пятница, 23 января 2009 г.

Holy Synod meets in Moscow’s Danilov Monastery

Today Russia’s Holy Synod is meeting at Moscow’s St. Daniel’s Monastery to focus on the preparation of the election of a new Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch. The meeting is chaired by the locum tenens of the Patriarchal See Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad. The election of a new Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church is due next Tuesday through Thursday at the Local Council in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Taking part will be over 700 people from 64 countries, the clergy and laity alike.

Source:The Voice of Russia

3 комментария:

Chernevog комментирует...

I am curious, what is the procedure for selecting a new head of the church?

lastochka комментирует...

This time it wiil be secret ballout. Russian Tv channel "Vesti" will broadcast the ceremony.

There were 15 Patriarchs in Russia. How many of them were elected by lot and by vote and what form of patriarchal elections do you consider the most appropriate now?

- Tsar chose the first Russian Patriarch St. Job from three candidates suggested by church hierarchs. His successors St. Hermogen, Patriarchs Philaret and Joasaphus I were also elected on tsar’s instruction.

In the 20th century, the Local Council 1917 elected the Holy Patriarch Tikhon by lot. The following Patriarchs Sergy, Alexy I and Pimen were elected by open vote. His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II was elected by secret ballot out of three candidates suggested by the Archbishop Council. Years of his ministry proved it was the right choice made by God’s will.

We see that the procedure of patriarchal elections has been changing. However, the elections were always blessed by consulate Church mind.

The Holy Synod recommended that Bishops’ Council should elect three candidates for the patriarchal see. The Local Council can also recommend additional candidates. According to the church statute, a candidate for Patriarch is a bishop older than 40years with higher theological education and experience of diocese administration. It was suggested that the Archbishop and Local Councils elected candidates by secret ballot so that everyone can vote in all fairness.

Chernevog комментирует...

Thank you very much. I was raised Roman Catholic, though my father was raised Byzantine Catholic.

When I was a child my grandmother used to take me to my grandfathers church, so i was fortunate enough to be able to experience the orthodox liturgy as a child, which was at least to me, much more awe inspiring.

There are very few orthodux churches in my area, but there is one Byzantine rite church about 30 miles away, and I decided that I am going to visit tomorrow morning (hmmm, not its not tomorrow for you yet, is it..no, I dont think so. I am trying to calculate what time it is there)

Also I noticed that the source of this article was the Voice of Russia.

They are having a very important anniversary in 2009. It is the 80their 80th anniversary and they are celebrating several times this year, the various times that they started offering foreign language services. In 1939 due to concern about the events occuring in Germany and the rest of Europe, Radio Moscow, which started broadcasting locally in 1922, began to broadcast to Europe in 1939, starting with German and Italian language services early in the year and adding English before the year was over. By 1979, Radio Moscow became one of the worlds major informational and analytical news services in the world.

In the 1990's (1994 I think) the world service was renamed "The World Service of the Voice of Russia"

Since I found this blog, and the link to this service, I have kept my internet access tuned to the Voice of Russia for the entire time that it broadcasts in English, which is about 22:00 hours local time, to about 6:00 hours local time. (that is I keep it tuned all night and listen to it when I am awake). The rest of the time I am tuned to the BBC or other European news services, because where I am, the news has become more "infotainment" than actual news reporting.

They just started a new version of "Russian by Radio", so I am going to start at that again, now that I actually have time to do so.

The world service is having its 30th anniversary this year, I think, as well.

So congratulations, Voice of Russia.