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Hilarion Kapral Church. Personalities Hilarion Alfeyev

Bishop Hadrian (Ulyanov)

Born: January 30, 1951;  Moscow

Bishop Hadrian (Alexander Ulyanov) — bishop of Russian Orthodox Church, diocese of Rzhev and Toropets.

Good work…

By the grace of the All-Holy Spirit, the election of the Holy Synod, the laying on of the hands of bishops on your head, as well as the joint prayer of the people of God for you, on this memorable day of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, the Sacrament of your personal Pentecost was performed. Today you are placed in the highest priesthood of hierarchical ministry and at the same time you are numbered among the host of archpastors of the Russian Orthodox Church.

And may the great deeds of the saints of the Tver land become unfading examples in the work ahead of you, whose prayers and intercession before the Savior and His Most Pure Mother may your episcopal service be in demand, prosperous and long-lasting.

Church people are well aware of the statement of the Apostle Paul, who remarked about the bishopric: «This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.» (1 Tim 3:1). A modern person, especially those who aspire to the bishopric, most often sees in this saying simply a fact of non-judgment or, rather, approval of the believer's readiness to ascend to the highest hierarchical level in his Church.

Meanwhile, St. Demetrius of Rostov warns us in this regard against superficiality and hasty judgments: “He who speaks thus, let him heed the last words of the apostle: «He desireth a good work». Desires deeds, not power, labor, not honor, care, not saturation… One does not need to be a bishop in order to be magnified and put on airs, being revered by all, but in order to unhypocritically and always be an image of Christ's humility, to be a champion of the truth, without hesitation, regardless of faces, always be ready to lay down one's life for Christ and the Church of Christ.”

Word of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
when presenting the episcopal baton to His Grace Adrian (Ulyanov)
September 21, 2011

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  • J.F. MacLear, Church and State in the Modern Age.

       
     
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