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June 15th, 2022

St. Theophan the Recluse Adopted an Ecumenistic Ecclesiology?

According to some, St. Theophan the Recluse is sympathetic toward, if not outright endorsing, an ecumenistic ecclesiology. They suppose that he recognizes the validity of mysteries outside the Orthodox Church and that the boundaries of the Body of Christ extend past the Orthodox Church. The first two quotes may appear to support this, even if indirectly, but the third quote outright contradicts any such...


June 9th, 2022

ANNOUNCING THE RELAUNCH OF UNCUT MOUNTAIN PRESS - A New Title: Let No One Fear Death

After a few years of near dormancy, the team at Orthodox Ethos and Uncut Mountain Press has been able to pull together and get Uncut Mountain Press running again and we are preparing to launch fully. This summer we will have a new website with old and new titles for sale, along with preorder options for new and old titles. Ebooks shall be available too. We start this launch with a new book: Let No One...


June 7th, 2022

Am I Called to the Monastic Life?

Elder Ephraim of Arizona Responds

Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona writes to a man asking whether or not he should become a monk. This letter was written in October 1957 when Elder Ephraim was on the Holy Mountain, two years before the repose of his Elder, St. Joseph the Hesychast.

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My beloved brother in Christ..., may God bless and enlighten you along the unerring path of salvation. You...


May 25th, 2022

A Hierarch’s “Theological” Tragedy

by the monk Paisios Kareotis, Professor of the Athonias School

In January, Orthodox Ethos offered the article On Bishops and Catascops which was an explanation by St. Andrew of Ufa on how we recognize bishops who do not live up to the high calling of their office. Now we offer this translation of "A Hierarch’s 'Theological' Tragedy" which explains the liturgical chaos a bishop...


May 18th, 2022

'Touch me not': Holy Baptism as a Presupposition for Participation in the Divine Fire of the Eucharist

By St. Cyril of Alexandria

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: As we come to the mid-point between Pascha and Pentecost, the Church begins to warm us up in anticipation of the gift of the Holy Spirit we will recieve by beginning the celebration today of what is known as the Feast of Mid-Pentecost, where a mighty river of divine grace flows down to us, which has these two great Feasts - Pascha and Pentecost - as its...


April 14th, 2022

Experiences and Testimonies of Elder Evmenios (Saridakis) the Leper (1931-1999)

Excerpts from the Homilies of Metropolitan Neophytos of Morfou: The Experiential Theology of Holy Fathers and Mothers, 2020, Theomorphou Publications, Holy Metropolis of Morphou

Full english translation expected 2023, Uncut Mountain Press

Although St. Porphyrios recommended that I should go to Elder Iakovos because I was in a rush to solve the problem of not having a confessor, I went to another man of God, Elder Evmenios Saridakis the Leper (1931-1999) from Ethia in Monofatios, Heraklion, Crete. Elder Evmenios, who himself was a leper, served at the leper colony of...


April 12th, 2022

The Inseparable Union of Dogma and Ethos & How Christianity is a Kingdom and Not a Religion

Elder Athanasios Mitilinaios, Excerpt from Lesson 7 on Revelation

When we talk about theosis, being God-like, becoming one with Christ, it means that we enter the life of God which is the very desire of the Creator before all ages. That is why there is a vast difference between Christianity and the average religion. Unfortunately, today most of us live Christianity as a religion and not as a kingdom, and this presents a number of problematic consequences,...


April 12th, 2022

New Reading List for OrthodoxEthos.com

For our reader's benefit, we offer this reading list, found in the link below. The list is a composite list based on those created by traditional Orthodox priests who have a reputation for proper catechisms. It is offered for the very frequent question asked towards good spiritual fathers: “What should I read?” and is divided into five parts for five situations which someone might have in their...


April 8th, 2022

Four Contemporary Saints on the Heresy of Ecumenism!

"It is impossible to come to know the truth or to grasp theology in any other way but by following the Saints.” - Joseph Bryennios (1350-1438), learned Byzantine monk of Stoudios Monastery


April 7th, 2022

The Holy Fathers Forbid Prayer with the Heterodox

Excerpted from ECUMENISM: AN ORTHODOX EXAMINATION, by Fr. Peter Heers


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