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Lazarus (Moore)

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Biographical timeline: expanded biography
Archimandrite '''Lazarus (Moore)''' served as a [[missionary]] in Palestine, Transjordan, India, Greece, Australia, California and Alaska.
==Biographical timelineBiography==The future [[Archimandrite]] Lazarus was born in 1902 Edgar Moore, in Swindon, England, on the 18th of October 1902. In his early adulthoodAt the age of 18, he moved to Alberta, Canada, where he worked as a farm labourer for several years. It was here that he sensed the a "call from God" (his own words) to become a missionary. He went to an English missionary college for For the next five years. During his time, he became Orthodoxstudied at St Augustine's College in Canterbury, and England - a training-college for Anglican missionaries. In 1930 he was received into ordained a deacon in the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]of England, and then, in 1931, an Anglican priest. Following this in 1933 the travelled to India, where he joined the Christa Seva Sangha, an Anglo-Indian brotherhood with an ashram at Poona.
In Drawn towards Orthodoxy, Edgar travelled in either 1934or 1935 (there is some uncertainty about the date) to Palestine, he spent seven weeks on [[Mount Athos]], and then he went to YugoslaviaSerbia, where he lived as a was received by [[monkMetropolitan Antony (Khrapovitsky)]]into the [[Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia]], which at that time was centred in Sremsky Karlovsky, near Belgrade. He was later then professed a monk at [[ordination|ordainedMikovo Monastery]] to the , before being [[priestordination|ordained]]hood by Archbishop Feofan ([[ROCOR]]), and was sent to (what was then known as) Palestine to serve the Russian Mission in Jerusalem. In 1948, however, Israel was founded and gave the property of the Mission January 1936 to the Soviet Union; this act left the Russian Mission, under ROCOR, dispossessed. Hieromonk Lazarus then served as a [[priest]] to the Russian Convent in Aïn Karim and Transjordanpriesthood.
This lasted a short period of time. In 1952, Hmk Fr Lazarus was then sent to Indiathe [[Russian Ecclesiastical Mission]] in Jerusalem, where he helped in missionary work for twenty years. Much of his translation work was done worked closely with Abbess Mary (Robinson) and published during this time. Due to black cassock's being offensive to local residents, he wore a white cassock instead. While in India, he met Mother [[Gabrielia Mary (PapayannisSprott)|Gabrielia]], whom he consulted in his translations of the Fathers and of both converts from Anglicanism at the [[PsalterRussian Convent of St Mary Magdalene]]on Gethsemane. Whilst in (what was then) Palestine, Fr Lazarus taught at the school in Bethany which was maintained by the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission.
Following the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, the newly-founded state of Israel handed over the property of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission to the Soviet Union, leaving the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, under [[ROCOR]], dispossed. Fr Lazarus then served as priest to the Russian Convent in Ain Karim (which at the time had around 100 nuns) and to the Transjordan. This lasted a short period of time. In 1952, Hmk Lazarus was sent back to India, to help ROCOR with the approach made to them by a group of non-Chalcedonian Syrian Orthodox in Malabar, South India, who had approached the Russian Synod seeking admission into Chalcedonian Orthodoxy. Ultimately, the group were not received, but Fr Lazarus stayed in India for the next twenty years, he helping in missionary work. Much of his translation work was done and published during this time. Due to black cassock's being offensive to local residents, he wore a white cassock instead. While in India, he met Mother [[Gabrielia (Papayannis)|Gabrielia]], whom he consulted in his translations of the Fathers and of the [[Psalter]]. In 1972, Archimandrite Lazarus was called to Greece, where he contemplated settling; but in 1974, he was called to Australia. In 1983Austrialia, in what ended up being Archimandrite Lazarus developed contacts with Pentecostalism and the most successful missionary endeavour charismatic movement, which he was involved viewed ina positive light. In this Archimandrite Lazarus' views diverged widely from his ROCOR Bishop, leading the Archimandrite to write to his Bishop, seeking canonical release. His Bishop never replied to the letter, but nonetheless Archimandrite Lazarus transferred to the jusridiction of the [[Patriarchate of Antioch]]. In 1983, upon the invitation of Fr [[Peter Gillquist]] invited , Archimandrite Lazarus travelled to California , to assist with the integration of the former [[Evangelical Orthodox Church]] in their move into canonical Orthodoxy. This would be the most successful missionary endeavour in which Archimandrite Lazarus would be involved, with this group being received by the Antiochian Orthodox ChurchArchdiocese in 1987.  He moved to Alaska in 1989 to continue this workof helping Evangelical Orthodox integration, relocating to St John's Cathedral in Eagle River, Alaska, a large centre founded by Evangelical Orthodox, and now Antiochian. SHortly before his death he was visited by a ROCOR priest who reconciled him to ROCOR. On [[November 27]], 1992, Archimandrite Lazarus reposed in Eagle River, Alaska, from cancer. He was buried in the cemetery at St John's Cathdral.
==Books Translated==
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