Vice-chairman of the Department for the External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate

Archpriest Nikolay Balashov

Biography:

He was born on 13 December 1956 in Moscow. 

He was ordained as deacon on April 9 and as priest on 23 April 1989 by Archbishop Mikhail (Mudyugin) of Vologda and Veliky Ustyug, He served at parishes of the dioceses of Vologda (1989-1994) and Novgorod (1994-1998). 

Since 1999 he has been a staff member of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. In 1999, he took part in the work of the Working Group for Drafting the Russian Orthodox Church’s Basic Social Concept.

From 2001 he was the DECR acting secretary for inter-Orthodox relations and the Russian Orthodox Church’s institutions abroad. From 2003 to 2007 he was the secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Commission for Dialogue with the Russian Church Abroad. 

On March 31, 2009, by the decision of the Holy Synod, he was appointed a vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.

He has been a member of the Synodal Biblical-Theological Commission (since 2013), the Commission for the Affairs of the Old Belief Parishes and for Cooperation with the Old Belief (since 2005) and the Synodal Liturgical Commission (since 2014). 

He was a member of the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church (2009), the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church (since 2009), and the Presidium of the Inter-Council Presence (since 2010).

He has been the rector of the church of the Finding of the Lord’s Sepulchre-in-Uspensky Vrazhek (since March 7, 2012).

Education, academic degrees

graduate of Moscow Theological Seminary (1991) and Sankt-Petersburg Theological Academy (1997), Candidate of Theology (1997). Master of Theology (2006). Doctor of Theology (2014).

Awards

Ecclesial

He is a holder of liturgical awards including the right to wear a mitre (2019), the right to celebrate the Divine Liturgy with the Holy Gates open until the Cherubic Song (2019). 

  • Order of the Holy Prince Rostislav of Moravia, class II (Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, 2004)

  • Blessing Diploma of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (2005)

  • Order of the Holy Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles, class III (2007)

  • Order of St. Nestor the Chronicler, class III, (Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 2007)

  • Order “The 15th Anniversary of the Kharkov Bishops’ Council and the 15th anniversary of the Primatial Service of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir and the blessing diploma from the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (2007)

  • Medal of the Holy Martyr Isidore of Yuryev (Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, 2007)

  • Jubilee Order “The 1020th Anniversary of the Baptism of Russia” and the Blessing Diploma from the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (2008)

  • Order of St. Sava the Enlightener with the Knight Commander Star (Orthodox Church of Alexandria, 2010)

  • Order of St. Dimitry of Rostov (Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 2010)

  • Order of the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, class III (2011)

  • Order of the Holy First Apostles Peter and Paul, class III (Orthodox Church of Antioch, 2011)

  • The Polish Orthodox Church’s Order of St. Mary Magdalene Equal-to-the-Apostles, 3rd class (2012)

  • St. Paul Golden Cross (Greek Orthodox Church, 2013)

  • Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, class III (2014)

  • Order of St. Sava the Enlightener, class III (Serbian Orthodox Church, 2014)

  • The Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Order of St. Isidore of Yuriev, 3rd class (2016)

  • Medal of the Cross of the Holy Sepulchre, class II (Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, 2017)

  • Order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, class III (2019)

  • Patriarchal Diploma (2019).

Secular

  • Order of Friendship (2011)

  • Order of Honour (2016)


High state awards are conferred on DECR staff members by President of Russia’s decree

15.10.2021

The Polish Orthodox Church has expressed support for the Primate of the UOC

14.10.2021

Tripartite meeting held by religious leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia

13.10.2021

Patriarch-Catholicos Karekin II arrives in Moscow at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

11.10.2021

The head of the Muslim Board of the Caucasus arrives in Moscow at the invitation of Patriarch Kirill

11.10.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill's congratulations to the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America on his namesake day

09.10.2021

DECR Chairman congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada on his namesake day

09.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: To reveal Christ to people is our most important missionary task

08.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

07.10.2021

DECR chairman meets with Pope Francis of Rome

06.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk attends interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

Presentation of the DECR Chairman at the interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

State award conferred by President of the Russian Federation’s decree on representatives of Russian Orthodox Church

05.10.2021

A new church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church consecrated in Volyn instead of the one captured by schismatics

05.10.2021

Bishop of Argentina Leonid visits Russian embassy school in Argentina

05.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: To reveal Christ to people is our most important missionary task

08.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: The Churches are seeking unity on the issue of climate change.

04.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Constantinople encroaches on others’ property

20.09.2021

UOC Chancellor believes that conciliar church wisdom should give assessment for Patriarch Bartholomew’s actions

24.08.2021

Bishop Victor of Baryshev: The visit of the Patriarch of Constantinople to Ukraine will cause suffering to millions of Orthodox Ukrainians

11.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Unification is impossible if one side considers the other ‘heretical’

31.07.2021

Interview of chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol and Brovary

26.07.2021

Head of Russia’s MFA Sergey Lavrov’s interview towards DECR chairman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk’s 55th birthday

24.07.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Through common efforts we will manage to overcome the pandemic

09.07.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: the work of the DECR can be compared to the service of border-guards

20.05.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: the Russian Orthodox Church does not want primacy in the Orthodox world

15.05.2021

Bishop Sylvester of Belogorodka: Constantinople’s actions against Ukraine is the unprecedented example of violation of canonical norms

13.05.2021

Irinej, Bishop of Bačka: “Patriarch Bartholomew’s Interference in Ukraine Has Caused a Schism Throughout the Whole of World Orthodoxy”

05.05.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Summit of the heads of Churches is possible in foreseeable future

06.04.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: A new wave of capturing churches is possible in Ukraine

22.03.2021

Presentation of the DECR Chairman at the interreligious meeting on Religion and Education

06.10.2021

Dostoevsky and the Gospel

20.09.2021

The topic of autocephaly is the only one worthy of a pan-Orthodox Council, believes the Serbian Orthodox bishop of Bačka Irinej.

17.09.2021

The Metropolitan of Kykkos Nicephorus: “The unilateral decision by Patriarch Bartholomew on Ukraine threatens pan-Orthodox unity with a schism of monstrous proportions”

17.09.2021

Constantinople’s claims to power as a threat to Church unity

16.09.2021

Presentation by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the opening of the ‘World Orthodoxy: Primacy and Conciliarity in the Light of Orthodox Dogmatic Teaching’ conference

16.09.2021

The Orthodox Understanding of the Eucharist

06.09.2021

"Freedom and Responsibility as Viewed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill". Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (International Hellenic University online seminar, 16th February 2021)

16.02.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk gave an online lecture for the Theological Institute of St. John of Damascus, Balamand University

31.01.2021

Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk at a session of the Interreligious Council of Russia attended by Mr. Miguel Moratinos, High-Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

21.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk greets participants and guests of XIV International Festival ‘Russia Abroad’

08.11.2020

Opening address of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to participants in the panel discussion on Russki Mir Online

03.11.2020

Speech by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at the session of Supreme Church Council on 11th December 2019

11.12.2019

Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary attends presentation of Metropolitan Hilarion’s book

28.11.2019

Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the opening of the 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders in Baku

14.11.2019

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