Monday, March 27, 2017

Russian Church to continue adding Western saints to its calendar

At its March 9 session, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to add St. Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland, St. Alban the Protomartyr of Britain, St. Genevieve of Paris, and twelve other Western saints from the first millennium, before the West departed into heresy, to its official calendar.

As Interfax-Religion reports, the Russian Orthodox Church intends to continue adding such revered Western Church figures to its calendar for annual celebration. Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk stated on the “Church and the World” television program that “This process is not completed. It has only started.”

According to the bishop, St. Patrick and the others were added to the calendar at the request of Russian dioceses in the diaspora which have already been venerating such saints. “There are other Western saints whom I hope will also soon be included in the calendar of our Church,” His Eminence stated.

Read the rest here.


Anonymous said...

I am very pleased with this development. I think this will open up Orthodoxy more to the West, and as its young men look for refuge from the collapse of these societies, the Orthodox community will grow. The Church must not sleep as this chance presents itself, nor worse still resist it by appeasing the decadent forces already in motion, from which they will be trying to locate shelter in Tradition.

lannes said...

More modernism.

Patrick Sheridan said...

Iannes, could you explain that remark please?