‘Ode to Greatly Saddened, Part VIII. . .

 

Are we really on ‘Ode to Greatly Saddened Part VIII?!  Where ELSE can you go to see everything that touches our world?

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  1. I had wanted say that with regards to abortion and gayness and euphanasia, we all know what the teaching of the Church is. End of.
    But I am concerned if the Orthodox church just closes it’s eyes sitting on the winifred oprah couch, or joins the ranting hating Culture wars.
    I DESPISE, DISASSOCIATE MYSELF PUBLICALLY, FROM BOTH OF THESE SICK OPTIONS.
    We need as Orthodox Christians, ARE WE STILL!? to remember that for Christ there was the individual sinner, and their individual life. If we do not have that, we are just a protestant moralistic echo chamber.
    I could go on about my experiences of a career in mental health and dealing in this field amongst others or my Charity stint in Romania working with broken families and trafficked kids. And my own God parents gay greek priest son .
    But I will leave except to says,those who shout too loudly maybe cover themselves, and those who sit on the oprah couch, forget Christ. They both forget Christ.

    • As always an add on. 
      I think we need to distinguish between  the individual circumstances of people being gay, or seeking an abortion, euphanasia etc and the ‘ gay, abortion, euphanasia rights movement, which as most ideology does not give a cuss about THE INDIVIDUAL.  
      And of course the hetero as well as promoted gay life style which is all about comercialisation of crude Sex for a buck. No money, and it would all disapear.
      Colleagues who specialised in the field told me that today’s gay kids, far from feeling free, feel under more stress and pressure. As their hetero counrerparts.  Social media a big part to blame. 
      In Uk. Marriage has long gone.  At the meal organised when i retired before moving  here, of the 40 people, nurses, doctors etc there, the only married couple were my Romanian friends, marius and gabby apart from us!!  .  Oh. And two gay couples, one female, one male, who both had civil partnerships.  
      I support civil partnership.  Anything that gives a stronger base to secular society is to be welcome.  It’s a legal thing. 
      Re Marriage, yes it’s between one man and one woman, as mine was!!  But that is a Christian understanding and Sadly we Christians have to get it that we no longer live in a Christian society.  Mostly by our own doing.  
      We have to get it, and this a big hurdle for the Church, that what ever else is going on in Russia etc,  that here in the west we live in pagan times.  The sooner we accept this the better and it is with renewed opportunity if we do not retreat to our little corner marked religion, as the late Fr Alexander Schememn wrote. And bear witness to Christ. And we cannot do thst at least Greek USA, until u send the effete corrupt carpet baggers back to Istambul to their pretend monastery and churches and Root out the manuellas and rest. 

  2. Greatly Saddened says

    Once again, I am ever so humbled by your ever so kind words. I cannot thank you enough and am surely not deserving of the accolades.

    I have been thinking lately perhaps the title of this thread could be changed to “Eastern Orthodox Christian News from Around the World” or something similar.

    As always, it is my utmost pleasure to provide the followers of Monomakhos with updated news from around the Orthodox Christian world. I really do consider it a blessing and an honor to be able to do so and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Wishing my brothers and sisters in Christ, a blessed, safe and enjoyable summer. God bless you all!

    • George Michalopulos says

      GS. speaking for all of us, we can’t thank you enough.

      Keep up the good work! We’ll always leave the door open for you.

    • You deeply deserving.  U cook the food. We just eat it!! 

  3. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece62
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Joint press release by four Metropolitans for defrocked clerics who continue to hold holy services
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 10, 2019 | 12:55
     
    The Metropolitans of Didymoteicho, Xanthi, Alexandroupolis and Maroneia warn the faithful congregation on defrocked clerics who continue to perform sacred services.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/joint-press-release-by-four-metropolitans-for-defrocked-clerics-who-continue-to-hold-holy-services/

  4. Greatly Saddened says

    EP121
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Ieronymos for Bartholomew: May God give him power to continue his blessed work
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 10, 2019 | 18:28
     
    Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and all Greece is visiting the Ecumenical Patriarchate today, Monday, June 10, in order to wish to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his name day tomorrow.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/%ce%b9eronym%ce%bfs-for-bartholomew-may-god-give-him-power-to-continue-his-blessed-work/

  5. Greatly Saddened says

    EP122
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The name day of the Ecumenical Patriarch will be celebrated tomorrow, Tuesday
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 10, 2019 | 16:59
     
    In the “honourary” presence of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, the Ecumenical Patriarch will celebrate his name day at the Phanar.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-name-day-of-the-ecumenical-patriarch-will-be-celebrated-tomorrow-tuesday/

  6. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece63
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Archbishop Ieronymos enthrones new Abbess
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 10, 2019 | 10:45
     
    Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece enthroned the new Abbot of Virgin Mary Theomitor (Mother of God) Holy Monastery at Ilioupolis, Nun Pelagia.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-ieronymos-enthrones-new-abbot/

  7. Greatly Saddened says

    EP123
    Below please find yet another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Ecumenical Patriarch: In the City of Constantine, we keep guarding the Greek nation’s lifetime place
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 10, 2019 | 12:15
     
    “The word expressing our truth is ‘keep’. Because God has ordained us to preserve here, in the City of Constantine, the place and the way of life of the Greek Nation. We continue to keep open the temples of Romiosyne, our chapels, our monasteries and our schools, to take care of the tombs of our ancestors. We continue because we belong to the Polis. Here is our future, in the place where the past unfolded and the present unfolds. We continue, not only because we want to but also because it is our duty”.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/ecumenical-patriarch-in-konstantinou-polis-we-keep-guarding-the-greek-nations-lifetime-place/

  8. The thread of comments was getting so long that I was hoping for a down key for a quick trip to the most recent comments. GS, thank you for your diligence in posting these articles.

  9. Greatly Saddened says

    Ukraine9
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    ANNUAL ALL-UKRAINIAN MARCH IN DEFENSE OF RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES HELD IN KIEV (+ VIDEO)
    Kiev, June 10, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121745.html

  10. Greatly Saddened says

    RussianOC17
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    RUSSIAN CHURCH REP DISCUSSES UKRAINE WITH PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM, ARCHBISHOP OF CYPRUS
    Jerusalem; Nicosia, Cyprus, June 10, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121747.html

  11. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania5
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Basilica Romania website.
     
    » Social » Pilgrimage about 5000 km to the monuments of Romanian heroes in Russia
    Pilgrimage about 5000 km to the monuments of the Romanian heroes in Russia
    Published by Mihail Mere-Albe 06/07/2019
     
    Romanian Ambassador to Moscow, Mr. Vasile Soare, together with Father Stefan Stanciu from Ghencea Parish in Bucharest, will travel about 5000 km to sanctify seven monuments raised in memory of Romanian prisoners who died in the Soviet camps between 1941 and 1952.
     
    https://basilica.ro/pelerinaj-de-aproximativ-5000-de-km-la-monumentele-eroilor-romani-din-rusia/

  12. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxyCognatePage5
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Orthodoxy Cognate Page website.
     
    June 7, 2019 • 8 Comments
    Pope Wants To ‘Trick’ Orthodox Churches Through ‘Urgent’ Intercommunion
    OCP News Service – 7/6/19
     
    http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/pope-wants-to-trick-orthodox-churches-through-urgent-intercommunion/

  13. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxyCognatePage6
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Orthodoxy Cognate Page website.
     
    June 8, 2019 • No Comments
    Follow The Path Of Your Orthodox Church Fathers
    Linto Onakoor- OCP News Service – 8/6/19
     
    http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/follow-the-path-of-your-orthodox-church-fathers/

  14. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxyCognatePage7
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Orthodoxy Cognate Page website.
     
    June 8, 2019 • No Comments
    Macedonian Issue In The Geopolitical Games Between Orthodox Churches
    Jelena Rakocevic – Specialist in Eastern Orthodox Affairs – OCP News Service – 8/6/19
     
    http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/macedonian-issue-in-the-geopolitical-games-between-orthodox-churches/

  15. Greatly Saddened says

    TheNationalHerald13
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    He Has Ascended
    By John Athanasatos 
    June 10, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/248774/he-has-ascended/

  16. Greatly Saddened says

    EP124
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The Vespers of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s name day with the Archbishop of Athens and the Metropolitan of Kiev
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 10:09
    By Emilios Polygenis
     
    The great Vespers of Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas was celebrated with pomp and splendor, on Monday evening, June 10, at the monastery of the Life-Giving Font of the Theotokos in Balikli.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-vespers-of-the-ecumenical-patriarchs-name-day-with-the-archbishop-of-athens-and-the-metropolitan-of-kiev/
     

    • George Michalopulos says

      Well, I guess that this makes the Arb of Athens a schismatic as well.

      • George,
        according to St.J.Chrysostom,
        he who does everything to become an (Arch)Bishop etc
         will  also  do everything to remain an (Arch)Bishop etc.

      • George as a greek I am appalled and shocked.  I will not enter ANY GREEK CHURCH now except that of Cyprus and Saints and Alexandria.  
        What do my family in Thessaloniki do?   At least I am in Bulgaria.  
        A. sad sad day.  A moral coward for an archbishop.   The Church is being destroyed.  

  17. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus13
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    Festal Vespers in the occupied Monastery of Apostle Barnabas
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 12:45
     
    This year the festal Vespers in the occupied monastery of Apostle Barnabas was celebrated in a special way, on the occasion of the memory of the saint. The Vespers service was celebrated outdoors just outside the tomb of Apostle Barnabas, founder and patron of the Church of Cyprus.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/festal-vespers-in-the-occupied-monastery-of-apostle-barnabas/

  18. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria6
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    Graduation of the students of the Patriarchal School of Nairobi in Kenya
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 13:20
     
    With the presence of the ecclesiastical and political leadership of the country, another special event in the history of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa was held on Saturday, June 8.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/graduation-of-the-students-of-the-patriarchal-school-of-nairobi-in-kenya/

  19. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria7
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    The Patriarch of Alexandria visits the Palace of the Holy Synod in Athens
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 12:04
    By Dimitra Panagopoulou
     
    Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and all Africa honoured today, Tuesday June 11, 2019, Apostoliki Diakonia Service of the Church of Greece.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-patriarch-of-alexandria-visits-the-palace-of-the-holy-synod-in-athens/

  20. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews24
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Czech and Slovakia
    New hieromartyr Stanislav Nasadil in Slovakia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 11:18
     
    On the Sunday of the Holy Fathers, June 9, 2019, at the church of St. John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria, of the Metropolis of Michalovce and Cassovia (Slovakia) of the Czech and Slovakian Church, the canonization of the martyr presbyter Stanislav Nasadil was held.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/new-hieromartyr-stanislav-nasadil-in-slovakia/

  21. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania6
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Bronze bust of Romanian priest Iraclie Porumbescu unveiled in Chernivtsi region
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 10, 2019 | 19:40
     
    A bronze bust depicting priest Iraclie Porumbescu, the father of the renowned Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu, was unveiled during a religious ceremony held at the beginning of June at the Dormition of the Theotokos Church in Boian, Chernivtsi region.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/bronze-bust-of-romanian-priest-iraclie-porumbescu-unveiled-in-chernivtsi-region/

  22. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofJerusalem21
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    The Patriarch of Jerusalem gives medal awards to choir members of the community of Beit Sahour
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 10, 2019 | 15:35
     
    On the evening of the feast of the Ascension, June 6, 2019, at the ceremony held at Paradise Hotel by Rachel’s Tomb, which belongs to the Roum-Orthodox Christian Athanasios Abu-Aeta, Patriarch of Jerusalem gave medal awards to 7 choir members of the Community of Beit Sahour, who have been distinguished for a number of years for their keeping and cultivation of our traditional Byzantine Music.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-patriarch-of-jerusalem-gives-medal-awards-to-choir-members-of-the-community-of-beit-sahour/

  23. Greatly Saddened says

    EP125
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The name day of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 13:50
    By Emilios Polygenis
     
    In the presence of many people, today, Tuesday, June 11, the memory of Saint Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas was celebrated in the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a day that the name of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is also honoured.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-name-day-of-the-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew/

  24. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity38
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    UKRAINIAN PRIEST REPENTS OF SUPPORTING SCHISMATIC CHURCH
    Mirolyubovka, Ukraine, June 11, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121762.html

  25. Greatly Saddened says

    PolishOC4
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    POLISH CHURCH PROCESSES IN HONOR OF WONDER-WORKING BIELSK ICON OF MOTHER OF GOD
    Bielsk Podlaski, Poland, June 11, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121770.html

  26. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchinAmerica8
    Below please find an article from today in the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    BOMB SQUAD RESPONDS TO SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE AT ORTHODOX CHURCH IN ILLINOIS
    Wheaton, Illionis, June 11, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121771.html

  27. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity39
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    PHILARET ANNOUNCES PUBLIC FORUM IN SUPPORT OF KIEV PATRIARCHATE, INTENDS TO HOLD KP LOCAL COUNCIL
    Kiev, June 11, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121757.html

    • George Michalopulos says

      I’m so glad that the Ukrainian “schism” has been healed.

    • Antiochene Son says

      This is what happens when you accept a group back into communion without repentance.

      • Cobb Selder says

        The RC have devoured many pre-Halkidonians by not caring about details. We are too persnickety and keep loosing for it.

        • Antiochene Son says

          The RCC would accept Arius into communion if he agreed to submit to the Pope. 

  28. Greatly Saddened says

    JewishPress1
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Jewish Press website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > News & Views > The Courts
    Israel / Jerusalem / News & Views / The Courts / Business and Economy
    Jerusalem Court Sides with Ateret Cohanim Vs. Greek Church on 3 Major Purchases
    By David Israel
    8 Sivan 5779 – June 10, 2019
     
    https://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/jerusalem-court-sides-with-ateret-cohanim-vs-greek-church-on-3-purchases/2019/06/10/

    • Question: If the transactions in dispute were handled by the Patriarch of Jerusalem, why does the article refer to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch?

  29. Greatly Saddened says

    UkrainianOrthodoxChurch29
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Union of Orthodox Journalists website.
     
    UOC clergy and believers hold prayer standing under Vinnitsa RSA
    10 June 2019, 19:44  Olga Tsviliy
     
    https://spzh.news/en/news/62735-duhovenstvo-i-verujushhije-upc-proveli-molitvennoje-stojanije-u-vinnickoj-oga?fbclid=IwAR3AYwaKfNv9RsV9vgsV8RFDgRaKA0S9EOAyYFLa9-WImJOsfaQw8UkFCmU

  30. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania7
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Patriarch Daniel of Romania congratulates Ecumenical Patriarch on name day
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 19:24
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-daniel-of-romania-congratulates-ecumenical-patriarch-on-name-day/

  31. Greatly Saddened says

    EP126
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles is the new Archbishop of Thyateira
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 12:59
     
    The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate just elected the new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-nikitas-of-dardanelles-is-the-new-archbishop-of-thyateira/

  32. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia11
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    Ecumenical Patriarch’s name day celebrated in Sydney
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 13:20
     
    On the occasion of the commemoration of St Apostle Bartholomew, the name day of Head of Orthodoxy, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, at the prompting of the new Archbishop of Australia, Makarios, held an Archieratic festive Divine Liturgy, presided by Bishop Seraphim of Apollonia, at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of Virgin Mary, in Sydney.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/ecumenical-patriarch-celebrates-his-name-day-in-sydney/

  33. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA253
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop of America: I leave my heart in Constantinople
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 12:26
     
    In an interview with Euronews, the Archbishop of America says that he is sad to leave Constantinople but does not grieve, because his new flock waits for him in the United States.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-america-i-leave-my-heart-in-constantinople/

  34. Greatly Saddened says

    AlbanianOrthodoxChurch5
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Albania
    Ilir Meta: I’m proud of the coexistence of religious communities in Albania
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 11:44
     
    The unifying and peaceful role that religions can play in the region of the Western Balkans in order to avoid upheavals and conflicts was highlighted by Albanian President Ilir Meta at the opening of a regional conference on “The Role of Religion in Western Balkan societies”, organized by the Institute for Democracy and Mediation and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Tirana.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/ilir-meta-im-proud-of-the-coexistence-of-religious-communities-in-albania/

  35. Greatly Saddened says

    GOMetropolisofFrance6
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Metropolitan of France at the Thronal Feast of the Church of Cyprus
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 11:09
     
    Metropolitan Emmanuel of France traveled to Nicosia as official representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Thronal Feast of the Church of Cyprus.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-of-france-at-the-throne-feast-of-the-church-of-cyprus/

  36. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria8
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    Bishop Silvestros of Gulu: Thank Greece for never forgetting us
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 10:39
     
    Bishop Silvestros of Gulu and East Uganda gave a speech in the Hall of the “Brotherhood of the Orthodox Mission Abroad” on Sunday, June 9.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/bishop-silvestros-of-gulu-thank-greece-for-never-forgetting-us/

  37. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofSerbia5
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Serbia
    Roof over Saint Sava Cathedral takes form
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 09:57
     
    https://www.romfea.news/roof-over-saint-sava-cathedral-takes-form/

  38. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus14
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    Sacred Service in the occupied Monastery of Apostle Barnabas
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 19:44
     
    The Monastery of Apostle Barnabas in Occupied Salamis celebrated this year as well the memory of its Saint, glorious Apostle Barnabas.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/sacred-service-in-the-occupied-monastery-of-apostle-barnabas/

  39. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece64
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    The feast of Saint Luke of Simferopol in the Holy Metropolis of Patras
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 17:59
     
    The sacred memory of our Holy Father St. Luke the Doctor, Archbishop of Simferopol and the Crimea, was honorably celebrated with the participation of many faithful in the Holy Metropolis of Patras.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-feast-of-saint-luke-of-simferopol-in-the-holy-metropolis-of-patras/

  40. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria9
    Below please find yet another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    The celebration of Apostles Bartholomew and Barnaba at Kolwezi
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 11, 2019 | 16:22
     
    A festive Divine Liturgy was held today, Tuesday, June 11, for the celebration of the Apostles Barnaba and Bartholomew at Kolwezi.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-celebration-of-apostles-bartholomew-and-barnaba-at-kolwezi/

  41. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofJerusalem22
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    JERUSALEM COURT REJECTS CHURCH APPEALS OVER PROPERTY SALES THAT LED TO OUSTING OF PATRIARCH IRENAIOS IN 2005
    Jerusalem, June 12, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121778.html

  42. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity40
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    POCHAEV LAVRA BEGINS 800TH-ANNIVERSARY OF HOLY SPIRIT SKETE WITH CONSECRATION OF NEW CHURCH
    Pochaev, June 12, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121779.html

  43. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity41
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    TWO MEN BEATEN AS THEY DEFEND UKRAINIAN PRIEST FROM VIOLENT EVICTION
    Nova Moschanitsa, Ukraine, June 12, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121782.html

  44. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA254
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Chicago Metropolis Seeking $288,000 in Additional Donations
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/chicago-metropolis-seeking-288000-in.html?m=1

    • Fed up and disgusted says

      Anyone who gives any money to the GOA or to any of its dioceses — especially during special appeals to help “save” it — needs to have his head examined.
      I don’t know how people can stomach tithing or donating any money at all to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  
      (I also don’t know how anyone can stomach being an active parishioner of the GOA, but then again, I’ve never fully identified with my partially Greek ancestry.  I suppose if the “Greek” thing meant more to me or if I had warm memories of my Hellenic heritage from my family, then I might feel differently.  But by far, the Hellenic part of my family are/were among the most emotionally unbalanced, abusive, vindictive, and dangerous people I know — certainly Orthodox in name only, and many of them rejected the Church altogether.  And then the priest would obsequiously serve Holy Communion to them, no-questions-asked, as long as you did the Greek thing…  Those clergy that didn’t or who weren’t Greek enough were run out of town.) 
      It looks like the new Archbishop is reinstituting the good ol’ Greekness requirement for the GOA priesthood.  So much for the catholicity of our faith, huh.  So much for “neither Jew nor Greek…”  Why do they bother at playing being Orthodox Christian?
      The big-name GOA donors apparently donate so they’re invited to rub shoulders with the new Archbishop or with the EP (but again, why?  what does that get you?  is stroking one’s ego reason enough?).
      If one must donate to the Greek churches in America, then donate to one of the monasteries that were begun by Elder Ephraim of Arizona — by far, these monasteries are the healthiest thing going in the GOA today.
      Christ has been the only way to heal my anger and bitterness toward the GOA and to set a healthy boundary, so that I never again willingly put myself in the position to be hurt and abused by those in the GOA.

  45. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofThyateiraandGreatBritain1

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    New Archbishop of Great Britain
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/new-archbishop-of-great-britain.html?m=1

  46. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofThyateiraandGreatBritain2

    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles Elected Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    June 12, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/249118/metropolitan-nikitas-of-the-dardanelles-elected-archbishop-of-thyateira/

  47. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianLaity12
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the OCL website.
     
    NEW MISSTEPS BY A CONFUSED ELPIDOPHOROS
    Nick Stamatakis
    BY WEBMASTER ON JUNE 8, 2019
    GOVERNANCE & UNITY ESSAYS, 
    GOVERNANCE & UNITY NEWS
     
    The Greek-American Community banned the corrupt politicians of Greece from participating in this year’s Greek Independence Day parades across the U.S., accusing them as “traitors”.  But Elpidophoros invited every one of them to his “enthronement”!
     
    https://ocl.org/new-missteps-by-a-confused-elpidophoros/

  48. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA255
    Below please find an article from Monday on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.
     
    LIBRARY » DEMOGRAPHICS » PARISH COUNCIL » ARTICLES FOR PARISH COUNCILS »
    2019 Barna Survey Results and Program Evaluation
    6/10/19
     
    https://www.goarch.org/-/2019-survey

    • Based on the report, it is absolutely clear that the GOA is in need of spiritual renewal. The only path to renewal is repentance both individually and corporately. What is needed is not building a national shrine, unity of the homogenia or transparency but repentance. Elpi should proclaim a year of repentance. Only through repentance is God involved. Any other focus is just a bandaid on an open laceration.

  49. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianLaity13
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the OCL website.
     
    GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA RELEASES RESULTS OF NATIONAL SURVEY
    BY WEBMASTER ON JUNE 11, 2019
    ORTHODOX NEWS,
    ORTHODOX NEWS TOP STORIES
    Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
     
    https://ocl.org/greek-orthodox-archdiocese-of-america-releases-results-of-national-survey/

    • I found it interesting, even somewhat encouraging, that the priorities reflected in the details of this survey appear to be relatively healthy.  A bit low on outreach and evangelism, though not, I suspect, any lower overall than what one would find in most other jurisdictions.
      I also found it interesting that they do not seem to reflect the priorities expressed (thus far, at least) by the new archbishop. 

  50. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianLaity14
    Below please find an article from Monday on the OCL website.
     
    Discern! Who is genuinely a spiritual man, and who is not.
    by Hagiographos Elias Damianakis
    Archon Maestor
    Great Church of Christ
    June 9, 2019
    BY WEBMASTER ON JUNE 10, 2019
    GOVERNANCE & UNITY ESSAYS, 
    GOVERNANCE & UNITY NEWS, 
    UNCATEGORIZED
     
    https://ocl.org/discern-who-is-genuinely-a-spiritual-man-and-who-is-not/

  51. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofThyateiraandGreatBritain3
    Below please find an updated article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles is the new Archbishop of Thyateira (upd)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 12:59
    LAST UPDATE: 16:50
     
    Today, Wednesday, June 12, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which meets since morning in its regular June meetings, filled the vacancy of the Archbishop of the Holy Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-nikitas-of-dardanelles-is-the-new-archbishop-of-thyateira/

  52. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania8
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Romanian Patriarchate expresses deep indignation over public offense to religious symbols
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 19:40
     
    The Romanian Patriarchate learned with deep indignation about the theatre play “Eu sunt. Si?” (“I am. So?”) performed in Cluj-Napoca during the “Pride Week” of sexual minorities.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/romanian-patriarchate-expresses-deep-indignation-over-public-offense-to-religious-symbols/

  53. Greatly Saddened says

    GOMetropolisofBelgium1
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    This year’s Greek Day in Belgium was dedicated to Metropolitan Panteleimon
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 19:08
     
    The Greek Feast in Belgium was once more successfully held. According to the tradition, on Pentecost Monday, according to the Roman Catholic Calendar, all the Greeks of Belgium are gathering in the countryside, celebrate the Divine Liturgy and then start a big feast.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/this-years-greek-day-in-belgium-was-dedicated-to-metropolitan-panteleimon/

  54. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania9
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy >  Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Patriarch Daniel urges immediate action to save the Romanian village
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 18:05
     
    During his opening remarks at the National Conference of Church Painting, Patriarch Daniel urged for decisive action on saving Romania’s villages.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-daniel-urges-immediate-action-to-save-the-romanian-village/

  55. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofBulgaria2
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Bulgaria
    The Church of Bulgaria differs from Metropolitan Daniel’s of Vidin view
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 17:26
     
    The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Church met today, Wednesday, June 12, under the presidency of Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-church-of-bulgaria-differs-from-metropolitan-daniels-of-vidin-view/

  56. Greatly Saddened says

    ThePappasPostFacebook4
    Below please find an article from today on the Pappas Post Facebook website.
     
    Home > Diaspora > Florida Native Metropolitan Nikitas Loulias Named Archbishop of Great Britain
    Diaspora ◇ Religion ◇ Society
    Florida Native Metropolitan Nikitas Loulias Named Archbishop of Great Britain
    written by Gregory Pappas
    June 12, 2019
     
    https://www.pappaspost.com/florida-native-metropolitan-nikitas-loulias-named-archbishop-of-great-britain/

    • As a former uk resident.  They now want to bring that archdiocese to heal. 
      We saw the papal Fantasy of Constantinople in mid 1990s with his. UK  visits and totally failed effort to whip up papal like hysteria.  He dismissively called the archdiocese, ‘το φισιατικο’,  to fishiatiko,  fish and chicken shop after the restaurants of so many greek cypriots 
      These ‘ bachelors ‘ need to find a job 

      • Loulias from what is commonly understood in Greece, should merge well with the archimandrite of St Sophia, Bayswater, London.
        Gossip? No. It’s hypocrisy parading as piety with corruption understated that always needs calling out.
        He will have to get used to no organs though and the cypriots will make clear to him on that.

  57. Greatly Saddened says

    BalkanInsight1
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Balkan Insight website.
     
    NEWS
    Serbian Bishop Accuses Montenegro of Eying Church’s Property
    Samir Kajosevic Podgorica BIRN
    June 7, 2019
     
    Ahead of a vote in parliament on a new bill on religious communities, the Serbian Orthodox Church has accused the government of plotting a land grab – and has vowed to defend its assets with its life.
     
    https://balkaninsight.com/2019/06/07/serbian-bishop-accuses-montenegro-of-eying-churchs-property/

    • Quote from the above story:

      “Relations between the government and the Serbian Church have historically been fractious, mainly because the government sees the Church as the long arm of Serbia, and as hostile to the country’s independence, which was re-established after a referendum in 2006. For its part, the Church sees the pro-Western government as hostile to what it views as Montenegro’s Serbian heritage.”

      Sounds very familiar to me.  Is it tomos time again?

  58. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews25
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Politics
    Yildirim’s blunder with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 14:57
     
    In his tweet, the candidate mayor of the ruling coalition, Binali Yildirim, called Bartholomew “Ecumenical”, although Turkey does not recognize this status, provoking the opposition’s reactions. Eventually, Binali Yildirim, realizing his “blunder”, erased the tweet.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/yildirims-blunder-with-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew/

  59. Greatly Saddened says

    EP127
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate declares its trust in the Archbishop of Australia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 13, 2019 | 10:23
     
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate, in a statement, declares its trust in the new Archbishop of Australia, Makarios, denying rumors of administrative changes in the Archdiocese.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-ecumenical-patriarchate-declares-its-trust-in-the-archbishop-of-australia/

  60. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania10
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Patriarch of Romania chairs meeting of Statutes and Regulations Synodal Committee
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 13, 2019 | 09:22
     
    The Patriarch of Romania on Wednesday opened the working session of the Statutes and Regulations Committee of the Holy Synod at the patriarchal residence.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-of-romania-chairs-meeting-of-statutes-and-regulations-synodal-committee/

  61. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews26
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Christianity
    Completion of the restoration project of the Episcopal Basilica in Plovdiv
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 12, 2019 | 16:35
     
    Ambassadors from 19 countries, together with the Mayor of Plovdiv, Ivan Totev, spoke about the mosaics of the Episcopal Basilica of Plovdiv (Philippopolis), which has been restored in the framework of the excavation, restoration and presentation of the Roman mosaics, supported by the “America for Bulgaria” 
     
    https://www.romfea.news/completion-of-a-restoration-project-of-the-episcopal-basilica-in-plovdiv/

    • They are beautiful.  ?  it’s a beautiful city, although at other end of Bulgaria from me 

  62. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCrete2
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Church of Crete
    A delegation of the Church of Crete at the Phanar for the name day of the Ecumenical Patriarch
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 13, 2019 | 12:21
     
    The Church of Crete payed its respect and presented its devotion to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, through its delegation, which went to the Phanar for the name day of the Ecumenical Patriarch.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/a-delegation-of-the-church-of-crete-at-the-phanar-for-the-name-day-of-the-ecumenical-patriarch/

  63. Greatly Saddened says

    MtAthos21
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING MEDALLIONS FROM IVERON ICON ON MT. ATHOS
    Mt. Athos, June 13, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121806.html

  64. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA256
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Chicago Metropolis Needs Additional $50k+ for Clergy-Laity Assembly
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/chicago-metropolis-needs-additional-50k.html?m=1

  65. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofCanada1
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Canada Becomes an Archdiocese
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/canada-becomes-archdiocese.html?m=1

  66. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA257
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    GOA Priests Tell Hierarchs to Stop Investing in Greek Education
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/goa-priests-tell-hierarchs-to-stop.html?m=1

  67. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece65
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Church of Greece: Ignore any challenges from Jehovah’s Witnesses
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 13, 2019 | 14:58
     
    The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece issued a communiqué regarding the upcoming annual meeting of the so-called “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/church-of-greece-ignore-any-challenges-from-jehovahs-witnesses/

  68. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews27
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Patoulis: We will be supporters of the new Archbishop of Thyateira in anything he needs
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 13, 2019 | 13:21
     
    The new Regional Governor of Attica, Giorgos Patoulis, expresses in a statement his congratulations to the new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardanelles.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patoulis-we-will-be-supporters-of-the-new-archbishop-of-thyateira-in-anything-he-needs/

  69. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA258
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    The Program for Archbishop Elpidophoros’ Enthronement on June 22 in New York
    By TNH Staff 
    June 13, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/249352/archbishop-elpidophoros-to-be-enthroned-june-22-in-new-york/

  70. Greatly Saddened says

    EP128
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Releases Statement on Israeli Ruling on Corrupt Sale
    By TNH Staff 
    June 13, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/249308/greek-orthodox-patriarchate-releases-statement-on-israeli-ruling-on-corrupt-sale/

  71. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA259
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Chicago Archons Did Not Support Resolution Recognizing Ecumenical Patriarch
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/chicago-archons-did-not-support.html?m=1

  72. Greatly Saddened says

    EP129
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Ecumenical Patriarch to the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain: We consider you worthy of this position and responsibility
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 13, 2019 | 21:42
     
    Τhe new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Nikitas, appeared today before Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod, for the celebration of the Small Message.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/ecumenical-patriarch-to-the-archbishop-of-thyateira-and-great-britain-we-consider-you-worthy-of-this-position-and-responsibility/

  73. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia12
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    Archbishop Makarios pledges he will try his hardest to prove worthy of the task entrusted
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 14, 2019 | 11:30
     
    When Archbishop of Australia Makarios arrives at Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney at 6pm on Tuesday, 18 June, he will have much to ponder until his official enthronement at the Archdiocese Cathedral of the Annunciation of Theotokos in Redfern at 11am on Saturday, 29 June.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-makarios-pledges-he-will-try-his-hardest-to-prove-worthy-of-the-task-entrusted/

  74. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA260
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    HCHC Students Meet Archbishop Elpidophoros
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 14, 2019 | 10:56
     
    Students of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, while on a pilgrimage in Greece, visited with the newly elected Archbishop Elpidophoros of America in Thessaloniki, Greece.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/hchc-students-meet-archbishop-elpidophoros/

  75. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA261
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop Elpidophoros to be enthroned June 22 in New York
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 14, 2019 | 12:02
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be enthroned as the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Saturday June 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan (337 East 74th Street, NYC).
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-elpidophoros-to-be-enthroned-june-22-in-new-york/

  76. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity42
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    CONSTANTINOPLE HIERARCHS CONCELEBRATE WITH CLERIC FROM SCHISMATIC MONTENEGRIN CHURCH
    Kiev, June 13, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121824.html

    • George Michalopulos says

      So it’s safe to say they’ve never heard the cliche “once burnt, twice shy”?

      • Hi Ιωάννη , We used to live there and sometimes attending that Church. , although we prefered the relatively near by Wood Green Dormition Cathedral. The area is very middle class to upper and. Cypriots were ones moving out from the more workaday Wood Green area ( that I much prefered) So i guess reflects that now assimilated thought and I doubt if many have a clue as to wider implications.

  77. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity43
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    CYPRIOT ARCHIMANDRITE: I EXPERIENCED SPECIAL GRACE SERVING WITH THE SUFFERING UKRAINIANS
    Pochaev, June 14, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121828.html

  78. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity44
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    METROPOLITAN ONUPHRY HONORS MATUSHKAS OF LARGE FAMILIES
    Kiev, June 14, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121837.html

  79. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA262
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Friday, June 14, 2019
    How Many People are Needed to Advise the Metropolitan of Chicago?
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/how-many-people-are-needed-to-advise.html?m=1

    • Number of people needed to advise Metropolitan of Chicago. ??  AS MANY AS THE GRAVY TRAIN OF PRETENSIONS ADMITS,  AND GOOD GOD. The homeless and dirty on our boat cruise!!   Send them to a strange guy called Christ. 
      Ps. He is becoming a bit of a pain in neck. Might get crucified if not careful.!!
      And in Russia a Metropolitan has more than a handful of failing parishes under him 
       
      You know one priest who is dedicated, works hard,  in tune with life and has growed his Parish almost double is the priest of St John Baptist, Tampa Florida. 
      I have strong  difference of  view to him re liturgy ( organs etc)  and priestly shaving, although respect his honesty in this respect above the token beardies which we seeing not just in America greek Orthodoxy,  now as witness the Catholic looking Romanian priest in the blessing of a sculpture, of a priest as happens. And what a difference in appearance between the priest sculpture and the blessing priest., Shameful, as
      the blessing priest looks scruffy with two day’s growth.  Get a shave I say. 
      But anyway. Fr STAVROS Akronakis, is the Tampa man and sincere priest who as I say in certain matters, I disagree strongly. But good dedicated man and priest..

      Re Europe. There is a very good english travel writer. Patrick Leigh Fermor, (+2011 Greece) who in mid 1930s walked across Europe from UK through central Europe to istambul and then to Greece and Mount Athos where stayed for while.  He descriptions of a peasant and aristocratic middle Europe and jewry is facinating and haunting, knowing what was to come. . And Holy Week at Esterhazzy, the seat of the cardinal of Hungary, is magical. He also described early Hitler Germany when nazism was still not totally dominant.
      He was also in Greece in war as uk secret agent and with wife made his life there. 
      He wrote some amazing very readable travel books u guys should read , he was well connected very upper drawer  brit!!  But walking through pre -war Romania and Bulgaria, including staying in city I live in now.  Plus in  Greece and Mount Athos. Facinating on Athos and later about different parts of Greece and concept of Romiosini as opposed to Hellenism. Also wrote about Orthodoxy to degree.
      One interesting point.  In Romania etc inter war, there were relatively large uniate churches.  He contrasts their short haired and clipped bearded clergy, to the Orthodox full beard and hair. Obviously to him it was an immediate point of difference.  
      Poor man now would think uniatism is widespread. 

  80. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchofUkraine32
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches  Church of Ukraine
    Orthodox Church of Ukraine: Filaret has no right to convene a local council
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 14, 2019 | 19:18
     
    An announcement on the Autocephaly of the Local Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the intention to “convene the Local Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Kiev” was published today, Friday 14, by the Press Office of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/orthodox-church-of-ukraine-filaret-has-no-right-to-convene-a-local-council/

  81. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofGeorgia7
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    GEORGIAN PATRIARCHATE APPEALS TO AUTHORITIES TO BLOCK LGBT EVENT
    Tbilisi, June 14, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121844.html

  82. By the Urban Yogi
    Weekly Yoga Class
    at St. Katherine’s Church Hall
    ,Friern Barnet Lane, N.20, London, UK.

    https://www.romfea.gr/diafora/29493-orthodoji-enoria-sto-londino-prosferei-mathimata-giogka

  83. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA263
    Below please find another article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Friday, June 14, 2019
    What Really Happened at Ionian Village Last Summer?
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/what-happened-at-ionian-village-last.html?m=1

  84. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA264
    Below please find an article from today on the Greek News Network.
     
    Director of Archdiocesan Ionian Village Fired for Violent Treatment of Campers
    By greeknews on June 14, 2019
     
    http://greeknewsnetwork.com/2019/06/director-of-archdiocesan-ionian-village-fired-for-violent-treatment-of-campers/

  85. Catholic schoolgirls are being taught that God is GENDER-NEUTRAL and are banned from using the words ‘Lord’, ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ in prayers
    Brisbane Catholic schools are removing male-centric terms from their prayers
    The Catholic Office for the Participation of Women director said she is ‘thrilled’
    Queensland Catholic Education Commission doesn’t give a guide on language

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7094893/Catholic-schoolgirls-taught-God-gender-neutral.html

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Ioannis, further proof that the Catholic Church has gone down the Episcopalian path. It is my hope, that the Orthodox Church may be seen as a viable option for disenfranchised Catholics. They must be really hurting. I remember the internal crisis I felt when they installed female priests in my parish. I just oculdn’t go back.

  86. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA265
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Hurriyet Daily News website.
     
    News > Turkey
    June 14 2019 00:05:00
    US gets new archbishop from Istanbul’s Bakırköyİpek Yezdani – ISTANBUL
     
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-gets-new-archbishop-from-istanbuls-bakirkoy-144155

  87. THE DYSTOPIAN PAPACY OF BARTHOLOMEW I OF CONSTANTINOPLE
    Fr. James Rosselli

    Patriarch Bartholomew’s new Orthodox Papacy has not had the best beginning.

    It seemed like such a good plan:

    http://orthochristian.com/121849.html

  88. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA266
    Below please find yet another article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Friday, June 14, 2019
    Archon Elias Damianakis Defends Fr. Alex Karloutsos
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/archon-elias-damianakis-defends-fr-alex.html?m=1

  89. As today is All souls Saturday.   May God bless and forgive all yr deceased loved ones. Nikos. 

  90. I have to admit to sone wry humour re Mr Denisenko.  On the one hand his double faced, self serving behaviour re Constantinople in oilily sliding between the lines of what he agreed, is exactly his behaviour with the Moscow Patrarchate. 
    I am sure Bartholomaios will feel sympathy for Kyril!! 
    On the other, as it were, Denisenko is totally correct in that an autocephalous church needs no permission to  call a local church Council. He clearly understanding he was not granted autocephaly in real Terms. And he had no intentions, as in 1990, of taking back seat.
    If all not so tragic, i would laugh. 

  91. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA267
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    A New Era for Greek Orthodoxy in America?
    By Dan Georgakas
    June 15, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/249666/a-new-era-for-greek-orthodoxy-in-america/

  92. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxHistory1
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox History website.
     
    Widower Bishops in American Orthodox History
    POSTED ON JUNE 14, 2019
    by MATTHEW NAMEE
    Uncategorized
     
    https://orthodoxhistory.org/2019/06/14/widower-bishops-in-american-orthodox-history/

  93. Greatly Saddened says

    AncientFaithMinistries1
    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Ancient Faith Ministries website.
     
    Do We Really Need Deacons?
    June 13, 2019 · Fr. Lawrence Farley
     
    https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/nootherfoundation/do-we-really-need-deacons/

  94. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria10
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    Patriarch of Alexandria: There is a solution to the issue of Autocephaly of Ukraine
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 15, 2019 | 21:35
     
    The Primate of the Alexandrian Church, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa, in his interview to the newspaper “Ethnos”, for the first time takes a stand on the issue of granting Autocephaly to Ukraine.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-of-alexandria-there-is-a-solution-to-the-issue-of-autocephaly-of-ukraine/

  95. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece66
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Archbishop of Athens to celebrate name day on Saturday
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 14, 2019 | 15:58
     
    On Saturday, June 15, the day of the commemoration of Saint Ieronymos, the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymos II, celebrates his name day.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-athens-to-celebrate-name-day-on-saturday/

  96. Greatly Saddened says

    EP130
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wished Archbishop Ieronymos
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 15, 2019 | 17:48
     
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent his best and most heartfelt wishes to Archbishop Ieronymos for his name day.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-wished-archbishop-ieronymos/

  97. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofJerusalem23
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    The decisions of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 15, 2019 | 16:23
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-decisions-of-the-holy-and-sacred-synod-of-the-patriarchate-of-jerusalem/

  98. Greatly Saddened says

    AlbanianOrthodoxChurch5
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Albania
    Archbishop Anastasios handed the diplomas to the graduates of the Theological Academy
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 14, 2019 | 19:59
     
    At the graduation ceremony of the students of the Theological Academy, operating by the Orthodox Church of Albania in Durres, Archbishop Anastasios handed the diplomas.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-anastasios-handed-the-diplomas-to-the-graduates-of-the-theological-academy/

  99. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece67
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Archbishop Ieronymos: The name given to us by the Church is sacred and we must honor it
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 15, 2019 | 14:33
    by Thanos Thanopoulos
     
    A festive Divine Liturgy was held today, June 15, 2019, on the occasion of the feast of Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, at the Holy Convent of Metamorphosis of the Savior (Saint Porphyrios) in Milesi, Attica.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-ieronymos-the-name-given-to-us-by-the-church-is-sacred-and-we-must-honor-it/

  100. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchofUkraine33
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Ukraine
    Church of Ukraine: Let us hope that the ecclesiastical problems of the people of Montenegro shall be solved
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 15, 2019 | 18:31
     
    The Press Office of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine issued an announcement on the participation of the schismatic cleric of the so-called Church of Montenegro in the Divine Liturgy, held on May 26 at St. Michael Cathedral in Kiev.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/church-of-ukraine-let-us-hope-that-the-ecclesiastical-problems-of-the-people-of-montenegro-shall-be-solved/

  101. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews28
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Christianity
    Churches in France on the brink of terrorism
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 15, 2019 | 13:46
     
    A climate of terror is experienced by Christians in Europe and especially in France, one of the most secularized states of the old continent.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/churches-in-france-on-the-brink-of-terrorism/

  102. Greatly Saddened says

    EP131
    Below please find another article from Thursday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Bishop Luke of Crimea in hagiology
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 13, 2019 | 22:00
     
    The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate added the physician Saint Luke, Bishop of Simferopol and Crimea in the Orthodox list of Saints of the Church.
     
    This decision was taken at the official request of Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kiev and all Ukraine.

  103. Greatly Saddened says

    TheNationalHerald14
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald.
     
    Demos’ Priest’s Memoir Offers Insights with Truth and Wit
    By Eleni Sakellis 
    June 15, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/249548/demos-priests-memoir-offers-insights-with-truth-and-wit/

  104. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofJerusalem24
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    The Saturday of Souls at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 16, 2019 | 12:30
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-saturday-of-souls-at-the-patriarchate-of-jerusalem/

  105. PROJECT OF ‘INDEPENDENT’ ORTHODOX CHURCH OF UKRAINE IS COLLAPSING BECAUSE OF INTERNAL POWER STRUGGLE
    Project Of ‘Independent’ Orthodox Church Of Ukraine Is Collapsing Because Of Internal Power Struggle

    The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is pressuring Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece’s Mount Athos in an attempt to force them to recognize the non-canonic Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), vimaorthodoxias.gr reported on June 11.
    According to the report, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I demanded explanations why a delegation of the OCU was rejected in Saint Panteleimon Monastery. The Greek media outlet added that Bartholomew I is openly supporting the OCU despite rejection of this non-canonic entity by most of the Orthodox world. The report added that Bartholomew I even threatened Saint Panteleimon Monastery with a kind of sanctions if such a situation repeats in the future:
    https://southfront.org/project-of-independent-orthodox-church-of-ukraine-is-collapsing-because-of-internal-power-struggle/

  106. Greatly Saddened says

    Wishing my brothers and sisters in Christ, a most Blessed and Holy Feast of Pentecost.

  107. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity45
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    THE HOLY FEAST OF PENTECOST
    Parish Life, June 2019
    6/16/2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121807.html

  108. Greatly Saddened says

    EP132
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Pentecost Sunday at the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 16, 2019 | 20:27
     
    In a devout atmosphere and according to the customs of the Holy and Great Church of Christ, Pentecost Sunday was celebrated today, June 16, at the Patriarchal Church of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/pentecost-sunday-at-the-ecumenical-patriarchate/

  109. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece68
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Sunday of the Pentecost at the Cathedral of Athens
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 16, 2019 | 15:01
    by Dimitra Panagopoulou
     
    The great feast of the Pentecost and the Kneeling Vesper were celebrated today with due respect and grandness at Athens Cathedral.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/sunday-of-the-pentecost-at-the-cathedral-of-athens/

  110. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchofUkraine34
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Ukraine
    Filaret: Metropolitan Epiphanius betrayed me
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 16, 2019 | 16:16
     
    An interview with the radio broadcast “Persona grata” of the Ukrainian radio station Radio Ukraine was given by “Honorable” Patriarch Filaret.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/filaret-metropolitan-epiphanius-betrayed-me/

  111. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA268
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America at Nea Pella
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 16, 2019 | 15:34
     
    “I have come to my fellow villagers today to salute them,” said the new Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, from the church of the Transfiguration of the Savior in Nea Pella, Edessa, on his visit there, on Saturday, June 15.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-elpidophoros-of-america-at-nea-pella/

  112. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus15
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    The Feast of Pentecost in Cyprus
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 16, 2019 | 17:42
     
    Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus presided the Archieratic Divine Liturgy held at Genethlion Sotiros (Birth of Christ) Church in Tala, Paphos, which is also the Archbishop’s birth place.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-feast-of-pentecost-in-cyprus/

  113. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA269
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Sunday, June 16, 2019
    Priest or Cheap Bouzouki Singer?
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/priest-or-cheap-bouzouki-singer.html?m=1

  114. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA270
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Greek News Network website.
     
    (Photos) Behavior Not Becoming of a Priest
    By greeknews on June 16, 2019
     
    http://greeknewsnetwork.com/2019/06/photos-behavior-not-becoming-of-a-priest/

  115. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA271
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Sunday, June 16, 2019
    Chicago Metropolis Spent $250,000 (in 2018), Still Needs $288,000 More!
     
    Metropolitan Nathanael wants to spend 1/2 Million in two years!
     
    What will it take for the clergymen of the Metropolis to get a backbone and end this nightmare? Your Offikion will not go with you to heaven!
     
    How did Metropolitan Nathanael sink the Metropolis into such a desperate state?
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/chicago-metropolis-spent-250000-in-2018.html?m=1

  116. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece69
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    The Feast of the Holy Spirit at the Holy Church of Nea Ionia and Philadelphia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 17, 2019 | 15:34
     
    In a devout atmosphere, the Feast of the Life-giving Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead with Father and Son, was celebrated at the Holy Metropolis of Nea Ionia and Philadelphia, where a crowd of believers swarmed the Church to glorify the Trinitarian God.
     
    In his speech, Metropolitan Gabriel referred to the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy and Life-giving Spirit, and the mystery of the Priesthood.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-feast-of-the-holy-spirit-at-the-holy-church-of-nea-ionia-and-philadelphia/

  117. Greatly Saddened says

    EP133
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW DEMANDING ANSWERS FROM ATHONITE MONASTERIES THAT REJECT UKRAINIAN SCHISMATICS
    Mt. Athos, June 17, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121878.html

  118. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchofUkraine35
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    OCU: WE SHARED COMMUNION WITH MONTENEGRIN SCHISMATIC EVEN THOUGH WE’RE NOT IN COMMUNION WITH THEM
    Kiev, June 17, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121880.html

  119. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria11
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    ALEXANDRIAN HIERARCHS CALL FOR CONCILIAR SOLUTION TO UKRAINIAN CRISIS
    Alexandria, June 17, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121885.html

  120. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchofUkraine36
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Religious Information Service of Ukraine.
     
    OCU warns Filaret of possible excommunication for holding UOC-KP council
    14 June 2019, 15:41
    Orthodox Church of Ukraine
     
    https://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/orthodox/ocu/76157/?fbclid=IwAR1EJKVxlORC9zMWQoNI0g4E5feJ-LhHcGUzH8hWwFqeaQw3u-m-ZrUL1Eo

  121. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofThyateiraandGreatBritain4
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Archbishop of Thyateira: I shall work with Elpidophoros and Makarios for the good of the Church and the Nation
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 17, 2019 | 17:09
     
    “I was sleeping when Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew called me to announce that I was elected as Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain”, said the new Archbishop Nikitas.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-thyateira-i-shall-work-with-elpidophoros-and-makarios-for-the-good-of-the-church-and-the-nation/

  122. Greatly Saddened says

    GOMetropolisofFrance7
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Metropolitan of France: Church needs new clergy with fear and zeal for God
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 17, 2019 | 18:09
     
    At St. Stephen Metropolitan Church in Paris, Metropolitan Emmanuel of France presided the Sacred Service on Pentecost Sunday, assisted by the Archpriests Father Panayiotis Xenitelis, Father Georgios Eymard and the Deacon Anton Gelyasov.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-of-france-church-needs-new-clergy-with-fear-and-zeal-for-god/

  123. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofBulgaria3
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Bulgaria
    Metropolitan of Philippopolis: Bulgarian schools should include religious classes
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 17, 2019 | 16:10
     
    Metropolitan Nikolaos of Philippopolis (Plovdin) asked the president of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, to include religious classes in Bulgarian public schools.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-of-philippopolis-bulgarian-schools-should-include-religious-classes/

  124. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA272
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    The Meeting between Archbishops Elpidophoros and Demetrios
    By Antonis H. Diamataris 
    June 17, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250024/the-meeting-between-archbishops-elpidophoros-and-demetrios/

  125. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA273
    Below please find an article from today on the OCL website.
     
    Challenges of Orthodoxy in America and the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    BY WEBMASTER ON JUNE 17, 2019
    GOVERNANCE & UNITY ESSAYS, 
    GOVERNANCE & UNITY NEWS
     
    [Editor’s Comment: The Archbishop-Elect demonstrates with his words, that he does not understand the history of the Orthodox Church in USA. How can he be a servant leader of the clergy and faithful here?]
     
    Challenges of Orthodoxy in America and the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    https://ocl.org/challenges-of-orthodoxy-in-america-and-the-role-of-the-ecumenical-patriarchate/

  126. Greatly Saddened says

    EP134
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Bartholomew: The Ecumenical Patriarchate is in favour of initiatives setting bridges instead of raising walls
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 10:26
     
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate is working to bring people and peoples together, and more so the neighbouring peoples, and welcomes every effort in this direction, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who officiated at the Divine Liturgy on Whit Monday, June 17, at the celebrated Holy Trinity Church of the Stavrodromi Community, stated.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/bartholomew-the-ecumenical-patriarchate-is-in-favour-of-initiatives-setting-bridges-instead-of-raising-walls/

  127. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania11
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Patriarch of Romania consecrates St Spyridon Metropolitan Cathedral in Bucharest
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 09:29
     
    Patriarch Daniel of Romania on Whit Monday, June 17, consecrated St Spyridon’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Bucharest following extensive restoration works.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-of-romania-consecrates-st-spyridon-metropolitan-cathedral-in-bucharest/

  128. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchofUkraine37
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Ukraine
    Archbishop Zoria: Filaret’s efforts for restoration are futile
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 11:24
     
    The Deputy Head of External Relations of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine, Archbishop Yevstratiy Zoria, said that the informal synod convened by “honourable” Patriarch Filaret cannot be considered as a local council of the Patriarchate of Kiev.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-zoria-filarets-efforts-for-restoration-are-futile/

  129. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofThyateiraandGreatBritain5
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The first visit of the new Archbishop of Thyateira, Nikitas, to London
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 10:56
     
    On Monday, June 17, the new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Nikitas, was in London.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-first-visit-of-the-new-archbishop-of-thyateira-nikitas-to-london/

  130. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity46
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    “OUR PASCHAL JOY IS GRIEVED”: THE OPEN LETTER OF METROPOLITAN DANIIL OF VIDIN, BULGARIA CONCERNING CONSTANTINOPLE’S ACTIONS
    Metropolitan Daniil of Vidin
    6/18/2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121847.html

  131. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA274
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Greek Reporter website.
     
    Home > Church
    Church – Community – News
    Final Preparations for Archbishop Elpidophoros’ Enthronement on June 22
    By Tasos Kokkinidis
    Jun 15, 2019
     
    https://usa.greekreporter.com/2019/06/15/final-preparations-for-archbishop-elpidophoros-enthronement-on-june-22/

  132. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA275
    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Greek News Online website.
     
    Many religious and political leaders are expected at the enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros
    JUNE 15TH, 2019
    COMMUNITY, CYPRUS, GREECE, TOP STORY
     
    https://www.greeknewsonline.com/many-religious-and-political-leaders-are-expected-at-the-enthronement-of-archbishop-elpidophoros/

  133. Greatly Saddened says

    EP135
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The Feast of the Pentecost in Smyrna
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 12:00
     
    The feast of the Pentecost in Smyrna was celebrated with religious devotion.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-feast-of-the-pentecost-in-smyrna/

  134. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia13
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    Australia welcomes new Archbishop Makarios
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 14:02
     
    The new Archbishop of Australia, Makarios, arrived in Sydney a while ago.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/australia-welcomes-new-archbishop-makarios/

  135. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA276
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    Analysis: An Historic Event – The Enthronement of an Archbishop
    By Theodore Kalmoukos
    June 18, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250076/analysis-an-historic-event-the-enthronement-of-an-archbishop/

  136. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofMoscow45
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
    Construction of the Church of Saint Spyridon in Moscow
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 18:25
     
    A temple dedicated to Saint Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythous, will be constructed in the West of Moscow.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/construction-of-the-church-of-saint-spyridon-in-moscow/

  137. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA277
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Tuesday, June 18, 2019
    Do Not Get Your Hopes Up
    Archbishop Elpidophoros is Powerless to Make Any Changes
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/do-not-get-your-hopes-up.html?m=1

  138. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA278
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Politics
    Governor of Central Macedonia: The election of the Archbishop of America is a positive message
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 16:19
     
    “A positive message to all the people of Macedonia” was sent with the election of the new Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, said the governor of the region of Central Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, who will attend the enthronement ceremony of the new Archbishop in New York.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/governor-of-central-macedonia-the-election-of-the-archbishop-of-america-is-a-positive-message/

  139. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria12
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    Temple was founded in the Holy Metropolis of Kananga
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 15:50
    By Romfea.news
     
    With the wishes and blessings of the Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa, Metropolitan Theodosius of Kananga laid the foundation stone for a temple in the city of Bilomba in central Kassai.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/temple-was-founded-in-the-holy-metropolis-of-kananga/

  140. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus16
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Cyprus
    Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kition announced his resignation
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 17:05
    By Romfea.news
     
    At a priests’ assembly convened at the St. George’s Cultural Center in Larnaca, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kition announced his intention to resign from his position to the priests of the city and district of Larnaca.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-chrysostomos-of-kition-announced-his-resignation/

  141. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews29
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Opinions
    Moscow’s missed chance (on Ukrainian Church’s Autochephaly)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 19:18
    By Kadri Liik, Momchil Metodiev, Nicu Popescu*
    *Τhis article is part of a research for ECFR. Romfea.news will republish extracts from the paper in the following days
     
    However, this is not the full story. This ecclesiastical conflict has complex roots, ranging from clerical matters to political and interpersonal ones.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/moscows-missed-chance-on-ukrainian-churchs-autochephaly/

  142. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews30
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
    Memory of the Holy Martyr Leontius (June 18)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 20:17
    By Bishop Gregorios of Mesaoria
     
    Today the Church celebrates the memory of St. Leontius, Bishop of Neapolis of Cyprus, and Saint Leontius, who martyred with the Saints Hypatius and Theodoulus.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/memory-of-the-holy-martyr-leontius-june-18/

  143. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews31
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
    The source and the river
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 20:39
    By Saint Gregory the Theologian
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-source-and-the-river/

  144. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia14
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    Annual Fundraising Dinner of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia for Africa’s Mission
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 15:08
     
    For the sixth consecutive year, the annual fundraising dinner of the Australian Archdiocese for the enhancement of Africa’s mission and the financial support of children in the African continent, was held, with the blessing of the new Archbishop of Australia, Makarios.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/annual-fundraising-dinner-of-the-greek-orthodox-archdiocese-of-australia-for-africas-mission/

  145. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews32
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
    Memory of Saint Judas the Apostle (June 19)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 10:10
    By Bishop Gregorios of Mesaoria
     
    Today our Church celebrates the memory of Saint Judas the Apostle, brother of Jesus, also known as Thaddaeus or Lebbaeus.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/memory-of-saint-judas-the-apostle-june-19/

  146. Greatly Saddened says

    TheNationalHerald15
    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald.
     
    He Will Baptize You with the Holy Spirit and Fire
    By John Athanasatos
    June 18, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250198/he-will-baptize-you-with-the-holy-spirit-and-fire/

  147. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofMoscow46
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    FIRST ORTHODOX PARISH ESTABLISHED IN CANCUN (+ VIDEO)
    Cancun, June 18, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121902.html

  148. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity47
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    ROMANIAN CHURCH OPENS HOME FOR THE ELDERLY, RUSSIAN CHURCH OPENS HUMANITARIAN AID CENTER
    Ponoară, Romania; Omsk, Russia,
    June 18, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121905.html

  149. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity48
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    PHILARET STARTS SPEAKING THE TRUTH: OCU IS NON-CANONICAL, NOT A TRUE UNIFICATION, EPIPHANY MAY NOT EVEN BE A PRIEST
    Kiev, June 18, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121909.html

    • George Michalopulos says

      Thank you, Phanar, for clearing up all that mess in Ukraine.

      Let’s see what you can do in America.

  150. Greatly Saddened says

    RussianOC18
    Below please find an article from Sunday on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website.
     
    RUSSIA
    Russian Orthodox Church Backs Down In Yekaterinburg Church Dispute
    June 16, 2019 17:09 GMT
    By RFE/RL’s Russian Service
     
    https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-orthodox-church-backs-down-in-yekaterinburg-church-dispute/30002425.html?fbclid=IwAR1ReU2akbnddQvokshdqBw-eveNoViAktkyiOqR3kUkLpvEJpDxUBaj2U8

    • George Michalopulos says

      At the risk of jumping into this fray, I can say that there already is a magnificent church built in Ekaterinburg right on the spot of the Romanov’s martyrdom. That should be enough IMHO.

  151. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofSerbia6
    Below please find an article from June 4th, on the TRT World website.
     
    Head of Serbian Orthodox Church finds common ground with Assad regime
    4 JUN 2019
     
    The Serbian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Irinej makes a controversial visit to Syria and praises Bashar al Assad.
     
    https://www.trtworld.com/europe/head-of-serbian-orthodox-church-finds-common-ground-with-assad-regime-27254

  152. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus17
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    The Church of Cyprus accepts the resignation of the Metropolitan of Kition
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 15:55
     
    The Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus accepted the resignation of Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kition from his position.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-church-of-cyprus-accepts-the-resignation-of-the-metropolitan-of-kition/

  153. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofThyateiraandGreatBritain6
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Archbishop of Thyateira: My aim is to attract more young people to the Church
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 12:55
     
    The new Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain, Nikitas, assumed his office aiming to continue the work of his predecessor, to attract more young people to the Church, to promote religious education and to make a positive contribution to the lives of members of the Greek and Cypriot communities in Britain.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-thyateira-my-aim-is-to-attract-more-young-people-to-the-church/

    • George Michalopulos says

      Lest we forget, Met Nikita took out Turkish citizenship several years ago. I’m curious about Makarios, the new Arb of Australia. Does anybody know if he did so as well?

  154. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofJerusalem25
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    Monday of the Holy Spirit at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 12:11
     
    On Monday of the Holy Spirit, June 17, 2019, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit was especially celebrated due to His inspiration to the Holy Disciples and Apostles who were gathered at the Upper Room, at the hill of Holy Zion. This event was celebrated at the place where it happened, at the Holy Zion and in particular.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/monday-of-the-holy-spirit-at-the-patriarchate-of-jerusalem/

  155. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece70
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Emi Livaniou visited Archbishop Ieronymos
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 14:19
     
    New Democracy candidate Emi Zisiopoulou Livaniou visited this morning Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/emi-livaniou-visited-archbishop-ieronymos/

  156. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania12
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Patriarch Daniel sends an encouraging message to students who take national exams
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 14:33
     
    Patriarch Daniel of Romania has sent an encouraging message to students in Romania taking national exams urging all priests to assist them during this stressful period with prayer, encouraging words and any other useful help.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-daniel-sends-an-encouraging-message-to-students-who-take-national-exams/

  157. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus18
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    Archbishop of Cyprus: Mediterranean Sea must stop being a graveyard of innocent people
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 15:13
     
    On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the religious leaders of Cyprus sent their solidarity message to the refugees all over the world who are forced to flee their homes and their countries.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-cyprus-mediterranean-sea-must-stop-being-a-graveyard-of-innocent-people/

  158. Greatly Saddened says

    GOMetropolisofFrance8
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Metropolitan of France as a speaker at the Interfaith Conference in Vienna
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 13:54
    By Romfea.news
     
    Metropolitan Emmanuel of France spoke at the Interfaith Conference on “From Interfaith and Inter-Civilizational Cooperation to Human Solidarity” on Wednesday morning.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-of-france-as-a-speaker-at-the-interfaith-conference-in-vienna/

  159. Greatly Saddened says

    HellenicRepublic5
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Society
    Middle and high school diplomas will not mention religion
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 18, 2019 | 13:40
     
    This year, the middle and high school diplomas that will be given to graduates will not mention religion but will include both the father’s and the mother’s surname.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/middle-and-high-school-diplomas-will-not-mention-religion/

  160. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania13
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Holy Synod of Romanian Patriarchate meets in Bucharest
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 17:16
     
    The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church met on Wednesday at the Synodal Hall of the Patriarchal Residence under the chairmanship of Patriarch Daniel to discuss current topics on the agenda.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/holy-synod-of-romanian-patriarchate-meets-in-bucharest/

  161. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria13
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    A warm welcome of the Alexandrian Primate by the Coptic Orthodox Pope
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 20:49
     
    On June 18, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa visited Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the construction of Saint Takla Church of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/a-warm-welcome-of-the-alexandrian-primate-by-the-coptic-orthodox-pope/

  162. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofCanada2
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    Metropolis of Toronto Named Archdiocese of Canada
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    June 19, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250346/metropolis-of-toronto-named-archdiocese-of-canada/

  163. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA279
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    Former Finance Director Of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of America Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement
    By TNH Staff 
    June 19, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250372/former-finance-director-of-greek-orthodox-archdiocese-of-america-pleads-guilty-to-embezzlement/

  164. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA280
    Below please find a press release from today on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.
     
    NEWS » OFFICIAL NEWS » 2019
    Archbishop Elpidophoros arriving today, June 19 in New York
    Stavros Papagermanos,
    (212) 570-3530,
    pressoffice@goarch.org
    June 19, 2019
     
    https://www.goarch.org/-/archbishop-elpidophoros-arriving-today-june-19-in-new-york

  165. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA281
    Below please find an announcement from today on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.
     
    NEWS » OFFICIAL NEWS » 2019
    Arrival Remarks of His Eminence Archbishop ELPIDOPHOROS
    June 19, 2019
    John F. Kennedy Airport, New York
     
    https://www.goarch.org/-/arrival-remarks-of-his-eminence-archbishop-elpidophoros

  166. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA282
    Below please find a link to the video from today on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Facebook website.
     
    NEWS » OFFICIAL NEWS » 2019
    Arrival of His Eminence
    Archbishop ELPIDOPHOROS
    June 19, 2019
    John F. Kennedy Airport, New York
     
    https://www.facebook.com/goarch/videos/2287155368201563/

  167. Greatly Saddened says

    GOMetropolisofBelgium2
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Divine Liturgy at the Nativity of the Mother of God Convent in Asten
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 18:25
     
    On the following Saturday, June 22, Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium and Exarch of the Netherlands and Luxembourg will officiate at the Archieratic Divine Liturgy at the Nativity of the Mother of God Convent in Asten, the Netherlands.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/divine-liturgy-at-the-nativity-of-the-mother-of-god-convent-in-asten/

  168. Greatly Saddened says

    MetropolisofSwedenandallScandinavia2
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Metropolitan of Sweden: Set God’s love as a criterion and rule in your life
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 20:12
     
    On Pentecost Sunday, June 16, 2019, Metropolitan Cleopas of Sweden and all Scandinavia ordained Maxime Francois Lesage to Deacon in St. George Cathedral in Stockholm.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-of-sweden-set-gods-love-as-a-criterion-and-rule-in-your-life/

  169. Greatly Saddened says

    AROCWE4
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
    Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe presides over celebration at the Trinity Cathedral in Paris on Pentecost
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 19, 2019 | 19:00
     
    On 16 June 2019, the Day of the Holy Trinity, celebrations took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on the Branly Embankment in Paris. Metropolitan Antony of Korsun and Western Europe officiated at the Divine Liturgy, the first for him as for the ruling bishop. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church appointed him Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe on May 30.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarchal-exarch-of-western-europe-presides-over-celebration-at-the-trinity-cathedral-in-paris-on-pentecost/

  170. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA283
    Below please find an article and a video from today in The National Herald.
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros Arrives, Greeted at JFK by the Greek-American Community (Video)
    By Christodoulos Athanasatos 
    June 19, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250390/archbishop-elpidophoros-arrives-greeted-at-jfk-by-the-greek-american-community/

  171. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece71
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Archbishop Ieronymos: Clerics are not civil servants
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 20, 2019 | 11:03
     
    Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece referred to the church property, the Church-State relations, and the payment regime of the clerics on the occasion of the presentation of the book written by Nikos Tombros entitled “Monasticism and the Newly Created Greek State.”
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-ieronymos-clerics-are-not-civil-servants/

  172. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA284
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop Elpidophoros: I come to serve, and not to be served
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 20, 2019 | 09:44
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros received an enthusiastic welcome upon his arrival in the United States as hundreds of faithful from various New York area parishes gathered today June 19, 2019, in the arrival hall of Terminal One, at John F. Kennedy International Airport to welcome their new spiritual leader. Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be enthroned on Saturday June 22, 2019.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-elpidophoros-i-come-to-serve-and-not-to-be-served/

    • AB Elpi said all the correct things in Enlish, my understanding of Greek is limited. My hope and prayer is that his words reflect his true sentiments and we’re not just nice talking points given by some coach.

      • George Michalopulos says

        JK, we’ll know if his words are serious if he calls up the other American primates and asks them to do a complete and total “do-over” of the EAUSA. He could start by saying “I won’t be the president, let’s have a rotating presidency and base it on alphabetical order” or something like that.

    • George Michalopulos says

      I’m sorry, but I have read this Romfea news-story now twice and I can’t find those words which they write that he said. Is there another link?

      • Greatly Saddened says

        GM … please see GOA281 for the transcript and GOA282 for the video.

        • Greatly Saddened says

          One thing to keep in mind. His Eminence Archbishop Elect Elpidophoros is in a unique position. He is the heir apparent to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. That alone changes things.

    • Spiritual Gangster says

      The Archbishop has arrived – roll out the red carpet!

      To cover up all those pentagrams!

      • Extract from:
        https://www.goarch.org/news/releases/2019/-/asset_publisher/OZ7IjaVmjx7p/content/arrival-remarks-of-his-eminence-archbishop-elpidophoros?_101_INSTANCE_OZ7IjaVmjx7p_languageId=en_US

        His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros
        Arrival Remarks
        June 19, 2019
        John F. Kennedy Airport, New York
        Your Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston,Your Eminences and Graces, Most Reverend Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod and Bishops of the Holy Archdiocese of America,Honorable Consul General of Greece, Konstantinos Koutras,My Beloved Spiritual Children of the Holy Archdiocese of America,.”
        (highlighting mine)..

        Just two comments:
        (1)
        The Apostle greeted each other with the words “brother, brethren”.
        Elpidoforos greeted his brother bishops otherwise, …better than the Apostles did. If he said “Brethren” to them, it would suggest equality!
         
        (2)
        Apostle Paul instructed Timothy, Bishop of  Ephesus:
        ” Rebuke not an elder, but intreat [him] as a father; [and] the younger men as brethren;The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. “( 1 Timothy, 5:1-2 )
         
        Elpidoforos apparently does not need St.Pauls instructions and patronized/intimidated all the people present, as spiritual Children, because he is certainly more spiritual than any one of those present.

        • “The truth of the story lies in the details.”

          Elpidoforos words subtly suggest,
          “keep quiet, children, and do as I say!”

        • George Michalopulos says

          I’m hoping that this is because English isn’t his first tongue (but his fourth) and that he doesn’t understand the necessary nuance. I’d like to cut him that much slack. However, given the track record of the Phanar as well as his own heterodox. quasi-RC teaching regarding the nature of the relationship between Cpole and the other primates, I’m not going to hold my breath.

          • George,
            ( 1 Timothy, 5:1-2 ) is very clear what it means.
            How can Elpidoforos  “intreat” the others as fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters if he addresses them as “children”?

            Isn’t that intimidating?

            He says that in Greek too!

            • George Michalopulos says

              Well then, we’re screwed.

              Glad I’m not in the GOA anymore. Hopefully he won’t be attempting a hostile takeover of the other jurisdictions.

              • anonymous says

                George Michalopulos 
                Since the Church of Constantinople does not recognize the autocephaly of the OCA
                But somehow still recognizes it
                I’m sure the OCA is just viewed to them as juristictionally separated “children”
                Russian mission roots are just an unfortunate dismissable thing
                And you, a Greek, who needs to be “united” together with all other Greeks per stated mission
                In practical terms, you are still in the GOA in their minds.  You are just a bit uninvolved right now
                You just need to be properly reformed/re-educated/re-assimilated
                As far as being screwed
                “Things aren’t as bad as they seem, gypsy boy . . . No . . . They are much worse!”
                -The Inspector General 

              • How can Elpidophoros even begin any attempts at hostile takeovers of the jurisdictions in the US?
                Will he attempt to nationalize the assembly of SCOBA in the name of the EP?
                The non-EP bishops would never stand for it.   The GOA archbishop don’t have that kind of muscle!
                 
                 

                • George Michalopulos says

                  I imagine that he is the advance guard for the CP, who has every intention of coming here and try to pull a Ukraine, i.e. telling all the other bishops that their dioceses are null and void to wait for future assignments.

                  • EP brags that they already have in the US: GOA, Arabs (from the former JP), Ukrainians and the Carpatho-Russians and that the EP is the truly pan-Orthodox body in America.
                    Elpidophoros has said:
                    “With regards to the United States, the submission to the First Throne of the Church, that is, to the Ecumenical Patriarchate is not only fitting with the American society and mentality but also it opens up the horizons of possibilities for this much-promising region, which is capable of becoming an example of Pan-Orthodox unity and witness.”
                    I’m aghast at his willful ignorance and presumptuousness.  Since when has “submission” to any kind of throne ever been “fitting with the American society and mentality”?!
                    He don’t know us too good do he?
                     
                     
                     

                    • Look u yanks told the British where to go, so i expect no less of the Phanar.  
                      Here in the Balkans Greek domination in Bulgaria here, Romania and Serbia was regarded as an equal evil to the turks.The greek bishops bled the Slav peasants dry to feed the Phanar.   Granted it was a different animals to today,  but it was still an imperial mindset.   You are in the USA of 2019.Remember that!! 

        • Monk James Silver says

          Ioannis (June 21, 2019 at 1:34 am) says:

          SNIP
          Elpidoforos apparently does not need St.Pauls instructions and patronized/intimidated all the people present, as spiritual Children, because he is certainly more spiritual than any one of those present.

          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          This is all just noise for its own sake, a tempest in a teapot.

          Whatever his good points and bad points might be, Abp Elpidophoros is speaking completely within the Tradition to describe the faithful of his archdiocese , both the clergy and the laity, as his children, and to address them as such.

          Since ancient times, our service books have included prayers and petitions for ‘our lord and father (N), bishop of (N)’. All priests and monks are called ‘father’, whether their children, like those of the bishop, are physical, spiritual, or metaphoric.

          Since it’s clear that no man can be a father without children in one or more of these senses, it is not unreasonable for bishops, priests, and monks to address those for whom they must answer to God as their ‘children’.

          • Monk James Silver, OK,
            please tell me then 
            how do you think
            that Bartholomew applies ( 1 Timothy, 5:1-2 )?

            You really call that,

            “This is all just noise for its own sake, a tempest in a teapot.” ?

            • Of course, I mean Bartholomew and his “Child” Elpidoforos.

              How do they apply these instructions of St.Paul,
              with the CLEAR meaning they consider the others as St.Paul instructs.
              And since you know many things,
              could you please give me one link of theirs words which applies the above instruction?

              • Monk James Silver says

                You are obviously able to read the scriptures, ‘Ioannis’, but it’s just as obvious that you don’t understand what you’re reading.

                Your exegetic efforts could use a little help from the model offered by the humility of the Ethiopian official (Acts 8:26 ff) who was reading aloud from the prophecy of Isaiah. When the apostle Philip, who was placed there by the Holy Spirit of God, heard the man reading, he asked him if he understood those words. The Ethiopian replied that he wouldn’t be able to understand them unless someone explained their meaning to him.

                So St Philip explained the prophecy to the Ethiopian, who immediately came to faith in Christ and asked for baptism. That is the first scriptural example of the authority of the Tradition to interpret the Bible within The Church.

                But you write as though you are influenced by some sort of Protestant proof-texting theory, which Orthodox Christianity does not follow. Please recall that the Bible is only one part (albeit the most important part) of the written part of the authentically Orthodox Catholic Christian Tradition.

                Now, in reference to 1 Timothy 5:1-2, it’s clear that St Paul is teaching his ‘child Timothy’ (as he addresses him) how to relate to people in general. He’s not describing the sort of teacher-disciple relationship he has with St Timothy or St Titus or any other person to whom he entrusted The Tradition which he had received. In his turn, St Timothy would have written and spoken to his own disciples addressing them as his children.

                Now, as far as what sense Bartholomew makes of all this, I recommend that you ask Bartholomew, not James..

                • Monk James Silver,
                  “‘Ioannis’, but it’s just as obvious that you don’t understand what you’re reading”.
                  I am sorry, I could say exactly the same thing about you.
                  It is very easy for you to characterize somebody’s behaviour, knowledge, or capabilities, but unfortunately you do not offer a proof.
                  I wish/hope you are absolutely right about your own capabilities. Example: A few days ago (if I am not mistaken) you expressed your self-confidence of being an expert in translations. I wish you to be aninfallible man, very useful to our Church. I am truly sorry if I have given a similar impression about myself. I do not mean to write my “wise” explanations. I am utilising my common sense and read the Bible AND the Church Fathers (thus no Protestant influence as you diagnosed as an expert Doctor of the Church)
                  The example of the Ethiopian you mention does not apply to an Orthodox Christian who has read not only the Bible BUT the Fathers as well (the Ethiopian did not have that luxury).So abad example, try something else to defend your hero Elpidoforos.

                  Now, you wrote, “…Elpidophoros is speaking completely within the Tradition…”. So you did defend him YOURSELF. You did not recommend that I(!) ask him to explain to me why he said “Children” (τέκνα).So, it is only logical for me to ask you, “How do they (Elpid. & Barth.) apply these instructions of St.Paul”
                  So, if somebody agrees with you and Elpidoforos, then OK.
                  If he doesn’t agree with you, and if you want to avoid a straight reply, then you say things like e.g.
                  “you don’t understand”
                  “ask him, not me”,
                  “how do you prove that?” etc.

                  I am afraid your …reply is unacceptable.

                  I can imagine you esteem B. & E. very much and love them in Christ, but that is exactly why you must help them (for the Church and their Souls) by mentioning any faults thy make.
                  Of course you have read Chrysostom’s Homily 3 on the Acts, how easy it is for the clergy to loose theirs souls…

                  Regarding your comment
                  “you are influenced by some sort of Protestant proof-texting theory, which Orthodox Christianity does not follow”
                  I would reply to you,
                  1) please do not allow yourself to get influenced by the Papists
                  2) or, reflecting about it, why do you make such a comment against Protestant influence, when your Hero himself has said that
                  “all religions are pathways of salvation.”?
                  Has he now rejected his Protestant and other friends?

                  • Monk James Silver says

                    Well, ‘Ioannis’, it appears that filtering everything through your preconceptions makes you unable to understand my words any better than you understand St Paul’s, so I think I’ll just end our correspondence here.

                    • Monk James Silver 
                      I’ll tell you the direct truth in love in Christ!
                      I am afraid, your method of correspondence is unacceptable especially from a monk!
                      You did the same thing to “anonymous” yesterday.
                      First you intimidate the other person
                      and if he is not convinced you stop the correspondence.
                      You ask the other person to reply to your points,
                      but you avoid replying to his points!!!!
                      That is surely the Bartholomew “Paradigm”!

                      If you understand that you are wrong you stop the conversation.
                      I would expect such a trick from secular people, but not from a monk. But times are changing indeed. I am very sorry.
                      If nothing happens, we’ll see the “Holy Quran” read by FUTURE(!) Orthodox monks, together with the Bible.

                      To use your own method:
                      Please clearly state:
                      Q.7: What are my preconceptions
                      Q.8: Prove they are wrong.
                       
                      And a bonus question:
                      Q.9: Did you know that holy monks, saints of our days in Athos, accepted the strong criticism from the people as a blessing and as an expression of real love from them? But of course you know much better!

                    • Monk James Silver,
                      “Ioannis… it appears that filtering everything through your preconceptions makes you unable to understand my words any better than you understand St Paul’s”.

                      That is really interesting:
                      To understand you and St.Paul,
                      I need to drop my preconceptions and adopt YOURS! 
                      Q.10: JUST HOW DO YOU PROVE THAT ????
                      Q.11  How come St.Chrysostom does not agree with you? (see my other message).
                       
                       
                       
                       

                    • Monk James Silver wrote,
                      “Well, ‘Ioannis’, it appears that filtering everything through your preconceptions makes you unable to understand my words any better than you understand St Paul’s, so I think I’ll just end our correspondence here.”

                      If you do that Monk James Silver, and you do not reply to my numbered points, then I think it will be very useful for me to remember this for future reference, as the case may arise.

                • Monk James Silver says
                  June 22, 2019 at 8:56 am
                  “You are obviously able to read the scriptures, ‘Ioannis’, but it’s just as obvious that you don’t understand what you’re reading.
                  Your exegetic efforts could use a little help from the model offered by the humility of the Ethiopian official (Acts 8:26 ff) who was reading aloud from the prophecy of Isaiah.”

                  In the model you propose to me,

                  Q.1: Do you really consider a baptised Orthodox (me or anybody) to be of the same lack of illumination of an unbaptized person like the Ethiopian (also considering that St.Paul calls (about 40 times!)the baptised persons as “saints” (ἁγίους) ?

                  Q.2: Do you consider a modern Orthodox going to church, listening to numerous sermons, and reading the Fathers, to be as uninformed as the Ethiopian?

                  Q.3: Do you consider yourself (Monk James Silver) to be the equivalent of Apostle Philip to teach a person (me or other) as described in Q.1 and Q.2?
                  If you say you are, how can you prove this? (you ‘ll like this accuracy!).

                  Q.4: Do you NOT know that St. John Chrysostom and other Saints remind/urge us (unlike you) to privately read the Bible? Why do you discourage us by sowing doubt whether we can understand it? And who should we ask for help? How do you prove that?

                  Q.5: Why do you use a paraphrase of the R.C. standpoint that
                  “The Bible says this but you don’t understand it. In case there is a difference between the Bible and the Pope you shall believe the Pope!”
                  You are a selfconfidend learned person: Have you also read Bp.Paul Ballester’s book on his conversion from R.C. to Orthodoxy.
                  The above standpoint of the Pope convinced him to become Orthodox.

                  Q.6: You stated:
                  “Now, in reference to 1 Timothy 5:1-2, it’s clear that St Paul is teaching his ‘child Timothy’ (as he addresses him) how to relate to people in general. He’s not describing the sort of teacher-disciple relationship…”
                  YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY AND UTTERLY WRONG!
                  He is indeed including a teacher-disciple relationship!
                  Please read Chrysostom’s homily extract below:
                  (How come you didn’t know the text below?)


                  St. John Chrysostom, Homily 1 Timothy 4:11-14

                  Chap. v. ver. 1. “Rebuke not an elder.”
                  Is he now speaking of the order? I think not, but of any elderly man. What then if he
                  should need correction? Do not rebuke him, but address him as you would a father offending.
                  Ver. 1. “The elder women as mothers, the younger men as brethren; the younger women
                  as sisters, with all purity.”
                  Rebuke is in its own nature offensive, particularly when it is addressed to an old man,
                  and when it proceeds from a young man too, there is a threefold show of forwardness. By
                  the manner and the mildness of it, therefore, he would soften it. For it is possible to reprove
                  without offense, if one will only make a point of this: it requires great discretion, but it may
                  be done.
                  “The younger men as brethren.” Why does he recommend this too here? With a view
                  to the high spirit natural to young men, whence it is proper to soften reproof to them also
                  with moderation.
                  “The younger women as sisters”; he adds, “with all purity.” Tell me not, he means, of
                  merely avoiding sinful intercourse with them. There should not be even a suspicion. For
                  since intimacy with young women is always suspicious, and yet a Bishop cannot always
                  avoid it, he shows by adding these words, that “all purity” is required in such intimacy. But
                  does Paul give this advice to Timothy? Yes, he says, for I am speaking to the world through
                  him. But if Timothy was thus advised, let others consider what sort of conduct is required
                  of them, that they should give no ground for suspicion, no shadow of pretext, to those who
                  wish to calumniate.


                  I’ll borrow/paraphrase your request to “anonymous’ yesterday:
                  “Please respond to the points I raised” above (Q1 to Q6).
                  For your convenience, I have numbered them.
                  “If you would kindly address those points”, we shall succeed in a logical, consequent and fair conversation.
                  I trust you want that, don’t you?

                • Monk James Silver,
                  I have some more IMPORTANT details for you,
                  which evidently you lack,
                  on the failed example of the Ethiopian,
                  some wise words not from me but from St. John Chrysostom.
                  It matters not whether you have the encouragement to reply to me,
                  I only wish that you know what Chrysostom says, so that
                  you will think twice before you scrutinize/intimidate somebody else that they can’t understand the Bible without help from experts like you.
                  You will learn from the Saint that an Orthodox can read the Bible privately AND exert his understanding,  :

                  St. Chrysostom:Homily on the passage (Matt. xxvi. 19), “father if it be possible let this cup pass from me,” etc.,and against marcionists and manichæans.

                  In order then to build a wall against their attack and to relieve those who are in perplexityfrom bewilderment and confusion, let us take in hand the words which have been cited, anddwell upon the passage, and dive into the depths of its meanings. For reading does not suffice unless knowledge also be added to it. Even as the eunuch of Candace read, but until one came who instructed him in the meaning of what he was reading he derived no great benefitfrom it. In order therefore that you may not be in the same condition attend to what is said, exert your understanding, let me have your mind disengaged from other thoughts, let your eye be quick-sighted, your intention earnest: let your soul be set free from worldly cares, that we may not sow our words upon the thorns, or upon the rock, or by the way side, but that we may till a deep and rich field, and so reap an abundant harvest. For if you thus attend to what is said you will render my labour lighter and facilitate the discovery of that which you are seeking.
                   
                   

                  • M. Stankovich says

                    Holy Cow! Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
                     
                    So, after dogging Papouli Theodore until he was driven away, you have set your sights on Monk James. With all due respect, judging by your writings and responses, you are quite out of your league to do so. In demanding Monk James agree with you and answer a set of questions specifically worded – and poorly at that – your obvious, clear intention is to attempt to trap. This is, at best, a foolhardy endeavor, disregarding the warning of the Scripture, “He that digs a pit for his neighbour shall fall into it himself: and he that rolls a stone, rolls it upon himself.” (Prov. 26:27) Surely you can find something else to contribute besides harangue?

                    • Fair enough, M. Stankovich.
                      It is very easy to make vague generic, cliche, comments.
                      Please tell me the WORST SINGLE thing I have told Monk James!
                      Will you?
                       

                    • M. Stankovich says

                      “Holy Cow!…”

                      Kyrie Eleison! Lord have mercy!
                      I am sorry, if you don’t mind,as an Orthodox I have nothing to do with the “Holy Cow” and its connotations.

                      Thank you for your kind and polite message.

                      Dear brother in Christ, you have criticized me of
                      1-“Spanish Inquisition”
                      2-“Papouli Theodore until he was driven away”
                      3-“demanding Monk James agree with you”
                      4-“set of questions specifically worded – and”
                      5-“poorly at that”
                      6-“clear intention is to attempt to trap” and “He that digs a pit for his neighbour”
                      7-“you can find something else to contribute”

                      My own questions to Monk James still remain unanswered and the explanation is
                      -by him “being as silent as fish”
                      -by you as being “Spanish Inquisition”.
                      -by me, as a proof that M.J. cannot/will not answer them
                      -by the other readers here, I don’t know.

                      I trust, you being a kind and just/fair person, you will allow me to defend myself (unlike Bartholomew who excommunicated the Theologian N.Sotiropoulos, without allowing him to defend himself, but that is a different story).

                      So here I am replying to the points you made, and unlike you, I do not consider it “Spanish Inquisition” but Christian “Yes,yes and No,no”:

                      1-No, it is not. I am sorry if it looks like that.Read below.
                      2-Don’t worry, Papouli is back today, undaunted, undeterred,undismayed.
                      3-That’s not true! I asked him to reply to the points, not to agree with me!
                      4-Questions must not be vague but accurate and specifically worded. Why is THAT bad?
                      5-Thanks for the hint. English is not my mother tongue. I am sorry about that, it can’t be helped.
                      6-No, brother. I do not want to trap him into a pit, I want to get him out of the pit he is in!
                      7-Really, …is there anything better to always contribute than the words of the Bible and the words of our Holy Fathers like Chrysostom?

                      And now dear brother in Christ,
                      I have some simple questions to you, in turn, I humbly beseech and beg you to answer them, NOT AS SPANISH INQUISITION, but because I really care/want to know how you think exactly:

                      -Why is it OK for M.J. to explicitly ask people to reply to his points, but if I ask him the same, you then say it’s “Spanish Inquisition”? Is it because of the numbering? Too any questions? What?Could you give me one example, what did I ask M.J. which sounded like “Spanish Inquisition”? In other words is this because I numbered the questions? What is my “question-format” that would be approved by you as not “Spanish Inquisition”?

                      -similarly, please mention one of my questions to M.J. which was unacceptable because of “specifically worded”

                      -what would you like me to contribute to this forum, (instead of my reply 7-) just praises to M.J., blind devotion to Bartholomew or what?

                      Please forgive me if I have now written even one inappropriate word to you. I mean it.

                    • M. Stankovich,
                      “So, after dogging Papouli Theodore until he was driven away, you have set your sights on Monk James. ”

                      Why all his?
                      One thing is certain, there is nothing personal, I do not know them, I saw their names 2-3 months ago.

                      From what I gather you are a scientist, a very good one.
                      Another good scientist was Werner von Braun, the “father of missiles” actually a faithful RC (later Evangelical) Christian.
                      He had said, 
                      “Religion ist Wissenschaft der Wissenschaften”, or
                      “Religion is Science of Sciences”.
                      Now then, in your own science, if you have a scientific correspondence and another colleague asks you a few questions, then it is not scietific of you if you do not reply.
                      If Religion is “Science of Sciences” then according to Chrysostomic logic, it is even more important to reply to religious questions than to scientific ones.
                      If you believe that Orthodoxy is the True Church from the day of the Pentecost, then our problem becomes even more serious, we should show the best correspondence-behaviour, not to forget, the others who read us (“Look at those Orthodox they can not even converse”!) 
                      I therefore  kindly ask you to moderate in this case with your two friends to resume correspondence with me, because my questions certainly are not “Spanish Inquisition” but deep interest!
                      In fact this should apply to all discussions here:
                      Thus, to reply to a question seems to be (in increasing importance):

                      Basic manners
                      Scientific manners
                      Christian manners
                      Orthodox manners!
                       
                      P.S. I agree with you, there may be a bad question and one should ask for rephrasing.
                       

                  • M. Stankovich says

                    Are you familiar with the term λογομαχέω that appears in St. Paul’s First Epistle to Timothy 6:4? St Paul is warning Timothy of those who would teach things other than the doctrine of the church, who “consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words,” or so says the KJV. The Greek text says “war of words,” obviously derived from λογοσ, meaning “word” and μάχη, meaning to battle or engage in combat. And whether or not it is reflected in St. Paul’s message to Timothy, the ancient Greek clearly intended to indicate that λογομαχίας meant a frivolous war of words. While I am not accusing you of wrong teachings, I am of λογομαχία. For this reason, I will not be drawn into what I see as the further distraction of answering questions. You have a most fascinating theory of “manners,” but it is one to which I do not subscribe. I will suggest that it is the Tradition of the Church that the Evangelist John the Theologian is depicted iconographically with his hand covering his mouth. Imagine, he who has the most to say impedes his own mouth from speaking. All things considered, it proved to be one of the greatest lessons of my life.

                    • M. Stankovich, you wrote:
                      “While I am not accusing you of wrong teachings, I am of λογομαχία.”

                      While I am not accusing you of wrong teachings, I am of μονολογία,

                      i.e. μονόλογο, monologue, you want to talk,
                      teach others, but not to reply,
                      unless the other person agrees with you. That is not true DIALOGUE!

                      Thank you very much for your moderating cooperation,
                      come again!

          • Monk James Silver,
            “…Elpidophoros is speaking completely within the Tradition…”
             
            The foundations of the Tradition
            are the very words of Christ and His Apostles.
            Tradition can not nullify its foundations.

  173. Greatly Saddened says

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    Patron Saint-day of the Russian Holy Trinity church in Belgrade
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    Jun 19, 2019 | 19:44
     
    On Whit Monday, when is also the Patron Saint-Day of the Russian Holy Trinity church, the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade, on 17 June 2019 at 9 am the bells of the Russian church of Holy Trinity marked the beginning of the solemn Liturgy.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patron-saint-day-of-the-russian-holy-trinity-church-in-belgrade/

  174. Vatican joins Orthodox, Protestants to proclaim environmentalist ‘Season of Creation’

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    ROME, June 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — In a letter released on Tuesday by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Christians were called to put Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ encyclical on the environment into practice.

    Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, and other Protestant ecclesial groupings are being urged to celebrate September as a “Season of Creation” to press for action on the doctrine of climate change. “During the month-long Season of Creation, Christians on six continents work to put Laudato Si’ into practice,” says the letter, which was released on Tuesday by the dicastery. The dicastery asks Christians to “participate in community events to deepen their love for the Creator, creation, and each other.”…

  175. Greatly Saddened says

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    The event for the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Hellenic Bible Society at the Athens Concert Hall took place on Wednesday afternoon in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/president-of-the-republic-and-archbishop-at-the-event-for-the-200th-anniversary-of-bible-society/

  176. Greatly Saddened says

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    Bulgarian church to add Georgia to pilgrimage destination list, promoting religious tourism
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    The Bulgarian church will add Georgia to a list of pilgrimage destinations, including countries the local church advises its parish to visit, the Georgian parliament reports.
     
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  177. Greatly Saddened says

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    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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    Story from the U.S. Department of Justice
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/former-finance-director-of-goa-pleads.html?m=1

  178. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA286
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Day 322 Without a Chancellor in Chicago
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/day-322-without-chancellor-in-chicago.html?m=1

  179. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA287
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    U.S. Government Continues the Investigation into GOA Misconduct
     
    The GOA did not take out a $5.5 million dollar loan just because someone embezzled $66,000 over the course of six years. Officials are looking into someone else.
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/us-government-continues-investigation.html?m=1

  180. Greatly Saddened says

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    ROC’S FIRST CHURCH IN HONOR OF ST. PATRICK UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT BELARUSIAN BOARDING SCHOOL FOR DISABLED CHILDREN
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    http://orthochristian.com/121955.html

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    85 churches seized, 222 illegally re-registered in Ukraine since Constantinople’s unification council
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    http://orthochristian.com/121965.html

  182. Greatly Saddened says

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    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
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    Archbishop of America: I ask you to have patience and goodwill
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 20, 2019 | 19:20
     
    The new Archbishop, Elpidophoros, arrived a while ago at the Holy Archdiocese of America.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-america-i-ask-you-to-have-patience-and-goodwill/

    • anonymous says

      Greatly Saddened

      Patient? Patient for what, exactly?

      The finishing of the St. Nicholas Shrine? I can’t wait!

      They should have put that shine in the Black Hills of South Dakota

      You know, to give that unfinished monument of Crazy Horse something to point at

      Maybe with the inscription, “Ha ha!!”

      The wagons have already been encircled in the GOA for some time now.

      So what are we to be patient about?

      Something tells me whatever they have planned won’t include the new Archbishop traveling here and there throughout the Unites States planting churches for ALL Americans like he’s Johnny Appleseed

      I’m not anticipating excitement for whatever they plan on rolling out at this point

      Just look at the situation in the Ukraine

  183. Greatly Saddened says

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    Jun 20, 2019 | 12:37
     
    George Papadakos, the former Director of Finance of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, pled guilty today to embezzling more than $60,000 of GOAA funds, according to an official press release of the Office the Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
     
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  184. Greatly Saddened says

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    by NewsRoom
    Jun 20, 2019 | 18:37
     
    The “Local Synod” of the so-called “Patriarchate” of Kiev, chaired by the honourary “Patriarch” Filaret in the Cathedral of St. Vladimir in Kiev, met on Thursday, June 20.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-patriarchate-of-kiev-has-annulled-the-tomos-and-does-not-recognize-epiphanius/

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Just perfect! The Patriarchate of Kiev is still on the books in Ukraine and Filaret is not without his followers. Epiphany is going to have a hard time getting rid of him, particularly since he flat out lied to him about what his continuing role would be. Another opportunity for bloodshed as if Ukraine needs more, and the fallout will rest directly on the shoulders of the one with delusions of grandeur who mistakenly thinks he is the first OVER equals and doesn’t have to listen to anyone about anything. He’ll go down in history as the cautionary tale in the “What Not to do as a Patriarch” Training 101 Manual; “Remember that crazy old patriarch who brought in those schematics in Ukraine causing all hell to break loose? Don’t be like him. Listen to your brother bishops. The path of a patriarch is not a solitary one. The Holy Spirit does not speak through one person. If you find yourself out of step, it is likely He is not speaking to you.”

      • If he is a patriarch, so are you and me.

      • It’s hilarious..  I’ve never laughed so much.  I have to say. How can anybody advise anybody these days to join a Christian church.   They all rotting .  I’m a believer and I am finding it hard going. We seem to have more crooks and ponces to the square mile than the mafia. 

      • Johann Sebastian says

        Question is, which of these two, if any, will now move toward “repentance” and “reconcile” with canonical Church?
        And are we obligated to take either of these two toxic personalities back?

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    Archbishop Says Transparency Key to Future of Archdiocese
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    June 20, 2019
     
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  186. Greatly Saddened says

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  187. Greatly Saddened says

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  188. Greatly Saddened says

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    Jun 20, 2019 | 20:45
     
    From the very first moment, after the powerful earthquake took place in the region of Korça, where significant damages incurred to houses and many people were removed from their homes, both Archbishop Anastasios of Albania and Metropolitan Joan showed their interest immediately.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/priests-support-earthquake-victims-in-a-village-in-korca/

  189. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus19
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    Former Directors, Curators and Professors of the Cyprus Seminary were honoured
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 10:31
     
    On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the graduation ceremony of the priests of the “Apostle Barnabas” Seminary of the Church of Cyprus took place, with the attendance of Hierarchs, many clergy and laymen.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/former-directors-curators-and-professors-of-the-cyprus-seminary-were-honoured/

  190. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofGeorgia8
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Georgia
    Metropolitan Kallistratos of Kutaisi-Gaenati has passed away
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 11:05
     
    On Thursday, June 20, according to information from the Patriarchate of Georgia, Metropolitan Kallistratos of Kutaisi-Gaenati passed away at the age of 81.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-kallistratos-of-kutaisi-gaenati-has-passed-away/

  191. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofMoscow47
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
    Metropolitan Hilarion meets with a hierarch of the Assyrian Church of the East
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 11:41
     
    Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk received Mar Ishaq Yusip (Assyrian Church of the East), Metropolitan of the diocese of Nohadra, Mosul and the CIS countries, at the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-hilarion-meets-with-a-hierarch-of-the-assyrian-church-of-the-east/

  192. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia16
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    The Archbishop of Australia visits St. Basil’s homes in Randwick
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 12:56
     
    A visit to the St. Basil’s aged care homes in Randwick was held by the new Archbishop of Australia, Makarios.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-archbishop-of-australia-visits-st-basils-homes-in-randwick/

  193. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA292
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex. M. Azar II to Attend Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 13:54
     
    Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II will represent the President of the United States at the Enthronement Ceremony of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 am, at the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/secretary-of-health-and-human-services-alex-m-azar-ii-to-attend-enthronement-of-archbishop-elpidophoros/

  194. It’s hilarious..  I’ve never laughed so much.  I have to say. How can anybody advise anybody these days to join a Christian church.   They all rotting .  I’m a believer and I am finding it hard going. We seem to have more crooks and ponces to the square mile than the mafia. 

  195. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA293
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    The Clergy Welcomes Archbishop Elpidophoros with Terrace on the Park Dinner
    By Christodoulos Athanasatos 
    June 21, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250666/the-clergy-welcomes-archbishop-elpidophoros-with-terrace-on-the-park-dinner/

  196. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity50
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    RESULTS OF PHILARET’S COUNCIL: UNIFICATION COUNCIL AND TOMOS REJECTED, KP IS RESTORED, 2 NEW BISHOPS ELECTED, CLAIMS JURISDICTION OVER MONASTERY WHERE EPIPHANY DUMENKO SERVES
    Kiev, June 20, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121970.html

  197. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity51
    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    COURT OPENS PROCEEDINGS ON ILLEGAL REGISTRATION OF SCHISMATICS WITH SAME NAME AS CANONICAL UKRAINIAN CHURCH
    Kiev, June 21, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121969.html

  198. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChristianity52
    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    REPS OF 11 LOCAL CHURCHES TO ATTEND CELEBRATION OF MET. ONUPHRY’S NAME’S DAY, ENTHRONEMENT ANNIVERSARY
    Kiev, June 21, 2019
     
    http://orthochristian.com/121978.html

  199. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA294
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Thursday, June 20, 2019
    GOA Transparency Involves Firing Father Alex Karloutsos
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/goa-transparency-involves-firing-father.html?m=1

  200. Greatly Saddened says

    EP136
    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Religious Information Service of Ukraine website.
     
    PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW WARNS PRO-RUSSIAN MOUNT ATHOS MONASTERY OF SANCTIONS IF IT FURTHER DENIES ACCESS TO OCU DELEGATION
    18 June 2019, 15:14 | Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    https://risu.org.ua/en/index/all_news/orthodox/constantinople_patriarchy/76188/?fbclid=IwAR3MVx9h5dVJtAzzqv0Gli3o9DD-kKiWcgmRQ2eyUxHbyGygZHbgFIKN1Cc

  201. Heir apparant??  What we running here a dynasty!  
    What a load of cobblers as they say in Uk.  It’s 2019 people, well those with some maturity are not grovelling peasants,  we don’t even grovel in Bulgaria any more.  
    What a load of  pretensive bilge hiding behind nothing.  
    JUST MAKE SURE THEY DONT BURROW YE CREDIT CARD. 
    They have turned the Church on it’s head. You serve them, not them you,  behind the false words and delusional talk.  Someone should tell Elpidophoros that no one interested outside of the ecclesiastical groupies,  as 90% of his Ομογένεια,  have walked Away. Don’t even know he exists,  but elpidophoros don’t cry!!  NOT INTERESTED.  It will be individual parishes that survive,  largely by doing exact opposite of what elpidophoros wants. 

  202. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA295
    Below please find the link to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Facebook website. 
     
    It includes two videos. Yesterday’s Reception of His Eminence Archbishop Elect Elpidophoros, along with today’s Press Conference with His Eminence Archbishop Elect Elpidophoros.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/goarch/

  203. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA296
    For those whom may have an interest in viewing the various videos of His Eminence Archbishop Elect Elpidophoros since his arrival here in the US.
     
    To view: Click on the below link. Select “Videos” then select “All Videos.”
    https://www.facebook.com/goarch/
     
    The videos include the following:
     
    – His address after his election to the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in both English and Greek
     
    – His arrival at John F. Kennedy Airport, NY – Wednesday, June 19
     
    – His welcoming at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Headquarters in Manhattan, NY – Thursday, June 20
     
    – His prayer service – Saint Paul’s Chapel at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Headquarters – Manhattan, NY – Thursday, June 20
     
    – His reception at Terrace On The Park, Flushing, NY – Thursday, June 20
     
    – His press conference in Manhattan, NY – Friday, June 21

    • In the press conference (in which he occasionally speaks English!) He refers to himself as the “abbott” of the Halki school for the last 8 years.  Which is darn interesting considering it is closed.  If he wasn’t elected UNANIMOUSLY I think I’d ask for a recount.  That is some item in a resume.

      • Gail Sheppard says

        I guess if you can put metropolitans over places that no longer exist, it’s not too much of a stretch to place an abbot over a place that closed 4 years after he was born!

  204. Greatly Saddened says

    His Eminence re-established the Holy Trinity Monastery which had previously been there.
     
    Below please find an excerpt from Wikipedia, under tbe History Section for Halki Seminary.
     
    Halki Seminary
    The seminary is located on the site of the Monastery of the Holy Trinity, founded by Patriarch Photius I almost a thousand years before the foundation of the theological school. During Ottoman rule the monastery fell into disrepair. In 1844, Patriarch Germanos IV converted the monastery into a school of theology, which was inaugurated on 1 October 1844. All the buildings, except for the 17th-century chapel, were destroyed by the 1894 Istanbul earthquake, but were rebuilt by architect Periklis Fotiadis and inaugurated on 6 October 1896.[3] These buildings were also renovated in the 1950s

  205. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA297
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Friday, June 21, 2019
    GOA Clergymen Allegedly Protecting Themselves from Prosecution
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/goa-clergymen-allegedly-protecting.html?m=1

  206. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA298
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop Elpidophoros: You are all heroes at the Archdiocese
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 18:15
     
    I promise to stand alongside the priests, help them resolve their problems, and develop a good working relationship with them, said Archbishop Elpidophoros at a luncheon held in his honor, on Thursday afternoon, at Terrace on the Park.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-elpidophoros-you-are-all-heroes-at-the-archdiocese/

  207. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA299
    Below please find yet another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop Elpidophoros: It is a point of honour for us to complete the Saint Nikolaos Church
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 19:57
    By Efi Efthimiou for Romfea.news from New York
     
    The new Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, gave a press conference on Friday morning in New York.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-elpidophoros-it-is-a-point-of-honour-for-us-to-complete-the-saint-nikolaos-cathedral/

    • If only he knew how embarrassing he sounds, how stupid it is.  Reopen Halki.  The list of people who have been sort of educated there is the best reason to keep it closed.  At last something to thank the Turks for.  Add to that his point of honor (!) to throw money at the albatross at the trade center.  He has defined himself as untrustworthy right out of the gate.  He even tries to push for learning Greek! How’s that been working for the last 60 years? He wants to shut things down even faster than they will fall down without his efforts. Gravity accelerates decay fast enough without the help of a bishop. If only there were signs of intelligence.

      • Very well put, Bob.

        Few people know the real truth about the negative value of Halki.

        Saint Nicholas Church:
        Do they really believe that they honor St.Nicholas with such huge expenses for such a …temple?
        I though St.Nicholas preferred to give the money to the poor! (the real Santa Claus).

        • Ioannis. The shrine has become an obscenity.  An ugly one at that.  do u know how much money it will take.? Where is it coming from? 
          You see the hypocrisy and bland words. People see and understanding, walk away.  Oh yes the photo ops look good, all is well in american third,forth,  mixed Marriage  generation Hellenism.  Just keep up the facade, it’s 1910 and the FOBs just keep on arriving. 

  208. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria14
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    The Cardinal of Ethiopia visits the Metropolitan of Axum
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 14:57
     
    On the morning of June 21, 2019, Metropolitan Daniel of Axum welcomed at the Holy Temple of St. Frumentius in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Catholic cardinal, Archeparch Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-cardinal-of-ethiopia-visits-the-metropolitan-of-axomi/

  209. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews34
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Society
    6th International Choir Festival in Niš, Serbia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 12:16
     
    The Women’s Choir “Saint Kassiani the Hymnographer” of the Holy Metropolis of Neapolis and Stavroupolis arrived in Serbia, in the city of Niš, home of Constantine the Great, on Monday, June 17, 2019.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/6th-international-choir-festival-in-nis-serbia/

  210. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA300
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald..
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros to be Enthroned Today in New York
    By TNH Staff 
    June 22, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250741/archbishop-elpidophoros-to-be-enthroned-today-in-new-york/

    • Watching the very tedious podcast  it’s fairly obvious that if you don’t speak Greek you don’t count.  I suggest that people contribute totheir local parish in direct proportion to how much of the podcast they understand, how much is in English.  Also, I keep hearing the interesting claim the new fella is the “abbott” of Halki monastery.  I have yet to find a head count for that monastery brotherhood;  is it a non-zero number?  Some years ago the Episcopalians elected a woman to be their presiding bishop.  They needed to invent some “background” for her to cite as church institutional work.  In a parish in Oregon she had been in charge of the adult Sunday school which they decided to name a theological “acadamy”.  She probably had more actual experience than our boy has in his “monastery”.  Abbott!  Let’s see if the brotherhood would fit in a phonebooth or if it simply fits in the mind (awfully small mind) of someone who can write the word down.   Why don’t people react when they are lied to?  If this doesn’t offend, why does it offend when some priest makes off with money?  You have this guy coming.  You deserve him and no better.

      • Greatly Saddened says

        Bob, FYI … I believe Holy Trinity Monastery on Halki has 4 monks.

        • Thank you, I have looked in vain on the web to find any mention of live bodies.  As far as I have been able to see the monastery has just as many monks as there are students at the fabulous acadamy.  How embarrassing.  

          • Greatly Saddened says

            My pleasure. I believe it was in a video from the Archon Religious Conference in Germany on you tube, where His Eminence mentioned the number of monks at Holy Trinity Monastery on Halki.

      • Bob. It’s all a potemkin village facade. One monk or four, three now!!     Oh they know how to do it down to the last button now.  They not to blame for the situation of Phanar.  Turkey is by it’s Policies, but Bob, Phanar is to blame for  the pretense and play acting they have become.  
        And yes re podcast.  I am  a greek speaking greek and I am appalled. If he was being welcomed as the new bishop of Patra or Corinth,  yes. Be quite natural but not for USA, not for a losely   put,’ Ομογένεια ‘  that 80% plus only speak english or tourists’ greek. What  is he running a club or a church?. Well we know it’s a Catholic church certainly. 
        This concept of a ethnic church within USA in 2019 is irrelevant.  It’s a club,  a hobby to keep various people, who would not get on in real world, in pretend pompous crap.  
        My contempt for them growing daily.  
        We are in the age of artifical human intelligence, gene mapping,  rockets to mars and Black holes and the rest of modern world  with deep spiritual doubt and questioning and what are we presented with,but the pompous ceremonies of the medeval age. And bland meaningless profesorial words. 
        Mind you when comes to first class travel,  bulgarian donkeys and  finances,  they deff  swinging in 2019 ????

  211. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA301
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    The new Archbishop of America is enthroned
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 22, 2019 | 19:41
    By Efi Efthimiou from New York for Romfea News
     
    In a brilliant atmosphere, the new Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, was enthroned at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan, New York.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-new-archbishop-of-america-is-enthroned/

  212. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews35
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Politics
    State Department: Two-fold message on the reopening of Halki
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 22, 2019 | 17:21
     
    The State Department sends Ankara a double message about the reopening of the Theological School of Halki, through the publication of the annual report on religious freedoms around the world for the year 2018.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/state-department-two-fold-message-on-the-reopening-of-halki/

  213. Greatly Saddened says

    EP137
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Graduates of the Corinth Theological School at the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 22, 2019 | 17:47
     
    The graduates of the Corinth Theological School were welcomed by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the Hall of Throne.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/graduates-of-the-corinth-theological-school-at-the-ecumenical-patriarchate/

  214. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia17
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    Archbishop of Cyprus: The foundation of the Theological School fulfills a sacred obligation to our ancestors and the historicity of our Church
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 22, 2019 | 16:24
     
    In an emotional atmosphere and in the presence of a crowd of faithful, archpriests and clergy, there took place on Friday afternoon, June 21, the first graduation ceremony at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-cyprus-the-foundation-of-the-theological-school-fulfills-a-sacred-obligation-to-our-ancestors-and-the-historicity-of-our-church/

  215. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA302
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Welcome Lunch hosted by Rabbi Arthur Schneier with New York City Religious Leaders
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 22, 2019 | 15:10
     
    Rabbi Arthur Schneier, president and founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and senior rabbi of Park East Synagogue, welcomes Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, to New York.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/welcome-lunch-hosted-by-rabbi-arthur-schneier-with-new-york-city-religious-leaders/

  216. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA303
    Below please find the Enthronement Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Opinions
    Enthronement address of Archbhishop Elpidophoros of America
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 22, 2019 | 19:24
     
    https://www.romfea.news/enthronement-address-of-archbhishop-elpidophoros-of-america/

    • Yes. Lovely words of Elpidiophoros in the Cathedral.  How could one disagree with a single one? And if he came to put them into action we could not but be hopefull and cry, Axios, Axios,  Axios.  But we know the brief  upon which he came and it is the direct opposite. 
      These guys are very good at warm trendy words, they have it to a fine art. But in reality the words mean nothing.  We wait for the actions. 

  217. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia18
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    A Warm Welcome Dinner for Archbishop Makarios of Australia from the Clergy of NSW
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 22, 2019 | 15:17
     
    On Friday the 21st of June, Archbishop Makarios of Australia attended a warm welcome dinner at Le Sand Pavilion organised by Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias and clergy. It was an opportunity for the Archbishop to meet all the clergy of NSW and the Presviteres.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/a-warm-welcome-dinner-for-his-eminence-archbishop-makarios-of-australia-from-the-clergy-of-nsw/

  218. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA304
    Below please find another article from today in The National Herald.
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Enthroned in New York (Vid & Pics)
    By TNH Staff 
    June 22, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250741/archbishop-elpidophoros-to-be-enthroned-today-in-new-york/

    • Greatly Saddened says

      When will it finally dawn on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that it is in fact in the United States of America and not in Greece.
       
      With all the non Greek speaking people at today’s events. As well as with the many third, fourth, and fifth generations. It would have been best if there was much less Greek used, so others could have also understood more. The language of this great country of ours is English! Is the Archdiocese so small minded not to comprehend this? Unfortunately, I guess so and how sad!

      • Greatly saddened,  I’m a greek speaking greek national and I find it sad Not the wish for people to know greek. I recommend it for all sorts of reasons and greek Culture is rich  but as you rightly say we are talking of the Church and forth or fifth mixed generation.
        To give elpidophoros his due, he is not a stupid man, but bright and relatively able.  But his brief is to tie the archdiocese to Phanar and hence all to  things Greek and Turkish. 
        So. You remain a church for immigrants and all concerns ‘ over there’   with a nod to the punters to keep them on board. 

  219. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA305
    Below please find yet another article from today in The National Herald.
     
    Enthronement Luncheon at New York Hilton Hotel (Vid)
    By TNH Staff 
    June 22, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250848/enthronement-luncheon-at-new-york-hilton-hotel-vid/

    • Greatly Saddened says

      After viewing this video, I can actually say I am totally disgusted. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought this luncheon had taken place in Greece!
       
      Someone should have the common sense at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to know proper protocol. What a shame to be in this great country of ours and to not know our US National Anthem is to be sung first. What a shame and how embarrassing. The Archdiocese should be ashamed of themselves!

      • George Michalopulos says

        Indeed. It’s called divided loyalties. And it ensures that evangelism is a dead letter.

      • Michael Bauman says

        GS, we are just the barbarians good for nothing except the provision of our master’s larder.  That is always the way the institutional Greek Church has come across to me.  

      • George,  Michael. HOW MANY STUFFED LUNCHES ARE WE MEANT TO ENDURE??? 
        Perhaps they never read the verses from  ST Luke about such events and the high ways and byways?.  
        Guys the joke is that the greek state is secular and currently atheist and I do not see that changing as the secular level of Greece grows apace.  So they do not care a toss that the Church consider itself to be a surrogate for the State. They do not recognise it. 
        Yes last time I checked NY is USA.  I did wonder seeing the greek flag outside greek churches.  There should be NO FLAGS, outside any church. 

  220. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA306
    Below please find from today, the link to the Enthronement video and the Enthronement Address of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.
     
    Archbishop » 
    Enthronement
     
    https://www.goarch.org/enthronement

  221. Greatly Saddened says

    TheNationalHerald16
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    State Department Urges Turkey to Immediately Reopen Theological School of Halki
    By ANA – June 22, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250790/state-department-urges-turkey-to-immediately-reopen-theological-school-of-halki/

    • Art Samouris says

      These clowns can’t even run or fill the slots of the one seminary in the US. What good will come from opening another seminary, especially in TURKEY!?  

    • Art Samouris says

      If they want the Halki school open, maybe their Turk boss Erdogan can get them to sing the Turkish anthem before the Greek and American anthems ?

    • anonymous says

      Greatly Saddened

      “State Department Urges Turkey to Immediately Reopen Theological School of Halki”

      You know, I was educated in the public school system here in the United States

      Who knew the United States was so passionate about Orthodox theology!

      I never caught that in school

      It was all secular humanism, atheism and godless natural evolution along with modernist subjective moral ethics

      In fact, if you had any traditional moral convictions, and especially if you were an outspoken Christian, you were promptly slapped down and ridiculed

      My, things have changed

      How encouraging

      The United States government loves Jesus!

      They even supported the Church of Constantinople in issuing the Ukraine a Tomos of Autoselfie!

      Take that, you Rooskie d-bags!

      On a totally unrelated note –

      So, I got this bridge

      no reserve on eBay

  222. Greatly Saddened says

    TheNationalHerald17
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    First Without Equals: A Response to the Text on Primacy of the Moscow Patriarchate
    By His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and Professor of Theology, University of Thessaloniki
    June 22, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250305/first-without-equals-a-response-to-the-text-on-primacy-of-the-moscow-patriarchate/

    • George Michalopulos says

      GS, as soon as you get the complete text let us know.

      • Greatly Saddened says

        Will do, GM. You can be sure of that!

        • https://www.patriarchate.org/-/primus-sine-paribus-hapantesis-eis-to-peri-proteiou-keimenon-tou-patriarcheiou-moschas-tou-sebasmiotatou-metropolitou-prouses-k-elpidophorou
          It’s the same old 2014 piece that Elpidophoros has posted on the EP, the one that George responded to on behalf of OCL.
           
           

          • Now that Elpidophoros is in the US, it looks like he is throwing down the gauntlet again via The National Herald.
            It looks like his first move to unite the Greek Orthodox in the US is to stoke the fire of anti-MP-ROCOR hate with some of  that “Anyone who ain’t with the Greeks are either Russian spies or victims of Soviet propaganda” mixed with “Moscow is attempting to displace the Ecumenical Patriarch (read: Greeks) to become Third Rome (read: Slavs over Greeks).”
             
             

            • Ioan: “Elpidophoros … first move … is to stoke the fire of anti-MP-ROCOR hate with some of that “Anyone who ain’t with the Greeks are either Russian spies or victims of Soviet propaganda”
               
              Does it meant he wants to instigate treatment of Russian Orthodox along the Ukrainian lines?

        • Greatly Saddened says

          FYI … As of this afternoon, the above article is no longer showing on The National Herald website. Yet, when accessing the link, it is still showing the locked article.

      • George don’t worry about the text. Just refere to Vatican I., that should be the same. 

  223. Sorry.  
    Correction:George responded to Elpidophoros’ 2009 Holy Cross untruths not these particular untruths — unless I am mistaken.

  224. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews36
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Politics
    Geoffrey Pyatt: An historic day for the strong relationship between Greece and America
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 20:41
     
    The US ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt said that tomorrow, that is the day of the enthronement of the new Archbishop of America, Eldorophoros, was a historic day for the strong people to people relationship between Greece and America.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/geoffrey-pyatt-an-historic-day-for-the-strong-relationship-between-greece-and-america/

    • So people of greek origin in USA forth generation, are still considered as FOBs.   What a load of cobblers as the brits say.  A load of pretend nothing  

      • Retas Tidaflis says

        Foreshadowing Eric Metaxas, Alinsky’s Rules wrote: “If I approached them in a moralistic way, it would be outside their experience because Christianity and Judaeo-Christianity are outside of the experience of organized religion. They would just listen to me and very sympathetically tell me how noble I was. And the moment I walked out they’d call their secretaries in and say, ‘If that screwball ever shows up again, tell him I’m out.'”

        • You have it in one. grandeliquant speeches, presses all the modern buttons, they know in full.  But what are they but pretend players perpetuating a power structure of a dead empire, and dressing it with God.. IN 2019!!  my friends!!   THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES.  Knows it and trying to get dressed with you guys paying for it all. 
          And over all the claim that Phanar has power ‘ sui generis’ .  Well grant the Roman one thing,  at least in the Gospels, Christ had a chat with Peter about one or two things!!  

  225. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece73
    Below please find an article from Friday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Statement of the Office of the Church of Greece to the EU for Artificial Intelligence
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 21, 2019 | 16:59
    By Romfea.news
     
    https://www.romfea.news/statement-of-the-office-of-the-church-of-greece-to-the-eu-for-artificial-intelligence/

  226. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA307
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    FM Katrougalos: The Election of Elpidophoros Marks a New Era of Unity
    By ANA – June 23, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250884/fm-katrougalos-the-election-of-elpidophoros-marks-a-new-era-of-unity/

  227. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA308
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop of America: I feel like we celebrate the Resurrection
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 23, 2019 | 14:25
     
    With a wonderful luncheon in the presence of political and religious personalities and over 1,500 people, the ceremonies for the enthronement of the new Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros, in New York, were completed.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-of-america-i-feel-like-we-celebrate-the-resurrection/

  228. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA309
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Divine Liturgy presided by Archbishop of America at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York (LIVE)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 23, 2019 | 17:32
    By Efi Efthimiou for Romfea.news from New York
     
    On Sunday, June 23, the day after the Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros, His Eminence will preside for the first time as Archbishop at the Divine Liturgy.

    https://www.romfea.news/divine-liturgy-presided-by-archbishop-of-america-at-holy-trinity-cathedral-in-new-york-live/

  229. Greatly Saddened says

    Thanks be to God to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory, for his visionary wisdom back in the 1970’s. In realizing the necessity of adding English to the Divine Liturgy. May his memory be eternal!

  230. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece74
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Metropolitan Ioannis of Lagadas: Everyone has a place in Paradise
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 23, 2019 | 16:29
    by Romfea.news
     
    On Sunday, June 23, 2019, a day which our Holy Church also commemorates as the “Sunday of All Saints,” Metropolitan Ioannis of Lagadas, officiated the Orthros (Matins) and presided the Archieratic Sacred Service at the Holy Church of Virgin Mary, in Gerakarou, Lagadas.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-ioannis-of-lagadas-everyone-has-a-place-in-paradise/

  231. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA310
    Below please find another article from today in The National Herald.
     
    AP: Greek Orthodox Church in US Gets 1st New Leader in 20 Years (Pics)
    By Associated Press 
    June 23, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250886/ap-greek-orthodox-church-in-us-gets-1st-new-leader-in-20-years-pics/

    • So  Saturday was a lovely bun fight in Holy Trinity. Proud  greek mum I’m sure, of son did well, and warm words.  
      Well let’s give them one, from the photos I can’t complain about the beards!! ? 
      But I’m interested in more than a beard photo op.  
      And let’s give him credit and be hopefull?   But after the ticker tap been cleaned up, we know the brief he came with. It’s Papal., Hellenism for the Church and turning the Phanar into the Vatican and some,  with property and wealth dotted across the world as an international globalised religious organization .  And let’s see how the money flow now for this.  Does any body else find the amount of money involved in the St Nicholas project,  let alone the smell of corruption around it, quite sickening?  

      • Greatly Saddened says

        Yes, indeed I do. Spending some 80 million dollars on basically a visitors center is rather hard to believe. Especially when that money could be better spent helping the homeless, the poor, the youth and seniors.

        • Unless they have plans to make other profits from this “investment”, like e.g.
          -let rooms and hall to other Religions
          -run some kind of “museum” for profit, remember the Vatican has such a museum under the church which exhibit among other things Mummies from Egypt! After all the young Eastern Vatican must learn all the tricks from the old/experienced West.

          BTW, does anybody know
          when were the GOA people officially asked whether they agree with such a huge “investment”?

  232. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews37
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Augustinos of Germany: Patriarch Bartholomew fears only God
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 23, 2019 | 13:23
    by Emilios Polygenis for Romfea.news from New York
     
    Metropolitan Augustinos of Germany gave a speech a while ago during the official luncheon for the enthronement of the new Archbishop of America, Elpidophoros.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/augustinos-of-germany-patriarch-bartholomew-fears-only-god/

  233. “Ukrainian Autocephaly and Fanar’s new Ecclesiology”

    The whole Day Seminar 22nd June, 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece.

    Speakers: Fr.Theodoros Zisis and MANY others.

    The Seminar is in the GREEK language.

    Complete video recording:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=657&v=BxnD6iNvpQ8

  234. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria15
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    The first priest was ordained for the Sankuru district in the Metropolis of Kananga
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 10:00
    By Romfea.news
     
    Metropolitan Theodosius of Kananga was at the Theological School of Kinshasa in order to deliver courses to the students before the end of the academic year.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-first-priest-was-ordained-for-the-sankuru-district-in-the-metropolis-of-kananga/

  235. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofJerusalem26
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    The Feast of All Saints at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 12:00
     
    On Sunday of All Saints, June 23, 2019, the Church celebrated the feast of all the Saints, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors and Righteous, who are the fruit of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. If the Comforter had not had come, the Church itself would not have existed, nor would it have this numerous richness of saints.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-feast-of-all-saints-at-the-patriarchate-of-jerusalem/

  236. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA311
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    AJC Congratulates Archbishop Elpidophoros, New Leader of American Greek Orthodoxy
    By Associated Press 
    June 24, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250930/ajc-congratulates-archbishop-elpidophoros-new-leader-of-american-greek-orthodoxy/

    • Lon Calefas says

      Please note AJC is the Podhorets Commentary Reagan Buckley wing of American Judaism with which Iakovos was friendly.

  237. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofThyateiraandGreatBritain7
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    Newly Elected Archbishop Nikitas of Thyatira and Great Britain Grants His First Interview to TNH
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    June 24, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250958/newly-elected-archbishop-nikitas-of-thyatira-and-great-britain-grants-his-first-interview-to-tnh/

  238. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchofUkraine38
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Ukraine
    The Holy Synod has removed Filaret from the administration of the Province of Kiev
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 19:14
    By Romfea.news
     
    On Monday, June 24, 2019, the Holy Synod of the Autocephalous Church of Ukraine met under the presidency of Metropolitan Epiphanius in Kiev.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-holy-synod-has-removed-filaret-from-the-administration-of-the-province-of-kiev/

  239. Greatly Saddened says

    TheNationalHerald18
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    Opinions
    The Mother of Elpidophoros – and the Importance of Character
    By Antonis H. Diamataris 
    June 24, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/250988/the-mother-of-elpidophoros-and-the-importance-of-character/

  240. Greatly Saddened says

    AlbanianOrthodoxChurch7
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Albania
    Archbishop Anastasios of Albania celebrates 27 years as head of the Albanian Orthodox Church
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 20:43
     
    Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and All Albania, was born on November 4, 1929, in Piraeus, Greece.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-anastasios-of-albania-celebrates-27-years-as-head-of-the-albanian-orthodox-church/

  241. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece75
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Temple was inaugurated by Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Messinia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 15:10
    By Romfea.news
     
    On Sunday, June 23, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Messinia inaugurated the new chapel of the parish of Saint Panteleimon in Diavolitsi, which is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/temple-was-inaugurated-by-metropolitan-chrysostomos-of-messinia/

  242. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece76
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Great Archieratic Concelebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Church of All Saints in Kastoria
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 10:56
    By Ronfea.news
     
    The Feast of All Saints was celebrated solemnly at the Church of All Saints in Kastoria.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/great-archieratic-concelebration-of-the-divine-liturgy-at-the-church-of-all-saints-in-kastoria/

  243. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA312
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Monday, June 24, 2019
    Archdiocesan Council Members Begin to Resign?
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/archdiocesan-council-members-begin-to.html?m=1

  244. Greatly Saddened says

    GOMetropolisofGermany1
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The Metropolis of Germany to the Memorial Event at “Place of Names”
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 19:56
     
    The Holy Metropolis of Germany participated at the memorial event for the 4,000 Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian soldiers, politicians and scientists from the former Soviet Union, who were executed at the Dachau Concentration Camp (1941-1942).
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-metropolis-of-germany-to-the-memorial-event-at-place-of-names/

  245. Greatly Saddened says

    AlbanianOrthodoxChurch8
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Albania
    The Church of Albania denounces the use of temples for pre-election campaign
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 24, 2019 | 15:45
    By Romfea.news
     
    In contrast to law, and right to religious freedom, (“Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Albania and the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania”), two temples in Albania, one at the Metropolis of Fier and one at the Metropolis of Gjirokastra (in village Lekli Tepelena), were desecrated for political purposes.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-church-of-albania-denounces-the-use-of-temples-for-pre-election-campaign/

    • anonymous says

      Greatly Saddened
       
      “two temples in Albania, one at the Metropolis of Fier and one at the Metropolis of Gjirokastra (in village Lekli Tepelena), were desecrated for political purposes.”

      Unacceptable, indeed!  Political parties using churches as such have no place

      They should have held a booze-infused pentagram disco party instead
       
      Proceeds to the St. Nicholas shrine 

  246. Greatly Saddened says

    EP138
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    The Ecumenical Patriarch congratulates the new Mayor of Constantinople
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 12:00
     
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent to the newly elected Mayor of Constantinople, Ekrem İmamoğlu, for his victory at Sunday’s elections on June 23, a warm congratulatory message on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek expats, wishing the new Mayor to proceed in his duty based on the principles of sincere dialogue with all society’s components, and with non-discrimination and respect for human and minority rights.

  247. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA313
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    National Commander of Order of St. Andrew Welcomes Archbishop Elpidophoros
    By TNH Staff 
    June 25, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/251117/national-commander-of-order-of-st-andrew-welcomes-archbishop-elpidophoros/

  248. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria16
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    Meeting of Dimitris Avramopoulos with the Patriarch of Alexandria
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 19:22
     
    The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, held a meeting today with Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and all Africa in the framework of EU Commissioner’s official visit to Cairo. The two parts discussed the crucial issue of irregular immigration, since many migrant populations come from the countries of North Africa, and how best it can be dealt.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/meeting-of-dimitris-avramopoulos-with-the-patriarch-of-alexandria/

  249. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia19
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    Enthronement of Archbishop Makarios of Australia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 12:35
     
    On Saturday, June 29, at 11.00 am at the Holy Cathedral of the “Annunciation of the Theotokos,” the Enthronement of the new Primate, Archbishop Makarios of Australia, will take place.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/enthronement-of-archbishop-makarios-of-australia/

  250. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews38
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Christianity
    Middle East Orthodox Primates to meet again in Nicosia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 13:16
     
    The four Primates of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches in the Middle East will meet a second time in Nicosia in the near future in an effort to find a solution for the ecclesial issue of Ukraine.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/middle-east-orthodox-primates-to-meet-again-in-nicosia/

  251. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece77
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Meeting of the Standing Holy Synod on June 26
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 11:22
     
    The Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, of the 162th Synodic Period, holds a meeting on Wednesday, June 26 until Friday, June 28, 2019.
     
    The Holy Synod will deal with the issues on the agenda.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/meeting-of-the-standing-holy-synod-on-june-26/

  252. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA314
    Below please find another article from today in The National Herald.
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros Appoints Fr. Alexander Karloutsos Vicar General of the Archdiocese
    By TNH Staff 
    June 25, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/251141/archbishop-elpidophoros-appoints-fr-alexander-karloutsos-vicar-general-of-the-archdiocese/

    • George Michalopulos says

      Toldja: Karloutsos is too powerful. Whatever one thinks about the new archbishop, he’s essentially been cut off at the knees.

      Essentially a sitting duck caught in the crosshairs of the GOA Mets and the L100/Archon class. Expect more of the same old/same old.

      Unlike Spyridon, LP at least has an escape hatch.

      • Now. We know. Re THE BLOODY HOPEGIVER
        Elpidothanatokos! For a meaningful church in USA Any who are blind. Enjoy.

  253. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA315
    Below please find yet another article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    The Church in America Has a New Leader
    By Antonis H. Diamataris 
    June 25, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/251137/the-church-in-america-has-a-new-leader/

  254. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA316
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    Boston Metropolis Welcomes Active Homosexuals into Leadership Positions
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/boston-metropolis-welcomes-active.html?m=1

  255. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA317
    Below please find another article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    Archbishop of America Causes Major Disappointment on 2nd Day
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/archbishop-of-america-causes-major.html?m=1

  256. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA318
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    New Vicar General at the Archdiocese of America
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 20:33
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros of America appoints Father Alexander Karloutsos as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of America.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/new-vicar-general-at-the-archdiocese-of-america/

  257. Greatly Saddened says

    OrthodoxChurchinAmerica9
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the OCA website.
     
    Home / Work of the Church / News / Headline News /
    June 24, 2019
    Metropolitan Tikhon guest of Ecumenical Patriarchate at annual pilgrimage to Cappadocia
    DEREYAMANLI, CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY [OCA]
     
    https://oca.org/news/headline-news/metropolitan-tikhon-guest-of-ecumenical-patriarchate-at-annual-pilgrimage-to-cappadocia

    • anonymous says

      Greatly Saddened
       
      Huge news item that you posted:

      “Metropolitan Tikhon [OCA] guest of Ecumenical Patriarchate at annual pilgrimage to Cappadocia”
      Metropolitan Tikhon gave an address (being a guest in Cappadocia with EP Bartholomew present – and he is visiting the Ecumenical Patriarchate as well)

      In it he says:

      I come from America,  the land of freedom, the land of abundance, the land of hope . . . [briefly describes unity problem in America and EU process/attempts, and the need for a unified witness] in imitation of the great saints that we celebrate today and in fulfillment of the exhortation made by Your All Holiness [EP Bartholomew], that we all need “to move beyond what is mine and yours, to what is ours.”

      It was obvious that the EP’s next move was to get the OCA on board

      This is a huge, huge betrayal to not just the American Church, but the Orthodox Church worldwide 

      Met Tikhon is not standing by the canonical Church of the Ukraine by doing this, and as predicted, the OCA is going EP

      That whole moving beyond mine and yours to ours is propaganda and it indicates exactly where the OCA is at and telegraphs exactly where it is going – very soon to be sure!

      Between the GOA and OCA combined – what is that – 75% + of Orthodox members in America?

      The OCA is the true battleground for all this for America
       
      I hope the OCA members make a stand against this.
      Their autocephaly is about to become another EP autoselfie

      This is bad – for everyone 

      • Gail Sheppard says

        If what you’re saying is true (and I can see where you’re going with this), Moscow would sure be PO. Do you they would risk that?

      • M. Stankovich says

        I immediately presume that someone who posts as “anonymous” is neither in the Federal Witness Protection Program, nor are really serious about preserving safety. In fact, I presume people do so to disconnect the association between themselves and the absurd things they post online. Your post is a proof of concept.
         
        Seriously, are you even aware of the actual number of members in the OCA? Back in the day, the apocryphal story is that someone at UPI or the AP asked Fr. John Meyendorff the number of members in the OCA, and he is reported to have said, “Roughly, one million.” Whether this is actually true about Fr. John is insignificant, but for years, any media coverage of the OCA in the mainstream press always noted the “one million member OCA.” The truth? Probably short of 400,000 ever, and for the recent past, probably struggling to maintain 300,000. Without the OCA, “75% + of Orthodox members in America” would actually be 74%+ GOA.
         
        Secondly, what exactly is attractive about the OCA to the Greeks?  They are notoriously poor, they notoriously lack candidates for the episcopate, and their members-to-scandal ratio is too high. And to be frank, the Greeks so decimated the Autocephaly by ignoring it – even to the point of denying its very existence, not simply as autocephalous, but as a legitimate jurisdiction – and the Russians did absolutely nothing to support the autocephaly they “granted.” Further, a strong faction within the OCA that was/is hindering growth by ethnic “devotions” – exactly as the Greeks – that stifle any spirit of outreach & evangelization. 
         
        This news is “huge?” Right. The OCA has clearly abandoned any idea of bringing a truly American vision of Orthodoxy, as they were intended. It seems to be settled into a “peripheral” existence, and honestly, it may be a higher calling to be faithful over ἐπὶ ὀλίγα – little/a few things (cf. Matt. 25:23) – and remain a “refuge,” rather than submitting to the disaster that is the GOA. Moscow PO’d? It would be like paying off the mortgage. They have ROCOR.

        • George Michalopulos says

          You bring up some good points. However you over estimate the “scandal” quotient re OCA bishops vis-a-vis the GOA. In the spirit of charity, I will not talk about the particular scandal in question only to say that the Phanar can give the OCA a run for its money in this regard.

          • anonymous says

            Michael Stankovich
             
            Whatever great mind you possess, you are a poor strategist

            The OCA is canonical and a major factor

            Whatever the actual numbers may be, the OCA is the second largest jurisdiction in America after the GOA

            They are also the most vulnerable/open to EP absorption
             
            ROCOR they couldnt touch if they tried, so they will be demonized

            Antioch and Serbia will be marginalized 

            The remaining groups will simply be ignored and it wont be hard – they already are. 

            As far as the OCA is concerned, It’s the name, legacy and any autocephaly or any further attempted autocephaly (ala Ligonier) outside the control of Constantinople is what they are after

            The supposed “Kiev Patriarchate” was just a simple “who cares” minority group that wasnt even canonical by any means 

            Look how much damage has been done by it
             
            And what, you want to downplay the obvious looming and/or in motion power grab of a historic local Church that carrys the legacy from which a saint that you’ve been defending hails from?

            If the OCA is as weak and insignificant as you say it is, then all the more reason for it to be assimilated by the politicking bait and switch tactics of Constantinople that seeks after groups needing/wanting full recognition regardless of their current legitimacy or lack thereof

            Constantinople had become a shark in the waters of Orthodoxy and it smells the wounded blood of the OCA

            Also, it would demonstrate the greater claim of Constantinople (by practice) over Russia (whatever they have been a part of or will do in the future) anywhere in the world

            There are powers at play that want to insure that

            Because that’s the unfortunate game they are playing 

            I’m not saying we should play along either way.  I’m saying we are long overdue for separation from all these powers no matter what their interests are

            Such games are a trap

            The OCA is sniffing the cheese

            • M. Stankovich says

              Thankfully, I do not work at thinking strategically in regard to the church in America. If I’m wrong, I’ll own it, but you hardly offer anything beyond “The Boy Scout Mysteries.”

              What possible benefit could there be for the OCA to relinquish its “self-rule” (the sine qua non of “autocephaly”) and its recognition as a “canonical” jurisdiction everywhere except CPLE, except for a monumental Neo-Freudian Folie à Deux, where the OCA collectively whispers, “I always knew it. Pappi does love me!” And I reiterate my original point, what possible benefit could there be for the GOA in “assimilating” the OCA, other than having back-up singers who can actually pronounce a “B” for when they sing, “Why Can’t We BE Friends?”
               
              Secondly, as one who literally grew up in the palpably authentic zeal for a singular autocephalous church that were Frs. Alexander Schmemann & John Meyendorff – whose spirits were literally driven by the dream of an uniquely American Orthodox Church – I can tell you that such a spirit no longer exists. It is only by assuming a cynical, defeated attitude that I even see “strategy” as a legitimate option.

              I don’t know about you, but I’ve carried on similar discussions with several members of the OCA’s Synod, and I do not sense there is an active “need” – or in fact a desire – to be “legitimized” by the Greek Orthodox Church, particularly as it implodes.

              While I may refer to the OCA as “marginalized” in the scheme of world Orthodoxy, I am certainly not suggesting that the hierarchs of the OCA are incompetent, stupid, or naive. Simply consider what Freud would have said: “Sometimes an invitation to Cappodocia is because no one else would accept the offer.”

              Unless you have something substantial, I will assume that yours is wild speculation.  

              Greatly Saddened, I apologize for a continuing discussion in your thread.

              • anonymous says

                M. Stankovich 

                You misunderstand 

                I’m not speaking of you trying to strategize 
                Or the value of such strategizing

                I am talking about the ability to recognize the plans and strategies of Constantinople 

                You think this is just wild speculation?

                I’m basing it off of Metropolitan Tikhon parroting the words of EP Bartholomew at this event:

                We all need “to move move beyond what is mine and yours, to what is ours.”

                Do you think those are hollow words or mere pleasant talk?

                Met Tikhon is signaling compliance to the plans of Constantinople 

                The Church who just so happened to install the very heirarch who demands that all submit to the Mother Church [meaning Constantinople]

                Archbishop Elipidophoros wasn’t referring to mainly the GOA when he said that.  Why would he be?  He was referring mainly to all jurisdictions outside the GOA.

                This archbishop was just enthroned with all sorts of fanfare, including a representative for the U.S. President
                 
                No one from the GOA even attended the enthronement of Met Tikhon

                I doubt they could have got the president of the Rick Ashley fan club

                He’s not leading things.  How could he?  All the teeth of his office were pulled before he got there.  Sorry, but clearly he’s along for the ride whether he likes it or not

                Who’s driving?

                Constantinople.  Not even Syosset. Not in the big picture

                I never said Syosset would be the architects of said strategy 

                But have they already laid some important ground work?

                George seemed to think so a while back:

                Is Syosset Selling the OCA Down the (Bosporus) River? — Monomakhos
                https://www.monomakhos.com/is-jillions-selling-the-oca-down-the-bosporus-river/

                Look – look around

                Crete
                The Ukraine
                Redefining “Autocephaly”
                Removal of Archbishops in both the GOA and OCA
                Installation of new archbishops around the world almost simultaneously 
                Mother Church 

                I can go on and on

                These aren’t isolated.  Look at the picture as a whole

                You are right that the fire of autocephaly (as we know it to be by true definition) has gone out of the missional vision of the OCA

                What will fill the void and provide vision where it is desperately lacking?

                Antioch has enclosed itself.  On top of that, it is in danger of losing it’s infused evangelical fervor

                ROCOR has always been aloof (who can blame them, really?)

                You have goofy talk between the OCA and Constantinople 

                Why would they continue to desperately hold on to an autocephaly that is either unacknowledged or simply winked at when that ship continues to take on water?

                You dont think they wouldnt fall for a United American autocephaly (which they have stated they would upgrade to, but not relinquish altogether) which is a false pretense?

                Sorry, but I do think so.  I have no problem being proven wrong in this!  I just don’t think I am given the data

                Russia didnt back out of Crete stating the OCA wasnt invited

                What’s the report?  4 out of 14 Churches didnt attend.  Not 5 out of 15.  Sadly, no one truly stood up and argued that point 

                Who is to gain?  What do they really have to lose if the vision is already dead and buried?

                They’ve wasted all the money on Russia’s autocephaly gift card with no real investment. 
                 
                But here comes Constantinople to give them a different one

                Is the OCA autocephalous?

                On paper.

                That paper would mean something, maybe everything if the leaders weren’t quoting EP Bartholomew’s written lines like hired stage actors in his very bad play

                Looking at it all, I believe Constantinople is going to roll out some type of redefined autocephalous umbrella plan
                Maybe a hybrid of the Constantinople eparchy model mixed with a Ukrainian type of tomos

                It will be peppered with plenty of promises and glorious vision casting propaganda messages

                And will provide the proper motivation
                 
                Until all is said and done

                And they [the Phanar] hold the ultimate power, with their choice bishops in place

                And a few people finding themselves on the outside looking in, realizing (whether deserved or not)
                That they’ve been snookered 

                Or why is that duped (granted, deserved in his case) guy Filaret crying foul?

                Why is the canonical Church in the Ukraine under persecution?

                “What started in Russia will end in America” 
                ?
                 

                • M. Stankovich says

                  I chatted with two members of the Synod of Bishops of the OCA this evening. They both said you are pulling this whole “theory” – in so many words – out of your derrière. I didn’t bother reading the post above because it’s beyond dumb. 

                  • George Michalopulos says

                    Well then was it Jonah being one of the first signatories of the Manhattan Declaration? Or his tremendous speech in Dallas in which he boldly declared the sovereignty of the OCA on these shores? Or was it perhaps the regrettable fact that when it came time to elect a new Metropolitan for the OCA all of the candidates were too old (Arb Dmitri of thrice-blessed memory) or too unqualified? And so they had to go for the rookie who had only been a bishop for all of eleven days?

                    In other words, was it just pure jealousy?

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      It was the impact of Metropolitan Jonah’s speech in Dallas where he boldly declared the sovereignty of the OCA on these shores that rattled everyone, George. He had all of us, across jurisdictions, standing up and paying attention. They couldn’t risk having a real leader taking us in the opposite direction of where they wanted us to go.

                • George Michalopulos says

                  Brilliant analysis. In fact, I dare say, “spot on!”

                  However even the best-laid plans of mice and men are usually confounded. Was it Harold MacMillan (former PM of the UK) who said what he feared most? “Events, dear boy, events!”

                  Well, “events” are unfolding in Ukraine, but not to the Phanar’s plans. In fact, Bartholomew’s Ukrainian gambit has failed in spectacular fashion. Truly, it was failing before the recent elections but now that Poroshenko was slaughtered in the elections, then whatever good could be salvaged by the Ukrainian “autocephaly” has collapsed like a soufflé. Not only that, but Orthodox primates all over the world have been properly scandalized by his grossly uncanonical (and probably heretical) actions. Even primates from the Hellenosphere. Anyone who thinks that the CofGreece bishops are going to go along with the Phanar’s schemes without putting up a fight are dreaming. Up to now, they’ve been dragging their heels like a spoiled child being forced to go stand in the corner. At the end of the day Greece will probably cave but it won’t be pretty; instead there will be schisms within that church right and left.

                  As for the non-GOA bishops of the United States, I’m sure that there are a couple of sell-outs who will go along with LP’s plans. I’d say the few that will are probably in the OCA but I rather doubt it’s a done deal. ROCOR and the MP are permanently closed off. Serbia is rather ticked with the Phanar’s double game in Montenegro so I wouldn’t be holding my breath worrying about whether its American exarchate is going to swim the Bosporus. Ditto Bulgaria vis-à-vis the Macedonian brouhaha. As for the Romanian exarchate, well, let me just say that about 5 years ago, after the 5th(?) EAUSA meeting, it became obvious that the whole EAUSA thing was just a cover for Greek hegemony. It was around that time that more and more bishops stopped attending subsequent EAUSA meetings. Now things have gotten progressively worse. Georgia set up shop in the US much to Bartholomew’s ire. That wasn’t supposed to happen. My sources tell me that within the Palestinian/Jordanian Vicariate (which is under Istanbul) there is growing restiveness with the Phanar and its Greco-supremacism. If this grows, then the question would be where would they go? Antioch or Moscow?

                  In other words, we know what the Phanar’s plans are for the US, especially now with the new GOA archbishop in place, what we don’t know is whether they’re going to be executed as the Phanar wants. And I’ll tell you why: if the works and endeavors of any Orthodox bishop is based on heresy and/or will lead to schism, God has ways of confounding them. We have seen this throughout Christian history. The Carolingian takeover of the Western Church ultimately led to the Great Schism. It was Charlemagne’s insistence on the Filioque and then Pope Nicholas I’s demand that the priesthood be celibate that set in motion that unfortunate event. Same with the Council of Ferrara-Florence where it was the desire of the Eastern Emperor for the Church to become uniate. Not only did Moscow schism off (thank God!) but the Turks were given the divine authority to conquer the last vestiges of the Byzantine Empire and (unwittingly) restore the pre-Uniate Orthodox order.

                  For those liberal Orthodox who are putting their eggs in the NATO/EU basket, I’d say don’t count them till their hatched. Indeed, when it comes to initiating a new war of agresfor democracy, President Trump has so far confounded the neocon warmongers at every turn. My prediction is that the Ukrainian political situation will continue to unfold in ways not to the globalists’ desires.

              • Greatly Saddened says

                Thank you Dr. Stankovich. This seperate thread for news is basically due to you. It is not my thread, but rather, everyones thread. God bless!
                 
                 
                 

            • Wisely said anonymous,
              ” I’m saying we are long overdue for separation from all these powers no matter what their interests are”
              We have to go back to the text book “Rudder”
              read everything CAREFULLY not only the letter but the spirit too
              as explained by St.Nikodimos:
              MetaPatristic “Great Bishops” and “Great Theologians” out there are distorting more things every day, probably to get more personal power or unite with the Romans (read submit).
               

            • George Michalopulos says

              Anon, you make an interesting case here. For now, I just want to highlight the irony of the OCA “sniffing the cheese”. If memory serves, Met Jonah was taken out precisely because he asked the people if they wer willing to “reimagine autocephaly”. Not under Russia necessarily (although there was that) but under Istanbul.

              Oh, the irony!

              I will gladly accept the apologies of all my critics from way back when they took Jonah to task for “threatening” the autocephaly of the OCA. You know, in the interests of “accountability and transparency”. (Hint, hint.)

              • M. Stankovich says

                If you intend to stand behind your “operating memory” as accurate, allow me the opportunity to assist you.
                 
                Your contention that Jonah was “taken out precisely because he asked the people if they were willing to “reimagine autocephaly,” is grossly inaccurate, and I suspect you know this already. Why do I suspect this? Because Jonah did not share his version of “autocephaly re-imagined” with anyone, particularly his colleagues in the OCA Synod of Bishops. This was the basis for their accusation of his attempting to make “unilateral” decisions. How do we know this is true? Because you published, on this very site, proof in the form of an independent interview with Fr. George Roschin, a priest at St. Nicholas Cathedral in NYC, representing the Moscow Patriarchate in the United States of America (a situation, I might add, whereby the Russians subvert the very Tomos of Autocephaly they granted). Unless you can demonstrate this to be a “rogue” undertaking of a single priest of the ROC, done with out the knowledge or consent of the ROC (and didn’t hear of his immediate transfer to Siberia), let’s examine what he said:
                 
                “As an example, recall the episode in October 2008 . Then Bishop Hilarion of Vienna (now Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate ) was considered as a possible candidate to the chair [of] the widowed Orthodox Church in America. One of the statements, for example, said: “Bishop Hilarion would be a perfect candidate … If Moscow will let him administer us, what can be better to strengthen the links between the different Russian churches and even different jurisdictions in America? ‘.

                One of the signed petitions [I believe he meant “signers” of the petition] in support of the candidacy of Bishop Hilarion was recently the ordained Bishop Jonah (Paffhausen) , in the end he became Metropolitan of All America and Canada. [emphasis mine]

                “Later, Metropolitan Jonah offered to change the canonical status of the Orthodox Church in America, [from] autocephalous to autonomous within the Russian Orthodox Church. This tendency, along with a certain authoritarian decision was one of the reasons for the resignation [departure] of the primate on 7 July 2012 at the request of the members of the Synod of the OCA . As Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky said in a comment to “Neskuchny Sad (Garden},” : ” It did not correspond to the self-dentity of the majority of our faithful , many of whom do not have any relation to the Russian community — who are Romanians , Albanians or converts from Protestant denominations .” [emphasis mine]
                 

                So, not only does Fr. Roschin verify that Jonah acted unilaterally in his offer to “re-imagine” – a scenario where he would be the “Primate,” despite the senior and significantly more experienced Met. Hilarion of ROCOR – but he made it a practice. Then, he specifically refers the reader to an interview of Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky who, while expressing the shock & consternation of the Holy Synod at his unilateral activity, emphatically states what he consistently has always maintained:

                “The majority of the members of the OCA are not Russian, nor do they wish to somehow become Russian.”

                Finally, you have accepted wild speculation as the basis for your misinformation. “Anonymous” has presented nothing but conjecture about Met. Tikhon’s visit to Cappadocia. In the interest of “accountability and transparency” (Hint, hint), you are not reporting news, rather you are creating it, and with the weakest substantiation possible. That, in my estimation, is irresponsible.  

                • George Michalopulos says

                  This is beyond disingenuous. I won’t say “stupid” because you certainly aren’t. But your answer falls somewhere between disingenuous and deceitful. Sorry.

                  For one thing, the whole “unilateral” thing was WAY overblown and everybody pretty much knows it. And hypocritical: every other bishop in the OCA did things within his own diocese “unilaterally” and you should known this. I’m not going to rehash them verbatim but I will say that one actually went into another diocese (which was vacant and of which he was locum tenens) and actually did a political add for some billionaire environmentalist. It was a cudgel to beat Jonah over the head with because they didn’t like his Russophilia.

                  As far as whether he told his colleagues on the Holy Synod I don’t know. I do know that he mentioned this option to several hundred laymen at Atlanta during a Diocesan Conference there and it was met with thunderous applause. Just as then-Metropolitan Theodosius received some ten-fifteen years earlier in the heady, Ligonier days. If memory serves, Theodosius actually said that he’d take off his white klobuk (the symbol of the OCA’s autocephaly) and place it on then-Archbishop Iakovos’ head if that’s what it took to have a united autocephalous Church here in America. I don’t remember the Holy Synod stabbing him in the back over that one.

                  Regardless, you are inadvertently making my point in your fifth paragraph, specifically that the animosity against Jonah was because he was willing to take us from autocephaly to autonomy under Moscow. OK, I’ll play along: the loss of autocephaly is a bad thing according to this critique. Then why in God’s holy name are there high-placed actors within the OCA which are perfectly willing to place us under Istanbul? The most moribund, hidebound and ethno-supremacist of all the patriarchates?

                  That doesn’t make sense. It’s either “autocephaly now and forever” or “we want autocephaly but we’ll accept autonomy under Istanbul (but not Moscow)”. You can’t have it both ways.

                  • M. Stankovich says

                    Mr. Michalopulos,

                    Had I been the author of anything I presented above, I would consider it “fair game.” I was not the author, but merely the one who 1) presented – verbatim – pertinent comments of an independent source (in as much as the ROC can be considered “aloof” to Orthodoxy in America) that 2) you chose to publish on this site. You had no cause whatsoever to refer to me as “somewhere between disingenuous and deceitful” for offering it. If I am not mistaken, someone (Gail?) recently pointed out that the internet allows one to go back and read historical comments as often as one wished. If you now have misgivings as to the service of your memory, get a referral to neurology. As to your unjustified anger towards me, I would suggest your quarrel is with the ROC. The main number of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA is (973) 726-4229 or (Holy Cow!) reach the Chancellor at chancellor@mospatusa.com
                     
                    Mr. Michalopulos, left me clarify why I even responded to your comment in the first place. As I’ve always said, I knew Met. Jonah when he was just “Jim,” and always found him to be a nice fellow. Everything beyond that is simply subjective observation, subject to bias. I might suggest that, when you have literally stood several arms-lengths away from Alexander Schmemann when he preached or spoke of his vision of a vibrant, living, and evangelizing autocephalous Orthodox Church in America, with all due respect, the “Speech in Dallas” isn’t quite as impressive. Regardless, I have no reason to deride Met. Jonah, nor to praise him.

                    I responded to you because, not only did you mock others who do not share your subjective opinion, but you asked for their apology for not agreeing with you. I happened to know what I know, otherwise, I suspect most people would be totally unaware of the legitimate, contemporaneous interview with Fr. George Roschin. Is that not deceptive?

                    I end by saying I continue to object to your unfailing attempts to suggest equality of “qualitative” moral justification. As you indicated reading Aristotle, I would suggest to you The Nicomachean Ethics (Ἠθικὰ Νικομάχεια): when something is unethical/immoral pursuant to Natural Law (or the Ten Commandments, for that matter), it is always unethical/immoral, regardless of who might be the perpetrator, or the circumstances of the unethical/immoral behaviour. Likewise, to suggest that, just because Theodosius did it and the Holy Synod didn’t “stab him in the back,” it was unjust, unfair, or unjustified for Jonah to experience the consequences of his actions violates the fundamental principle of ethics: “I am responsible.” From my vantage, men do get away with murder for many reasons – some for the most minuscule technical detail of the law. We will frequently hear some insist that this is “proof the system worked.” Nevertheless, no one would say they are “innocent from wrong doing.” When something is unethical/immoral pursuant to Natural Law (or the Ten Commandments, for that matter), it is always unethical/immoral, regardless of who might be the perpetrator, or the circumstances of the unethical/immoral behaviour. 

                    • George Michalopulos says

                      I’m afraid we’re going to have to agree to disagree. The speech in Dallas was fantastic. And prophetic.

                      Consider his broadside against Bartholomew: “If we wanted to be under a pope we’d be under the real one.”

                      And that’s where many of us are now. We here in the US are going to be the first test-case. Will we allow Lambrianides’ startling eccesiological musings to stand?

                    • Constantinos says

                      Dr. Stankovich,
                      I said I wasn’t going to post on this forum anymore, but I have to agree with you. In my personal opinion, I think it is fundamentally unfair of to accuse you of being disingenuous. If anyone on this forum, calls them as he sees them without any ulterior motives, it is you. As fine a man as George is , in this instance, he is way off base. Perhaps, he may consider apologizing. Free speech means a divergence of opinions. Please carry on sir; you are one of the main attractions to this forum. Thank you. I still plan on adhering to my resolution of not posting on this forum, but I felt this disparagement of you was wholely uncalled for. To be honest with you, Doc, I didn’t know how refreshing you were until you were no longer posting. Monomakhos is greatly impoverished without your insightful commentary.

                    • M. Stankovich says

                      I appreciate your comment, Costa. I hate being the focus of any of this, because every time I am, I feel disheartened and discouraged. This is such a chaotic, frightening time for the Church in our society, when even quoting the words of our Lord and the Holy Fathers is described as “vicious attack.” Personally, I cannot reconcile myself to it. Again, thank you for your words.

                    • Constantinos: “I said I wasn’t going to post on this forum anymore”
                       
                      Yes, you did manage to keep your vow of silence for a day or so. Still a commendable ascetic feat, longer than a strict fast between breakfast and dinner. 😉

              • anonymous says

                George Michalopulos
                 
                It was all a joke on us at Metropolitan Jonah’s expense

                • Constantinos says

                  George,
                  Being an honest man, I can admit when I am wrong. In this instance, I was wrong about freemasonry. I came across a book by a mason named Robert V. Lund. Perusing the book on Amazon, he makes some very dangerous connections between freemasonry and occult systems such as the Rosicrusians and Theosophy. Since there is such a thing as esoteric masonry, it is completely incompatible with Orthodox Christianity, and a Christian should avoid the lodge at all costs. There’s nothing in it for the Christian. I was wrong. Now, I could use some approbations for admitting I was wrong. May others follow my holy example. Outside of this news, I’m still not going to post anymore. 

                  • George Michalopulos says

                    Costa, it took me a long time to admit I was wrong as well.

                    Having said that, Freemasons are some of the noblest, kindest, honorable men around. Of this there can be no doubt. The issue is not their upstanding morality but the nature of the theology itself. The same could be said about Haredi Jews. Fine people. Unfortunately what is said in the Talmud about Jesus and His mother is completely unacceptable and not salvific at all.

                  • Constantinos, welcome to what everyone else has been telling you for months, if not years.

                    • anonymous says

                      Basil

                      Now that we’ve finally got here

                      If we could get everyone to understand that AHEPA [esoteric ethnic Greek secret society] is the same thing, that the GOA was essentially built by it

                      Why the GOA is thereby off track in so many of the essentials –

                      That the GOA (and therefore the Orthodox Church in the US) is pretty much under subjegation to it being lead by a group that is not compatible with the Church

                      That it provides the most likely reasonable and logical explanation behind such things as:

                      Why there is a powerful Greek lobby full of successful Greeks influencing and being influenced by politicians/the government with global implications

                      Why the Greeks are stating why they are the sole guarantors of the authentic Orthodox tradition worldwide

                      Why the Byzantine nostalgia and Greek triumphalism

                      Why modern ecumenicism is elevated while evangelism is squashed

                      Why all churches must submit to “The Mother Church”

                      Distorted autocephaly

                      Why so much of the secular humanism

                      Etc

                      Then we could all have a very Merry Christmas

                    • Never, EVER berate a man for coming around.  It’s not only bad form, it’s unChristian.  Costa humbly admitted he was wrong.  What more do you want? 

                    • “May others follow my holy example.”

                      Not exactly a humble admittance…

                    • Connie Redipas says
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    PatriarchateofRomania14
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
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    Three years ago, primates and hierarchs of ten local Orthodox Churches gathered on the island of Crete for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, a long-awaited meeting of Orthodox bishops.
     
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  259. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece78
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    On the occasion of the International Day Against Drug Abuse, the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece sends a message to young people.
     
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    • Dan Lokatas says

      Dorian Greeks share Alpine ancestry with Bavarians. Minoans were Phoenician Arabs [Annals of Human Genetics (2008) 72,205–214]. They are distinuished as being Semites from Asia not Hamites from Africa. The Thracians or Vlachs were Carpathian Celts like the Galatians. Achaeans, Ahiya, were Hamitic Africans from Egypt. This is why Sparta got its wheat from Sicily which is closer to Africa than Europe and Peloporicans are the dumbest Greeks. Ionians, descended from Yovani, Javan, son of Japheth, were Scythians. The name Ashkhenazi derives from Scythian and David was a red-haired Scythian. This is why Athenians got their wheat from Scythia via Bezant. The Aeolians were Pelasgian Albanians. Everywhere Herodotus said there were Pelasgians, like in Koropi, outside of Athens, and Methana near Corinth, today there are Albanians. The Trojans were undeniably Hittites, who appear with Mongolian Turkic Turanian slanted eyes on drawings.

      • George Michalopulos says

        All over the place here, Dan. Some nuggets of wisdom or food for thought but some mistakes as well: Ashkenaz (the father of the Germanic peoples) was a son of Gomer, one of the sons of Japheth. Another of his sons was Javan (the father of the Greeks & Illyrians). The other sons were Gomer, Magog, Tiras, Meschech, Madai and Tubal (roughly the progenitors of the Celts, Slavs, Irano-Persians, and so on).

        According to the most recent genetic testing, the Cretans were related to the people of the Ionian Coast (i.e. Western Anatolia) and the Egyptians. Surprisingly, they did a genetic study on King Tut and found he had more DNA in common with the people of Great Britain than he did with modern day Egyptians. A lot more. This more or less proves that the Arabs genetically overwhelmed the ancient Egyptian population. You are correct about king David’s hair-coloring and complexion but that doesn’t necessarily mean Schythian ancestry although it does throw a kink into our conceived notions about what we believe about the population dynamics of ancient history.

        Consider: if you want to get Biblical, the “Hamitic hypothesis” contends that Ham (as well has his brothers Japheth and Shem) were white and that he was not the father of all African races but merely the Egyptians and the proto-Ethiopians (hence the European/Semitic physiognomy of the Ethiopians). This would nullify the Talmudic belief that the “curse of Ham” extends to the black African populations.

        Likewise it implies that the ancient Semites were themselves Caucasian who had intermarried with the local Middle Eastern populations at some later point in time (perhaps after the Babylonian Exile?) This would explain why the Jews (the southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin) lost all knowledge of Hebrew. Was it because they were overwhelmed by Aramaic-speaking peoples? Or as Israel Finklelstein posits in his various books, that what became the Israelite nation was because of the congealing of several different tribes with little or no common ancestry over the course of several centuries. This would explain why the tribe of Levite had no territory, that they had suffered a military catastrophe which resulted in a state of semi-nomadism.

        This would imply however that the Flood was localized and did not destroy the aboriginal populations of Africa and Asia but that the descendants of the sons of Noah more or less conquered the rest of the known world. This is all very fascinating to be sure but it can validate racist theories about pre-Adamic civilizations as well. This would comport with the fossil record which has shown that archaic species of humans, including Neanderthal, Denisovan and Florenses (“hobbits”) existed at one time only to be largely wiped out by Cro-magnons.

        Anyway, I had a lot of time on the hands today so I decided to ramble. Forgive me.

    • Don Conlitas says

      Elps connection to Germany is curious. Mazower tells how the Jews of Thesalonike chose a German chief rabbi, thinking he was the highest kind. But when the nazis came, he proved way too gullible to their con jobs which cost the Jews dearly. Now, there is no proof the poor rabbi meant any harm, onlt that he was gullible.

  261. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofMoscow48
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
    Visit of the Metropolitan of Volokolamsk to the Metropolis of Piraeus
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 17:59
    By Romfea.news
     
    In the context of a “Apostle Paul’s Podium” pilgrimage visit, Vicar to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, chairman of the Department of the External Church Relations and permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, accompanied by Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations and Hierodeacon Grigory (Sokolov), translator and employee of the same department, met with Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus at his request.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/visit-of-the-metropolitan-of-volokolamsk-to-the-metropolis-of-piraeus/

  262. Greatly Saddened says

    EP139
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Thronal Feast of the Roman Catholic Church
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 11:19
    By Emilios Polygenis
     
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate sends an official delegation to the Thronal Feast of the Roman Catholic Church from 27 June to 29 June on the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/delegation-of-the-ecumenical-patriarchate-to-the-thronal-feast-of-the-roman-catholic-church/

  263. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofAlexandria17
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Alexandria
    Visit of the Patriarch of Alexandria to the Church of Saints Constantine and Eleni in Cairo
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 10:15
    By Romfea.news
     
    Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by Patriarchal Vicar of Cairo, Metropolitan Nicodemus of Memphis, visited the renovated Church of Saints Constantine and Eleni, Equal to the Apostles, in Cairo.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/visit-of-the-patriarch-of-alexandria-to-the-church-of-saints-constantine-and-eleni-in-cairo/

  264. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece78
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Metropolis of Corinth receives the Cincture of the Theotokos (LIVE)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 25, 2019 | 20:47
    By Romfea.news
     
    The Cincture of the Theotokos is brought now to the Cathedral of Apostle Paul in Corinth.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolis-of-corinth-receives-the-cincture-of-the-theotokos-live/

  265. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus21
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    Metropolitan of Constantia at the enthronement ceremony of the new Archbishop of America
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 11:49
     
    Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantia and Ammochostos attended the ceremony of the enthronement of the seventh Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Elpidophoros, on Saturday June 22, as representative of Church of Cyprus and Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-of-constantia-at-the-enthronement-ceremony-of-the-new-archbishop-of-america/

  266. Letter from Ambrosios, Metropolitan of Kalavryta to Patriarch Bartholomew:

    “Your All-Holiness, you pollute our Orthodoxy”

    24th June, 2019(In Greek)
    https://katanixi.gr/2019/06/25/επιστολή-του-μητρ-καλαβρύτων-προς-τον/

  267. Greatly Saddened says

    EP140
    Below please find an article from Sunday on the Pastoral Healthcare of the Ecumenical Patriarchate website.
     
    Library » Pastoral Thoughts » June 23, 2019 – The Tollbooth Phenomenon
     
    June 23, 2019
    The Tollbooth Phenomenon
    Fr. Lambros Kamberidis
     
    http://www.pastoralhealth-ep.com/library/pastoral/pt23062019

  268. Greatly Saddened says

    RomfeaNews39
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Society
    More and more Arabs are moving away from Islam
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 14:42
     
    Fewer and fewer Arabs identify themselves as Muslims over the past six years, according to a public opinion poll of Arab Barometer project at Princeton University, which conducted the survey for the BBC.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/more-and-more-arabs-are-moving-away-from-islam/

  269. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA319
    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros Receives U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom in First Official Visit
    By TNH Staff 
    June 26, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/251275/archbishop-elpidophoros-receives-u-s-ambassador-for-religious-freedom-in-first-official-visit/

    • Gail Sheppard says

      RE:  ”  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the spiritual father not only of the Greek community in Istanbul, but of all the faithful of our Archdiocese here in America. For the Orthodox people in the United States the well-being of our Orthodox center is extremely important and we are happy that our government in Washington supports our spiritual father Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and our spiritual center.”One wonders when our government is going to get a clue that Bartholomew is not the “spiritual center” for the Orthodox in this country.  

      • Could it be that they support him exactly because his is’t and he must become?

  270. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA320
    Below please find another article from today in The National Herald. Unfortunately, the article is locked and doesn’t appear in its entirety. I will continue to be on the lookout for the article in its entirely, and if found, I will post.
     
    The Experience of a Lifetime
    By Theodore Kalmoukos 
    June 26, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/251233/the-experience-of-a-lifetime/

  271. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofGreece79
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    Metropolitan Hilarion met Archbishop Ieronymos (upd)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 15:07
    LAST UPDATE: 21:01
    By Emilios Polygenis
     
    Archbishop Ieronymos and the members of the Standing Holy Synod warmly welcomed the Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR).
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-hilarion-met-archbishop-ieronymos/

  272. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofMoscow49
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
    Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Russia’s ambassador in Greece
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 18:51
     
    Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), who is in Greece with a blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, met with Russia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Greece A. M. Maslov.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-hilarion-meets-with-russias-ambassador-in-greece/

  273. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania15
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Patriarch Daniel: It is a great joy when Romanian identity is preserved in our diaspora
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 15:32
     
    During a meeting with Romanians from Vienna last Friday, Patriarch Daniel expressed his joy that national identity is preserved in the diaspora through “the rich activity” carried out by parishes.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-daniel-it-is-a-great-joy-when-romanian-identity-is-preserved-in-our-diaspora/

  274. Greatly Saddened says

    PatriarchateofRomania16
    Below please find another article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Romania
    Patriarch of Romania addresses theology graduates: Every one of you is a missionary
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 19:25
     
    The Patriarch of Romania on Monday met with three hundred graduate students of the “Patriarch Justinian” Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest and reminded that every one of them is a missionary.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/patriarch-of-romania-addresses-theology-graduates-every-one-of-you-is-a-missionary/

  275. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA321
    Below please find an article from today on the Authentic Transparency and Accountability website.
     
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    Breaking a Pattern of Behavior
     
    http://protectingorthodoxchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/breaking-pattern-of-behavior.html?m=1

  276. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA322
    Below please find a “Letter to the Editor” from today in The National Herald, by Paul M. Ladas of Muskegon, MI.
     
    Also note the comment directly below his letter.
     
    Letter to the Editor: On TNH’s 50 Wealthiest List and St. Nicholas
    June 26, 2019
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/251199/letter-to-the-editor-on-tnhs-50-wealthiest-list-and-st-nicholas/

  277. Greatly Saddened says

    GOAofAustralia20
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of Australia
    Three Month Memorial Service for Archbishop Stylianos of Australia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 20:33
     
    The Three Month Memorial Service for Archbishop Stylianos was officiated by Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias at “St Athanasios” Parish and Cemetery, Rookwood, on Tuesday June 25, 2019.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/three-month-memorial-service-for-archbishop-stylianos-of-australia/

  278. Greatly Saddened says

    ChurchofCyprus22
    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
    Metropolitan Georgios of Paphos was welcomed by Archbishop Makarios of Australia
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 19:53
     
    An official welcome of Metropolitan Georgios of Paphos took place, who is visiting Australia for the enthronement of the new Primate and Archbishop of Australia, Makarios, on Saturday, June 29.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-georgios-of-paphos-was-welcomed-by-archbishop-makarios-of-australia/

  279. Greatly Saddened says

    Romfea40
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Politics
    Commission Vice-President Katainen: We need more Christian values in Europe
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 12:39
     
    Addressing an event on common European values, in Brussels, which was marking the upcoming Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU (July-December 2019), European Commission Vice-President, Jyrki Katainen emphasized that the discussion on this topic is becoming of utmost importance.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/commission-vice-president-katainen-we-need-more-christian-values-in-europe/

  280. Greatly Saddened says

    WCC1
    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    Metropolitan of France: The Greeks never speak disparagingly of the Jews
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 26, 2019 | 18:08
     
    A meeting between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) was held this morning in Paris.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/metropolitan-of-france-the-greeks-never-speak-disparagingly-the-jews/

  281. Greatly Saddened says

    GOA323
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
    Archbishop Elpidophoros: We are happy that the USA supports the Ecumenical Patriarchate
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 09:46
     
    The US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, visited Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on Wednesday, June 26.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/archbishop-elpidophoros-we-are-happy-that-the-usa-supports-the-ecumenical-patriarchate/

  282. Greatly Saddened says

    COG80
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
    The Church of Greece to celebrate solemnly the memory of Apostle Paul
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 10:55
     
    The Church of Greece will celebrate the memory of Saint Paul, Apostle to the Nations and founder of the Church of Greece.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-church-of-greece-to-celebrate-solemnly-the-memory-of-apostle-paul/

  283. Greatly Saddened says

    SERB8
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Serbia
    The Installation of the First Icons at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton, PA
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 11:17
     
    The Iconography Project at St. Nicholas is blossoming with the first fruitful flowers. After 5 years of preparations, the first installation of icons is adorning the altar at St. Nicholas.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/the-installation-of-the-first-icons-at-st-nicholas-serbian-orthodox-church-in-steelton-pa/
     

  284. Greatly Saddened says

    Romfea41
    Below please find an article from today on the Romfea News website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
    Memory of Saint Sampson the Hospitable (June 27)
    by NewsRoom
    Jun 27, 2019 | 12:02
    By Bishop Gregorios of Mesaoria
     
    Our Church celebrates the memory of Saint Samson the Hospitable today and invites us to imitate his humiliation and charity for which he was notable.
     
    https://www.romfea.news/memory-of-saint-sampson-the-hospitable-june-27/

  285. Greatly Saddened says

    Without being rude or disrespectful. Since Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew decided to “divide and conquer” tbe former Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. Mainly due to the fact he felt threatened by his Godmother’s brother, His Eminence of blessed memory, Archbishop Iakovos.

    And after the then bishops of ancient defunked Sees sold their souls to the Ecumenical Patriarch. They were elevated to the status of Metropolitans of their very own authentic Sees.

    From this point forward, rather than commemorating the Archbishop, they now commemorate the Ecumenical Patriarch. And in addition to this, they now answer directly to the Ecumenical Patriarch.

    Sad to say, but for all intent and purposes, the Archbishop since this change was made, is actually the ninth (9th) Metropolitan of his own Metropolis of which is called the Direct Archdiocesan District.

    I also believe the Archbishop needs to seek approval to enter another Metropolis by the Metropolitan of that Metropolis.
    Now keep in mind, things are a bit different with Archbishop Elpidophoros. Since he is the heir apparent to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

    The Metropolitans of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America must keep this in mind at all times! They must tow the line and be on their best behavior to not fall out of good graces with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros.

    The byzantine intrigue continues and only time will tell for sure.