The new head of the ROCOR , Metropolitan Hilarion takes office

ceremonial inauguration (enthronement) of the new First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), Metropolitan New York and Eastern America Hilarion was elected Council of Bishops on 12 May will be held on Sunday in New York.The ceremonial inauguration (enthronement) of the new First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), Metropolitan New York and Eastern America Hilarion was elected Council of Bishops on 12 May will be held on Sunday in New York.

former head of the ROCOR, Metropolitan Laurus, signed on 17 May 2007 the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, Act of Canonical Communion (in fact - the reunion) with the Moscow Patriarchate, died on March 16, 2008 in Jordanville (USA) on 81 th yearlife.

"We are well aware, is deeply respected and loved by Bishop Hilarion is a man who enjoyed the confidence of Metropolitan Laurus, and which Metropolitan Laurus wanted to see the Primate of the Church.", - He said the deputy chairman of the Department

for External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Bishop Mark toldwith reporters in the Turkish city of Gallipoli (now - Gelibolu).

On the eve of the anniversary of the restoration of the unity of the Russian Church, in Gelibolu unveiled a monument to Russian immigrants.The ceremony was attended by clergy and laity of the ROCOR.

bishop stressed that "how the service will be performed first hierarch, will depend very real process of reunification", which, according to him, continues.

ceremony of enthronement of Metropolitan Hilarion begins with Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am, New York City time (17:30 MSK) in the Synodal Cathedral, it said in a statement on the official website of the ROCOR.The newly-elected First Hierarch proclaim "Axios" ( "worthy") and oblachat in appropriate clothing.

After the service the oldest of the bishops will present the new head of the ROCOR pastoral rod (gift of Australia and New Zealand Diocese, consecrated to the relics of St. Tikhon - Patriarch of All-Russia).Then novopostavlennomu First Hierarch will sing "Many Years".

"literacy and greetings of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy to announce the enthronement of Archbishop Innokenty of Korsun, who in the past headed the commission of the Moscow Patriarchate in the dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church," - told RIA Novosti secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, DECR Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

According to the Regulation of ROCOR and the Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church elected its bishops at the Council, after which the elected nominee approved by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

ROCOR Bishops' Council on May 12 in New York by secret ballot in the first round has chosen as its new head of the Archbishop of Sydney, and New Zealand Avtraliysko Hilarion.He was voted nine of the 11 bishops.According to eyewitnesses, on the election it took no more than ten minutes.

On the same day, Patriarch Alexy II in connection with the election of Bishop Hilarion, First Hierarch of the ROCOR brought him the decree to the rank of Metropolitan, and on May 14 the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church under the chairmanship of Patriarch approved the election of Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the ROCOR.

Archbishop Hilarion (in the world Corporal Igor) was born January 6, 1948 in Canada.His parents emigrated from the Volyn region of Ukraine in 1929 during the Polish occupation, accompanied by "polonisation" Western Ukraine.

He graduated from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary and Syracuse University, where he was awarded the title of Master of Sciences and Russian Slavic literature.In 2006, Archbishop Hilarion was appointed first deputy chairman of the Synod of Bishops.

ROCA Branch of the Church in the Fatherland was in 1920, when part of the clergy, including bishops, together with other emigrants left Russia.

Russian Orthodox Church has 11 bishops, 300 parishes and 20 monasteries in different parts of the world.Most of the parishes located in the United States, Australia, Germany, France and some other countries of Western Europe.