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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


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 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 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...


November 24th, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: The 1998 Synodical Decision of the Orthodox Church of Georgia on the Chambessy and Balamand Agreements, Branch Theory and more

A Milestone and Major Precedent for the Struggle for Orthodox Ecclesiology now Translated into English

INTRODUCTION

Among the milestones of contemporary Orthodox ecclesiastical history with regard to the Church's struggle to maintain "the faith once delivered" and Her belief in the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church," the 1998 Synodical Decision of the Apostolic Orthodox Church of Georgia is of especial importance. Echoing the earlier


June 16th, 2016

Metropolitan Onufry: “This meeting already won’t be a Great and Holy Pan-Orthodox Council”

In this interview with the Synodal Information-Education Department of the UOC, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine answered questions about why the Russian Orthodox Church is not participating in the Pan-Orthodox Council which should begin its acts on June 19. He also expressed his view on whether the crisis of Council preparations will influence the situation of religious life in Ukraine and worldwide Orthodoxy.

—Your Beatitude, what was the final reason for the decision of the Russian Orthodox Church not to participate in the Council planned for the feast day of the Holy Trinity?

—Today the world is developing in a new format. Political and economic borders are gradually disappearing, which by themselves restricted...


Tagged In: Church Life, Council
June 14th, 2016

Athonite Monks on the Pan-Orthodox Council

- Athanasios Zoitakis

Athonite monasticism has always stood on guard for the purity of Orthodoxy. Athonites have actively participated in the work of Church councils and came out against the unions of Lyons and Florence. Ecumenical contacts have repeatedly come under criticism from Athonites (letters to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, proclamations, reports of the Holy Kinot), however most Athonite monks throughout the whole...


Tagged In: Council
June 10th, 2016

Is the Phanar about to Fall into Schism?

Source: Orthodox England

Two Local Orthodox Churches, Bulgaria and Antioch, have withdrawn from the Crete meeting, organized by Phanar bureaucrats in Constantinople. The Georgian Church, savagely insulted by the Phanar (just as it also insulted the Bulgarian Church, causing a diplomatic incident, and the Church of Greece, whose canonical territory it invaded) for its faithfulness to Orthodoxy, may not attend. The Serbian Church...