Monday, April 30, 2007

A new book has been published on Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky), the third Chief Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

(Vertograd, Saint Petersburg)

"A Pillar of Fire. Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky) and the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (1964–1985)", preparation of texts, commentary and introduction by Nun Kassia ( T.A. Senina): St. Petersburg, "Scriptorium" publications, 2007 (in Russian). 608 pages.

The St. Petersburg publishing house "Scriptorium" has released a book about Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky: 1903–1985), the third Chief Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (1964–1985). The book was prepared by nun Kassia (Senina).

Metropolitan Philaret was the great confessor of Orthodoxy in the twentieth century, the only leader of an Orthodox Church to come for­ward openly before the whole world to denounce the new heresy of ecumenism — for during the presidency of Metropolitan Philaret, the heresy of ecumenism was synodically anathematized by the Bishops' Sobor of the ROCA in 1983.

This hierarch strove to support the zealots and confessors of Orthodoxy throughout the whole world — both the members of the Catacomb Church in Russia, and of the Old Calendarist Greek jurisdictions. The incorrupt relics of Saint Philaret were recovered in 1998.

This present book contains a "Life" of the Saint, his epistles, letters, selected sermons, church documents and papers, the recollections of his contemporaries, and likewise a description of the glorification of the Saint by the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church in 2001, together with the service composed in honor of the Saint.

Some of this material is appearing in print for the first time. The book is furnished with 62 photographs.

The book can be obtained from the publisher: