37. The Bishops’ Council approves the evaluation of the Council of First Hierarchs and bishops of ten Local Orthodox Churches which took place on the island of Crete from 18th to 26th June 2016 which is contained in the decision of the Holy Synod of 15th June 2016 (Journal
The English speaking Orthodox world is finally able to gain access to the renowned Patristic scholar and confessor of Faith, Fr. Theodore Zisis with this new translation by Fr. John Palmer of his introduction to the Holy Fathers. Fr. John spent several years near Fr. Theodore when doing his Ph.D. Thesis in Thessaloniki and has given us a true and trusted English version.
From a letter of Archimandrite Irenei to a mother and father (2012):
My dear N— and A—, You are Orthodox parents raising Orthodox children in the loving embrace of the Church, and you have asked an important question relating to the cultural “celebrations” surrounding what has come to be known as “Halloween”. Let us start by saying, then, that you...
Fr. Theodore Zisis introduces audiences to the oft-misunderstood Canon 15 of the 1st-2nd Council (861) of Constantinople and the canonical practice of ceasing the commemoration of bishops who have fallen into heresies condemned either by councils or by the consensus of the Holy Fathers.
The historic statements of hierarchs in Greece (Ambrose of Eleftheropolis and Avgoustinos of Florina) who ceased commemoration of Patriarch Athenagoras in 1970 are read in full, as well.
The unity of the Church in all its forms, either structural or charismatic[i], is clearly grounded in the Holy Spirit. It is extended mystically, but is maintained, cultivated and is apparent primarily through...
Fr. Peter Heers is the instructor of Old and New Testament at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, New York as well as the founder and current head of Uncut Mountain Press, and the founder and first editor of “Divine Ascent, A Journal of
Orthodox Faith.” He is also the host of the online podcast,
Postcards from Greece found at Ancient Faith Radio, and 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 has been blessed with 5 children.