The Church of Russia reminds the Russian parishes of Western Europe they can join the Moscow Patriarchate
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Vkontakte
  • Messanger
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

After the Patriarchate of Constantinople decided to dissolve its Exarchate of Russian parishes in Western Europe, the Moscow Patriarchate has reminded these parishes they could switch to their jurisdiction.

“Fifteen years ago, in the spring of 2003, the late Patriarch Alexy II proposed to all bishops and Orthodox parishes of the Russian tradition in Western Europe to unite as part of the self-governing metropolitan district of the Russian Church. It’s possible the time is coming to reconsider this call, which was not heeded by everyone at the time, anew,” Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax on Wednesday.

“Judging by the recent decision of the Russian parish in Florence, the soil for that is maturing,” he said, referring to the parish of Florence’s Church of the Nativity of Christ and Saint Nicholas the Thaumaturge’s recent switch to the jurisdiction of the Russian Church Abroad. The parish switched because it disagrees with Constantinople’s actions in Ukraine.

“I see no particular reason to be surprised. We saw that they did not ask the episcopate, the clergy, the monks, the laypeople of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Istanbul whether they want to return to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, they just announced that 300 years of their history have been canceled and they are again under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, but will be granted autocephaly soon. And no one cares that they did not ask about that as well, that they do not need autocephaly,” the priest said.

Similarly, the Paris exarchate was abolished without input from the bishop, the clergy, or believers, Father Nikolay said. “They didn’t stand on ceremony with their own subjects! And their tomos is only 18 years old, the ink is still practically wet, they managed to repeal an even older document,” he said.

The reference here is to Metropolitan Evlogy, who headed Russian parishes in Western Europe, and was temporarily under the jurisdiction of Patriarch Photius of Constantinople in 1931, only due to the plight of the Orthodox Church in the Soviet Union. “The Temporary Exarchate of the Holy Apostolic and Patriarchal Throne of Constantinople in Western Europe” was founded at the time.

“This transfer happened without any documents of dismissal from the Russian Church, which has always considered it canonically illegal. However, both Patriarch Photius and Metropolitan Evlogy strongly emphasized the temporary nature of the situation at the time,” the archpriest said.

The Russian exarchate dates back to 1921, when Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and All Russia appointed Paris-based Metropolitan Evlogy as the official representative of the Russian Church in Western Europe. In 1927, the Karlovici Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia banned Evlogy from performing his duties and severed liturgical communion with him, which caused Russian emigrants to split into those loyal to the Synod and those loyal to the Moscow Patriarchate.

In 1931, Metropolitan Evlogy, wishing to evade the Soviet authorities’ pressure to sign “a pledge of loyalty,” temporary switched to the jurisdiction of the Constantinople Patriarchate, but less than a year before his death, he was again accepted in the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia. Nevertheless, the majority of clergy and laypeople, led by the new metropolitan, decided to remain under the jurisdiction of Constantinople.

The exarchate currently consists of 65 parishes, 11 acting churches, two monasteries, and seven sketes in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It has over 100 priests and 30 deacons.

Source in English

Dear readers,

This is one of the five free articles that you can read in their entirety.

To access the unlimited number of full articles, please:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Vkontakte
  • Messanger
  • Telegram
  • WhatsApp
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest

About the Author

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

Orthodoxie.com Newsletter

Don't miss out on important news and updates. Subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletter.

Divider

Popular Posts

January 17 (old calendar) / Janu... Living with the Church 95584

January 17 (old calendar) / January 30 (new) Fast Venerable and Godbearing Father Anthony the Great (356). Ven. Anthony of Dymsk (Novgorod—ca. 1224...

January 30 Living with the Church 95582

January 30  Fast Synaxis of the Ecumenical Teachers and Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. Hieromartyr Hippol...

17 janvier (ancien calendrier) /... 95580

17 janvier (ancien calendrier) / 30 janvier (nouveau) Jour de jeûne Saint Antoine le Grand, moine en Égypte (356) ; saint Genou, évêque de Cahors (...

30 janvier 95578

30 janvier Jour de jeûne Synaxe des saints Hiérarques Basile le Grand, Grégoire le Théologien et Jean Chrysostome ; saint Hippolyte de Rome, martyr...

The Russian Church denounces pre... From the Web 95586

On January 29, the French daily La Croix published an article signed Pierre Sautreuil on the current situation of the Russian Church in Ukraine. Pl...

“L’Église russe dénonce de... 95573

Le quotidien La Croix a publié et mis en ligne l’article suivant : “L’Église russe dénonce des pressions sur ses paroisses en Ukraine&#...

Soirée de prière pour l’un... 95564

La prochaine soirée de prière, de toutes les paroisses orthodoxes de la région parisienne, pour l’unité de l’Église orthodoxe aura lieu le me...

Communiqué of St. Sergius Instit... Declarations 95538

On January 28, 2019, at the end of its meeting, the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute (Paris) Board of Directors issued the following comm...

OCA Holy Synod of Bishops issued... Declarations 95532

On Monday, January 28, 2019, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA...

Jean-François Colosimo’s letter... France 95525

Sunday, January 27, 2019, Feast of the translation of the relics of St. John Chrysostom. For more than a quarter of a century, since the fall of 19...

Lettre de démission et de consid... 95523

Dimanche 27 janvier 2019, en la fête de la translation des reliques de saint Jean Chrysostome. Cela fait maintenant plus d’un quart de siècle, depu...

“Monastères, les trésors c... 95519

Un documentaire (42:29) diffusé par la chaîne de télévision Arte, intitulé “Monastères, les trésors cachés de la Géorgie”, est en ligne...