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As I grow older and approach the end of my life, I feel obliged to record some observations on the Old Ritualist schism and the efforts to heal it, as well as some anecdotes describing my involvement in this effort. I write in part because I believe that the Old Ritualist schism of the mid th century can be ended. I hope this record will encourage further efforts at reconciliation with the many thousands of Old Believers in the world today. I have not done much research on what I am about to commit to paper, largely because I have witnessed so much of it first-hand. I do not claim to having made history, but only to being present when it happened. I needed a job, and I was willing to do just about anything to support my family.
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Russian Orthodox Church

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A Dictionary of Orthodox Terminology - Part 1 (A-H) - Asset Publisher

It currently claims its exclusive jurisdiction over the Orthodox Christians living in the former member republics of the USSR, excluding Georgia and Armenia, although this claim is disputed in such states as Estonia and Moldova and consequently parallel canonical Orthodox jurisdictions exist in those countries Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church and Metropolis of Bessarabia, respectively. It also exercises ecclesiastical jurisdiction over the autonomous Church of Japan and the Orthodox Christians resident in the People's Republic of China. The Moscow-based administration of the ROC has exceedingly limited powers over the ROC's constituent semi-autonomous church structures in such countries as Ukraine and Belarus, where, along with the Russian Federation, it enjoys the position of numerically dominant religious organisation. The ROC should not be confused with the Orthodox Church in America OCA , another autocephalous since , albeit not universally recognised in this status Orthodox Church, that traces its existence in North America to the time of the Russian missionaries in Alaska then part of the Russian Empire in the late 18th century, and still largely adheres to the ROC liturgical tradition. The Christian community that became the Russian Orthodox Church is traditionally said to have been founded by the Apostle Andrew, who is thought to have visited Scythia and Greek colonies along the northern coast of the Black Sea. According to one of the legends, Andrew reached the future location of Kiev and foretold the foundation of a great Christian city.
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Two ROCOR Bishops and the Russian Old Believers in Oregon

Practising Orthodox Christians were restricted from prominent careers and membership in communist organizations the party the Komsomol. Including all the autocephalous churches under its supervision its adherents number more than million worldwideabout half of the million estimated adherents of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Ecclesiastiacally the ROC is organized in a hierarchical structure. In the late th and early th centuries the Russian Orthodox Church experienced a vast geographic expansion. Herman of Alaska.
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The ROC is often said[5] to be the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches in the world and second only to the Roman Catholic Church among Christian churches, numbering over million members world wide and growing numerically since late s. Structure and organization Administratively, the Church is organized in a hierarchical structure. There are around Russian Orthodox eparchies worldwide.
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