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Category Archives: Holy Fathers

Fr Seraphim Rose: Seeking the realization of Christian “ideals” in this world is idolatry; it is of the Antichrist

A Letter to Thomas Merton, 1962 By Eugene [Fr. Seraphim] Rose (excerpts in video format and some very important additional information at the end of the article – please watch) I am a young American convert to Russian Orthodoxy—not the vague “liberal” spirituality of too many modern Russian “religious thinkers,” but the full ascetic and

Appeal of Elder Raphail of Mount Athos to Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Orthodox Church

Elder Raphail Berestrov is one of the few spiritual giants left in the world. He is 85 years old. He is a schemamonk who spent many years in the monastery of Valaam, and currently living as a hesychast on Mount Athos. He has a very important message for all Orthodox Christians to hear. (note: we

Pope Paul VI in New York 1965

by Eugene Rose [Fr. Seraphim] from The Orthodox Word issue #5, September 1965 (in video format at the end of article) Perhaps no other event in recent history has been so clear a “sign of the times” as the visit to New York of Pope Paul VI, on Oct. 4 of this year, and his

St. Meletios the Confessor on the Tollhouses

Newly discovered excerpts unavailable at the time of publishing The Departure of the Soul: St. Meletios the Confessor of Mount Galesion (+1286) – (commemorated on January 19th) Called by God at a young age, St. Meletios abandoned his homeland and his beloved family and set out as a pilgrim for the Holy Land. Becoming a

St Nicholas Velimiriovic: “And now you decide: do you want to be with the dark and putrid Europe or with Christ”?

(Excerpts from St Justin Popovic (+1979), “The Orthodox Church and Ecumenism”, published at Hilandar Monastery, Holy Mount Athos, in 1975) St Nicholas Velimiriovic (+1956) says: “On what side do you want to be, with the darkened and rotten Europe or with Christ?” If the history of the last three centuries (the 18th, the 19th and

Children of an Age of Martyrs. Monk Herman (Podmoshenskii). Ιn Memoriam (June 30, 2014)

Monk Herman (Podmoshenskii), Platina, California, Sep 4, 2012 (interview by Deacon Andrei Psarev) Source: ROCOR studies website I first learned of Father Herman in Moscow in the year 1989 or 1990. I was friends with Roman Vershilo, now the editor of the web portal antimodernism.ru, and at his place I first saw the first issue of

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov: “Do not read books on Christianity that were written by heretics”

“Keep your mind and heart from false teaching. Do not even speak about Christianity with people who have been infected by false thoughts; do not read books on Christianity that were written by heretics.” “He who reads the books of a heretic immediately communes with an evil, dark spirit of falsehood. This should not seem

“This my life” – In the loving memory of Archbishop Iustinian Chira

“I will stay at the gate of Heaven and I will wait for you all to arrive there. Because I will ask God, Where are the ones who are not present here?” “I wished from the depth of my heart for this movie/clip not to have been made. I did not seek publicity, Never In

Blessed Father Seraphim: The Orthodox Must Avoid Fanaticism and Sectarianism and Stay United in the Face of the “Council”

https://orthodoxethos.com/post/blessed-father-seraphim-the-orthodox-must-avoid-fanaticism-and-sectarianism-and-stay-united-in-the-face-of-the-council Prophetic and Wise Words Which are So Very Relevant to Today’s Church Blessed Father Seraphim Rose has bequeathed much to the Church, not least of all his tireless witness to the royal path of the Fathers in the face of the general apostasy of our age and the particular heresy of our day, syncretistic

Hieroconfessor Theodore (Rafanovich) of Khymy

Archimandrite Theodore, in the world Theodore Andreyevich Rafanovich, was born in Belorussia in the village of Khanichi in Mogilev region. Once as a child he wandered into the rye and came across a wolf. Thinking that it was a dog, he began to beat and shoo it away. Then some adults came up, and recognizing

St John of the Ladder on spiritual deception

Let us again appeal to the wisdom of the Holy Fathers, and not to that of man, and see what they have to say about compromising “in the name of love”. http://www.prudencetrue.com/images/TheLadderofDivineAscent.pdf In one of the most important books of Orthodox Christianity, The Ladder of The Divine Ascent by St John Climacus (of The Ladder),

Drunken Monk

There was once a monk who lived on Mount Athos, in Karyes. He was drinking and getting drunk every day, scandalizing the pilgrims. After a while he died and this has relieved some of the believers who went and told elder Paisios they were pleased that finally this huge problem was resolved. Father Paisios replied

Blessed Nicolai Rogozin († 16 Dec 1981)

Another Saint who’s body was found incorrupt after 20+ years in the grave, but one that today’s Orthodox authority in Moscow would rather not have you know about. Those who understand Russian or Romanian, please watch the following documentary which does show the incorrupt relics on a few occasions. We would like to add that

Dear Fr Herman (Podmoshensky),

we did not personally know you, but we talked to you over the phone, some time ago, and we wrote you a few letters to which you replied so kindly and timely. Those days seem like yesterday, and those words still sound as clear today as they did back then. The only difference is that

Fr Herman (Podmoshensky) has reposed in the Lord

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/71886.htm Memory eternal Fr Herman, may God rest your soul in peace amongst His saints! Thank you for everything you have done for us the sinners. Matthew 7:16-18: “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears

Prayer to the Holy Martyrs and Confessors of Romania who suffered in communist extermination camps

Dedicated to the one year commemoration of Elder Iustin Parvu joining with all the saints and martyrs confessors against Communism into the Kingdom of Christ. Memory Eternal ! O, Holy Martyrs and Confessors of Christ, who in camps and persecutions, through the many sufferings stopped the mad enemy which in anger fought against the Church

Elder Paisios – About Orthodoxy

A dialogue between Elder Paisios and a group of pilgrims: “[…] -What is the difference between Orthodox and Catholics? […] -Can you see this house? -Yes, I can. -If you remove the mortar that existed between the stones, what will keep them together? This is what Catholics did. They removed the reinforcement and weakened the

Fr Arsenie Boca: On the Beginners’ Spiritual Shortcomings

Reproduced from http://valahia.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/on-the-beginners’-spiritual-shortcomings/ Excerpt from CĂRAREA ÎMPĂRĂTIEI –”The Way to the Kingdom” – by Fr. Arsenie BOCA (+15/28 Nov 1989) Propensity for Haughtiness They are more readily inclined to give lessons, rather than to receive them. They condemn within their heart those who do not understand faith as they do and they manifest that condemnation

Akathist to Fr Seraphim Rose of Platina (20 Aug / 2 Sep)

Kontakion 1 Chosen vessel of Christ, Blessed Father Seraphim, we offer to thee a song of thanksgiving and praise, as we contemplate thy God-pleasing activity and sacrifice. As you now behold the risen Lord, on His throne of glory, you intercede for our pitiful generation. Wherefore we sinners cry out: Rejoice, Holy Father Blessed Seraphim,

Saint John Jacob the Chozebite (Jul 23 / Aug 5 1960) – Poems

(translation from Romanian) The Apocalyptic Beast And now when surging malice grows The Antichrist opens his school To teaching many people, shows, The atheist language is ‘cool’! Because the ugly ‘thoughtful beast’ It moves its ugly heads in hew: The Free-mason, the communist And the mutinous, rebel Jew. The popes and likes from Rome With

Prophesy of Abba Pambo regarding the state of the world in the end times

Then the disciple asked: “What sayest thou, o Abba, that the traditions and practices among the Christians will be altered? Perhaps there will be a dearth of priests in the Church when these unfortunate times come?” Pambo continued: “In those times, the love for God in most souls will grow cold and a great sadness

The Holy Glorious and All-Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul

Sermon of Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo Today the Holy Church piously remembers the sufferings of the Holy Glorious and All-Praised Apostles Peter and Paul. St. Peter, the fervent follower of Jesus Christ, for the profound confession of His Divinity: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” was deemed worthy by the

Icon of the Mother of God of “The Three Hands” – Jun28 / July11

In the ninth century during the time of the Iconoclasts, St. John of Damascus (December 4) was zealous in his veneration of holy icons. Because of this, he was slandered by the emperor and iconoclast Leo III the Isaurian (717-740), who informed the Damascus caliph that St. John was committing treasonous acts against him. The

Blessed Iustin Parvu’s deathbed prophecy

Five days before his repose in The Lord on June 16 2013, Blessed Iustin Parvu made a chilling prophecy to a number of his spiritual children: “Father, you know the issue with the new health care cards (with a microchip), they have not yet been introduced, but they will still be required in the near

Archimandrite Iustin Parvu has reposed in the Lord

Holy Father Iustin Parvu, you have conquered this world, and the red beast of the apocalypse, the communism, could not silence you. They put you in jail for 18 years, yet you stood firm defending true Orthodoxy against all those that tried to destroy it. You came out victorious against all trials and tribulations, shaming