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...]

How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked by the Police


The title for this essay comes from a hilarious skit by Chris Rock. As can be expected from his comedic mind, it contains offensive language. With that in mind, you should watch it anyway as it's chock full of common sense. Comedy aside, Rock brings up several interesting points. One wonders however why they are not followed by certain groups of young black males. The dearth of prudence and restraint are clearly the result of generations of young men being raised in houses where there is … [Read more...]

Will Arida’s “Studied Ambiguity” Lead OCA into Schism?


Fr. Robert Arida has been busy. He's penned another manifesto and went after Your Humble Servant. First Monomakhos. Arida claims copyright over his Wonder Blog essay. No problem there. But after republishing his essay here, Arida went after our web host who shut us down for about 25 minutes until the offending essay was removed. Strange. The essay was fine for a 'youth blog' but not okay for adults. It means, I think, that even though Syosset was able to return to its secularist/humanist … [Read more...]

Our “Post-Racial” Future…


...brought to you by our first "post-racial" president. In reality, what we witnessed last week was a made-to-order riot, engineered to take our minds off of Obama's executive amnesty. From this standpoint, it was a success: all of the Sunday morning news shows were consumed with the Ferguson riots. The timing was impeccable. Both Obama and Attorney-general Eric Holder had meetings with "community" leaders and by means direct as well as subtle, got the message out that "protests" … [Read more...]

L’etat? C’est Moi!


I'm at a loss for words to describe what happened to our country last Thursday and have been trying to come to grips with it. Unfortunately, last night's events in Ferguson, MO, are overtaking us and thus am caught on the horns of a dilemma. Therefore, until I collect my thoughts on last night, I will direct you to a more eloquent writer to describe the Constitutional crisis that President Obama caused last Thursday with his Executive Action. Please take the time to read Patrick J Buchanan's … [Read more...]

Preaching Another Gospel


Hitting a Nerve On more than a few occasions, we have used this cliche when it was deemed appropriate. We do a lot of that at Monomakhos. It's not always intentional but we are not shy from proclaiming the truth as we see it. Taking this position will inevitably strike the proverbial nerve. As the Arabs say, "He who speaks the truth must have one foot in the stirrup." Anyway, we've done it again. Rather than blame Your's Truly it would be better to commend the commentariat as a … [Read more...]

Mattingly: Two clashing Orthodox takes on doctrine – past and future

Billy Graham and Met. Hilarion

Source: On Religion By Terry Mattingly When two global religious leaders embrace one another, someone is sure to turn the encounter into a photo opportunity. The photo-op on Nov. 7 was symbolic and, for many, historic. The elder statesman was the Rev. Billy Graham, and rather than an evangelical superstar, the man who met with him at his North Carolina mountain home was Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev. This visit was linked to a Hilarion address to a Charlotte … [Read more...]

Texas Orthodox Clergy Deliver Stinging Rebuke to Fr. Arida and Enablers


Statement of the Brotherhood of the Orthodox Clergy Association of Houston and Southeast Texas on the Comments of Fr. Robert Arida on Homosexuality Source: Orthodox Houston In response to Fr. Robert Arida’s recent article, which was posted on the OCA’s Wonder blog, there have been many eloquent rebuttals. We do not wish to attempt to reproduce those critiques here, but we do wish to underscore some of the more important points that have been made, and to speak out publically on this … [Read more...]