Met. Onuphry, Ukraine, and Orthodox Unity in America (and throughout the world)

With great joy today I received in the mail a copy of the Orthodox Word. One of the subjects in this issue is His Beatitude Met. Onuphry of Ukraine. I will start by encouraging anyone reading this to get a copy and read it, here is a link to the digital copy (hard copies may …

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The Church of Smyrna: Times of Persecution

The message to the church of Smyrna is the shortest of the seven letters. “And to the angel of the Church in Smyrna write: “These things says the First and the Last, Who became dead and came to life ...” (Rev. 2:8). Also, see Rev. 1:17-18. Archimandrite Athanasios understands “angel” to refer specifically to the …

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Extensive Study of the Book of Revelation in English

Dear Readers, As I slowly continue to produce brief studies on the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation, I wanted to provide you with the link to the extensive study by Archimandrite Athanasios of blessed memory. It is a voluminous work which seems to be firmly grounded upon the Patristic ethos. Link - Study …

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The Church of Ephesus: Praise and Rebuke

“To the angel of the Church in Ephesus write: 'These things says the One Who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One Who walks about in the midst of the seven golden lampstands” (Rev. 2:1). According to the Patristic understanding, the seven stars represent bishops and the lampstands the churches. Christ the …

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The Seven Churches of Revelation: A Message to the Church For All Time.

Introduction. “Write these things which you saw, and the things which are, and the things which are about to take place after these things” (Rev. 1:19). In the opening pages of the most cryptic book of the New Testament, the book of the Apocalypse, or Revelation, Our Lord Jesus, the First and the Last, addresses …

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Go to Sleep, Everything is Just Fine

"Until the last decade or so the development of what it is perhaps still too early to call 'American Orthodoxy' had been largely unconscious, as it indeed remains in the majority of those who call themselves "Orthodox" today.  But, as the history of Orthodoxy in America has made abundantly clear, "unconscious" Orthodoxy is but a …

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Refusing Fellowship with Schismatics Guards true Unity

The brief synopsis in English of the statement of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) under His Beatitude, Met. Onuphy, is well worth a read. In it, the reader will note vital themes that have been echoed in my blog and by others. The divisive, one may even say diabolical, actions of the EP in Ukraine …

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The Narrow Blindness of False Unity: An Appeal to Orthodox Greeks

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem ...” or we may now lament, “O Constantinople, Constantinople!” * Once you were a defender of true Orthodoxy, and now you have begun to promote worldly political agendas. Once you preached the heavenly homeland, and now you are grasping at earthly power! Rise up! Not in defense of your own rights and …

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Constantinople and Alexandria: Dollar-bearing Hierarchs and the Service of Mammon

The news that The Patriarch of Alexandria has commemorated Epiphany of Apostasy and the schismatic group in Ukraine brings great sadness.  Contrary to the stated intent, such an action will only further the flames of schism which the Ecumenical Patriarch is fanning throughout the Orthodox world. No matter how one dresses it up, the betrayal of …

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