Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Old Believers leave Old Ritualists for ROCOR

The Old Believers were not pleased with this event. You can see more on this here and here.

(sokryt.ru) - There is now one more Old Ritualist parish in America in the bosom of the Russian Church. The Old Believer community of Nikolaevsk, Alaska, consisting of Fr. Nikola Yakunin, his son Deacon Vasily Yakunin and about 20 Old Believer families have decided to join ROCOR MP preserving their liturgical rite. Services in the new congregation will henceforth be conducted in English. Let us recall that a similar situation occurred at one time in the Pomorian community of Erie, Pennsylvania. The congregation had become largely Americanized, and praying in the now nearly forgotten and little-understood Church Slavonic language was problematic. In the Old Ritualist Congregation of the Nativity of Christ in Erie, Old Orthodox worship is now completely translated into English, including the Znamenny hymns.

Father Nichola and his son, Vasily, will be with the Erie congregation on Ascension Day. They will be received through chrismation and ordained by Bishop John of Caracas and South America. Currently there is an intention to build a new church for the community near Nikolaevsk, in the town of Homer, since the old church building will remain under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Old Ritualist Church according to the American laws.

We wish the Orthodox Old Believer community of Alaska to continue to stand firmly on the Holy Fathers' positions and to preserve the Old Orthodox faith on their difficult path to unity with world Orthodoxy.


  1. "They will be received through chrismation and ordained by Bishop John of Caracas and South America...."

    After all these years in "canonical" Orthodoxy, I can still be surprised by a bishop of Venezuela presiding over a community in Alaska...good for me I suppose.

    Every time ROCOR/Orthodox Russophiles use the word "canonical", they really should instead just walk to a mirror...

    1. I think grey areas to heal schisms are good. But yes, the hypocrisy with reactions to other events is unfortunate.

  2. The healing of schisms is always good news, even if it is slow and gradual. Unfortunately, it seems that in modern times, the schisms are multiplying. On a side note, Wikipedia has an interesting article on the history of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church, though I note the near total absence of cited sources. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Orthodox_Old-Rite_Church