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Отправлено Алексей Чумаков, православный христианин, 20:51:10 25/10/2001
в ответ на: Существует ли русскоязычный сайт с официальной информацией с Собора? (-), отправлено Александр Иванов, православный христианин, РПЦ, 09:11:02 25/10/2001
In the Name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit!
Dear Brethren & Archpastors!
In accordance with my declaration at the last session of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, on 27 June/10 July 2001, I now repeat before you all, before the entire Council of Bishops, that I am going into retirement. I ask the holy prayers of all of you archpastors, my brethren.
I also pray for all of you, and we will now all pray together and ask the Chief Shepherd, our Lord Jesus Christ, to help our Council of Bishops to choose a new first hierarch of our much-suffering Russian Church Outside of Russia. For my part, I call upon you all to unite around our Council's choice and for you all to take care for the restoration of peace and unity among us and our flock. Only in unity do we have strength, and with the help of God we will be able to oppose all the wiles of enemies, visible and invisible. Amen.
I ask of you, dear brethren, your holy prayers and forgiveness.
[signature:] +Metropolitan Vitaly
10/23 October 2001
Holy Elders of Optina
On Wednesday, 11/24 October 2001, the day of the commemoration of the holy Apostle Philip of the Seventy and the Venerable Theophanes the Confessor, having assembled in the city of New York at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign, in honor of her Kursk-Root Icon, at an open extraordinary session of our Council, praying after the Divine Liturgy, and having served a panikhida for the ever-memorable Metropolitans Anthony, Anastasy and Philaret and a service of supplication to the Mother of God before her miraculous Kursk-Root Icon, and also to the holy hierarchs Tikhon the Patriarch and John of Shanghai of San Francisco, the wonderworker, and having invoked the gracious aid of the Holy Spirit, we, the hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, proceeded to the election of a new First Hierarch of the ROCOR, after this cathedra became vacant on the decision of His Eminence, Metropolitan Vitaly, to go into retirement.
There were eighteen hierarchal electors, of whom six were not present but sent in their votes in writing.
At the first ballot, the votes of Their Graces were distributed as follows: Archbishop Laurus-12 votes; Archbishop Mark-1 vote; Archbishop Hilarion-1 vote; Bishop Benjamin-1 vote; and three hierarchs abstained. Thus, the Right Reverend Laurus, having received 2/3 of the votes on the first ballot was, in accordance with the Order for the Election of the First Hierarch, elected the fifth First Hierarch of the ROCOR.
We beseech Almighty God to send down His blessing upon the further ministry of our First Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus. Amen.
[handwritten:] I give thanks, accept and say nought against it. +Metropolitan Laurus.
[signatures:]  +Archbishop Alypy
+Archbishop Mark
+Archbishop Hilarion
+Bishop Kirill
+Bishop Ambrose
+Bishop Evtikhy
+Bishop Agafangel
+Bishop Alexander
+Bishop Gabriel
+Bishop Michael
+Bishop Agapit  

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