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September 22nd, 2021

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



September 20th, 2021

Men Have Become Wolves to Men

“Do you want to be healed?” -- St. John 5:6. A new epistle from the Burning Bush Brotherhood

August 21st, 2021

ON THE SPIRITUAL DANGERS OF THE SPUTNIK V VACCINE

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thess. 5: 21-22)

If you have pity for others, you will not condemn anyone. (St. Anatoly of Optina)


CONTENTS

Introduction

Thesis One: “There are no spiritual problems, you can and should be vaccinated”.

Thesis Two: “There is no evidence of the presence of elements of aborted infants in the vaccine”.

Thesis Three: “Creating vaccines in a medium of cells originating from abortion has been approved by the Church".

Thesis Four: “If abortions were performed for the direct purpose of producing medicines, then this would be a grave crime, a sin. But it has nothing to do with the present case.”

Thesis Five: It is downright blasphemous, for it equates the consequences of killing a baby as a result of an abortion with the Sacrifice of Christ".

Thesis Six: “Let us take advantage of the consequences of the murdered baby’s death”.

Conclusions and Suggestions

References


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August 21st, 2021

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...


August 15th, 2021

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE TIME WE ARE LIVING NOW

By: His Grace Bishop Siluan, Primate of the Serbian Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand

ARCHPASTORAL EPISTLE TO MY SPIRITUAL CHILDREN

Dear fathers, venerable monastics and faithful people entrusted to us by Christ our Lord...

By observing the crisis that has gripped the entire world, especially the continent on which we live, I want to address you as your Bishop and spiritual father with words of consolation, in order to share with you the burdens that you carry.

It...


August 2nd, 2021

An Essential Epistle on the Greatest Blasphemy of Our Days

By George Karras, “Orthodox Heritage” editor, May 27th, 2020.

MESSAGE OF THE MONTH (May 2020)

Today, at the end of the most tragic Lenten and Paschal season His Bride has ever lived, we celebrate the Apodosis of Pascha and tomorrow Orthodoxy observes His Holy Ascension. Sadly, most Orthodox churches shall remain either closed or with limited (at best)...


August 1st, 2021

Open Letter: TO OUR BELOVED HIERARCHS, BROTHER CONCELEBRANTS, AND OUR FAITHFUL FLOCKS

From the Burning Bush Brotherhood

July 28th, 2021

COMPLETE LECTURE SERIES LINKS! Russia's New Martyrs & The Catacomb Church: A Type of the End Times

"Today in Russia tomorrow in America."


July 28th, 2021

The Revelation of the Theotokos: the Monophysites are not Orthodox!

From "The Spiritual Meadow" of St. John Moschos, followed by the insights of Patriarch Theodore Balsamon

From the "Spiritual Meadow" of St. John Moschos, followed by the insights of Patriarch Theodore Balsamon.

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July 22nd, 2021

Met. Panteleimon of Antinoes responds to Ab. Elpidophoros' Perennialism

"Only within the Orthodox Church man can find the Path which leads to the top of the mountain, which is God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit..."

"Recently the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, Elpidoforos, published on Facebook a statement [*] which says:

"They are many paths which lead to the top of the mountain, and those who ignore this fact are ignorant"!

His Eminence attempts to spread Ecumenism, which is the mingling and mixing of all religions into one.

With respect to His Eminence, I would like to strongly...


July 21st, 2021

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....


July 21st, 2021

Bishops: Do not persecute the Priests for preserving Orthodox traditions!

By Metropolitan Ambrosios of Kalavryta

His Eminence Metropolitan Ambrosios is the former Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Kalavryta and Aigialeia in northern Greece. What follows is a translation of his open letter, posted (in Greek) on Aktines on June 22, 2021."

"Your Beatitude,

Holy Fathers,
Brethren in Christ,

The Body of...


July 19th, 2021

Understanding the Important Distinction between Church-Organism vs. Church-Organization

from St. Mikhail Novoselov

One should distinguish between the Church-Organism and the Church-organization. Only to the Church-Organism are some names for the Church applicable, which we find in the Holy Scripture; for example: “glorious, holy, blameless” (Eph. 1: 4), “without spot or blemish” (Eph. 5:27), “Lamb’s wife” (Rev. 19: 7, 21:9), “body of Christ” (Eph.1: 23; Col.:18), “pillar and the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15) and many others....


July 14th, 2021

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

Introduction:

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...


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