After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


MP uses strong arm tactics to gain control all parishes in South Ossetia

• from ROCA Metr. Agafangel and GOC Bishop Ambrose:

...The parishioners of the Alanian diocese, with whom they managed to talk today, consider the incident to be an ongoing pressure on the flock and the clergy on the part of the republic's leadership, which since last autumn demonstrates their determination to transfer/transition in, the entire population of the republic to the MP-ROC...
... MP-Bishop Feofan, then met with Bishop Ambrose of Methone, and said to him: "You are nobody here, everything here is mine!"...

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Не наше дело судить о земной власти! Всякая власть от Бога допущенная привлекла на себя наше благословение, если бы она воистину явилась «Божиим слугою» на благо подчиненных и была «страшная не для добрых дел, а для злых» (Рим. 13:3). Ныне же к вам, употребляющим власть на преследование ближних и истребление невинных, простираем мы наше слово увещания: отпразднуйте годовщину своего пребывания у власти освобождением заключенных, прекращением кровопролития, насилия, разорения, стеснения веры; обратитесь не к разрушению, а к устроению порядка и законности, дайте народу желанный и заслуженный им отдых оть междоусобной брани. А иначе взыщется от вас всякая кровь праведная, вами проливаемая (Лк. 11:50—51) и от меча погибнете сами вы, взявшие меч (Матф. 26:52)!
Тихон, Патриарх Московский и всея России. 
13/26 Октября 1918 г.

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It is not our business to judge the earth's power! And Allah's is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. In order to persecute the people and the extermination of the innocent, we have given our word of warning: the anniversary of their stay in power is the release of the prisoners, the cessation of bloodshed, violence, ruin, the lack of faith, and turn not to destruction, but to the rule of law and the rule of The rest of the you internecine. If you do not, you will lose all your blood, and you will be killed by the sword. 26:52)!
Tikhon, patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
October 13/26, 1918
Minas Xristidis

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Minas Xristidis   Even Google translator is still translating Boga as God.
So this must be Facebook's own translator ?  Just another good reason to get off Facebook, I've been seriously considering doing this
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John Mahan   I know right?
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John Mahan   I saw it too!
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Minas Xristidis   Almost unbelievable, but a sign of the times.
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Neo-False Elder Ephraim communicates with his dead mother

False Neo-Elders Denounce Each Other

Elder Paisios the Hagiorite believed Elder Joseph the Hesychast was deluded which is why he never mentioned him in his book, Athonite Fathers and Athonite Matters.
Elder Paisios the Hagiorite believed Elder Joseph the Hesychast was deluded which is why he never mentioned him in his book, Athonite Fathers and Athonite Matters.

NOTE: A little known fact here in America is that both St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite and Elder Paisios the Hagiorite were very critical of Geronda Ephraim (then abbot of Philotheou Monastery). Stemming from a consensus that Elder Joseph the Hesychast was deluded, by extension they judged the fruit by the tree that gave them birth. As well, Elder Paisios did not like the practice of monks yelling the prayer. He was known to dissuade pilgrims from going to Philotheou because “it’s too noisy there.” Both Elders had issue with Geronda Ephraim’s demand of absolute and complete blind obedience; which he demanded from both his monks and nun, as well as lay people in the world. As lay people, Geronda Joseph (Ioannis) Voutsas (St. Nektarios Monastery), Gerondissa Olympiada (Athena) Voutsa (Holy Protection Monastery) and Gerondissa Melanie (Xeni) Makrygiannis (St. John Chrysostom Monastery) had visited Elder Porphyrios when he was alive. They relate that he said many bad things about Geronda Ephraim not worth repeating. “We heard it with our own ears,” they say, in a voice of disdain. In 1998, at the moanstic leader convention convened by Archbishop Spyridon, Geronda Paisios, Dositheos and Joseph had a little meeting of their own where they agreed not to sell the books of both Elders Paisios and Porphyrios due to “all the problems they caused for Geronda Ephraim in Greece.” As well, there are some teachings that are indirectly aimed at contradicting and criticizing Geronda Ephraim’s teachings. Furthermore, Elder Paisios did not even mention Elder Joseph the Hesychast in his book Athonite Fathers and Athonite Matters–a book about all the great 20th century Athonite monks. Elder Paisios lack of acknowledgement concerning Elder Joseph the Hesychast is a great affront to Geronda Ephraim’s disciples. The Abbots and Abbesses dismiss this behavior as jealousy on the parts of St. Porphyrios and Elder Paisios. Quoting the Ladder, where it states “Let no one regard dark spite as a harmless passion, for it often manages to reach out even to spiritual men,” they state that the two Elders were jealous because of the spiritual heights that Geronda Ephraim reached through his blind obedience to Elder Jospeph, a virtue which neither of them possessed to the degree Geronda did. As well, they were jealous of his popularity because he was so young, yet attracted thousands of people to his monasteries on Mount Athos and in Greece. By the early-mid 2000s, with so many books being published on the two elders, in both Greek and English, combined with the hundreds of people asking for these books, the monasteries changed their minds and started selling their books. It’s a good money maker, as well, it’s too confusing for pilgrims for the monasteries to tell them the reasons these Elders’ books have been boycotted. Fr. Germanos Pontikas of St. Nektarios Monastery tells pilgrims that St. Porphyrios stated he was nowhere near the spiritual heights of Geronda Ephraim. An anonymous Abbot tells pilgrims that St. Porphyrios called Geronda Ephraim, ‘the saint of humility.’

Neither Elder Joseph the Hesychast nor any of his disciples are mentioned in Geronda Paisios' book about the great Athonite monks of the 20th century.
Neither Elder Joseph the Hesychast nor any of his disciples are mentioned in Geronda Paisios’ book about the great Athonite monks of the 20th century.


Our humble ROCOR Pascha in Nashville house church

Remembering Pascha 2013

Archpriest Vsevolod

Images of Nature and the Spirit

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• Michael McClellan Photography

Since 1978, Michael McClellan has been actively photographing across the United States and then around the world, having lived in nine countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Eastern and Western Europe, as well as visited over thirty other countries in the intervening years. Concentrating primarily – but not entirely – on religious subjects, McClellan seeks to convey through his images something of the essence of the spirituality that drives people throughout the ages to seek solitude, build edifices of faith, produce art that speaks of spiritual themes, and live simple lives in harmony with their environment. 

ROCOR Pascha in Australia 2018

• Holy Saturday and Annunciation together according to the typikon of St Savvas, which is used in the Russian Church

• Pascha in Sydney and in Dandenong

• See Australia Directory (updated)

Vl. Agafangel Paschal Epistle

Metropolitan Agafangel: Paschal Message 2018
Paschal sermon
His Eminence Metropolitan Agafangel
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Christ is Risen!

The closer it comes to the end of the world, and the further we are from the time of the birth of Christ, the more difficult life becomes for conscientious people. Today, everywhere - there is injustice, open deception, and unprecedented spiritual impoverishment; the last traces of former Christian culture are destroyed within public morality, and the opposite is actively planted. The soulless desert- like a flood- has risen up towards the human soul. Even from the daring- to- call- themselves- zealots of Orthodoxy-- more and more insane statements are pronounced, such as: that church rules, canons and traditions have supposedly become a thing of the past, and today we have to live in a new sort of way - in schisms, lawlessness and mutual strife, in which- according to their delusion- a special spirituality supposedly exists.

All this is so. But it was similar in the last days of the life of our Saviour, when the authorities had successfully slandered Christ in the front of the people, and when everyone renounced Him and fled from Him, and then before the court, He was left alone. No human flesh can withstand the weight of the sins of all mankind, which lowered itself onto the shoulders of the Savior and thus made Him cry out with a loud voice: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Mt. 27.46; Mk 15.34). Many people who remain faithful to Christ, are ready themselves to repeat those same bitter words, upon seeing what is going on around them.

But we know that a new flesh and a new life which is born - is always born through agony. The result of Christ's suffering and death was the birth of a new, eternal life, which could not have happened otherwise. Everything occurring around us now, and all that has happened before, can be called the millennial torment of the birth of a new people for the Kingdom of Heaven. "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." (Mt 24:21). "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved." (Mt 24:13). Through great patience, human souls are saved. To be resurrected, one must endure death. This was shown to us by Christ Himself. We must believe - no matter how heavy the weight which falls on our hearts- that in the end, the Kingdom of Heaven awaits us, in which there will be nothing of the sort which oppresses us today.

There will come a day in which the world around us will disappear, and there will be a new world and a new life: "And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new." (Rev. 21.5), and in this new one : "Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep over his sins, for forgiveness has shone forth from the tomb: let no one fear death, for the Saviour's death has set us free." (St. John Chrysostom's Paschal Sermon).

And today's celebration is the threshold of this new life. Truly - Christ is risen, and through life in Him- renewed strength is born!

Christ is Risen! - Truly He is Risen!
+Metropolitan Agafangel
Pascha of Christ 2018

Odessa 2018

Paschal Greetings from St. Edward's in England (GOC)

Greetings on the Lord's Pascha


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Archimandrite Alexis

Sat, Apr 7, 2018 at 12:41 AM
To: Archimandrite Alexis <theshepherd@me.com>

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Christ is Risen!  Truly He is Risen!
We greet you all on the Radiant festival of our Saviour’s Resurrection, hoping that after having contested well through the Great fast, you will be granted to celebrate with true, spiritual joy, and not solely with worldly merry-making.  Our holy Father among the Saints, Gregory the Theologian, gives us an insight into what should be the very essence of our celebration.  He writes:
"Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us … ourselves, the possession most precious to God and most proper.  Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us.  Let us become Divine for His sake, since for us He became Man.  He assumed the worse that He might give us the better. He became poor that by His poverty we might become rich. He accepted the form of a servant that we might win back our freedom.  He came down that we might be lifted up. He was tempted that through Him we might conquer. He was dishonoured that He might glorify us. He died that He might save us. He ascended that He might draw to Himself us, who were thrown down through the fall of sin.  Let us give all, offer all, to Him who gave Himself a Ransom and Reconciliation for us."
Such a response to Christ’s victory over death and sin would indeed fill us with spiritual joy.  Let us continue our struggles that such joy may indeed be granted unto us.

In the love of Christ, Jesus,our Risen Saviour,

Fr Alexis and Brotherhood

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