The following is a paper given by doctor of theology Jean-Claude Larchet (France) at the international conference, “Rus’—Holy Mount Athos: A thousand years of spiritual and cultural unity,” as part of the 1000-year anniversary celebration of Russian monasticism on Mount Athos (Moscow, September 21-24, 2016). It was published first in Russian translation on the website of the Synodal department for monasteries and monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Monasticism is basically a way to live the Christian life with a total commitment to renouncing the world and self-dedication to God. From this point of view, monasticism is the same everywhere, and each monastery, skete or hermitage is a privileged place, a center of reference for the monastic life and for Christian way of life. To a great extent, what can be said of monasticism can be said of
December 9th, 2016
Blessed Father Seraphim: The Orthodox Must Avoid Fanaticism and Sectarianism and Stay United in the Face of the "Council"
Prophetic and Wise Words Which are So Very Relevant to Today's Church
Blessed Father Seraphim Rose has bequeathed much to the Church, not least of all his tireless witness to the royal path of the Fathers in the face of the general apostasy of our age and the particular heresy of our day, syncretistic ecumenism. In the following excerpt, from a letter her wrote on the feast of the translation of the relics of St. John Chrysostom, Jan 27/Feb. 9, 1977, Fr. Seraphim...
December 9th, 2016
Μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ: Οι Ορθόδοξοι πρέπει ν’ αποφύγουν τον φανατισμό και σεκταρισμό και να παραμείνουν ενωμένοι εν όψει της ‘Συνόδου’
Προφητικά και σοφά λόγια, μεγάλης συνάφειας με τα δρώμενα στην Εκκλησία, σήμερα
Ο μακαριστός πατήρ Σεραφείμ Ρόουζ έχει κληροδοτήσει πολλά στην Εκκλησία και όχι λιγότερο σημαντική, μεταξύ αυτών, είναι η άοκνη μαρτυρία του της βασιλικής οδού των Πατέρων, ιδίως εν όψει της μεγάλης αποστασίας της εποχής μας και της επίμαχης αιρέσεως των ημερών μας, του συγκρητιστικού οικουμενισμού.
Στο παρακάτω απόσπασμα, από μία επιστολή την οποία έγραψε ο ίδιος ο π. Σεραφείμ κατά την εορτή της...
December 7th, 2016
The Example of Saint Ambrose of Milan and the Contemporary Theories of Obligatory Cessation of Communion with those in Communion with Hierarchs Preaching Heresy "Bare-Headed"
By Protopresbyter Peter Heers
Today, December 7th, we celebrate the memory of our Father Among the Saints Ambrose of Milan. The Life of the Saint, written by his close disciple Paulinus, relays important information on the state of the Church at the time and the way in which the Saint was elected bishop which is quite relevant to our contemporary situation and very instructive for us vis-a-vis how the Fathers of the Church dealt with...
November 24th, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: The 1998 Synodical Decision of the Orthodox Church of Georgia on the Chambessy and Balamand Agreements, Branch Theory and more
A Milestone and Major Precedent for the Struggle for Orthodox Ecclesiology now Translated into English
Among the milestones of contemporary Orthodox ecclesiastical history with regard to the Church's struggle to maintain "the faith once delivered" and Her belief in the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church," the 1998 Synodical Decision of the Apostolic Orthodox Church of Georgia is of especial importance. Echoing the earlier
October 11th, 2016
Pan-Orthodox Cooperation will Flourish when the Deeper Cause of our Divisions are Overcome
Interview with Protopresbyter Peter Heers by Sergei Chapnin for Lodka Magazine (Moscow)
1) How do you assess the results of the Pan-Orthodox Council in general? Do they coincide with your expectations?
Unfortunately, the failure of the Council was pre-determined by the anti-synodical, unorthodox methodology followed prior to and implemented at...