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)


The Russian version of the book by a hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church on the Ukrainian church issue has come out

18.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion attends opening of Valery Khalilov Music Festival

17.01.2022

DECR Chairman meets with Croatia’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

17.01.2022

Serbian Patriarch considers DECR multilingual news video programme as topical

17.01.2022

DECR chairman gives assessment to the first stage of the negotiations on security between representatives of the Russian Federation and the West

16.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Orthodoxy is a traditional confession in Kazakhstan professed by several million people

16.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: the Church and traditional confessions have done everything possible to appease the situation in Kazakhstan

16.01.2022

A new musical composition dedicated to St. Alexander Nevsky is performed in Moscow.

16.01.2022

On the day of the 20th anniversary of his episcopal consecration, DECR chairman celebrates Liturgy at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted in Moscow

14.01.2022

Patriarchal congratulation to Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ministry

14.01.2022

“The tasks before us are large and interesting,” Metropolitan Hilarion said about the work of the Scientific and Educational Theological Association

13.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Churches will have to make non-standard decisions

12.01.2022

Metropolitan Leonid of Klin: We will not break the local conventions and traditions of African parishes

12.01.2022

Moscow Patriarchate’s faithful living in Turkey celebrate Christmas

12.01.2022

Website dedicated to Metropolitan Philaret (Vakhromeyev) begins its work

12.01.2022

“The tasks before us are large and interesting,” Metropolitan Hilarion said about the work of the Scientific and Educational Theological Association

13.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Churches will have to make non-standard decisions

12.01.2022

Metropolitan Leonid of Klin: We will not break the local conventions and traditions of African parishes

12.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: We believe that the schism can be healed by the conciliar wisdom of the Church

02.01.2022

The creation of a Patriarchal exarchate in Africa. An interview with the metropolitan of Klin Leonid

31.12.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: the Patriarch and the Pope will discuss how Christians are to survive

23.12.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The threat to the presence of Christians in the Holy Land cannot but cause concern to the Russian Church

16.12.2021

An interview of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to RIA Novosti

26.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Every day we lose about a thousand people due to coronavirus

26.10.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill answers questions put to him by Forbes France.

26.10.2021

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

Interfaith Dialogue and Peace among Religions

21.12.2021

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

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