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Metropolitan Agafangel: An Appeal to the members of the “Old Diaspora.”

Synod of Bishops - Epistles from bishops Monday, 03 November 2014

Митрополит Агафангел: Последнее слово к тем, кто бежит с Корабля

Now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Dear brothers and sisters!

Within every community there are those who are loyal and those who are not.  The day will come as it is written in the Gospel, and that day is coming soon, when Christ will divide all the sheep and goats on one side or another.

Today may be a rehearsal of that day.  Today the Russian people have once again clearly divided themselves into Whites and Reds.  Paradoxically, the Reds have suddenly decided they are the Whites and have already taken over the position the Whites once held.  They left us, proudly carrying aloft the white flag of capitulation, believing erroneously, that this is a symbol of their victory.

These divisions exist not only among us.  They are within the other fragments of our bygone ROCA.  Perhaps the time has come to unite with those who were always on one side of the barricades and looked at the enemies of God only over the border of their hearts and consciences.

I invite all the “old members of the diaspora” who like Met. Vitaliy do not desire or accept any compromises with the Reds to join us in Odessa on November 25 on the eve of the Council meeting so that we may meet and discuss our common problems.  If we come to an agreement, then we can all participate in the Council.  This extraordinary Council, whose course will depend on the decisions we make together.

I do not know who and how people have decided for themselves what choices to make in this earthly life.  I will not name names, but I know of bishops who have not bowed their heads before the Soviet Baalim, along with clergy, monastics and laypeople of the Diaspora who have been members of ROCA from its first days on earth.  I certainly do not know every person and for that I ask to be forgiven.  Actually, we are not that few.  And the time has come when we cannot allow ourselves to be divided.  Perhaps with time we will be joined by the old emigres from the far corners of the diaspora, whose consciences cannot be contained by the borders of the “Russian world.”  One by one we will soon and inevitably pass from this world, but if we join together, perhaps we shall endure until God’s Day as given in the words of the Savior, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.“ (Matthew 16:18)

Yours in Christ,
+Metropolitan Agafangel

Those who desire the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in all its glory and spirit which it had in the days of the administration of the last leading First Hierarch, Metropolitan Vitaliy, can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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