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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...


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?


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...


April 6th, 2017

[NEW] A Conversation Between Dr. Jean Claude Larchet and Archpriest Peter Heers [VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT]

On his elder, Sergei of Vanves, true theology and its presuppositions, the theology of Met. John of Pergamon, the danger for Orthodox theologians in America, the presuppositions of the Mysteries and the Boundaries of the Church

This is a new and improved audio recording of the interview, with a corrected and completed transcript by Dr. Larchet.


The Transcript has been corrected and completed by Dr. Larchet for this publication, in April of...


April 1st, 2017

Patristic Tradition Video: Fr. Peter Heers on the Patristic Royal Path in Wake of the Cretan "Council"

Questions and Answers on the Proper Response to Heresy and Innovations in Matters of Faith


Video Timeline

A short introduction in English and Greek, followed by questions and answers.

1-14 min: English Introduction

14-21 min: Greek...


December 24th, 2016

THE PROPHETIC ROLE OF MOUNT ATHOS IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

​ Jean-Claude Larchet

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


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