The news of the bad health Metropolitan Hilarion of New York, the First Hierarch of ROCOR, is not news. He has been gravely ill for several weeks. Unable to correspond, all his documents have been signed electronically in that time. Now we must pray all the more for him, regardless of the fact that we are not in his jurisdiction.
We pray for Metropolitan Hilarion and also for a peaceful succession. This is often not easy for ROCOR, as we saw with the transition from Metr Anastasy to Bishop Philaret (suggested by St John of Shanghai in order to avoid a split), from Metr Philaret to Metr Vitaly (as Archbp Antony of Geneva related to me in detail after his return from New York 35 years ago) and then the traumatic transition from Metr Vitaly to Metr Laurus.
We have known Metr Hilarion since 1989 and have the most wonderful memories of this humble monk, who never knew the word ‘aggression’. May God’s Will be done.
Update: Glory to God. Today, 3rd November, we have heard that His Grace has recovered after his very serious illness. This news fills us with optimism.