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April 25th, 2021

The Stance of Saint Paisios the Athonite on the Reception of Converts in the Baptism of the Heterodox

An excerpt from Apostle to Zaire: The Life and Legacy of Blessed Father Cosmas of Grigoriou

— A follow up to a recent post “The Stance of St Iakovos of Euboea on the Reception of Converts and the Baptism of the Heterodox”.

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“Many have commented: “How is it that the Africans, being only recently baptized, can maintain such an intensity and exactness in their Orthodoxy, while many of us in parishes in Greece, America and elsewhere are much more lax?” The answer, I believe,...


March 31st, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 7: The Kollyvades Fathers and St. Hilarion (Troitsky)

Archpriest Peter Heers

The Kollyvades Fathers and St. Hilarion (Troitsky)

We now come to one of the most crucial time periods and to perhaps the most important patristic interpretation as to the identity and boundaries of the Body of Christ, especially as it pertains to the present challenge to the Church posed by contemporary, syncretistic ecumenism.

In Lesson 7 we will look at the teachings of the so-called...


March 29th, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 6: Ss. Gregory Palamas, Nicholas Cabasilas and Mark of Ephesus

Archpriest Peter Heers

We will narrow our examination at this point in order to properly focus and benefit from those theological and historical signposts which are more relevant and beneficial for us in our time.

To this end we have chosen to focus on the other two great “pillars of Orthodoxy,” besides St. Photios the Great (see Lesson 5), namely, St. Gregory Palamas and St. Mark of Ephesus, before we move on, next...


March 26th, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 5: The 8th Oecumenical Council & the Great Schism

Archpriest Peter Heers

The Church in the post-Iconoclast age and pre-schism period, in the Eighth Oecumenical Council under St. Photios the Great and at the end of the first millennium and the eve of the Great Schism and beyond.

The fifth lesson of our 10 week course, "Orthodox Ecclesiology: The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and the Pan-Heresy of Syncretistic Ecumenism" will also look at the 1st-2nd Council...


March 25th, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 4: Ss. Maximos & the Damascene, the 6th & 7th Oecumenical Councils

- Archpriest Peter Heers

We will begin the lesson by briefly looking at some aspects of St. Augustine’s stance vis-a-vis the Donatists and also St. Hypatios’ reaction to Nestorius, but we will move on to cover aspects of the readings for week 4: The Church in St. Maximus the Confessor’s theology, the condemnation of Pope Honorius, the Church in St. John of Damascus and the 1st and 95th canons of Trullo, as well as St. Tarasius’...


March 24th, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 3: St. Basil the Great, St. Augustine, and the Response to Nestorius

Archpriest Peter Heers

In this third lesson of ten in our course on Orthodox Ecclesiology we will focus on the important canons of St. Basil the Great with regard to ecclesiastical exactitude and economy, with St. Augustine's treatise Against the Donatists On Baptism, and how the Church Fathers countered the heresy of Nestorius, and more.

5:39 General Introduction

9:12 Prayers and Troparion

10:50...


February 23rd, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 2: The Unity of the Church and the Mystery of Baptism

Archpriest Peter Heers

The Unity of the Church and the Mystery of Baptism

This is the second lesson of our 10 week course, "Orthodox Ecclesiology: The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and the Pan-Heresy of Syncretistic Ecumenism".

This is the second lessson of a 10 week course, which also includes - for all patrons - a separate 2 hour Q&A session every Thursday @ 9 PM EST, 6 PM PST. (To become a patron...


February 22nd, 2021

Orthodox Ecclesiology - Lesson 1: What is the Church?

Archpriest Peter Heers

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?

The first lesson of our 10 week course, "Orthodox Ecclesiology: The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and the Pan-Heresy of Syncretistic Ecumenism" is now available.

Recorded on TUE., Feb. 16th @ 9 PM EST

This is the first lessson of a 10 week course, with a separate Q&A every Thursday @ 9 PM EST.

First Lesson will be live-streamed right here on...


July 20th, 2020

Τhe Sunday of the Holy Fathers and the Meaning of Heresy

The Orthodox Ethos Podcast

A pernicious and dangerous re-definition of heresy is spreading among theologians and hierarchs which blurs the boundaries of Orthodoxy and heresy and thus blocks the path of return and salvation for many. In this podcast Fr. Peter examines the teaching of the Holy Fathers on heresy, heretics, and the key differences, including, first of all, the therapeutic methodology in the Church, the fruit of which,...


June 23rd, 2020

St. Gregory Palamas: A Guide of Orthodoxy vis-a-vis the West and Roman Catholicism (Australia Lectures)

~ By Archpriest Peter Heers, Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology (CTS), Holy Trinity Seminary, Jordanville, NY.


June 5th, 2020

The Suicidal Church, in Body or in Spirit

By Archimandrite Gregorios Estephan, Abbot of Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Monastery, Bkeftine, Lebanon

April 4, 2020

(Translated by: Maher Salloum)

Christ is risen, truly He is risen!

Christ is risen despite all of Satan’s attempts to prevent His Resurrection. Neither pandemics nor all of the evils of this world are able to prevent Christ’s Resurrection. Christ is risen and creation still trembles until this day as it beholds the light of the Resurrection, just as it did 2000...


May 5th, 2020

A DEADLY VIRUS AND AN ECCLESIOLOGICAL NIGHTMARE

Archpriest John Klingel

We have all seen by now the disruptive reports describing in detail just how deadly and serious the coronavirus is. While that is true, the way that many within the Church are responding and, in particular, the guidance that we have received from many bishops, is disconcerting. We are directed now by hierarchs in several jurisdictions that the laity are to remain at home viewing the services via...


April 1st, 2020

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