Fourth Holy Trinity Seminary Colloquium
The Fourth Holy Trinity Seminary Colloquium, dedicated to the legacy of Metropolitan Antonii (Khrapovitskii), was held on Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, 2006, in Jordanville, NY. Scholars from the United States, Russia, and Europe delivered a total of fifteen papers, in addition to the Keynote Address. A concurrent exhibit of articles related to Metropolitan Antonii was on display, consisting of liturgical items, photographic materials, official documents, appeals, epistles, and letters; an illustrated, full-color catalog of the exhibit has likewise been published.
The Colloquium opened on October 6 with a panel consisting of three papers: Monk Samuel (Nedelsky), Holy Trinity Seminary, delivered a paper dedicated to "Archbishop Antonii (Khrapovitskii), Imiaslavie , and Hesychasm"; Andrei Psarev, Holy Trinity Seminary, spoke on the "Relations of Metropolitan Antonii (Khrapovitskii) with the Anglican Church"; and Archpriest Nikolai Artemoff, Cathedral of the New Martyrs of Russia in Munich, Germany, delivered a talk on "The Soteriology of Metropolitan Antonii (Khrapovitskii)."
Following the completion of the first panel, Deacon Vladimir Tsurikov, Assistant Dean, delivered brief opening remarks, during which he read letters of greeting from His All-Holiness, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, His Eminence, Archbishop Evgenii of Vereia, Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church and Rector of the Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary, and N. S. Mikhailkov, President of the Russian Fund of Culture.
The Keynote Address, entitled "On the Occasion of the Seventieth Anniversary of Metropolitan Antonii's Blessed Repose," was delivered by His Eminence, Metropolitan Laurus, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and Rector of Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary.
The following day, October 7, began with a Divine Liturgy followed by a panikhida commemorating Metropolitans Antonii and Anastasii in Holy Trinity Cathedral. The Colloquium's second panel consisted of the following talks: Nadieszda Kizenko, University at Albany and Holy Trinity Seminary, spoke on "Metropolitan Antonii Khrapovitskii and the 'Jewish Question'"; Argyrios Pisiotis, European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, was unable to attend, but his paper, entitled "Russian Orthodox Clergy and Populism in the Twilight of the Romanovs," was read by Dr. Kizenko; Robert L. Nichols, St. Olaf College, delivered a talk on "Metropolitan Antonii (Khrapovitskii) and Religious Nationalism in Late Imperial Russia."
The third panel was made up of the following talks: Sergei Firsoff, St. Petersburg State University, "Archbishop Antonii as Orthodox Public Intellectual and Polemicist at the End of the 19 th and Beginning of the 20 th Centuries"; Anatolii Kashevarov, St. Petersburg Technical State University, "Patriarch Tikhon and Metropolitan Antonii: A Comparative-Historical Analysis of the Positions in Relation to the Civil War and the Beginning of Russian Ecclesiastical Discord"; and Mikhail Shkarovskii, Russian State Archives in St. Petersburg, "The Ecclesiastical and Political Activities of Metropolitan Antonii in the 1930s."
The Colloquium's fourth panel, which met after lunch, featured the following papers: Vera Shevzov, Smith College, "Metropolitan Antonii and the Modern Challenge of the Historical Jesus"; Aleksei Svetozarskii, Moscow Theological Academy, "Archimandrite Antonii (Khrapovitskii) as Rector of the Moscow Theological Academy"; and Sophia Senyk, Pontifical Oriental Institute, "Antonii (Khrapovitskii) in Volhynia, 1902-1914."
The final panel consisted of the following papers: Priest Alexandr Mazyrin, St. Tikhon's Orthodox University (Moscow), "The Question of Metropolitan Antonii's Replacement in the Diocese of Kiev Under Patriarch Tikhon and His Locum Tenens , Metropolitan Petr"; Andrei Kostriukov, St. Tikhon's Orthodox University (Moscow), "The Russian Ecclesiastical Emigration on the Authority of Metropolitan Antonii After Decree 348/349 of May 5, 1922"; and His Grace, Bishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe, "Metropolitan Antonii's View of Dostoevsky as a Prophet of Spiritual Rebirth."
Following the completion of the fifth and final panel, Nickolas Lupinin, Franklin Pierce College, offered closing remarks and Fr. Theodore Shevzov, St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Stratford, CT, shared his personal memories of Metropolitan Antonii.
Holy Trinity Seminary Press will print the proceedings of the Fourth Holy Trinity Seminary Colloquium in book form.