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February 7th, 2017

NUMBER OF ABORTIONS IN RUSSIA HALVED IN FOUR YEARS

Minister of Health Provides Statistics on Progress Made to Increase Birthrate

The number of abortions in Russia has been cut in half over the past four years, Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova told Interfax-Religion recently.

Speaking at the conference “On creating conditions for increasing the birthrate in the Russian Federation,” the ministry head stated that they will continue working...


December 27th, 2016

FINAL DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF GEORGIA on the Council of Crete (SUMMARY)

The Holy Synod Rejects the Council of Crete as Pan Orthodox and its Texts as Reflecting Orthodox Teaching

The Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia has met and discussed the "Council of Crete." We are now in possession of a summary* of the Decision which the Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia issued at its recent meeting regarding the Cretan gathering.

It was initially reported that the Holy Synod had "tabled" a conclusive decision...


Tagged In: Council, Ecumenism
December 24th, 2016

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Welcomes New Professor

Protopresbyter Peter Heers is the new instructor of Old and New Testament

ANNOUNCEMENT

Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary welcomes the V. Rev. Protopresbyter Peter Alban Heers as the instructor of Old and New Testament for the Bachelor of Theology and Certificate in Pastoral Studies programs.


A native of Texas, Fr. Peter studied theology in Greece, receiving his Doctor of Theology degree from Aristotle University in Thessalonica in 2013. Fr. Peter has contributed to Orthodox theological and spiritual works through his translations of the writings of Elder (St.) Paisios the Athonite and a monograph, "The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II: An Orthodox Examination of Rome's Ecumenical Theology Regarding Baptism and the Church." Fr. Peter will begin with the spring 2017 semester at HTOS.

SOURCE: http://hts.edu/news_161223_1.html


Tagged In: Church Life
December 24th, 2016

THE PROPHETIC ROLE OF MOUNT ATHOS IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

​ Jean-Claude Larchet

The following is a paper given by doctor of theology Jean-Claude Larchet (France) at the international conference, “Rus’—Holy Mount Athos: A thousand years of spiritual and cultural unity,” as part of the 1000-year anniversary celebration of Russian monasticism on Mount Athos (Moscow, September 21-24, 2016). It was published first in Russian translation on the website of the Synodal department for monasteries and monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Monasticism is basically a way to live the Christian life with a total commitment to renouncing the world and self-dedication to God. From this point of view, monasticism is the same everywhere, and each monastery, skete or hermitage is a privileged place, a center of reference for the monastic life and for Christian way of life. To a great extent, what can be said of monasticism can be said of


Tagged In: Church Life, monasticism
December 19th, 2016

Intervention and Text in the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece (November 2016) regarding the Cretan Council

Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and St. Vlassios

In the last meeting of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece (23-24 November 2016), Metropolitan Theologos of Serres, read his presentation, titled "Briefing on the works of the Holy and...


December 10th, 2016

Patriarch of Constantinople's Letter to the Archbishop of Greece: Defrock and Sever Communion with those Opposed to our Council in Crete

Troubling and Divisive Intervention into the Internal Affairs of another Local Church latest show of Papal Pretentions

In divisive fashion the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, is demanding that the Archbishop of Athens and the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece depose and excommunicate leading hierarchs and clergy of the Church for their opposition to the "Council" of Crete and its innovative organization and decisions. The Patriarchal letter names first of all, the one-time representative of...


December 9th, 2016

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 ecumenism. In the following excerpt, from a letter her wrote on the feast of the translation of the relics of St. John Chrysostom, Jan 27/Feb. 9, 1977, Fr. Seraphim...


December 9th, 2016

Μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ: Οι Ορθόδοξοι πρέπει ν’ αποφύγουν τον φανατισμό και σεκταρισμό και να παραμείνουν ενωμένοι εν όψει της ‘Συνόδου’

Προφητικά και σοφά λόγια, μεγάλης συνάφειας με τα δρώμενα στην Εκκλησία, σήμερα

Ο μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ έχει κληροδοτήσει πολλά στην Εκκλησία και όχι λιγότερο σημαντική, μεταξύ αυτών, είναι η άοκνη μαρτυρία του της βασιλικής οδού των Πατέρων, ιδίως εν όψει της μεγάλης αποστασίας της εποχής μας και της επίμαχης αιρέσεως των ημερών μας, του συγκρητιστικού οικουμενισμού.

Στο παρακάτω απόσπασμα, από μία επιστολή την οποία έγραψε ο ίδιος ο π. Σεραφείμ κατά την εορτή της...


December 7th, 2016

The Example of Saint Ambrose of Milan and the Contemporary Theories of Obligatory Cessation of Communion with those in Communion with Hierarchs Preaching Heresy "Bare-Headed"

By Protopresbyter Peter Heers

Today, December 7th, we celebrate the memory of our Father Among the Saints Ambrose of Milan. The Life of the Saint, written by his close disciple Paulinus, relays important information on the state of the Church at the time and the way in which the Saint was elected bishop which is quite relevant to our contemporary situation and very instructive for us vis-a-vis how the Fathers of the Church dealt with...


December 2nd, 2016

Official Text: Declaration of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church

On the Council of Crete (2016) and the text “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World”

The full, official text has been translated and posted online:

At a full session meeting on 11.15.2016, protocol № 22, the Holy Synod reviewed the text “ Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World ,” adopted at the Council on Crete,...


December 1st, 2016

Saint Paisios the Athonite on the Pan-Orthodox Council and Discernment

The Elder Warned that Holy Tradition would be Rejected and Replaced by Innovation

"At that time the Pre-Conciliar Conferences began in order to prepare a new Pan-Orthodox Synod, and among the issues discussed there were many proposals contrary to Orthodox tradition. When the Elder learned of them he was very worried and spoke with a pain of soul: "Do you understand what will happen?," he would ask. "Tradition will leave and all that will remain is the offense (evil-doing). [Θὰ φύγη ἡ...


Tagged In: Council, Ecumenism, Tradition