Letter to Archbishop Elpidophoros by Orthodox Christian Attorney J. Mark Brewer
On Mandatory Vaccines and Religious Exemptions; Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod of September 16, 2021
BREWER & PRITCHARD
A Professional Corporation
Attorneys & Counselors
September 17, 2021
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros
Greek Orthodox Church of America
8 East 79th Street New York, NY 10075
via email communications@GOARCH.ORG
RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION COLLECTIONS AND RESOURCES
Compiled by Orthodox Ethos
Dearest to Christ,
Many Orthodox Christians have contacted us seeking resources for exemption from mandatory masks, vaccination, and testing against Covid-19 in various settings (i.e., workforce, school, and military). Below, we have compiled various resources we believe are helpful. Each has its own particular strength; find the documents best suited to your situation. Maybe multiple documents...
A Courageous Example in Troubled Times: Hieromartyr Vladimir of Kiev's response to the 1890 Cholera Epidemic
"The saint had more services offered and he himself traveled to severely afflicted areas..."
Original post by Fr. Zechariah Lynch:
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....
VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS from Blessed Elder Athanasius of Grigoriou in a Time of Delusion and Apostasy
Emulate the Saints to Attain their Same End: Perfection and Holiness
The Saints were men and women who exemplify the perfection of the Christian life through holiness and virtue we should strive to emulate. In what follows from the life of the Blessed and clairvoyant Geronda Athansius of Gregoriou Monastery (Mt. Athos), we find three valuable life lessons we need to hear and implement during these days in which...
1) The Locust Swarm vs The Saints
“In the village of Voultisa, which is in the coastal area of Pieria east of Veria, Grigoriou Monastery had a metochion which it had bought in 18557 from a certain Turkish bey. One time the steward, very upset, sought for help from the Monastery. He requested that they send him a devout priest and holy...
St. Peter Zverev's Sermon on the 1910 Cholera Pandemic
"But this is our grief – we have invented all the wrong means by which we think to be saved from this terrible sickness that has mercy on no one." - St. Peter Zverev
“There are still reports being received from various places that infectious disease is spreading across our country, and that it is carrying away to the grave many thousands of people. It is not surprising that in the face of this frightful phenomenon people are brought to anxiety and are striving to think of any means whereby they may avoid the impending thunderstorm. But this is our grief –...
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