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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


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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


Tagged In: Church Life, monasticism
December 7th, 2016

The Example of Saint Ambrose of Milan and the Contemporary Theories of Obligatory Cessation of Communion with those in Communion with Hierarchs Preaching Heresy "Bare-Headed"

By Protopresbyter Peter Heers

Today, December 7th, we celebrate the memory of our Father Among the Saints Ambrose of Milan. The Life of the Saint, written by his close disciple Paulinus, relays important information on the state of the Church at the time and the way in which the Saint was elected bishop which is quite relevant to our contemporary situation and very instructive for us vis-a-vis how the Fathers of the Church dealt with...


Do not undertake to explain the Gospels or the other books of Holy Scripture yourself. The Scriptures were not expressed arbitrarily by the prophets and apostles, but by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. How mindless then is it to explain them arbitrarily? The Holy Spirit, having expressed the Word of God through the prophets and apostles, explained it through the Holy Fathers. Both the Word of God and its explanation are a gift of the Holy Spirit. The holy Orthodox Church and its true children accept only this patristic interpretation!

– St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, On Reading the Gospel

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Posted on June 16th, 2016
May 27th, 2016

An Excerpt from "The Ecclesiological Renovation of Vatican II"

Protopresbyter Peter Heers

The idea of full and partial communion, so central to the new ecclesiology, is inconsistent with this understanding of the organic un ity of the Church. Once again, in this regard as well, Vatican II was not a return to the patristic vision of the Church, but rather a further step away from it. As Metropolitan Kallistos Ware has written:...


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May 26th, 2016

Those "Married" by the State and not by the Church Have Departed from the Church

- ​Metropolitan Paul of Siatista (Greece)

Metropolitan Paul of Siatista says that anyone who has only been legally married at the county office but not married in the church cannot commune of the holy mysteries and cannot become a sponsor in baptisms or marriage. Of course, the metropolitan is only repeating the standard position of the church, but it bears repeating for few are employing it and many are neglecting it.

He says,...


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Blessed Gregory said that from every person, having been baptized, God demands the following three conditions: right faith from the soul, truth from the tongue, and chastity from the body.

– Ancient Patericon

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Posted on May 22nd, 2016