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His Eminence, Archbishop Ambrose (Moran-Dolgorovky)
of New York City and New York State
To the Clergy and the Faithful of the Genuine Orthodox Church
in North America, South America, Europe and Africa:
Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Reverend and dear Fathers, and Faithful;
It is with great joy that I write to you from the grace filled Paradise of Dormition Skete into which I have been accepted and numbered among the struggling monastic fathers. My greatest joy is that I have been accepted as a brother in the episcopate by His Eminence, Archbishop Gregory. You should know that this occurred because of the prayers of St. John Maximovitch who tonsured me a Rassophore monk and made provision for me to receive the Great Schema on Mt. Athos. He foretold that I would end my days in a grace filled monastery. This too has come to pass. I have been in conversation with Mother Mariam for over three years and her encouragement has brought me into communion with true confessing Orthodox Christians. Pray for me dear Fathers that I may live up to the expectations of my monastic Father, St. John Maximovitch and fulfill God’s Will for me in defending the Genuine Holy Orthodox Faith.
I come to you in humility having been tonsured into monasticism over forty years ago and having served in the episcopate for over thirty years. I have served as Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Synodal Jurisdiction and as Archbishop Exarch of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, and later as Epitropos of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Please keep in mind that in actuality I maintained in this country an Old-Calendar jurisdiction of the elderly clergy who served faithfully and not in communion with papal calendarists or with ecumenist heretics. Since, however, while in actuality remaining to ourselves, I did have recognition of the Patricarchates. Therefore, having sought, and by God’s Grace, found a confessing Hierarch in the person of His Eminence, Archbishop Gregory, I was received into communion, in humility, following profession of Faith, repentance for any association, knowing or unintentionally, with ecumenists. Having received the anointing with Holy Chrism and the laying on of hands of Archbishop Gregory, with the approval of Archbishop Makarios of Athens and all Greece, I ask for your prayers that I may remain a faithful monk in this grace filled monastery for the rest of my days and that I may serve all of you as a confessing hierarch no matter what the cost with God’s Assistance and your prayers. I am unworthy to have such a faithful brother hierarch and such faithful Orthodox Christians. Archbishop Gregory and I are one in mind and heart. I have never been happier or more peaceful than I am now in your midst. I thank you all for your prayers and best wishes. I look forward to hearing from you and to visiting with you in the future, God willing. I pray that we all may remain faithful to Holy Orthodoxy.
I, the least of all monastics, am so unworthy to be numbered among you and to take up residence in this holy grace filled monastery. As Jesus tells us, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” But as St. Paul tells us, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” Pray for me Fathers that this unworthy hierarch in communion with all of you will be able to say with St. Paul, “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me.”
With Archpastoral blessings, I remain,
of New York City and New York State
Reception of Archbishop Ambrose
God bless you!
We wish to announce to you the joyful event of the
reception into the Genuine Orthodox Church of America of
Archbishop Ambrose, the former representative of the
Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Alexandria in the
Americas. Growing up in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, he
was ordained to all the degrees of the priesthood:
deacon, priest, bishop, archbishop, and in 1984, he
became head of the synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
as its metropolitan consisting of 6 bishops.
Archbishop Ambrose is Prince Regent of the Royal House of Serbia,
descended from the Namanya family of Saint Savva. His
Majesty, the late King Peter II of Yugoslavia, was his
godfather. He is also descended from Saint Vladimir
through the house of Dolgorouky and from the Paleologos
Emperors of Constantinople. This is the lineage of
Orthodox monarchs who defended the Faith and some of whom
gave their lives in such pursuit.
Archbishop Ambrose was born in 1949 in Manhattan, New
York into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. A significant
turning point in Archbishop Ambrose's life occurred when
at, sixteen years of age, his two royal Serbian aunts
introduced him to Saint John Maximovitch in Manhattan.
Saint John prophesied to the young man that he would
serve the Church, and reach the rank of metropolitan. He
then tonsured him a Rassophore Monk. He also gave him a
letter, which he was to present to the abbot of Prophet
Elias Skete on the Holy Mountain, when the appropriate
time came to be tonsured to the Great Schema. This
occurred when he was twenty-seven years old.
Due to the heresy of Ecumenism, Archbishop Ambrose
eventually was forced to seek true confessing bishops,
which led him to the Genuine Orthodox Church of America.
He had been searching since 1995 to find the true
Orthodox Church in America, since he was an American. By
the mercy of God and through the prayers of Saint John
Maximovitch, he was led to us. Because he had been in
communion with the Ecumenists of World Orthodoxy through
the Ukrainian Church, he had to be received into our
Church by Cheirothesia. After joint agreement with
Archbishop Makarios of the Genuine Orthodox Church of
Greece, Archbishop Gregory performed this reception. The
Typicon for the reception of a hierarch in his orders
consists of the following: first Archbishop Ambrose
publicly and bareheadedly in the Cathedral of the
Dormition read the Creed, and then read the Declaration,
wherein he proclaimed his adherence to all the canons of
the Seven Ecumenical Councils as well as the Regional
Councils, and summarily condemned the Ecumenical heresy.
He then signed the Declaration and presented it to his
Eminence, Archbishop Gregory. Archbishop Ambrose then
received anointing with holy Chrism. Then he was escorted
into the sanctuary and knelt before the holy altar table,
and the prayer of Laying-on-of-Hands (Cheirothesia) was
read over him. At that time Archbishop Ambrose was then
given his mitre and his episcopal staff. The two
hierarchs concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with peace and
love, which consummated the reception.
Archbishop Ambrose joins the Church with the title of
Archbishop of New York and New York State. We wish to
congratulate Vladyka Ambrose and pray that God grants him
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