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May 16th, 2016

The Encyclical Letter of Saint Mark of Ephesus

St. Mark the Eugenicus: "I will never do this whatever may happen." [On the table: "Terms of Union of Latins and Orthodox. In Florence in 1439."]

July 1444

To All Orthodox Christians on the Mainland and in the Islands.

From Mark, Bishop of the Metropolis of Ephesus—Rejoice in Christ!

To those who have ensnared us in an evil captivity—desiring to lead us away into the Babylon of Latin rites and dogmas—could not, of course, completely accomplish this, seeing immediately that there was little chance of it. In fact, that it was...


Tagged In: Council, tradition
April 26th, 2016

The Holy Cross in Petrokerasa

From the visit of the Holy Cross from the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou to the parish of Prophet Elias, Petrokerasa, Thessaloniki, from the Saturday of Lazarus to Great and Holy Monday.

Below are photographs from the visit this past weekend of one of the largest pieces in existence of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from the Holy Monastery of Xeropotamou on the Holy Mountain...


Tagged In: church-life, tradition
April 22nd, 2016

Does the Russian Orthodox Church Accept the “Mysteries” of the Heretics?

> “In the Orthodox Church alone is grace given through the sacraments (most other churches don’t even claim to have sacraments in any serious sense)...they (heretics) cannot be objectively Christian as belonging to the Body of Christ and receiving the grace of the sacraments.”

– Fr. Seraphim Rose

> “...To "lead a perfectly righteous life," as the questioner expressed it, means to live according to the commandments of the Beatitudes—which is beyond the power of one, outside the Orthodox Church, without the help of grace which is concealed within it.”

– Metropolitan Philaret of NY

April 22nd, 2016

From a Catholic

This was sent to me by a friend.

Besides the obvious mistaken perception about the church, which one expects from Latin quarters, the commentary below is of interest to us because of the similar methodology he sees at work in the pan-Orthodox synod with that at work during Vatican II.

The asterisks are mine, the commentary yours...

"A private message I received from a...