BAOC after the death of Metropolitan Izjaslava

November 26 in the U.S. died Metropolitan Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in exile Izjaslav. This sad event, the current state of BAOC and its prospects in the loss of nuance Primate of the current issue is devoted to show "Sign of faith."
BondarukO Lord Izjaslav died after a long illness on 81-year life. Funeral services were held on 30 November and Saturday 1 December at the Church of the Virgin Zhirovichi in Island Park, New Jersey. Metropolitan Izjaslav buried at the Orthodox cemetery in East Brunswick. Chin burial made Bishop Alexander of Detroit Kiev Patriarchate. Served him six priests, including one Byelorussian o.Vyacheslav login.
After the burial in the parish hall was accomplished memorial meal, during which pronounced: Bishop Alexander, secretary of the consistory BAOC Jakub Sapezhinsky, chairman of the parish council in Brooklyn Rostislav Goroshko, chairman of the parish council in Island Park Victor Dubyaga also longtime assistant and a close and trusted friend of Metropolitan Izjaslava Boris Danyluk. He reminded the audience about the actual path and the Metropolitan, namely, said:
Danyluk: Benevolent and sacrificially configured to work with each compatriot the benefit of the Fatherland, for many years he has led the Belarusian postwar emigration, first in Canada and later in America. If, after the proclamation of independence of Belarus, he was ready to return to his homeland to start work there to restore the Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, without which there could be no did not really Belarusian-independent country.
Unfortunately, none of those who had to be made aware of and assist to fulfill this idea, to meet his zeal did not. Despite this tragedy, the lord blessed memory Izjaslav not broke, and ordained its attention to the upcoming BAOC existence as a guarantor of its necessary and inevitable recovery in the Fatherland in the future.
BondarukBoris said Danyluk huge rewards late metropolitan Izjaslava for the newest wave of emigration since the beginning of the Belarusian-1990s. Metropolitan petitioned the South American authorities and asked them to open the door widely for the Belarusians, who previously had no talent for resettlement, unless forced to the Siberian taiga. Metropolitan Izjaslav his hopes that at least some of the new arrivals is in the Church and will replace an old emigration …
Danyluk: For his signature dozens of new arrivals in the second half of the 1990s of the last century and this century Belarusians first appeals to the South American immigration authorities substantiating Awards these people for political cover and requests that assist almost all of them to stay in America of which people are among us at the farewell and remembrance of our moderate and, if necessary — the current Archbishop.
In the end, when he was already overcome with languorous illness, he still find happiness and satisfaction from the association under its omophorion our church, and it is necessary to split its disadvantage, and with that he walked away feeling elated to become a high before the throne of God. Let omnipotent accept his soul in paradise and contribute, so that his work archpastoral gave abundant fruit and realized his dream, and remain in our hearts and future generations will get a good memory.
Bondaruk: As a curriculum vitae: Metropolitan Izjaslav, secular name Ivan Brutsky, born January 22, 1926 in Belousha Stolin region. Polish finished junior school. In May 1943, has been taken for forced labor in Germany. After the surrender of Germany entered the camp in Hanover. From there in 1947 he emigrated to Canada.
Graduated in Manitoba by a civil engineer. Since 1962 he lived in the United States, was an activist of the Belarusian-American Association. In 1979 he was ordained by Archbishop Nicholas (Matsukevich) at the priest. On the second bishop BAOC with monastic Izjaslav naming February 22, 1981. His ordination is not recognized Metropolitan Nicholas, which led to a split BAOC. III at Manchester Cathedral in May 1984 elected Metropolitan of the BAOC with the department in Brooklyn. The second part of the church dedicated to the bishops headed in 1968, Metropolitan Nicholas, who died June 20, 2002. A year after his death, in August 2003, held Unity Congress BAOC.
As for actually Belarusian autocephalous, its origins go back to the 13th century, when it was is independent Novogrudskaya archdiocese headed by Greek Theophilus. It lasted until 1595, when the Metropolitan Joseph Soltan defected to the union. In 1812, during the Napoleonic Wars Archbishop Barlaam Shishitsky returned autocephalous, but soon it was canceled.
July 23, 1922 in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Minsk held a synod which decided to return the independent Belarusian Metropolitan, Archbishop Melchizedek choose Payevsky Metropolitan of Minsk and Belarus and return 4 Diocese: Minsk, Bobruisk, Mozyr and Slutskaya. Second attempt to return autocephaly was accomplished in 1927. To autocephalous structures headed by Bishop Filaret joined 50 parishes.
August 30, 1942 in Minsk hosts first-Belarusian Orthodox Cathedral. Participants approved the charter of the cathedral and sent an appeal to the other Orthodox churches asking for recognition. At the end of June 1944 the Belarusian bishops and some priests fled to the West. June 5, 1948 at the Council of Constance BAOC was restored.
After the war, the majority of Belarusians of the camps for displaced persons emigrated to Canada and the United States. Supporters of the use of assistance autocephalous Ukrainian Autocephalous Church hierarchy which December 19, 1949 by Archimandrite Vasily Tamashchyka bishop with the title of "Vilna". February 15, 1968 Andrew Crete was ordained bishop of Grodno, Novogrudok and Cleveland. March 10 of the same year, Archimandrite Nicholas Matsukevich became bishop of Turov, Pinsk and Toronto. The second bishop, as already mentioned, was ordained Izjaslav Brutsky.
And what is the current situation after the death of Metropolitan BAOC Izjaslava?
Login: Now we have two huge Belarusian arrival in Australia, there are several parishes in Europe, namely in the UK, in Canada, we have a very strong coming to Toronto, huge congregations in America — it’s our department in New York, which is to say , the center of the Belarusian emigration. There is also a parish in New Jersey.
There are also congregations that have not yet led to his subordinate, for example, very strong coming to Cleveland. But I think that if you dare to question our Belarusian church hierarchy, I think that many parishes join. There are several parishes, obeying the Greeks, the Patriarchate of Constantinople. But, as history has shown postwar emigration still jurisdiction BAOC parishes, mostly retain their own Belarusian national rituals and language. Since those parishes Greeks, unfortunately, do not have and have never had their own bishop, and because the church did not develop, and kept only what was laid postwar emigration.
Bondaruk: A couple of years back the leaders of so-called "old emigration" very encouraged by the dedication 2-new bishops. Alexander Kostyuk Sologub and Basil were to become the successor of both metropolitans, lead to a complete and real reunion broken Church. Unfortunately, nothing came of it. What happened to these bishops?
Login: These bishops, unfortunately, have moved away from our church, to be exact — were removed from management, came from the staff. Unfortunately, they do not have enough in common with the Belarusian Orthodox. I know Bishop Basil Kostyuk now appears as bishop of Constantinople Patriarchate. The fate of Bishop Alexander Sologub we know nothing. When he came out for the state, no activity.
I just wanted to say that we should always elect candidates to the bishops who could be in the 1-x, in our church, educated in Belarusian Orthodoxy. Since a person brought up in another country or in another ch
urch, the church belongs to the Belarusian position with other faiths, and should be a hierarchy of living things of the church, to which Belarus and Orthodoxy — one, because from time to time people really love their motherland- Belarus, but not versed in the affairs of many. Or opposite happens when a person — Orthodox in spirit, but Belarus for it — it’s an empty place. Then, in this case also fails to live Belarusian church Belarusian Orthodoxy, not be able to give their own people the spiritual heritage that he must bear.

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