of the German Diocese Participate in the
Theological Conference at St. Tikhon Institute in Moscow
On the Epiphany of the Lord, January 19, Hieromonk Evfimii (Longvinov)
and Nun Vassa (Larin) flew from Munich to Moscow to once again take
part in the annual Theological Conference of St. Tikhonís Orthodox
Theological Institute. The Conference opened on January 21 with
a plenary meeting at Moscow State University. In attendance were
His Eminence Archbishop Evgenii of Verey, and also guests from Serbia:
His Grace Artemje of Raska and Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija and the
Serbian Professor L. Folic. At the plenary session, Vladyka Artemje
and then Prof. Folic gave a distraught audience reports on destroyed
Orthodox holy sites of Kosovo and Metohija. “Kosovo is crucified,
and I am also crucified on this cross, and that is why it is difficult
for me to talk about this,” noted Bishop Artemje. After the lectures
of Bp. Artemje and Prof. Folic, the Rector of St. Tikhonís Institute,
Protopriest Vladimir Vorobiev, addressed the Serbs with a heartfelt
message of brotherly compassion, after which the entire audience
sang “Save, O Christ God,” to the suffering Serbian Church.
After the plenary session, work in the many sections of the conference
commenced: theological, historical, ecclesio-artistic, church singing,
the history of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 20th century,
philology, etc. It should be noted that St. Tikhon Institute is
publishing a wide range of works, including books in all aspects
of ecclesiastical studies, and at the same time it plays a leading
role in research of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. The
enormous database of the Institute on the New Martyrs can be viewed
Fr. Evfimii, before joining the Monastery of St. Job of Pochaev
in Munich, worked in the I.E. Grabarí Moscow Restoration Center,
and participated in the section on Church art. He gave the lecture
“The Image of the Renewal of the Church,” the first day of the Conference,
The next day, Nun Vassa read a lecture in the section on the History
of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 20th century, on the topic
of the patriotic position of the Russian Church Abroad during the
years 1920-1945. Her lecture touched upon the attitude of the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia towards monarchy, fascism and
the Russian Liberation Army [ROA]. The lecture given by the Rector
of the Institute, Fr. Vladimir Vorobiev, on Ukase No. 362 of St.
Patriarch Tikhon, evoked great interest. Fr. Vladimir noted the
importance of this “forgotten decision” for the proper mutual understanding
of the parts of the Russian Church.
That evening, the guests from Munich were invited to dinner by the
Reverend Rector, where they were able to become better acquainted.
Priest Georgii Orekhanov of the Institute, Protopriest Georgii Mitrofanov
of St. Petersburg Theological Academy, A.A. Kornilov of Nizhny Novgorod
and two colleagues of the Institute, L.A. Golovkova and O.V. Kosik,
joined them. In a lively exchange during dinner, opinions were offered
by Fr. George Mitrofanov on the All-Diaspora Pastoral Conference
held in Nyack, NY (USA), and the perspectives and difficulties in
conducting dialog between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian
Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The open and gregarious attitude
of Fr. Vladimir and the other members of the Institute left a warm
impression on the guests from the German Diocese.
On Saturday, January 24, at the church of the Theological Institute,
called "St. Nicholas of the Smithies," the liturgy was
performed in Greek. The Serbian Bishop Artemje officiated along
with the clergymen of the Institute, and a Greek choir from Athens
sang. At the end of liturgy, Vladyka Artemje gave a greeting to
the choir in Greek, noting a certain "Orthodox ecumena [universe]"
in the liturgy just served.
At the end of the Conference, Sunday, January 25 (the day of St.
Tatyana the Martyr, the patron saint of schools in Russia), a liturgy
was held in the Kremlin's Uspensky Sobor, as is the Institute's
custom. The students' choir of St. Tikhon's Institute sang to a
church full of worshipers, mainly consisting of the teachers and
students of MSU and the Institute.
After the Conference, Hieromonk Evfimii and Nun Vassa visited the
holy places in Russia. Fr. Evfimii went to Novgorod to venerate
the holy relics of his heavenly patron, Saint Efvimii of Novgorod.
There he was welcomed with the blessing of Vladyka Lev (who was
away at the time) at Yuriev Monastery, and was able to visit the
relics and monasteries of the ancient Russian city. Returning to
Moscow, Fr. Evfimii went to Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Pereslavl'
Zalessky, where he visited several other ancient monasteries. From
Pereslavl' he journeyed to the town of Godenovo to venerate the
Cross-Not-Made-by-Hands, which appeared in the 19th century, in
our day attracting a steady stream of visitors from all over Russia.
In Moscow, Nun Vassa met with her mother, who had flown in from
New York, and made a pilgrimage with her first to Holy Trinity-St.
Sergius Lavra, then to St. Petersburg (to the tombs of St. Xenia
the Blessed and St. John of Kronstadt), and finally to Diveevo,
to the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov. No small consolation to
the pilgrims from abroad were the monasteries and holy places of
Russia, their very walls infused with prayer, and also the hospitality
of the monastics and church people. In the evening of January 30,
Fr. Evfimii and Sister Vassa returned to Munich.
Vestnik Germanskoy Eparkhii [Messenger of the German Diocese]