their last bishops and nourishment for its people, but it became a center much of educational enrichment as welltheir clergy. The Russian Orthodox Church had forever become an inseparable part Many of these groups were forced to exist and celebrate services in the life absence of the people and [[Russia]] itselfa priest.
The unprecedented growth and stability of this [[After the change in political conditions in the late 1980s, the True Orthodox Church]] inevitably led began to emerge from the establishment of a new patriarchate within orthodoxy, with [[Metropolitan]] Job of Moscow becoming underground. Various churches solved the first [[Patriarch]] question of [[Russia]] their future existence in 1589different ways. Following Some of the death of [[Patriarch]] Adrian in 1700, communities joined the [[Russian Orthodox ChurchOutside of Russia]] remained without a [[Patriarch]] for more than two hundred years. At the insistence of Peter I, a collective administration, known as the Holy and Governing [[Synod]]which by that time had begun to open communities within Russia, was established in 1721. This form many of governance lasted until 1917 at which time the All-developed into existing Russian Council restored traditionalist jurisdicitions, such as the patriarchal office and elected [[MetropolitanRussian Orthodox Autonomous Church]] Tikhon of Moscow as or the [[PatriarchRussian Orthodox Church in Exile]].
===Orthodoxy in Russia in the Early Twentieth Century=== The joy In 1996 an initiative group of Russian orthodox clergy and laity approached Patriarch Dimitriy of the election of [[PatriarchUkrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church]] Tikhon would be short lived, as Russia entered asking him to assist them in the canonical restoration of a very difficult period in its history. The Bolsheviks, who had come into power in 1917, saw hierarchy for the Russian True Orthodox Church as an enemy to be destroyed as resolutely as the tsarist institution. This period saw It was decided that the repression of name for the restored church as well as would be the imprisonment of many of its [[bishops]], [[priests]], [[monastics]] and [[laypeople]]. [[Patriarch]] Tikhon was himself imprisoned a little more than a year. Upon his release he found a [["Russian True Orthodox Church]] embattled by division and an ever-increasing persecution by the government". He continued to be a source of unification among the people and fought vigorously to uphold the faith and traditions of the [[Church]], but The reason they did not go under the strain of these years weighed heavily upon him. His death in 1925 dealt a severe blow to other existing Russian Orthodoxy and the stability of the [[Church]]jurisdictions is unclear.
===Orthodoxy in the Post-Tikhon era=== Following the death of [[Patriarch]] Tikhon unrest settled over the Russian Orthodox Church. The designated successors of [[Patriarch Tikhon]] were arrested by the civil authorities and [[Metropolitan]] Sergiy was named "locum tenens" of the [[Patriarchate]]. In 1927 [[Metropolitan]] Sergiy, in a formal declaration to all members June of the [[Church]]1996, called for loyalty toward the Soviet government. This event sparked division among with the [[hierarchyblessing]]of Patriarch Dimitriy, [[clergy]] and [[laityArchbishop]] Roman and led to the formation Bishop Methodiy (Kuriakov) of the True Orthodox Church in Russia. Those who opposed UAOC ordained [[MetropolitanHieromonk]] Sergiy were not simply opposed to his political concessions, which they felt were too extreme, but were also at variance with him on John a number bishop of [[canonical]] and theological issues. His alliance with the authorities allowed him to turn over to the civil authorities all hierarchs and clergy who were at odds with him on political issues as well as purely church-related issues.While the Russian True Orthodox Church in Russia was never a single organization, many of its followers were labeled [["Josephites"]], after [[Metropolitan]] Joseph of Leningrad, the leader of its largest branch.A considerable part of the [[Church]] in [[Russia]] stood in opposition order to restore [[MetropolitanApostolic succession]] Sergiy and took the stand of the True Orthodox Church. The opposition, however, remained primarily on a church-related basis. The overwhelming majority In December of the True Orthodox Church tried to observe the Soviet laws. This, however, was not enough. The authorities had taken their stand in the [[Church]] dispute 1996 Bishops John and were prepared to use whatever means necessary to bring the bishops under the obedience of Methodiy consecrated [[MetropolitanArchimandrite]] Sergiy. This tragic resolve on the part of the Soviet government caused the numerous True Orthodox Church eparchies and communities to go underground Stefan a bishop for the length of the Soviet periodnew body.
===The Emergence from the Underground and These two bishops, In 2000 the Establishment of jurisdiction officially changed the name to "Russian True Orthodox Church - Metropolia of Moscow=== " in order to distinguish it from other groups within Russia. The jurisdiction has been fraught with divisions usually due to modernists within their ranks and is most notable for revision of the term "godless authority" as a general admonition towards those who "hurt the poor".
In the period from the 1970s-80s, many of the True Orthodox Church communities had lost their last [[bishops]] and much of their [[clergy]]. Many of these groups were forced to exist and celebrate services in the absence of a [[priest]].After the change in political conditions in the late 1980s, the True Orthodox Church began to emerge from the underground. Various churches solved the question of their future existence in different ways. Some of the communities joined the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]], which by that time had begun to open communities within [[Russia]]. Others renewed their episcopacy and [[clergy]] through arrangements made with other jurisdictions. The [[Russian True Orthodox Church]] - Metropolia of Moscow chose the latter.In 1996 an initiative group of Russian orthodox [[clergy]] and [[laity]] approached [[Patriarch]] Dimitriy of the [[Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church]], asking him to assist them in the [[canonical]] restoration of a hierarchy for the True Orthodox Church. It was decided that the name for the restored church would be the [[Russian True Orthodox Church]]. In June of 1996, with the [[blessing]] of [[Patriarch]] Dimitriy, [[Archbishop]] Roman and [[Bishop]] Methodiy of the [[UAOC]] ordained [[Hieromonk]] John a [[bishop]] of the [[Russian True Orthodox Church]] in order to restore [[Apostolic succession]]. In December of 1996 [[Bishop]] John and [[Bishop]] Methodiy ordained [[Archimandrite]] Stefan a [[bishop]] for the [[Russian True Orthodox Church]].These two [[bishops]], John and Stefan, would pass the Apostolic succession to the rest of the [[bishops]] of the [[Russian True Orthodox Church]]. In 2000 the [[Russian True Orthodox Church]] officially added "Metropolia of Moscow" to its name in order to distinguish it from other groups within [[Russia]].Today, the Church is led by [[Metropolitan]] Vyacheslav of Moscow and Kolomensk , together with [[Archbishop]] Mikhail of Bronitsk and Velensk, [[and Bishop Vladimir. In the United States this group is represented by Archbishop]] Alexy of Minneapolis and Chicago, [[who was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He and his clergy run several small missions in the upper Midwest. Bishop]] Haralampos (Western Rite) and [[Bishop]] Vladimir. The [[Church]] strives to live the [[Gospel]] of Our Lord, [[God]] Dallas runs some missions and Savior also has a small [[Jesus Christ]] through adherence to the Holy Scriptures, [[Holy Tradition]], the [[CanonsWestern Rite]] monastic community (whom uses a variety of the [[Ecumenical Councils]]Western Rites, and regulations including a "liturgy of the Church Councils of the [[Orthodox Church]]. Its desire is to serve the needs St James-Scottish rite" of its faithful through spiritual nourishment and with compassion and understandingAnglican provenance.)
==External links==
*[ Russian True Orthodox Church] (Russian)*[http:/Ру/ Russian True Orthodox Church: Archdiocese of North America] (English) [[Category:Jurisdictions]]

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