I hope the whole OCA, and others who care about the situation will pray and fast today. There is only One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We are one Body in Christ. Let's come together willfully and do this.
Just noticed that today's Epistle reading (Romans 12:4-5, 15-21) very much applies to the OCA situation and the call to be as one body and how we all should seek to overcome evil with good, being at peace with one another and doing good to our enemies.
I pray that we will all, with one mind and heart, entreat our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to have mercy on us all and for the Holy Spirit to guide Archbishop JOB and the Midwest Diocese Council at tomorrow’s meeting. If there is a Molieben service at your parish tonight...please attend and raise your voices in prayer!!
Your sister in Christ,
(Holy Resurrection Church – Palatine, IL)
So true, Reader Alexander. "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' says the Lord. On the contrary: 'If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.' Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:4-5, 15-21).
We are not in the Midwest, but we are fasting (more today, since it's already the Apostles' Fast) and we continue to pray and feel hopeful. Because the Lord will hear the voice of our prayer. We may have to persevere in calling upon Him, however. He allowed this awful situation to occur for His reasons. He may continue to test us, for our own good.
The longer we watch and listen to MH, the more closely he mimics those worn-out Soviet (a.k.a. general bad guy) practices of obfuscation by claiming to do exactly the opposite of what one is really doing. The old reasoning is that such practices will confuse the unsuspecting and throw opponents off balance. These Potemkin villages can be blown down with one puff of wind. Thanks for providing the fresh breezes Mark.
This is the first time I am writing on this site, but I just wanted to say how important I think today was - a day of prayer and fasting. Most of us are not on our church councils, or on the metropolitan council so we can not express our views in a vote, but we can all and must all pray for our church. Sadly, I had to attend a parish other than my own to attend the moliben service. Not only was there not a service at my parish but my priest did not even announce that today was to be a day of prayer and fasting .In fact he has stated that there is no problem in the church and will not let it be discussed. How sad. There is never a reason "not" to pray. May we continue to pray as we did tonight that God will "calm the discord and turmoil in the OCA. Banish from us slander and conflict, bitter disputes and scandals. Burn out from our hearts every impurity, every evil, every unrighteous thought, that we may all love one another again and abide in oneness of mind in accordance with Thy will." How could any priest not want to pray for that?
It is interesting to me that Note 16 to the financial statements indicates a dollar value to the alleged personal charges reimbursed by the Church - $137,000. It further states that Fr. Kondractick's $240,000 claim is still outstanding.
The day of prayer and fasting was good for my spirit yesterday. Thank you, Vladika JOB, for encouraging your/our diocese to fast and pray, not for vengeance, but in repentance for our own sins.