An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
A liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on the Feast of Ascension (May 17th) will mark the official reunification of ROCOR and The Church of Russia. The service is to begin at 10pm Pacific Time, which if I'm not mistaken would be tomorrow night - someone correct me if I am wrong. Fr. Christopher sent out info to the Parish that will allow you to watch live:
Click on "ТРАНСЛЯЦИИ" at http://22.214.171.124/trans/ (or click on third item from the top on the right at www.xxc.ru).
The broadcast will start at 9:00 am Moscow time (10:00 pm Pacific Time, 1:00 am Eastern Time). Once the broadcast starts, there will be a "link" blinking on the page. Click to open the RealPlayer window.
This really is a momentous event...a sort of crowning of the glorious journey the Russian Church has been on in coming out from under the thumb of communism. How fitting that it take place at Christ the Savior Cathedral which the communists had destroyed and then tried to build a monument to atheistic socialism, but God would not allow it (ahem...reminiscent of building your foundation upon the rock, eh?). Now , rebuilt, it is another testimony of the failure to destroy Christ's Church.
What a beautiful photo of the cathedral. It's killing me that I can't be there.
It did occur to me at some point that just as the separation was necessary to prevent the Church in Russia from losing its pre-Revolutionary heritage, so is this reconciliation necessary for both of us: they need us to restore that heritage, we need them because they are our Mother Church. Glory to God for this occurrence!