Eminence Metropolitan Laurus Writes a Letter to the Editors of the
Orthodox Socio-Political Youth Journal of Russia and the Russian
Diaspora My v Rossii i Zarubezhie ["We in Russia and Abroad"]
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
We were very gladdened by the appearance of a journal in Russia
that has such profound roots in the history of our Russian emigration.
The young people who began publishing a journal under the difficult
circumstances of the Russian diaspora could hardly have imagined
that in the early 21st century, the journal My would once again
be published—but not in the emigration, but in the homeland, in
Russia. The very fact of its appearance in our time attests to the
fact that the hopes of those who in 1938 sowed this good seed were
not for naught.
You now live in an historical era when the division within the Russian
people in the homeland and abroad is beginning to gradually disappear.
Today, before our very eyes, many events are taking place which
are signs of the healing of old conflicts. Soon we will be witnesses
to one of these: the remains of two eminent activists of the Russian
emigration, General Denikin and the religious philosopher and thinker
IA Ilyin, will be brought to Russia and reburied in the cemetery
of Donskoy Monastery. But more important is the guiding hand of
God, which is leading the Russian people on the path of overcoming
historical divisions, manifested in the possibility of brotherly
contact and joint discussion of the differences which once led to
the division of the Russian Church. We desire that these divisions,
with God's help, will be overcome, and the reunification of the
two parts of the Russian Church would be the guarantee of the reestablishment
of the unity of the entire Russian people, which was lost in the
The publication you have reestablished was begun by people burning
with love for their homeland, their Fatherland. This love never
disappeared in the emigration, and continued to warm the souls of
Russian exiles over the course of many years, and of their descendants
scattered throughout the world.
"Devoted to God, loyal to the Homeland," was the wonderful
slogan of the journal My connects you to a great deal, so we earnestly
hope that you prove worthy of your predecessors, those who stood
at the foundation of this journal. In our days, teaching young people
such concepts as devotion to God and loyalty to their Homeland is
more important than ever, so we are confident that your efforts
will without a doubt serve towards the good of our Fatherland.
May the Lord God and His Most-Pure Mother bless and preserve you!
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York
8/21 September 2005
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