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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

The real Gregory Rasputin

Source: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/96664.htm Gregory Rasputin, 1909 Photo: K. Bulla (colorized). Foreword My interest in Gregory Rasputin was first sparked by a television programme fifty years ago on the fiftieth anniversary of his assassinatioin. Although, as a child, I could not investigate the claims made, I knew instinctively that there was something wrong with what was being

The Heresy of Social Gospel

This heresy was well captured and presented in the writings of Blessed Seraphim Rose and Herman Podmoshenski of Platina Monastery, the spiritual offspring of the Elders from Optina monastery. As some may know, but perhaps most have not learned yet, parts of the written work of these two saintly fathers were censored, books published were


DUMITRU BORDEIANU V15/28 August 1921 – 3/16 August 2002  The following details presented are excerpts taken from the book “Confession from the Bog of Despair”, written by Dumitru Bordeianu, a Romanian Martyr. We will also try to remember some details from his direct confessions, as Elder Dumitru explained on a Sunday, after the Church service

The Plan of Sealing the People (with the Mark of the Beast) – Part 2

Once that the Christian ecumenism is ‘resolved’ (see the present ‘pan-orthodox synod’ from Crete), another synthesis towards a ‘higher’ inter-religious joining is to happen, which would be the ‘updated’ Judaism, according to Isaac M Wise in his “Triumphant Judaism”, from AJS Review, 1982. The primordial target, in Romania at least, is the Orthodox Monasticism. Aiming

ITS COOL (and soul saving), TO BE OF ORIGINAL CHRISTIANITY: Orthodoxy

Source: http://www.aoiusa.org/russia-and-the-west-have-swapped-spiritual-and-cultural-roles/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork The following extract from an article by Iben Thranholm, is one of the most important journalistic writings of the twenty-first century published in the West. Key points: Russians are returning to Christianity in a “modern and contemporary context” “They are familiar with the bitter fruit of atheism and have no appetite for the

The Challenger Syndrome

Character faults are common enough as we all know, but the higher the position of the person, the more serious are the consequences. We’ll look at three major events, or failures which exemplify something I’ll refer to as the Challenger Syndrome. Most of us remember the tragic explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle, and that

Judas, the “social justice” warrior and how each of us is becoming like him

EACH ONE OF US IS POTENTIALLY A JUDAS A sermon given by Fr. Seraphim (Rose) during Great Lent, 1982 Preface by Orthodox Australia: The level of wisdom and Orthodox understanding reflected in the works of Fathers Seraphim and Herman of Platina are beyond what few could comprehend in their generation of warriors for Christ, let alone in our

Excerpts from the 1903 Epistle of the Russian Orthodox Synod (concerning the non-Orthodox)

“…in its own particular life each autocephalous Orthodox Church must always (as, indeed, it does at present) preserve the memory and consciousness of its union with the other Orthodox Churches, and of the fact that only in communion and agreement with them has it the pledge of truth and of eternal life, or manifests itself

Statement of the Secretariat of the Holy Synod of Antioch

Balamand, 27 June 2016 At the end of the seventh extraordinary session which begun on May 25th 2016, the Holy Synod of Antioch convened on June 27, 2016 in Balamand. The Synod was presided by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, with the participation of the Bishops of the Holy See of Antioch, The fathers congratulated

The Plan of Sealing The People (with the Mark of the Beast) – Part 1

This is a translation of the following article from a Romanian website: https://monahulteodot.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/planul-de-pecetluire-a-oamenilor/ We want to present this very important message about the ongoing spiritual riots, started some time ago. They are so planned and so cunning! This rebellion against God is not new, and the ones who triggered this uprising are very well known…

The Spirit of Antichrist and the Forerunner of Antichrist

By Archbishop Averky http://archbishopaverky.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/spirit-of-antichrist-and-forerunner-of.html From the second chapter of St. Paul’s Second Epistle to the Thessalonians it is clear that the teaching about the Antichrist enters into the content of the earliest apostolic evangelization. After giving a description of the Antichrist in the third and fourth verses of that chapter, the holy Apostle writes further

Heresy, the sin against the Holy Spirit

In todays Christianity the questions of whether various denominations have grace or not, and to what degree, are being asked more than ever. Let us therefore try to put out a simple argument on why there is no grace outside the Orthodox Church. There are many Holy Fathers stating this exact position, but there are

Open letter to the Holy Pan Orthodox Synod of 2016*

Holy Hierarchs of the Pan Orthodox Synod, Let us start by remembering our Holiness Metropolitan Paul Saliba of the Antiochian Orthodox Church of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. Let us also remember the founders of our Holy Mission, Holy Metropolitan Philaret of New York, Fr Vladimir Evsukoff, Archbishop John Maximovic the founder of the

About the Universe and the fall of Man

“He laid the foundations of the earth that it never should move at any time”. Where do the Bible and the teachings of the Holy Fathers fit in with the observation of today’s science? The “missing link” may be found in the falling of the universe (of the whole of Creation) due to sin of