07 July 2020, 18:49
Disgraced Father Sergy planning to hold his own religious procession in Ural region on Royal Days
Yekaterinburg, July 7, Interfax - The Schema-Monk Sergy (Romanov), who was tried and defrocked by a court of the Yekaterinburg Diocese, is planning to hold a religious procession around the Sredneuralsk convent during the Royal Days, his acolyte Vsevolod Moguchev said.
"Schema-Hegumen Sergy will hold a Royal religious procession on July 17 around the convent of the Mother of God the Grower of Crops to avoid more provocations," Moguchev said in a video on YouTube.
He also read out Father Sergy's letter to Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye who had written him a letter, calling him a "fashionable blogger."
"I am neither a nutcase nor a blogger. You forgot the Gospel: do not judge, and you will not be judged," the schemamonk said in the letter to the metropolitan.
He also stressed that he has "entered the internet with the word" to "expose evil and the carriers of evil."
"I am waiting for you to repent. You are being disingenuous not only towards those around you, but also toward God's people of the Ural and Siberia. For you, Ural is an African ghetto and Yekaterinburg a city of devils. You have said so repeatedly. I am exposing you as an ecumenist and heretic," Father Sergy said.
He also called on the metropolitan to make up his mind, "whether you're an administrator and politician, or a repenting sinner" and to "recall how much it cost to bless the construction of the Church of St. Sophia, Holy Wisdom of God." Sergy also said that he had been serving God for 20 years now and been involved in the construction of five monasteries.
"You said, 'I will give a blessing after you have built a church for 500 people at Hegumenia Pitirima's.' It means I should have spent the people's money not as intended. Calculate how much a 500-capacity stone church 350 kilometers outside the city of Yekaterinburg costs. At least $5 million," Moguchev read out Romanov's letter to Metropolitan Kirill.
A series of commemorative events as part of the Royal Days in the Sverdlovsk Region is due to take place on July 12-20. According to the website of the Yekaterinburg Diocese, the program will include exhibitions at regional museums and libraries, concerts and meetings with historians, authors, a divine liturgy and a small religious procession.
It was reported that Metropolitan Kirill had written an open letter to Father Sergy accusing him of deception and expressing his disappointment at the priest being more of a "fashionable blogger."
On July 3 the Yekaterinburg diocesan court defrock Sergy after finding him guilty of violating monastic vows and the priesthood oath. The ruling is subject to approval by the patriarch.
Earlier a video was circulated on the internet in which Father Sergy claimed that the pandemic was a myth and urged disobedience to senior clergy and authorities. Among other things, Father Sergy cursed those who have closed churches during the pandemic.