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March 16th, 2017

How Ss. Hypatius, Cyril of Alexandria and Celestine of Rome Confronted the Heresy of Nestorius

Instructive for all Orthodox Christians today, as they face the heresy of syncretistic ecumenism

The infamous heretic Nestorius occupied the Patriarchal throne of Constantinople from April 428 unto August 431. According the St. Theophanes the Confessor as soon as Nestorius "mounted the throne, his heresy and

his doctrinally distorted mind were straight away revealed." According to this same Saint...


March 3rd, 2017

The Difference between the Action of the Holy Spirit in Creation and in the Church

An excerpt from "The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II" by Fr. Peter Heers

Have you ever wondered how to explain - in an Orthodox manner - what is the difference between spiritual life before and after reception and initiation into the Church?

Have you been confused by various ecumenical theories of "partial communion" or "common baptism" and what the Orthodox view says with regard to the clerical ministrations done in heterodox confessions?

You'll want to watch this new 6 minute video offering from Gregory Decapolite, which includes an excerpt from:

The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II: An Orthodox Examination of Rome's Ecumenical Theology Regarding Baptism and the Church


February 25th, 2017

Response to Professor George Demacopoulos (USA) concerning the article “Innovation Cloaked in the Guise of Tradition: Anti-Ecumenist Efforts to Derail the Holy and Great Synod”

Protopresbyter Anastasios Gkotsopoulos, Rector of the Holy Church of St. Nicholas, Patra, Greece

An article written about this time last year by Dr. George Demacopoulos, "Innovation Cloaked in the Guise of Tradition: Anti-Ecumenist Efforts to Derail the Holy and Great Synod" has been once again making the rounds through the internet after it was uploaded to Academia by the author. Several clergy have written to me their concerns about this article and the need for a repy to be issued. There is no...


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

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 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 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...