Monomakhos Daily News (June 2019)

Our esteemed correspondent, Greatly Saddened, suggested we replace “‘Ode to Greatly Saddened” with something a little more on point.  Because we include articles about other churches (the RC as an example), we had to come up with a generic name.  Monomahkos will open these segments each month to ensure there is sufficient room to accommodate the volume.   

We have standardized the naming conventions.  Going forward, my editorial staff will identify the category and sequence numbers and attach them to the post before the article is published.  If you find something you’d like to share, just post the title and the link.  If you’d like to include a summary, that’s great, but certainly not required.  We want to make this as easy on our esteemed correspondents as possible and we thank you for all you share with our readers! 

Again, many thanks to Greatly Saddened for his on-going effort to bring us the news.  His contribution to the blog has been incalculatable and we are most grateful.  We hope these changes will make things easier on him, as we are not always able to make requested edits due to recent changes in WordPress.           




  1. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Bishop Agathangelos of Fanari was appointed Titular Metropolitan
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 14:25
    By Emilios Polygenis
    Bishop Agathangelos of Fanari was appointed Titular Metropolitan today, Thursday, June 27.

  2. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
    Home > Christianity
    Informal discussion between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Anglican Communion in Canterbury
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 12:54
    There were informal discussions between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Anglican Communion on Wednesday, June 26, in Canterbury.

    • It’s always embarrassing to se the Orthodox send anyone to talk to the Anglicans.  Moreso to never have a bishop over there who isn’t Bishop Of Nothing.  Diokleia, Telmessos, where the Orthodox aren’t.  Why doesn’t this make the EP feel silly?  Are they capable of feeling that?

  3. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
    Home > Orthodoxy  Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Message from the Ecumenical Patriarch to Montenegro: We do not want you to be ecclesiastically isolated
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 17:02
    A letter to the President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, was sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, referring to the intention of the first to create an Orthodox Church in Montenegro.

    • anonymous says

      Greatly Saddened 
      The Ecumenical Patriarchate is the Oprah Winfrey of Churches, is it not?

      “Okay, everyone  . . . Look under your thrones  . . . You get autocephaly, and you get autocephaly . . .


  4. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find yet another article from today on the Romfea News website.
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Nikodimos Farmakis is the new Director of Central Financial Services of the Church of Greece
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 13:31
    Archimandrite Nikodimos Farmakis is from now on the new Director of the Central Financial Services (EKIO) of the Church of Greece.

  5. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Elpidophoros: Our Lord can help calm any storms we might face in life
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 19:55

    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has posted in his Twitter account that: “In today’s Gospel (Matt 8.23-27), Christ calms the great storm on the sea with a word – despite the fear and doubt of the Apostles who cried, “Save us, O Lord; we are perishing.” Faith casts out fear. Always remember: Our Lord can help calm any storms we might face in life.

  6. Polys Keraminos says


    This just in, from the Kissinger-back conservative foreign policy journal (they quit their former rag,, when a Bulgarian took over) , by the former Ambassador to Greece:
    He forgot to mention Aristogeiton was Jewish

  7. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
    Home > Spirituality
    He will give anything to the soul
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 20:36
    Saint Silouan the Athonite
    One does not have to be rich or a scientist to know the Lord, but he needs to be obedient, moderate, self-restrained, to have a humble spirit, and to love his neighbour. The Lord will love such a soul, will reveal Himself, and teach it the Divine Love and Humility. He will give to the soul anything beneficial to find rest next to God.

  8. Antiochene Son says
    Congrats on making, George. 

  9. Greatly Saddened says

    Congratulations GM on your article appearing in today’s Orthodox Christianity. And as always, be well and God bless. Sinxaritiria!

  10. Gail Sheppard says



    “. . .the Moscow Patriarchate made its first official comments in the entire seven months of the negotiation process, noting, in particular, that it is prepared to amend its statutes to accommodate the Archdiocese and allow it to continue to operate according to the statutes it has used for decades. . .”

  11. Gail Sheppard says



    “. . . The schismatic structure was created in 1993 by a defrocked cleric of the Serbian Church and is currently headed by the aforementioned Dedeić, who is not a canonical bishop “but a person defrocked by the Ecumenical Patriarchate,” Pat. Bartholomew writes. He was excommunicated by the Holy Synod of Constantinople in 1997. – The Montenegrin situation has obvious parallels to that in Ukraine. “Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko was himself defrocked, excommunicated, and anathematized by the Russian Orthodox Church for his own schismatic activity, and these canonical sanctions were explicitly recognized and accepted by the Patriarchate of Constantinople until last October, when the Synod there unilaterally lifted them. . .”

  12. Gail Sheppard says




  13. The new archbishop speaking to the Archons of the Ecumenical Throne on May 17 stated his fervent interest in enriching the worship of the parish churches of the archdiocese under his pastoral care. He spoke of the need to bring the Psalms into liturgical use regularly and in their totality, not being satisfied with a few disjointed verses with no context.  He spoke of encouraging the faithful to sing the hymns of the Church, to lift their voices in praise with greater understanding and full services.  The Greek heritage of the Church is a great gift he said, but more important still is the understanding of the gifts of the Church to all mankind, which can only be transmitted in language completely understood by the people of this land, whose health is his only concern.
    NAH.  He just said we gotta throw more dough at that money pit in New York.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA………………… You didn’t BELIEVE that did you?????????

  14. And now yet another word on how to inoculate one’s self against the evils of the Faith once delivered to the Saints from, of all unlikely people, a courageous clergyman of Holy Trinity Cathedral, OCA, Boston, MA.

  15. This is a worthy read, how the USA establishment views Orthodoxy

    • Monk James Silver says

      Lenas Cadoscafis (July 8, 2019 at 10:24 am) says:

      This is a worthy read, how the USA establishment views Orthodoxy


      Well, I finally got to read this, but this is not at all an external view of Orthodox Christianity in America. Instead, it is an overview compiled by Alexey Krindatch, who works for the Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America.

      While it is interesting, it presents a few historical inaccuracies and is replete with grammatical and syntactic errors. I hope that it will not be picked up by secular media unless and until it is properly edited.

    • George Michalopulos says

      I wonder why something like this did not happen during the St Hussein Administration.

      • Michael Bauman says

        Secretary Pompeo as a congressman from my district has shown outward support at least for In Defense of Christians. More than prior congressmen from Kansas have shown in the past. He even came to a presentation made at my parish, St. George by Nina Keyrouz a few years ago.

        So maybe, Pres. Trump will take action in a way that no President since Jefferson has done.

        • Gail Sheppard says

          He says he is all about “religious freedom,” but for whatever reason does not see a problem with the OCU taking the property of the UOC in Ukraine.

  16. By the initiative of In Defense of Christians, on Monday, July 15, 2019, a historic ecumenical prayer service was held at the U.S. Capitol for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
    Faith leaders participating in the service were H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, H.E. Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Prelate of the Eastern United States, H.E. The Most Reverend Christophe Pierre (Apostolic Nuncio to the United States), H.E. Metropolitan Joseph Zehlaoui, (Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of North America), H.E. Archbisohp Elpidophoros (Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America), H.G. Bishop Elias Zaidan, (Eparch of the Maronite Church of the Western United States), H.G. Bishop Gregory Mansour (Eparch of the Maronite Church of the Eastern United States), Pastor Dan Cummins (Founder of Capitol Worship), and clergy members.


  17. I loved following all the links featured in Ode to Greatly Saddened (Thanks to GS.), but the Monomakhos Daily News doesn’t seem as complete or comprehensive. How has it been revised? Or has it been discontinued?

    • George Michalopulos says

      I think we all did.  Greatly Saddened is missed and I for one would love to see him back.