Today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Metropolitan Laurus– First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad fell asleep in the Lord.
As I think about Metropolitan Laurus’ repose, I think about how God used him most recently in the reconcilation between the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) which formally occured in May of last year.
May his Memory be Eternal.
The Ora Et Labora blog shares about Metropolitan Laurus’ repose here.
Later, after posting the above words, I shared some thots with a friend that I thot I would add here-
As a convert I know that I do not fully understand the magnitude of what Met. Laurus did for us, especially in the reconciliation between ROCOR and the Moscow Pat.– although in my limited grasp of the situation I do know that it was big! I feel kind of like a child regarding the reconcilation, knowing that something major happened but at a loss of being able to explain what it was all about due to my age and limited understanding. I hope that makes sense.
I think about the factions that arose during the reconcilation process, those choosing to go into schism rather than be reconciled to the Moscow Patriarchate; how this must have hurt Met. Laurus’ heart.