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March 21st, 2019

Sacred Tradition is the Very Church

By Saint Nektarios of Aegina

“Sacred Tradition is the very Church; without the Sacred Tradition the Church does not exist. Those who deny the Sacred Tradition deny the Church and the preaching of the Apostles.

Before the writing of the Holy Scriptures, that is, of the sacred texts of the Gospels, the Acts and the Epistles of the Apostles, and before they were spread to the churches of the world, the Church was based on...


April 12th, 2018

On the Essential Identity of Ecumenism and Phyletism

​By Archpriest Peter Heers

As Fr. Seraphim Rose once wrote, the difference between Orthodoxy and heterodoxy is most apparent in that the Orthodox Church (in Her Saints) is able to discern the spirits. Moreover, discernment of the methods of the fallen spirits is a requirement in the formation of Christology and Ecclesiology. As the Evangelist John writes, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the...


March 19th, 2018

Journey to Life: Baptized into Christ in the Orthodox Church

The Miraculous Journey from Lutheranism, through eastern religions, to Orthodoxy

The miraculous journey from Lutheranism, through eastern religions, to the Orthodox Church.

This story has so much to teach us all – but especially Orthodox bishops and priests. In this video one sees the marvelous response of God to one man’s determined and pained search for spiritual health and healing and his simple and humble acceptance of the providence of God.

Seraphim was born,...


March 19th, 2018

On “Partial Ecclesiastical Communion,” the Dominant Theory Behind Contemporary Ecumenism

Excerpt from: The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II by Archpriest Peter Heers


The basis for modern Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, the decree [on Ecumenism of Vatican II] established the principle of real, if imperfect, communion between Christians and their churches and communities. - by John Long, S.J.
December 23rd, 2017

The Moscow Patriarchate on The “Council” of Crete

Resolutions of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church (29TH NOVEMBER – 2ND DECEMBER 2017)

Excerpts:

37. The Bishops’ Council approves the evaluation of the Council of First Hierarchs and bishops of ten Local Orthodox Churches which took place on the island of Crete from 18th to 26th June 2016 which is contained in the decision of the Holy Synod of 15th June 2016 (Journal no.48). This Council cannot be viewed as Ecumenical, and the decisions taken at it cannot be viewed as binding for...


November 27th, 2017

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October 29th, 2017

Why Americans Need An All-English Liturgy

by Robert Arakaki (Reprinted from Journey to Orthodoxy)

A note from the editor of OE:

The following article was brought to my attention today, although it is actually several years old. Although with some minor reservations (for example, I don't recommend the NIV translation of Holy Scripture), I recommend it to the readers of Orthodox Ethos. One of the lines that caught my attention and "propelled" me to re-post the article is the...


October 27th, 2017

On the Cessation of Commemoration of Bishops Preaching Heresy (A)

Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis, Professor Emeritus of Patrology, Theological School of the University of Thessaloniki

Fr. Theodore Zisis introduces audiences to the oft-misunderstood Canon 15 of the 1st-2nd Council (861) of Constantinople and the canonical practice of ceasing the commemoration of bishops who have fallen into heresies condemned either by councils or by the consensus of the Holy Fathers.

The historic statements of hierarchs in Greece (Ambrose of Eleftheropolis and Avgoustinos of Florina) who ceased commemoration of Patriarch Athenagoras in 1970 are read in full, as well.

This lecture was delivered at the beginning of 2017 at parish of St. Anthony the Great in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The relevant canons discussed in the lecture:

Canon 13. The All-evil One having...


October 17th, 2017

The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Churches in the First Millenium

​Protopresbyter Anastasios Gotsopoulos


The 14th Meeting of the Joint International Committee for the Orthodox-Roman Catholic Theological Dialogue in Chieti, Italy (15-22.9.2016). Were the Western Orthodox Fathers ignored in the committee's search for a common understanding of the role of the Pope in the First Millenium?

FROM THE CAREFUL STUDY OF...


October 13th, 2017

The Function of the Unity of the Church and the Fallacious Theological Presuppositions of Papal Primacy

A Talk Given by Mr. Dimitrios Tselengidis, Professor at the University of Thessaloniki, at the Metropolis of Piraeus' Conference on the Theme "‘Primacy,' Synodicality and the Unity of the Church" Peace and Friendship Stadium, 28 April 2010


Introduction

The unity of the Church in all its forms, either structural or charismatic[i], is clearly grounded in the Holy Spirit. It is extended mystically, but is maintained, cultivated and is apparent primarily through holy communion.

To begin with, the unity of the Church, as one of its fundamental traits,...


October 12th, 2017

Fr. George Florovsky on The Boundaries of the Church

by Athanasius Yevtich, bishop of Zahumlje and Herzegovina

Editor's Note

It is with gratefulness to God and relief that Orthodox Ethos is finally able to publish in the English language the following exceptional lecture by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich on the well-known and well-utilized article "On the Limits of the Church" by the ever-memorable patristic scholar and Orthodox Theologian, Fr. George Florovsky. For years, since shortly after its publication in the Greek Journal Theologia, we had seen the importance and need for a translation of this lecture for our English-speaking brethren. We are indebted to our friend and associate Nicholas Pantelopoulos for this excellent translation, which we know will be of great interest to many who have been confused or misled as to the Orthodox teaching on the nature and boundaries of the Church. Bishop Athanasius' contribution to the inter-Orthodox exchange on the proper understanding of the nature of the unity and boundaries of the Church is sure to be received with gratefulness by many and anguish by a few, but with interest by all.

~ Fr. Peter Heers, Editor of Orthodox Ethos

It will be difficult for me to duly expound on the magnitude and importance of Fr. George Florovsky, the “ecumenical first-priest”, as he was referred to by his student, bishop Daniel (Krstich).[1] Nonetheless, with great love and gratitude to God and to Fr. George, I will always remember when as a Priestmonk I served Divine Liturgy with this great father, celebrant and theologian, in a...


September 27th, 2017

On the “Great and Holy Council” of Crete: A Response to E. Sotiropoulos

By Protopresbyters Fr. Peter Heers D.Th. and Fr. Anastasios Gotsopoulos

INTRODUCTION

On the one year anniversary of the "Council" of Crete, the following article was published in Greek on the website romfea.gr. The intent of the article was twofold: both to commemorate the anniversary of the gathering and to provide a...


June 22nd, 2017

Συμβολὴ προβληματισμοῦ στὸ ἐτήσιο μνημόσυνο τῆς «Ἁγίας καὶ Μεγάλης Συνόδου» τῆς Κρήτης (Ἀπάντηση σὲ ἄρθρο τοῦ κ. Εὐ. Σωτηρόπουλου)

Πρωτοπρεσβυτέρου π. Πέτρου Χιρς, Δρ. Θ. και π. Ἀναστασίου Γκοτςοπούλου

(21.6.2017)

Ἡ Ρωσικὴ Ὀρθόδοξη Ἐκκλησία τῆς Διασπορᾶς (ROCOR) ὅρισε τὸν πρωτο-πρεσβύτερο π. Πέτρο Heers, Καθηγητὴ τῆς Θεολογικῆς Σχολῆς τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος στὸ Jordanville τῆς Ν. Ὑόρκης, νὰ ὁμιλήσει γιὰ τὴ Σύνοδο τῆς Κρήτης στὴν ἐτήσια ἱερατικὴ Σύναξη τῶν Κληρικῶν τῆς Ἐπισκοπῆς τῆς Ἀνατολικῆς Ἀμερικῆς (21.3.2017), παρουσίᾳ τοῦ Σεβασμιωτάτου Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Ἰλαρίωνος καὶ πολλῶν Ἱεραρχῶν...


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