Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate
Spiritual atmosphere of mount Athos is unique, but the Holy Mountain will become salt that has lost power, if the murky waters of the rift will fill that sacred place, said Metropolitan Hilarion.
In the Russian Orthodox Church called on the monasteries of mount Athos not to communicate with the new Church of Ukraine and hope that the monks will make the correct choice in favour of the canonical order. This was stated by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, reports “Interfax”.
“On Athos the well-known Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onuphrius. Until recently, he was a frequent guest. Once arriving on Athos, I work in the shadows of the temple recognized him among the monks humbly standing in a simple black monastic cowl, stitched in the Greek fashion, without a Panagia. Many other hierarchs of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church on mount Athos visited regularly. And now the Patriarch Bartholomew declared the Church a non-existent”, – said the Bishop.
According to Bishop in the Russian Orthodox Church Afon love is not for the antiquity, architecture or beautiful landscapes, but above all for what he “retains its value of Church Bastion of truth for millions of Orthodox believers.”
“I sincerely hope that this suddenly fell down on him situation Afon will make the correct choice in favour of the canonical order. And thank you to all the Athonite monks and abbots who have such a choice did,” said the Bishop.
Metropolitan Hilarion explained that the spiritual atmosphere of mount Athos is unique, it was built by the labor of many generations, and many Athonite monks “rightly fear that it will be destroyed if Athos will open for women,” as it has repeatedly offered to make European policy.
“But isn prayerful communion with the schismatics is not fraught with even greater dangers for the entire order of monastic life?” – asks the Lord.
We will remind, at the end of last week, “Bishop” ptsu Paul Wristy to accompany that with the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s visit to the monasteries of mount Athos, were adopted in several Athonite monasteries – Xenophon, Pantokrator, New Esphigmenou and Vatopedi, but was unable to get on the territory of the piously-Panteleimonov monastery, monasteries Zograf and Dogear, and in the monastery of Simonopetra they were allowed to venerate the Holy places and then escorted by not letting him into the monastery courtyard.
Also, seven of the monks left the monastery of Vatopedi in protest against the recognition of ptsu.
It is expected that on 11 February 2019 on mount Athos will be a meeting of the Holy Kinot, where representatives of all 20 monasteries of the Holy Mountain to discuss the Ukrainian question.