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[[Image:AnastasyGribanovsky.jpg|left|frame|Metropolitan Anastasy (Gribanovsky), First Hierarch of ROCOR]]
In 1900, hieromonk Anastasy was appointed inspector of the Bethany Theological Seminary, near [[Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra|Trinity - St. Sergius Lavra]]. In 1901 he became inspector of the Moscow Theological Seminary, with elevation to the rank of [[archimandrite]]. On June 29, 1906, he was [[ordination|ordained]] Bishop of Serpukhov, vicar of the Moscow diocese. At his ordination, he pronounced a remarkable homily "The True Way of Christ's Pastoral Work," in which he proficied the upcoming turmoil and persecutions.
In the position of vicar of the Moscow diocese, Bishop Anastasy's responsibilities included daily services in the Dormition Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and other Muscovite churches and monasteries, as well as visitations of [[parish]]es, direction of institutions of theological learning, and direction of a committee to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino and the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.
In May 1914, Bishop Anastasy was appointed to the Kholm and Liublin cathedra. A month and a half later, the First World War began, and, in addition to his diocesan duties, Bishop Anastasy served soldiers on the front, for which he was decorated with the Order of St Vladimir, and, later, the order of St Alexander Nevsky. In 1915, he was forced to evacuate from the front to into the interior, and lived in Moscow at the [[Chudov Monastery]]. In the end of 1915, he was appointed to the Kishinev cathedra and in 1916 elevated to the rank of archbishop. With the opening of the Romanian front, Archbishop Anastasy once again found himself in the area of military operations.
In August 1917 he left Bessarabia for Moscow to participate in the [[All-Russian Church Council of 1917-1918]]. During voting, his candidacy received 77 votes for the patriarchy; he then participated in the preparation of the enthronment of Patriarch St [[Tikhon of Moscow]], which he described in his article "Election and Enthronment of His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon, his personality and work." Archbishop Anastasy was elected a member of the Holy Synod of Bishops.
After the death of Metropolitan [[Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev|Anthony]] in 1936, Metropolitan Anastasy was unanimously elected as the new First Hierarch of the [[ROCOR]]. In 1938, Metropolitan Anastasy presided over the [[Second All-Diaspora Council]].
With the beginning of World War II, Metropolitan Anastasy found himself once again in the zone of hostilities as German forces bombed and then occuppied Belgrade in 1941. The invasion of the Soviet Union in June, 1941, prompted Joseph Stalin to reconsider state policies vis-a-vis the Russian Church. Stalin released bishops from prison and allowed churches to be reopened. With his permission, hierarchs in the Soviet Union elected Metropolitan [[Sergius I (Stragorodsky) of Moscow|Sergius (Stragorodsky) of Nizhny Novgorod]] as the new Patriarch of Russia on September 8, 1943. On October 21, 1943, in Vienna Metropolitan Anastasy together with eight exile hierarchs denounced the election as uncanonical.
With the approach of the Soviet army on Belgrade in September, 1944, the Synod of Bishops relocated to Vienna, Austria, and then, in the summer of 1945, to Munchen, Germany. Starting in 1948, many Russian displaced persons began to relocate to the United States. This prompted many to call for the Synod to relocate
accross the Atlantic, given especially the events of the 1946 [[Council of Cleveland]], where the American Metropolia voted to break ties with the [[ROCOR]] Synod. Given these circumstances, on November 23, 1950, Metropolitan Anastasy left Munchen for New York. Immediately after his arrival in the United States, on November 25, 1950, he travelled to Jordanville, New York, where he consecrated Holy Trinity Cathedral, the main church of [[Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, New York)|Holy Trinity Monastery]]. The consecration was followed by the first meeting of the ROCOR Council of Bishops on American soil with the participation of 11 hierarchs.
There also, and for the first (and only) time in the history of the ROCOR, Metropolitan Anastasy officiated at the blessing of Holy Chrism. Prior to this, the ROCOR received Chrism from the Serbian Church.
Once in America, Metropolitan Anastasy took residence at the [[New Kursk-Root Hermitage]] in Mahopac, New York. Metropolitan Anastasy's tenure saw the blossoming of ROCOR in America with the opening of about 100 new parishes and the consecration six new bishops: [[Anthony (Sinkevich) of Los Angeles]], [[Averky (Taushev) of Syracuse and Holy Trinity]], [[Sava (Rayevsky) of Sydney]], [[Anthony (Medvedev) of San Francisco]], [[Sava (Sarachevich) of Edmonton]], and [[Nectary (Kontsevich) of Seattle]]. Every summer, starting in 1951, Metropolitan Anastasy would undertake a trip through the entire United States to California, where he would spend a significant part of the summer in San Francisco. There, at his initiative, the Synod established the parish of All Saints of Russian in Burlingame, California.
Because of his ill health, Metropolitan Anastasy petitioned for the election of a successor in 1964. To this purpose, the Council of Bishops met on May 27, 1964, and elected Bishop [[Philaret (Voznesensky) of New York|Philaret (Voznesensky)]] as the new First Hierarch. Metropolitan Anastasy retired; the Council awarded him the title of Beatitude with the right of wearing two panagias. The final act of his episcopal services saw the [[glorification]] of St [[John of Kronstadt]] by the same Council of Bishops. Soon afterward, Metropolitan Anastasy reposed on May 22, 1965. He was burried at Holy Trinity Monastery, in Jordanville, New York.