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Category Archives: Holy Fathers

“Not of This World”: The uncensored life of Fr Seraphim Rose

When reading the latest edition of Fr. Seraphim Rose’s biography “Life and Works”, I had mixed feelings – it was a fiery and inspiring read, full of life and filling me with a yearning for struggling with Orthodoxy, but at times, it felt like it dampened me with a wet blanket. It was very strange,

Orthodox Survival Course has been translated and published in Romanian

Fr Seraphim’s and Herman’s Orthodox Survival Course in Romanian has been released online with the great efforts of Ninel Ganea and some other people who have found it important enough to not let such masterpiece end up buried in history by the ignorance of many. Ninel Ganea, who has a philosophical background, rather than theological,

New Lectures Of Fathers Seraphim Rose and Herman Podmoshensky

Orthodox Australia Missionary Society have published a number of audio lectures of Fathers Seraphim Rose and Herman Podmoshensky, most of them not having been heard before. These resources are free to share and use, in full or in part, with the condition that Orthodox Australia Missionary Society is quoted as source ! These audio lectures

PURGATORY – REFUTED BY THE Holy Fathers of the Church

First Homily of St. Mark of Ephesus On Prayer for the Dead and Against the Roman Catholic Purgatory Inasmuch as we are required, preserving our Orthodoxy and the Church Dogmas handed down by the Fathers, to answer with love to what you have said, as our general rule we shall first quote each argument and

Orthodox Christians in the kingdom of the Antichrist

By GREGORY BISTRITA·SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 (https://www.facebook.com/notes/gregory-bistrita/orthodox-christians-in-the-kingdom-of-the-antichrist/469251980318745/) (Recent historical examples of how ALL Orthodox Christians MUST live at the end of days) Sergius Denisov’s (pictured on the left) son Gregory (pictured on the right) describes their life in the kingdom of the Red Antichrist: “There was already no church to go to because the priests

Fr Seraphim Rose: The Cry of the New Martyrs

Life on earth is given to man in order to acquire the Holy Spirit. To do this one must learn also to distinguish the worship of the true Spirit of God from the counterfeit spirit, the spirit of this world whose prince is satan, the enemy of God. The whole earthly happiness of man consists

Apocalyptic Orthodoxy: the revelations of Fr. Nicetas Lekhan

“Now [apocalytptic] things and events are opening up to us, as it were, in a bright light. How? And this great mystery is revealed to us while reading the Revelation of St. John the Divine. It says: “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them” (Rev. 13:7).


Notice which country is still standing up to God’s Law. No wonder it’s being propagandized as the world’s axis of evil & being blamed for all the horrors of the world. It won’t be long before a new visitation of the Three Holy Angels (who visited Sodom and Gomorrah), in the form of a right

On interpreting prophecies about the end times.

I have been asked how the prophecies about the coming war (and the 30 year peace after that) actually reconcile with the clear signs we can observe today pointing to an imminent coming of the Antichrist? Various Holy Fathers seem to have different opinions on how close we actually are to the arriving of the

Father Adrian Fageteanu

16th November 1912 – 27th of September 2011 Father Adrian  was a professional lawyer, during his young years After becoming a monk, at the end of WW2, Father Adrian enrolled as a university student, studying theology and philosophy as well Father Adrian spent many years in communist prisons, as a real enemy of atheist governments

Interview with Abbot Father Petroniu Tănase

Words of wisdom, offered to a group of Orthodox pilgrims from Melbourne, by Abbot Father Petroniu Tanase from the Romanian Skete Prodromu (the Forerunner), at the Holy Mount Athos (on 23rd May 2005) The Romanian skete Prodromu (“The Forerunner”) from the Holy Mount Athos is certainly a very welcoming place.  One of the greatest things

Blessed Constantin Oprisan, Martyr of Jilava, Romania (1921 – 26th of July 1959)

Father George Calciu: “He did not talk much, but every word coming from his mouth was a holy word – only about Christ, only about love, only about forgiveness. He was praying unceasingly…” Elder Dumitru Bordeianu : “There was nobody more tortured like Constantin! He was arrested on 15th of May 1948 and condemned for 25

Blessed Confessor of Christ, Father Ilie Lacatusu (1909 – 22 July 1983)

On 19th of July 1952, Father Ilie Lacatusu [Eellee Lakatoosho] was arrested and sent to a concentration camp, where the political prisoners (mainly Orthodox and followers of the Legion of the Archangel Michael) were forced to build a channel between Danube River and the Black Sea. He was part of the large priests’ brigade. After

Radu Gyr

2/03/1905 – 29/04/1975 Radu Gyr (Demetrescu) was an extraordinary man, with a heart as large as the sky with its beauties! He spent many years in communist extermination camps, suffering extreme punishments. In spite of these tortures, Radu Gyr wrote very daring pieces of literature, while suffering of diverse illnesses and depravations in prison, and

In Memory of our Blessed Metropolitan Paul Saliba

This photograph is his Eminence Metropolitan Paul (Saliba). He passed away to the Lord about three days ago. Aged about 78. He was the bishop for Australia & most of the Southern Hemisphere Churches under Antioch. Forgive me for not being too precise. No doubt details will be in a booklet which the Antiochian Archdiocese

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”

There may be something rather intriguing in this Epistle of Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians which starts off with what may look a very clear passage that may seem to be very straightforward and leaving little room for interpretation: 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be

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