ЕФРЕМ АРИЗОНСКИЙ. Старцы – Ephraim of Arizona. Starets

St. Anthony Monastery in Arizona

Monomakhos has been going on now for about --what--four, five years?  We've covered a lot of topics, stirred up the occasional hornet's nest or two, raised a little ire, but also injected some jocularity into the proceedings. I imagine that this posting on the Athonite monasteries will open up a can of worms as well.  We have recently witnessed an increase in criticism about the Elder Ephraim and his monastic movement from serious commentators. In the interest of full disclosure, I have … [Read more...]

An Example of Creativity Unleashed by the Gospel


As we head into the Pentecost season, it would be good to commiserate a little about the charisms of the Holy Spirit. As such, I'd like to start out this week on a positive note (Lord knows, it's needed). We all know what they are more or less but what we don't know, or seem to forget, is the vitality of authentic Christian creativity which in my humble opinion, is a result of divine grace. Think of it: the sublime icons written over the ages; the stunning music both East and West, and … [Read more...]

Fr Alexander F C Webster: Transfigure or Die Trying

Fr. Alexander F.C. Webster

Source: AOI American Orthodoxy in the Public Square In the next issue of Touchstone Magazine, Fr. Alexander Webster offers a stinging but thoughtful critique of the decline of American culture to describe how the "sacrificial ethos of the eucharist" can transfigure personal life in ways that can restore and strengthen it. Fr. Webster writes: The prevailing political and cultural elites in America are succeeding, steadily and surely, in plunging our society into a post- Christian … [Read more...]

Breaking News! EP Removes Metropolitans Isaiah, Iakovos and Demetrios (Chicago)


Is Pat. Bartholomew tightening his grip on the GOA? It appears so. This news is breaking and there is no official English translation yet. The situation is fluid. We will continue to report on this as events unfold. Below are the first two reports of the change in the GOA. Source: Ethnikos Kyrios - Εθνικός Κήρυξ. Ο Πατριάρχης ζήτησε παρέμβαση Δημητρίου σε Σικάγο και Ντένβερ Full copy in Greek pasted here. Source Orthodox Reformer BREAKING: “Patriarch Calls … [Read more...]

What Did You Do in the Great WWII?


This line comes from the introduction of the movie Patton. In an inspired piece of cinematic brilliance, George C Scott is shown standing before a gigantic America flag, giving one of the greatest solilliquies in film history. In order to inspire his troops, General Patton asks a rhetorical question: "When you're sitting many years from now with your grandson on your knee and he asks you 'what did you do during the great WWII?' you won't have to answer: 'well, I shoveled shit in … [Read more...]

The Fire this Time


With apologies to the late Norman Mailer, I'd like to assert that we are now at that tipping point which he pontificated about some four decades ago. Indeed, we are beyond that. The leaders of our cities believe that the police need to give rioters, thugs, and malcontents "the space to destroy." The fire is now, it is this time. All the next times will be more of the same. That probably will be the epitaph of our nation when, thanks to the kakistocracy, it all comes crashing down. For … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Face of The March for Marriage

March for Marriage 2015

Monomakhos is happy to note that one of our contributors, Fr Hans Jacobse, was the Orthodox spokesman at The March for Marriage. In our humble estimation, this may become another iconic moment in American Orthodoxy. (A special shout-out to Metropolitan Joseph, in whose jurisdiction Fr Hans belongs.) Fr Hans spoke simply but eloquently, explaining the Orthodox position regarding traditional monogamy and the threat posted by gay "marriage" to religious liberty. The good news is that many … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Church Strongly Endorses the March for Marriage, Encourages All Faithful to Participate

Met. Joseph

Tomorrow promises to be an exciting day in the history of American Orthodoxy. Thanks to the leadership of His Eminence Metopolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, several Orthodox clergymen will be leading the March. One in particular, Fr Hanse Jacobse (who runs the American Orthodox Institute blog), will be the Orthodox speaker at this event, explaining in his inimitable way what the Orthodox position is on The New Anthropology. For those interested in … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Joseph Urges Orthodox to March for Marriage

Met. Joseph

This just in: please take the time to read this thoughtful encyclical by His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archiocese. This is important. It's very thoughtful and it's clear to me that His Eminence is laying down an important marker in the present struggle against The New Anthropology. The question is, will the other Orthodox jurisdictions step up to the plate? The letter below was received from Met. Joseph urging Orthodox Christians to join the March for … [Read more...]

What Did Christ Do on Holy Saturday?

Christ Releasing the Prisoners of Dachau (Click to enlarge)

Source: Religion News Service (RNS) Every Christian knows the story: Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. But what did he do on Saturday? That question has spurred centuries of debate, perplexed theologians as learned as St. Augustine and prodded some Protestants to advocate editing the Apostles' Creed, one of Christianity's oldest confessions of faith. Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and most mainline Protestant churches teach that Jesus … [Read more...]

Shooting the Prisoners in Indiana


In case anybody had any misconceptions, the Culture Wars are now over. The Brownshirts have won in an overwhelming manner. As Rod Dreher has recently pointed out, Gay, Inc. is now the reigning orthodoxy of the American Republic. All that is left now are a few mopping-up operations and shooting the prisoners. Orthodox believers of the various faith traditions are now left with few options. Those of the Christian variety who are not pollyannish and/or devotees of the Welfare State now see … [Read more...]

A Lack of Vision, Courage –and Faith?


Until now, Your's Truly has been keeping his own counsel regarding the latest inaction by the Holy Synod. The indecision in the matter of the continued vacancy of the Diocese of the South has been troubling on so many levels. So, where are we? As can be gleaned from the many comments so far, we in the South are not amused. That Fr Gerasim Eliel was the overwhelming choice of the recent special Diocesan Assembly is without question. That he jumped through all the hoops placed in his path … [Read more...]

“After careful reflection and prayerful discussion…” Archmandrite Gerasim’s Election Put On Hold


After a closed session on Wednesday morning, it was announced that His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon would be relieved of duties as Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the South. Metropolitan Tikhon was named the new Locum Tenens, while Archimandrite Gerasim [Eliel] was appointed Administrator of the Diocese. … [Read more...]

Terry Mattingly: The Life and Legacy of a Young Priest

Fr. Matthew Baker

By Terry Mattingly Source: pravoslavie.ru As a high school dropout, Matthew Baker worked the graveyard shift at a gas station because he wanted time to read. So he read for seven years, digging into philosophy, literature, history and poetry. This helped steer him away from his teenaged atheism and eventually toward Orthodox Christianity and the priesthood. He never graduated from college. But there was marriage and a large family to love. Then a seminary accepted Baker, and then … [Read more...]

What is Happening in Finland?

Church of FInland

Maybe the reason some of the Syosset and Boston "sexual minorities" crew are confused is because they've been drinking too much Finnish vodka. Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki Sparks Controversy by Inviting Female Lutheran bishop Irja Askola to Altar during Clergy Ordination Metropolitan Ambrosius of Helsinki (L) Archbishop Leo of Karelia & All Finland (R) Lutheran Bishop Irja Askola OCP News Service Courtesy- Pepa Nova – 4/3/15Read Statement from Archbishop Leo here in … [Read more...]

Rudy’s Right

Rudy Guliani

A little over a week ago, Rudy Giuliani (aka "America's Mayor") said some pretty disturbing things about President Obama. He said that the President "doesn't like America." He got in trouble for it, both from the usual howling idiots on the Left but also from the Squishes on the Right. To his credit, he didn't back down. Rudy's a street-fighter. We need more of them on the Right, not fewer. Clearly, he struck a nerve, otherwise it would have been treated as a ho-hum thing. Unpleasant … [Read more...]

MEMORY ETERNAL! Twenty One Martyred Coptic Orthodox Christian laymen working in Libya

Coptic Martyrs

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15). Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34). Remember the word that I said to you: "A servant is not greater than his master." If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20). 21 New Egyptian Martyrs of Libya Milad Makeen Zaky Abanub Ayad Atiya Maged Solaiman Shehata Yusuf Shukry Yunan Kirollos Shokry … [Read more...]

Fr. Gerasim Clear Choice in Diocese of the South Vote


Yesterday, about 3pm EST,delegates from around the South gathered in Miami and made their choice for their next bishop to be known. Abbott Geraaim Eliel received 81 votes. Alexander Pihach received 12 and Bishop Daniel Brum recieived one. Here's the tally: Vote breakdown: Fr. Gerasim Eliel: 81 votes Fr. Alexander Pihach: 18 votes Fr. Callinic Berger: 2 votes Bishop Daniel (Brum): 1 vote Invalid Ballots: 3 votes Fr. Gerasim won the vote with 77%. The margin was so lopsided … [Read more...]

Finally, a real election?


The OCA has had some real ups and downs over the past four years --mostly downs. A symptom of its troubles has been the process used for the election of new bishops for its many vacant dioceses. (There were five at one point.) Some of these dioceses had been vacant for several years and in order to fill them, Syosset trotted out a rather curious nomination process in which only one name was submitted. People in the respective dioceses were told that there was only one "vetted" candidate. … [Read more...]

Chicago bishop warned against intimidating witness

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos

Source: Chicago Tribune By Lisa Black A high-ranking Greek Orthodox bishop in Chicago was warned by a prosecutor against "potential efforts to intimidate witnesses" in a case involving a priest accused of stealing more than $100,000 from a Milwaukee church. The warning came after another priest in Milwaukee told authorities that Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, the No. 2-ranking official in the Greek Orthodox faith in the Midwest, threatened in emails to remove him from his post if the … [Read more...]