Sunday, March 16 ‒ the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas ‒ marks six years since the repose of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Laurus – the fifth First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad. In the parishes and monasteries of the Eastern American Diocese, the clergy and faithful prayed for the repose of his bright soul.
Metropolitan Laurus (born Vasily Skurla) entered the Brotherhood of St. Job of Pochaev in Ladomirovo in Czechoslovakia at the age of 12. He later moved with the brethren to Holy Trinity Monastery in the village of Jordanville, where he spent the remainder of his life in prayer. From 1975 until his death in 2008, he served as the monastery’s rector. In 2001, after the retirement of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov), he was elected the fifth Primate of the Russian Church Abroad. It was under his leadership that the Russian Church was united in 2007 with the signing in Moscow of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate.
A new documentary film in Russian has been produced on the life and labors of our beloved Vladyka, which can be viewed here.
Memory Eternal to Metropolitan Laurus!