THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND DIOCESE OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA
September 15, 2021
To the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian and the Honourable Andrews,
As the Bishop of the faithful entrusted in me, I am compelled by my conscience to address by way of open letter a significant concern for my flock and all those who fall under the New South Wales and Victorian...
In the third century of Christianity, when pagan rulers were putting Christians both young and old to torture and death for not bowing down to idols, there lived a young girl who was raised a Christian and who had true and steadfast faith. Hidden and praying to the True God in a house church with forty-eight other Christians, while pagans worshipped demons, was the maiden
Helleniscope’s audience has been reacting for many weeks to the infamous statement by AB Elpidophoros at the “Religious Freedom Summit” in Washington DC on July 16, 2021: “When you elevate one religion above all others, it is as if you decide there is only one path leading to the top of the mountain. But the truth is you simply cannot see the myriads...
Dear fathers, venerable monastics and faithful people entrusted to us by Christ our Lord...
By observing the crisis that has gripped the entire world, especially the continent on which we live, I want to address you as your Bishop and spiritual father with words of consolation, in order to share with you the burdens that you carry.
"Today is Tuesday, the 27th of July 2021, eve of the celebration of the Baptism of Rus, and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is ready to celebrate this day in all majesty, just like every year. On the evening of Tuesday a majestic procession took place in Kiev, in which more than 350 thousand faithful participated. Leading this great procession was Onuphry, Metropolitan of Kiev, while the clergy and the...
St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco (+1966), from a homily given in 1956 on the Sunday of the Dread Judgment:
"St. John the Theologian "himself says that he was 'in the Spirit' - meaning that the Holy Spirit Itself was in him - when the fate of the Church and the world was revealed to him in various symbols. That is why this is a Divine Revelation. He presents the fate of the Church in...
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 to the Thessalonians. "Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I told you...
In this post I am sharing with you, the reader, two important examples from the life of the New Hiero-martyr Vladimir of Kiev. The accounts are take from his recorded life in “Holy New-Martyrs of Southern Russian” by Vladimir Moss.
The first is an account of how the Saint conducted himself during the time of a cholera epidemic in Russia....
His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios is the former Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Kalavryta and Aigialeia in northern Greece. What follows is a translation of his open letter, posted (in Greek) on Aktines on June 22, 2021."
From January of 2017 until May of 2018, Fr. Peter was the instructor of Old and New Testament at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York, and continues now as a Lecturer of Dogmatic Theology in the Certificate of Theological Studies Program. Fr. Peter is the founder and current head of Uncut Mountain Press (founded in 2000), and the founder and first editor of “Divine Ascent, A Journal of
Orthodox Faith” (begun in 1995). Fr. Peter was also the host of the podcast,
Postcards from Greece, and is a regular speaker to parish groups in the United States and Canada.
Fr. Peter has undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in Dogmatic Theology from the Theological School
of the University of Thessalonica, all completed under the tutelage of Professor Demetrios Tselingides. He was the rector and spiritual father of the parish of the Holy Prophet Elias
in Petrokerasa, a small village in the mountains outside of
Thessalonica, Greece, from 2006 until 2017. In 2014 he was made Protopresbyteros and Spiritual
Father of the Diocese of Ierissou and Agion Oros.
Fr. Peter Heers was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up near San Francisco. The
son of an Anglican priest, in 1992 his parents and much of his father’s
parish converted to the Orthodox Church. In 1996 he came to
Thessaloniki, Greece, in order to visit Mt. Athos, returning again in
1998 to begin the Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki.
He lived in Thessaloniki for 18 years, where he was married
to a Thessaloniki native (and blessed with 5 children) and ordained to the diaconate and priesthood in 2003, in the Diocese of Kastoria.
Fr. Peter is attached to the clergy of the Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY., of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and a member of the faculty of Holy Trinity Seminary.