The official program for the stay of the amazing delegation started in Moscow. Those Russian Orthodox parishes that remained in Western Europe under Constantinople (US puppet Bartholomew) join the Moscow Patriarchate. Dmitry Kaistro reports about their preparation for a historic meeting with the Russian patriarch. The ancient Trinity-Sergius Lavra greeted the clergy and laity of the Western European parishes according to the Russian tradition, ringing all their bells. Grandiose festivities: the accession of the Archdiocese to the Moscow Patriarchate is a truly historic event. More than 120 clergies and laity of the Western European parishes of the Russian tradition came to the capital to participate in this historic event. I can not describe my feelings. When I came here, I felt something special – grandiose… Even people who were initially opposed due to some historical reasons, because of the events of the civil war, White Army suddenly took the lead in this reunion – Victor Lupan, chief editor of the oldest emigration publication Russian Thought (Paris). Prayer service in the Trinity Cathedral at the relics of St. Sergius of Radonezh, a particularly venerated saint by all, without exception, and by a multinational flock of parishes of the archbishopric. Historically, the Archdiocese was formed on the basis of parishes formed by Russian refugees in Western Europe after the 1917 revolution. The Archbishop of Zhytomyr and Volyn Eulogius started managing the parishes. The decision was then upheld by Patriarch Tikhon. He combined the parishes into one eparchy in 1921. Therefore, it is deeply symbolic that the celebrations in the capital began precisely in the Donskoy Monastery, near the gilded crayfish with the relics of St. Tikhon, under the flickering lamps and dark faces of the icons. The graves of writer Shmelyov and philosopher Ilyin are at the cemetery of the Donskoy Monastery. They were both in exile – one in France, the other in Switzerland – they were just parishioners of Western European parishes. Many French, British, Germans, and Italians have joined them over the decades. By the way, its current head, Archbishop John Renneto, by origin, is an ethnic Frenchman. The goal is to preserve the archdioceses and continue the activity of Orthodoxy in the West. We based our decision on writings of our first archbishop Eulogius in 1931: The place of our return is the Russian Orthodox Church. The process of uniting the two branches of the Church was preceded by a number of key events in August of this year. In August, Constantinople, to which the parishes of the Russian tradition formally belonged, suggested that the Archdiocese self-dissolve and become part of Greek church structures in Western Europe. In response, the clergy of the Archdiocese voted for a reunion with the Russian Church by a majority of votes and addressed Patriarch Kirill. As a result, the Holy Synod received clergy and parishes of the Archdiocese into the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate On October 7th. Over 60 parishes of the archbishopric expressed their desire to go to the Russian Church. This means that now such masterpieces and spiritual shrines became part of the Russian Church as the Church of the Archangel Michael in Cannes, where many great princes from the Romanov dynasty were buried, the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Nice – the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe today – and, of course, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Paris, related to the faith of all Russian emigration. If he obeyed Patriarch Bartholomew, the archbishopric would have broken up. Many parishes would have left: some to the Romanians, some to the Greeks. Our cathedral would have resisted – Anatoly Rakovich, Protopresbyter, a clergyman of the cathedral Alexander Nevsky. Our church history is moving forward. This is important for the testimony of Orthodoxy in the West. And the fact that the descendants of the Russian people are reuniting is a major event – Ioann Drobat (Tikhonitsky), protodeacon of the Cathedral Alexander Nevsky. The descendants of many Russian emigrants and parishioners of Western European parishes came for this grand celebration in Moscow. They are citizens of different European countries, speaking different languages and raised in different cultures. We are alive and well. For some reason, they (Instanbul patriarch Bartholomews and his clergy) wanted to destroy us. We were against this and found a canonical approach. We thank Patriarch Kirill – Nikolai Lopukhin, secretary of the Diocesan Council. One important point: all parishes preserve their liturgical and linguistic traditions, as well as the characteristics of church administration. And most importantly, the part of the Russian emigration that is not part of the Russian Church Abroad is returning to unity, after many years of division created by the revolution and civil unrest. I am very glad to be here in Moscow. Please pray to God for us. A solemn announcement and delivery of the patriarch and synodal letter of historic reunion to Archbishop John will take place on November 3, at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.