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...]

American Sniper and the Growing Red State/Blue State Divide

American Sniper

Recently, we went to see American Sniper, Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort. It's an astounding piece of cinematic work, cementing Eastwood as one of the greatest directors of all time and Bradley Cooper as the new, paradigmatic All-American actor for this generation. For those who haven't seen it, I encourage you to do so. (Having said that, if you haven't seen it but are in the process of doing so, then stop reading here as there are going to be spoilers.) It's an honest … [Read more...]

Greece: The First Defeat?

Greek Elections

Your's Truly was in the process of coming out with another post on the recent atrocity in France and why a growing number of us "are Charles Martel," as opposed to that piss-ant Charlie Hebdo. Events in Greece however require our immediate attention. As most of you know, I have not been a fan of Greek politics for a variety of reasons; the most prominent being that the entire Greek political scene is hopelessly corrupt. So corrupt that it requires a logarithmic scale to calibrate it as … [Read more...]

Je Suis Charlie Martel–Part I: Why I’m not Charlie


One of the perks of being a realist is that you're never surprised when reality intrudes. It's always comical (but tiring nonetheless) to explain to Liberals that reality has this way of being --how can I say it?--real. Recently, in France, reality broke out yet again. In yet another case of Moslems being Moslem (or Sudden Jihad Syndrome), another Islamic-inspired atrocity took place. In this case, two "French" brothers broke into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine … [Read more...]

Elder Paisios Glorified, Now St. Paisios

Elder Paisios

From the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Today, Tuesday January 13, 2015, the Holy Synod has gathered for a session presided over by Patriarch Bartholomew. The subject of the session was a report by the Commission for the canonization of saints, in which it was suggested that Elder Paisios be included among the saints. After careful study of the reported facts, the Synod unanimously included Schemamonk Paisios the Hagiorite among the ranks of the saints. Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy … [Read more...]

Buchanan: The Rise of Putinism

Pat Buchanan

Putinism appears to be rising, while the New World Order of Bush and the neocons seem to belong to yesterday. Liberals, secularists, and neocons (including the religious right like George Weigel, secularist Jews like William Krystal and Norman Podhoretz, the morally confused like Andrew Sullivan and the crew at Salon and HuffPo) hate (yes, hate) Putin precisely for his nationalism and religion. But what has Putin ever done to them? What are the reasons for the hatred? The answers are … [Read more...]

A Blessed Theophany to All!

The Theophany of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

At Your Baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, The worship of the Trinity was made manifest; For the Father's voice bore witness to You, By calling You His Beloved Son, And the Spirit in the form of a dove, Confirmed the truthfulness of the words, 0 Christ God You appeared from above and enlightened the world Glory be to You! … [Read more...]

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!


Your birth, O Christ our God, dawned the light of knowledge upon the earth. For by Your birth those who adored stars (i.e. Magi) were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Justice, and to know You, Orient from on High. O Lord, glory to You.[1]           … [Read more...]

Met. Joseph Lays Out His General Vision at Enthronement


In his speech given at his recent enthronement, Met. Joseph outlines what he sees as his primary responsibilities as the new Chief Hierarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Church of N. America. Particularly encouraging were some direct references (although no details) on the inner life of the Church as well as the place in the broader culture. It's a fairly long speech so we've only highlighted some portions below. The entire speech can be read on the Antiochian Archdiocese … [Read more...]

Question Diversity


We here at Monomakhos have been busy of late due to the usual hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. That's why it's been almost three weeks since we've posted anything new. We trust that you'll forgive us. (We've been working on a piece about the installation of the new Metropolitan for the Antiochian Archdiocese; it will be coming forthwith. It's an exciting time for that jurisdiction and we wish His Eminence well.) And then there's the fact that we've wanted to keep things upbeat … [Read more...]