The Archdiocese of Russian Churches in Western Europe celebrates its 100th anniversary (+VIDEO)

Paris, July 4, 2022

Photo: archeveche.eu The Archdiocese of Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sunday, June 26.

The occasion was celebrated with a solemn divine liturgy in the Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky in Paris, celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan John of Dubna and the vicar bishops of the archdiocese, His Grace Symeon of Domodedovo and His Grace Elisha of Reutov , reports the Archdiocese.

“The celebration took place with fervor and emotion, aroused simultaneously by the jubilee character and the painful tribulations which particularly affect the Orthodox peoples from whom many members of the Archdiocese come,” writes the Archdiocese.

In his homily, Met. John underlined that the Archdiocese was carried by those faithful who, “often in destitution, wanted and knew how to transmit the Orthodox faith in this Western European context”.

The Archdiocese has a complicated history. It was established by decree of Saint Tikhon of Moscow on March 26/April 8, 1921, but over the following decades it changed jurisdiction several times and was sometimes without judicial control. More recently the Archdiocese was under the Patriarchate of Constantinople, but when the Synod of Constantinople Churches in Western Europe celebrates its 100th anniversary (+VIDEO) | news from paradise” title=”The Archdiocese of Russian Churches in Western Europe celebrates its 100th anniversary (+VIDEO) | news from paradise”/>Archdiocese of Russian Churches in Western Europe confirms dissolution, says decision came as a surpriseThis decision of the Holy Synod, which has not yet been officially received by the Archdiocese, was in no way requested by the Archdiocese. Vladyka John was not previously consulted on this decision.

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“After recalling that in the 20th century the Russian land was an altar of millions of sacrifices in the name of Christ, he underlined, quoting Saint Seraphim of Sarov, that to be a Christian is to open one’s soul to the Holy Spirit and his peace.”

His Eminence then read the |  The Archdiocese of Russian Churches in Western Europe celebrates its 100th anniversary (+VIDEO) |  news from paradisePatriarch Kirill congratulates Met. John on the occasion of the centenary of the Archdiocese of Western European parishes of Russian traditionLiving in a foreign country of toil and hardship, our people cherished the Orthodox faith, drawing spiritual strength and consolation from it, always aware that the strength to carry on produces character. And character produces hope (cf. Rom. 5:4).

“>letter of congratulations from Patriarch Cyril, and called for prayer “so that the archdiocese may pursue its vocation of mission carried by the saints of Russia and Western Europe”.

In the afternoon, a lecture was given by Professor Oleg Kobtzeff of the Institut Saint-Serge in Paris, relating the history of the archdiocese.

On this occasion, a new site dedicated to the Centenary of the Archdiocese was unveiled, presenting documents, videos and audio in English, French and Russian.

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