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Sunday, January 14, Michael Goldshteyn was made a catechumen.  May the Lord guide and strengthen Michael as his preparation begins before receiving holy baptism, and may the Lord continue to inspire people with the light of Christ and help His Church to grow!

Sunday, January 14, 2023, our parishioners Timothy and Barbara Wolosen were gifted with a holy icon of our heavenly intercessor St. Basil the Great.  Tim and Barb are moving, and as a token of our parish's deep love, affection, and gratitude for all of their service to our parish over the years, they were blessed with this holy icon.  A special coffee hour celebrated our love for them and our good wishes for them in their new lives in a new location.  May God grant them many years!  We will miss them!

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Metropolitan Mark (Arndt)

A group of hierarchs from different local Orthodox churches, along with human rights activists and lawyers, announced in December the creation of an International Human Rights Association, “The Church Against Xenophobia and Religious Discrimination”, in order to draw the attention of the international community to the dire situation with religious freedom in Ukraine. Metropolitan Mark (Arndt) of Berin and Germany from the Russian Church Abroad (ROCOR), who became a member of the new group, shared his vision on the situation.    

Vladyka, what does this association represent, and what are its tasks and goals?

—What we can see right now is that human rights are being seriously violated in Ukraine. The canonical Orthodox church there has no rights anymore. No rights of any kind, which is totally against all kinds of human rights. The church is practically prohibited to act as a religious community, it is not allowed to have any church buildings, and priests are de facto made criminals.

So, we are trying to bring this to the knowledge of people who fight for human rights, that the European regulations are not being adhered to in any way in Ukraine with respect to the Orthodox Church.

Does the creation of this group mean that the Orthodox Church is entering the human rights field? Or defending human rights has been always one of the main tasks of every Orthodox Christian?

—That is right. However, Ukrainian law assesses and tries to make us believe that they do adhere to human rights, which is not the case at all. The Church is being criminalized, and every priest is viewed as a criminal.

How is it possible to change this situation?

—Only international organizations can do something in order to improve it.

You are the point person in the ROCOR who maintains permanent contact with the UOC hierarchy, including its Primate Metropolitan Onufry. What do you hear from them?

—I do not ask them at all because the moment they speak to me—and they would speak to me in Russian—they are called criminals who act on behalf of the enemy, which is not the case at all.

The UOC has totally severed its ties with the Russian church, and they are not allowed to keep any canonical links to the Russian Orthodox Church, to which they originally belonged. They were a part of the Russian church, but now they have severed their ties. This happened at the Council of Bishops and Priests in May. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian government, and particularly the Secret Service of Ukraine, are making their own assertions, and they are totally wrong. However, they do not care what is right or wrong. They assert something, and they are sure that it is the truth.

This group called on the Ukrainian authorities and President Volodymyr Zelensky to stop violations of the rights of UOC believers. You also appealed to UN special mandate holders, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Human Rights Council with statements about violations of the rights of the Church. Did you get any reaction from the relevant organizations?

—So far, we have received no reaction at all.

Not even from the UN?

—Not that I know of. Maybe they have come, but I was not informed.

On January 22, the Court of Appeal in Ukraine will review the case of Metropolitan Jonathan (Yeletskikh) of Tulchin and Bratslav, who has already been sentenced by the court of first instance to imprisonment for a period of 5 years. What should we expect from this hearing? What should we all do to help in solving this issue?

—We have to pray. I do not expect any justice from any court in Ukraine. It is a country that is totally steeped in the prosecution of Christians.

Does it mean that we can not even hope for justice? And what can we, all people, do to find a solution?

—We, Christians in the free world, will naturally continue to insist on the right to exist. The Ukrainian authorities do not even recognize the right for the canonical Church to exist. This is worse than what was the case in the Soviet Union. Worse than communism. It is a dire persecution of Christians, like in the first centuries.    

Is the situation with Metropolitan Jonathan the first disturbing signal? Or probably not even the first one?

—Not the first one. There were other cases with Metropolitan Pavel (Lebed), the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, and other clergymen. All these situations are similar. The Ukrainian authorities a priori consider them criminals.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is the most egregious example of religious freedoms violations, but not the only one…

—Along with North Korea and other bandits, of course.

What is it possible to do to improve the life of Christians, Orthodox Christians in these and other countries?

—If we live normally, in accordance with our canons and laws, it will become evidence that we don't threaten anyone, that we are peaceful people who do not want anything other than to be free.

It is not rare for statements of human rights activists to become nothing more than empty words. Do you believe that you and this organization will get different results, which would allow this situation to be solved?

—To be honest, I am not at all sure about this. I am even surprised that these people are trying to do something. However, I absolutely do not know what will come of this.

What do you think is most important for believers in Ukraine? How can we all help them?

—First of all, we can help with our prayers. Besides that, we in the ROCOR are trying to send humanitarian aid there. In particular, we help the Svyatogorsk Lavra, where the people are suffering the most from the conflict. We also send aid to Pochaev and other places. This is practical help, which is the most needed now. Thank God, so far we can provide it.

Dmitry Zlodorev
spoke with
Metropolitan Mark (Arndt)





Kiev, February 5, 2024

Photo: uncutmountainsupply.comIn their ongoing effort to spiritually divide the historically united Ukrainian and Russian people, as of this month, the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” of the Patriarchate of Constantinople will no longer celebrate the memory of the Right-Believing Prince Alexander Nevsky, one of the most beloved saints of ancient Rus’.

It is not surprising that the Ukrainian government-sanctioned "Church" would be allergic to St. Alexander Nevsky. The great military commander defeated the Western forces who waged war against Rus' with the blessing of the Roman Pope, with the aim of bringing Rus' into the Western and Roman Catholic sphere of influence and domination. The defeat was decisive and kept Russia on its own civilizational course.

Meeting on Friday, February 2, the Holy Synod of the OCU resolved to remove St. Alexander, who had Kievan blood and served as Grand Prince of Kiev from 1246 to 1263, from its liturgical calendar on November 23, reports the OCU press service.

Instead, the Synod established another feast of St. Alexander, the 4th–5th-century founder of the Monastery of the Unsleeping Ones.

While the Synodal report does not explain why St. Alexander was removed, the OCU’s primate, “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko, addressed the topic in an interview last January

Speaking with the Ukrainian outlet, he explained that after the OCU first came into existence in December 2018, it initially published a calendar without major saints such as St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Ksenia of St. Petersburg and other Russian saints. However, the OCU was compelled to include them in the calendar again after many of its own parishioners complained that their patron saints were no longer in the calendar.

Therefore, at the time, St. Alexander Nevsky was still in the OCU’s calendar, which Dumenko characterized as a “temporary phenomenon.” It would take about a generation for the people to forget about such Russian saints he said.

However, a year later, the OCU Synod resolved to remove the revered saint from its calendar.




The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has accepted His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel’s request for a medical leave of absence from his archpastoral duties as he deals with serious health complications. His Eminence went into heart surgery at 11:30 AM on February 15, 2024 and will need a long period of rest, to recover and recuperate.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon has appointed His Grace Bishop Andrei as the administrator of the Romanian Episcopate, effective February 15, 2024, for the duration of His Eminence’s recovery.

Please pray for the health and swift recovery of Archbishop Nathaniel. Cards and other correspondence can be sent to the Chancery of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America:

PO Box 309
Grass Lake, MI 49240-0309



February 6, 2024 

On February 5, 2024, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board formally notified Metropolitan Eugene of Tallinn and All Estonia that his request to renew his temporary residence permit had been denied, website of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate reports.

The official notification was handed over to Metropolitan Eugene on the Church Administration premises: Tallinn, Pikk Street 64/1-4.

His Eminence will leave Estonia on February 6. Prior to his departure, the Primate of the Estonian Orthodox Church addressed his flock. The text of his message is given below.

“Right Reverend archpastors, all-honourable fathers, dear brothers and sisters,

“Christ is Risen!

“Saint Paul teaches us Christians to react good-naturedly to everything that happens to us. He writes, Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:16-18). The source of our joy and placidity is not worldly success or our achievements, but our faith. Through the Cross joy has come into all the world. And, as Christ says, no one will take your joy from you (Jn 16:22). So, I would like to call upon you to be good-natured and joyful in spirit and thank God for everything, as this is what our Lord expects of us.

“Indeed, plentiful are things we ought to thank God for! Much has happened over the past few days. For the first time in 34 years, an episcopal consecration took place in the Estonian land in our Church; the Synod held its meeting this week; the Council was convened. Over the past six months, two deacons were ordained. Youth, cultural and educational meetings are held. And, above all, divine services and sacraments are celebrated in our churches! It is very important for us to remember that and give thanks to our Lord God for everything! I urge all of you to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:3).

“It is our hope that with God’s help the church life will keep following its course. There are two auxiliary bishops in Estonia who with my blessing may fully exercise the powers of the Primate of our Church. As for me, I stay in contact and, though remotely, continue to take care of the Church entrusted to me.

“May our All-Merciful Lord help us follow the path of Christ’s commandments and draw nearer to His Heavenly Kingdom!

“Christ is in our midst!

“May the blessing of God be always with you!” Communication Service