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“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” Every Sunday during the Beatitudes part of the Divine Liturgy, we hear this being chanted: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt 5:3). The same paragraph in Luke 6:20 simply says “Blessed are the poor”

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


One of the most troubling projects, one that will fundamentally change the world, one about which nobody is telling you anything in the media, a project in which billions upon billions (and some sources are even saying trillions) of dollars are being invested as we speak, is being hastily developed away from public eye and

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

Christianity and Socialism

By the New Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky) [+1928] Men verily swear by the greater (Heb. 6:16). This truth remains ever and everywhere immutable. Any single truth or any series of truths always comprise what is “greater” for man, and this “greater” is man’s authority; he refers to it, he “swears” by it. Yet the same truths

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

Archimandrite Constantine Zaitsev: On the “social gospel” of ecumenism

Concerning the author of the text below, Fr. Seraphim Rose stated: “Archimandrite Constantine Zaitsev of Jordanville was a brilliant thinker who, being fully within the tradition of the Church, was able to see beyond the externals and into the heart of the Orthodox faith, wherein lies its mystical, unseen essence and its living apostolic power.”

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

An Edifying Reply To One Of The Fruitless Three Stooges, Who Recently Took Upon Themselves To Judge And Condemn The 60-Year Productive Work Of The St Herman Of Alaska Monastery In Platina

Consequently attacking its Australian outreach as well. Who the heck are you mr Curley. Or is it the Jewish Larry or Moe of the three stooges fame? Did you know any of these people from Platina you so brazenly judge. Did you live, walk, talk, work or pray with any of the Platina Fathers? Or

The “New Social Contract”

With the “unexpected” ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States of America, it may be time to continue our line of thought on the Heresy of Social Gospel. The mainstream media and the press would like us to believe that Mr Trump phenomena was the result of a random act 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

Homily on Nativity by Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba

By: His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba Primate of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY AS OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH. (John 1:14) The Gospel accounts of the Nativity are limited to

The Life of Sotirios Katakouzinos – a True Warrior for Christ

(to be updated) Dedicated to Sotirios Katakouzinos , who reposed in the Lord today, Monday 5/12/2016, at 3:20 pm After a mighty battle with his chronic illness of thalassaemia and a heart which strived for the Kingdom of Heaven. He was a clandestine member of the Orthodox Australia Missionary Society. With fervent love he would

Orthodoxy reduced to Common Sense?

I am witnessing something happening in social media i cannot really say i am a big fan of. Let me explain, and it has to do with my own soul-searching as well. Examples: Patriach X says something against gay marriage, everyone cheers, tons of likes! But Catholics say the same thing, and Islamists share the

The Secret of the Metropolitan Who Died at the Feet of the Pope

Blessed Pelagia of Ryazan prophesied (to Metropolitan Nikodim): “You will die like a dog at the feet of your pope!” This actually happened! Bishop Longin of the Ukraine recently commented on this “(he) died like a dog at the feet of the Pope. It was foretold for him not to go there, and that he

St Seraphim of Sarov about the chiliastic reign of the antichrist, anarchy (chaos) and communist revolutionaries …

“Before the birth of the Antichrist an Eighth Ecumenical Council must be convened of all the Churches under the One Head, Christ and under the one Protecting Veil of the Mother of God [according to St. Nilus the myrrh-gusher: “a last and eighth Ecumenical Council to deal with the disputes of heretics and separate the

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

First fruits of the “Missions” document: a deadly heresy emerges…

On September 2nd and 3rd of 2016 a Conference was held in Thessaloniki, Greece. It was entitled “ Integral Ecology as the new road to reconciliation” and was held “under the High Patronage of His Holiness the Pope Francis, His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury…” On the official program

The significance of the Altar Doors and Iconostasis in the Othodox Church

Ever noticed the altar doors being left open in your Orthodox Church for the whole liturgical service? Do you remember the times when the doors used to only be opened at certain times during the liturgy? Have you noticed this change and is this change important? The answer may surprise you! If you are familiar