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How Shall We Live During This Current Persecution of Orthodoxy?: Interview with Fr. Savas Agioreitis

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In this third part of our four-part discussion (3/4) with Archimandrite Savas Agioreitis, which took place on May 8th, we discuss a wide-range of matters pertaining to how we must live in a spiritual manner in face of the current persecution of Faith in Christ and His Church.

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00:00:34 - Question 1: How will we live and survive this current situation?

00:01:14 - Answer 1: This crisis is pre-designed and we are under persecution

00:02:59 - A matter of faith, a dogmatic issue

00:04:07 - Question: Some say we are to bow before an icon, not kiss it.

00:05:30 - When we love God we also love our neighbor

00:07:00 - The Priest is "a type and in the place of Christ"

00:08:23 - St. Symeon the New Theologian: "Everything is expelled by Thy Light, o Christ"

00:09:20 - An Incident in Our Days from Romania which teaches us

00:10:37 - [WHO Disgraced; march for global government]

00:12:46 - Our Story in Romania: Communion Kills Virus-

00:14:49 - No need to change, for God Himself 'oikonomizes'

00:15:49 - "Life will never be the same"? "No going back"?

00:16:24 - Ecclesiastical Leadership Follows Rulers of This World

00:17:02 - What is said during the Consecration of the Temple

00:17:54 - Locked in, and out, of the Sheepfold!

00:19:37 - The Hierarch implores for the Temple to become "a refuge for patients"

00:20:06 - Dogma and Ethos are inseparable; lose one, lost the other

00:22:21 - The Temple: "an infirmary of passions, shelter of patients, expeller of demons."

00:23:53 - First and Foremost: Become Firm in the Faith

00:27:10 - Two abominations with regard to the Faith have led us here

00:28:50 - Three are the greatest sins of modern Greeks

00:30:45 - Spiritual Fathers without the Spirit

00:32:13 - Rational Sheep must judge with righteous judgement

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Archimandrite Fr. Savas Agioreitis began his monastic life in the Holy Kelli of the Entrance of the Theotokos in Kerasia on Mt. Athos. He is also a graduate of the School of Dentistry and the School of Theology, at the University of ThessalonĂ­ki, where he completed his Masters Degree with Professor Demetrios Tselengides. Today, Fr. Savas is the spiritual father of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity in the Diocese of Edessa, in northern Greece. Fr. Savas works tirelessly teaching and guiding the faithful not only in his diocese or in Greece, but, indeed, through the online homilies and lectures, the world over, wherever the rational sheep of Christ are thirsting for the Word of God and the Gospel.

In addition to nearly daily homilies during Divine Liturgy, which are uploaded to the internet, now numbering in the many hundreds if not thousands, Fr. Savas is also a prolific author, penning more than 11 books.

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A Four-Part Interview:

1. In the first segment we will address the Temple and whether or not the faithful need to fear becoming sick therein.

2. In this second segment, we address the all-important matter of having a spiritual father during these times of trouble and persecution.

3. In this third segment, we discuss a wide-range of matters pertaining to how we must live in a spiritual manner in face of this great challenge to our Faith.

4. And, in the fourth segment, we look at the challenge to the Orthodox Faith from contemporary Ceasaropapism and innovative ideas about the Holy Things in the Holy Temple.

We are sure that these interviews, with the ever-vigilant Fr. Savas, offered with much love and sacrifice to you, the pious, zealous faithful, will undoubtedly be profitable and enlightening!

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Posted on July 17th, 2020

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