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July 19th, 2021

Understanding the Important Distinction between Church-Organism vs. Church-Organization

from St. Mikhail Novoselov

One should distinguish between the Church-Organism and the Church-organization. Only to the Church-Organism are some names for the Church applicable, which we find in the Holy Scripture; for example: “glorious, holy, blameless” (Eph. 1: 4), “without spot or blemish” (Eph. 5:27), “Lamb’s wife” (Rev. 19: 7, 21:9), “body of Christ” (Eph.1: 23; Col.:18), “pillar and the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15) and many others....


March 26th, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 5: The 8th Oecumenical Council & the Great Schism

Archpriest Peter Heers

The Church in the post-Iconoclast age and pre-schism period, in the Eighth Oecumenical Council under St. Photios the Great and at the end of the first millennium and the eve of the Great Schism and beyond.

The fifth lesson of our 10 week course, "Orthodox Ecclesiology: The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and the Pan-Heresy of Syncretistic Ecumenism" will also look at the 1st-2nd Council...


March 25th, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 4: Ss. Maximos & the Damascene, the 6th & 7th Oecumenical Councils

- Archpriest Peter Heers

We will begin the lesson by briefly looking at some aspects of St. Augustine’s stance vis-a-vis the Donatists and also St. Hypatios’ reaction to Nestorius, but we will move on to cover aspects of the readings for week 4: The Church in St. Maximus the Confessor’s theology, the condemnation of Pope Honorius, the Church in St. John of Damascus and the 1st and 95th canons of Trullo, as well as St. Tarasius’...


September 27th, 2017

On the “Great and Holy Council” of Crete: A Response to E. Sotiropoulos

By Protopresbyters Fr. Peter Heers D.Th. and Fr. Anastasios Gotsopoulos

INTRODUCTION

On the one year anniversary of the "Council" of Crete, the following article was published in Greek on the website romfea.gr. The intent of the article was twofold: both to commemorate the anniversary of the gathering and to provide a...


June 22nd, 2017

Συμβολὴ προβληματισμοῦ στὸ ἐτήσιο μνημόσυνο τῆς «Ἁγίας καὶ Μεγάλης Συνόδου» τῆς Κρήτης (Ἀπάντηση σὲ ἄρθρο τοῦ κ. Εὐ. Σωτηρόπουλου)

Πρωτοπρεσβυτέρου π. Πέτρου Χιρς, Δρ. Θ. και π. Ἀναστασίου Γκοτςοπούλου

(21.6.2017)

Ἡ Ρωσικὴ Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐκκλησία τῆς Διασπορᾶς (ROCOR) ὅρισε τὸν πρωτο-πρεσβύτερο π. Πέτρο Heers, Καθηγητὴ τῆς Θεολογικῆς Σχολῆς τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος στὸ Jordanville τῆς Ν. Ὑόρκης, νὰ ὁμιλήσει γιὰ τὴ Σύνοδο τῆς Κρήτης στὴν ἐτήσια ἱερατικὴ Σύναξη τῶν Κληρικῶν τῆς Ἐπισκοπῆς τῆς Ἀνατολικῆς Ἀμερικῆς (21.3.2017), παρουσίᾳ τοῦ Σεβασμιωτάτου Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Ἰλαρίωνος καὶ πολλῶν Ἱεραρχῶν...


May 6th, 2017

Defense and Declaration of Cessation of Commemoration of Bishop on Account of the Teaching of Heresy

Letter of Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis to Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki (March 3, 2017)

Orthodox Ethos is grateful to God to be asked to publish the translation of the declaration of cessation of commemoration of the honorable and upright Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis, submitted to his Metropolitan on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, giving his defense and explanation of the necessity for the drastic measure.

We hope all good-willed and interested Orthodox Christians will take the time to read the text and consider his arguments carefully, for if nothing else it will aid them in increasing their vigilance and watchfulness both for their soul's salvation as well as the unity of the Church and orthodoxy of Her confession - of which we are all co-responsible.

Protopresbyter Theodoros Zisis

Professor Emeritus

Theological School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

March 3rd, 2017

His Eminence, Anthimos

Metropolitan of Thessaloniki

Subject: Notification concerning the Cessation of Commemoration

Your Eminence,

With sorrow, but also with much spiritual joy and...


April 1st, 2017

Patristic Tradition Video: Fr. Peter Heers on the Patristic Royal Path in Wake of the Cretan "Council"

Questions and Answers on the Proper Response to Heresy and Innovations in Matters of Faith


Video Timeline

A short introduction in English and Greek, followed by questions and answers.

1-14 min: English Introduction

14-21 min: Greek introduction

21:00-33:30: English answer to First Question

33:30-40:00: Greek answer to...


March 23rd, 2017

The "Council" of Crete and the New Emerging Ecclesiology: An Orthodox Examination

By Protopresbyter Peter Heers, Professor of Old and New Testament, Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville, NY

Lecture delivered at the Clergy Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

For a full written and photo report of the retreat, go to the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR. Audio and video versions of this lecture will be forthcoming;...


March 20th, 2017

HOWELL, NJ: ARCHPRIEST PETER HEERS TO DELIVER LECTURE ON COUNCIL OF CRETE

Announcement from the Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR

From the website of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia:

The Lenten Pastoral Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese, which will be held on March 20-22, 2017 at St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral in Howell, New Jersey, will feature a lecture by Archpriest Peter Heers on the "Great and Holy Council" of the Orthodox Church, which took place in Crete in...


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 the "the holy and ecumenical synod (more than 3 years after Nestorius began preaching...


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...


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 regarding the "Council of Crete" until a theological commission could...


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