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Please note that my photos were taken when I was making a transition from SLR to DSLR pro, and I was using a consumer-grade camera for these photos.

Due to the lens I was using, there remains distortion. The photos show the beauty of the church. Photos are free to download.

I will be photographing it again in the future with one of my DSLR cameras that I purchased several years after this photo was taken. My future photos will hopefully be much better than these.

These photos show the Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, Calif. It is a parish of the Western American Diocese Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The archpriest is Stefan Pavlenko.

Russian Orthodox Church Abroad was formed as a jurisdiction of Eastern Orthodoxy as a response against the policy of the anti-religion Bolsheviks after the Russian Revolution of 1917.

"{It} separated from the Russian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1927 after the imprisoned Metropolitan Sergius (Stragorodsky) pledged the Church's qualified loyalty to the Bolshevik state," according to Wikipedia.

"The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia officially signed the Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate on May 17, 2007, restoring the canonical link between the churches. Critics of the reunification argue that the issue of alleged KGB infiltration of the Moscow Patriarchate church hierarchy has not been addressed by the Russian Orthodox Church, among other alleged canonical and moral issues.

"The Church has around 400 parishes worldwide, and an estimated membership of over 400,000 {parishoners}. Of these, 138 parishes and 10 monasteries are in the United States, with 27,700 adherents and 9,000 regular church attendees. ROCOR has 13 hierarchs, with monasteries and nunneries in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe and South America.

"... At first the Russian Orthodox Church's hierarchy within Russia had resisted Bolshevik rule. After arrests and persecution of much of the church’s leadership, Metropolitan Sergius Stragorodsky (one of the Assistant Deputy Patriarchs) agreed in 1927 to negotiations with the State Political Directorate from his prison cell. Sergius pledged the Church’s qualified loyalty to the Bolshevik state (an act his defenders claim saved the Church from total liquidation).

"This pledge caused a deep schism that prompted many disillusioned believers to go underground where they formed what became called the Russian True Orthodox Church. Sergius’ accommodation also alienated the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

"Despite distancing itself from both the Bolsheviks and Sergius, in 1927 ROCOR declared the part of the Russian Church that finds itself abroad considers itself an inseparable, spiritually united branch of the Great Russian Church. It doesn't separate itself from its Mother Church and doesn't consider itself autocephalous', indicating that ROCOR considered itself to speak for all of the Russian Orthodox outside Russia."

There have been some opponents to reunification with the Russian Orthodox Church, but reconciliation was the goal of many parishoners.

"On Dec. 28, 2006, it was officially announced that the Act of Canonical Communion would finally be signed," according to Wikipedia. "The signing took place on the May 17, 2007, followed immediately by a full restoration of communion with the Moscow Patriarchate, celebrated by a Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, at which the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexius II and the First Hierarch of ROCOR concelebrated for the first time in history.

"On May 17, 2007, at 9:15 a.m., Metropolitan Laurus was greeted at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow by a special peal of the bells, and shortly thereafter, Patriarch Alexey II entered the cathedral. After the Patriarch read the prayer for the unity of the Russian Church, the Act of Canonical Communion was read aloud, and two copies were each signed by both Metropolitan Laurus and Patriarch Alexey II.

"The two hierarchs then exchanged the 'kiss of peace,' and they and the entire Russian Church sang 'God Grant You Many Years.' Following this, the Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord began, culminating with the entirety of the bishops of both ROCOR and MP partaking of the same Eucharist.

"Present at the signing of the Act and at the Divine Liturgy, was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was thanked by Patriarch Alexey for helping to facilitate the reconciliation between the two parts of the Russian Church.

Putin then gave his remarks to an audience of Orthodox Christians, visitors, clergy, and press, saying 'The split in the church was caused by an extremely deep political split within Russian society itself. We have realized that national revival and development in Russia are impossible without reliance on the historical and spiritual experience of our people. We understand well, and value, the power of pastoral words which unite the people of Russia. That is why restoring the unity of the church serves our common goals.'

"The entire ceremony was broadcast live on Russian television, as well as live on the official website of Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. The entire ceremony can be viewed on the Internet. The Royal Doors were open during the entire event, which usually occurs only during the Bright Week.

"The Hierarchs of the Russian Church Abroad then served again with the Patriarch on May 19, in the consecration of the Church of the New Martyrs in Butovo, where they had laid the cornerstone during their initial visit in 2004.

"Butovo Field was the site of numerous massacres by the NKVD, who executed tens of thousands of people from the 1930s to the 1950s. During 15 months in 1937 and 1938 alone, 20,765 people were shot there. Finally, on Sunday, May 20, they concelebrated in a Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Dormition in the Kremlin.

"President Vladimir Putin gave a reception at the Kremlin to celebrate the reunification. In attendance were Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia and members of the Holy Synod for the Russian Orthodox Church; Metropolitan Laurus for the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia; Presidential chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Minister of Culture and Mass Communications Alexander Sokolov. Before the reception the participants posed for photographs by the Assumption Cathedral."

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