Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

Patriarchal Exarchate For Orthodox Parishes Of Russian Tradition In Western Europe

Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe

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The Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe is an exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Russian Orthodox tradition, based in Paris, and having parishes throughout Europe, mainly in France. The Exarchate is sometimes known as Rue Daru from the street in Paris where its cathedral is located. The current leader of the Exarchate is Archbishop Gabriel of Comane. In 2006 the Exarchate has incorporated a newly established vicariate in Great Britain and Ireland.

History

The Exarchate traces its origins to the episcopal service of Metropolitan Evlogii, who in the late 1930s felt himself unable to guide his flock of the Russian Orthodox Church within the embrace of the Moscow Patriarchate, given the atheistic influence of Communism in Russia after the revolution of 1917. Metropolitan Evlogii sought to carry forward his service under the protection of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Exarchate therefore sees itself as the successor of the earlier ‘Provisional administration of the Russian parishes in Western Europe’ founded by Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and entrusted to Evlogii in 1921.

The Exarchate was closed by Patriarch Athenagoras I through a letter dated 22 November 1965, with an assembly meeting 16–18 February 1966 noting that such provisional ethnic structures were no longer necessary, given that the passage of several generations had allowed immigrants to become accustomed to their new lands, which were now made up of...
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