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September 15th, 2022

Elements of Idolatry: Sexual Pleasure

Excerpt from the Revelation Homilies by Elder Athanasios Mitilinaios

Excerpt from Lesson 13 on Revelation

Revelation 2:12-13

And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is; you hold fast my name and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan...

Fr. Peter Heers' commentary on this passage (from Lesson 1, Series 2 on Revelation, 8/16/2022):

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Listen to a reading of this passage by Elder Athanasios at the Orthodox Wisdom podcast:

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August 4th, 2022

The Memory of Death Should Flourish in the Soul of a Christian

by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou and Arizona

Elder Ephraim says,

Oh, how much the memory of death should flourish in the soul of the Christian! Since he believes in the real truth, it is impossible for him to ignore death.

After my Elder's heart condition had passed, he wept and recited a line from the funeral service: "Alas, what a struggle the soul has as it parts from the body!" Indeed, this is the truth! How beautifully the...


June 15th, 2022

St. Theophan the Recluse Adopted an Ecumenistic Ecclesiology?

According to some, St. Theophan the Recluse is sympathetic toward, if not outright endorsing, an ecumenistic ecclesiology. They suppose that he recognizes the validity of mysteries outside the Orthodox Church and that the boundaries of the Body of Christ extend past the Orthodox Church. The first two quotes may appear to support this, even if indirectly, but the third quote outright contradicts any such...


May 25th, 2022

A Hierarch’s “Theological” Tragedy

by the monk Paisios Kareotis, Professor of the Athonias School

In January, Orthodox Ethos offered the article On Bishops and Catascops which was an explanation by St. Andrew of Ufa on how we recognize bishops who do not live up to the high calling of their office. Now we offer this translation of "A Hierarch’s 'Theological' Tragedy" which explains the liturgical chaos a bishop...


May 18th, 2022

'Touch me not': Holy Baptism as a Presupposition for Participation in the Divine Fire of the Eucharist

By St. Cyril of Alexandria

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: As we come to the mid-point between Pascha and Pentecost, the Church begins to warm us up in anticipation of the gift of the Holy Spirit we will recieve by beginning the celebration today of what is known as the Feast of Mid-Pentecost, where a mighty river of divine grace flows down to us, which has these two great Feasts - Pascha and Pentecost - as its...


April 14th, 2022

Experiences and Testimonies of Elder Evmenios (Saridakis) the Leper (1931-1999)

Excerpts from the Homilies of Metropolitan Neophytos of Morfou: The Experiential Theology of Holy Fathers and Mothers, 2020, Theomorphou Publications, Holy Metropolis of Morphou

Full english translation expected 2023, Uncut Mountain Press

Although St. Porphyrios recommended that I should go to Elder Iakovos because I was in a rush to solve the problem of not having a confessor, I went to another man of God, Elder Evmenios Saridakis the Leper (1931-1999) from Ethia in Monofatios, Heraklion, Crete. Elder Evmenios, who himself was a leper, served at the leper colony of...


April 12th, 2022

The Inseparable Union of Dogma and Ethos & How Christianity is a Kingdom and Not a Religion

Elder Athanasios Mitilinaios, Excerpt from Lesson 7 on Revelation

When we talk about theosis, being God-like, becoming one with Christ, it means that we enter the life of God which is the very desire of the Creator before all ages. That is why there is a vast difference between Christianity and the average religion. Unfortunately, today most of us live Christianity as a religion and not as a kingdom, and this presents a number of problematic consequences,...


April 8th, 2022

Four Contemporary Saints on the Heresy of Ecumenism!

"It is impossible to come to know the truth or to grasp theology in any other way but by following the Saints.” - Joseph Bryennios (1350-1438), learned Byzantine monk of Stoudios Monastery


April 7th, 2022

The Holy Fathers Forbid Prayer with the Heterodox

Excerpted from ECUMENISM: AN ORTHODOX EXAMINATION, by Fr. Peter Heers


April 4th, 2022

How God makes Contagious Objects Harmless

By: St. John of Kronstadt

The following divinely-inspired words of wisdom from St. John of Kronstadt bear witness to the devout stance of pious and God-loving Christians who have remained steadfast in defending the Holy Things that have been slandered by the ecclesiastical rationalists of our day for the past two years. As we see from these teachings, it would be utterly inconceivable in the mind of St. John to imagine the...


March 31st, 2022

Archbishop Sotirios – A Torrent of Blasphemy and Lack of Faith

By: Parishioners of the Greek Archdiocese in Canada

A response to his blasphemous speech during the Sunday of Orthodoxy

We just celebrated the First Sunday of Lent celebrating Orthodoxy, the great festival of our Church. It celebrates the one who gave birth to all the saints and martyrs, the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church”. It celebrates her glorious victory against the heresy of iconoclasm.

The...


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