Friday, May 12, 2006

The End...?

Мы, участники IV Всезарубежного Собора, собравшиеся в богоспасаемом граде Сан-Франциско, в благодатном присутствии Одигитрии Русского Зарубежья Курско-Коренной Иконы Божией Матери и святых мощей Святителя Иоанна Шанхайского и Сан-Францисского, в трепетном сознании ответственности, лежащей на нас, в послушании Архипастырю—Христу, во всецелом доверии и любви пастырей и мирян ко своему Первоиерарху, Высокопреосвященнейшему Митрополиту Лавру и Архиерейскому Собору, свидетельствуем, что, как верные чада Святой Церкви, будем преклоняться воле Божией и подчиняться решениям предстоящего Архиерейского Собора.

We, the participants of the IV All-Diaspora Council, having gathered in the God-preserved city of San Francisco, in the blessed presence of the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, and the holy relics of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco, in trembling recognition of the duty laid upon us, in obedience to our Archpastor, Christ, with complete trust and love of the pastors and laity to our First Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, and the Council of Bishops, attest that as loyal children of the Holy Church, we shall submit to Divine will and obey the decisions of the forthcoming Council of Bishops.

Prayer for Orthodox Unity
O All Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: We Thy faithful children beseech Thee to forgive us the sin of divisiveness, which is rooted in our hearts, our dioceses and land. Implant in our lives the holy vine of unity which only Thou canst bestow on those who have come together in Thy name. Enlighten us with Thy grace so that we may come to the knowledge of Thy truth and move our hearts to respond with trust and total obedience to Thy divine will. Through the intercessions of the God-inspired Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea, who in harmony decreed that there should be but one hierarch in each city serving Thy faithful as a loving father over his children, one shepherd over a united flock, we also praise Thine all holy name, O Father who is without beginning, O Son who is eternal and O Holy Spirit, the life-creator, illuminate the way and guide us all to once again unite Thy Holy Church. Amen.


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