3557. The church was a part of what was then called the “Russian Orthodox Church in Exile,” and that title signified that the church organization considered itself to be still the supreme authority for all the Russian faithful, regardless of what the government or anyone else had to say about it.
3558. But the congregation was not homogeneous. The very eldest were members of the Old Russian aristocracy, elderly men and women who could remember the Czar, the civil war and the advent of Bolshevism. The younger members were recent escapees from the east, civil servants, bus drives, coal miners and the like.
3559. This mixture was rather like the society of revolutionary Russia consisting of the haves and the have nots, although in this instance it would be more correct to say, “The hads and the had nots.”