2009/12/26

ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΖΩΗ ΤΗΣ ΑΓΙΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ *** FROM THE LIFE OF HOLY CHURCH OF CHRIST

Ιερά Γυναικεία Μονή Παναγίας Γοργοϋπηκόου Γοργοποτάμου Λαμίας

Πανηγύρισε ο φάρος της Ορθοδοξίας για την Κεντρική, και όχι μόνο, Ελλάδα. Η εορτή της Παναγίας μας Γοργοϋπηκόου (1/14 Οκτωβρίου) τιμήθηκε με 12ωρο ολονύκτιο Ιερά Αγρυπνία κατά την οποία έψαλλε ο καλλικέλαδος χορός των Μοναζουσών. Σύσσωμος παρέστη η Ιερά Σύνοδος της Ιεραρχίας της Γνησίας Ορθοδόξου Ελλαδικής Εκκλησίας καθώς και πλειάδα ευλαβέστατων κληρικών από όλη την Ελλάδα. Τέλος, δυναμικό παρόν έδωσε κι εφέτος το χριστεπώνυμο πλήρωμα της Αγίας του Χριστού Εκκλησίας, παρά το εργάσιμο της ημέρας, σπεύδοντας από κάθε γωνιά της Ελλάδας να τιμήσουν την Υπεραγία Θεοτόκο. Πάντες φιλοξενήθηκαν αβραμιαία από την ενάρετο και φιλόξενη Μοναστική Αδελφότητα.

Holy women's Monastery of Virgin Mary "the quick hearer" in Gorgopotamos-Lamia

The lighthouse of Orthodoxy for Central, and beyond, Greece celebrated. The Day of our Virgin Mary "the quick hearer" (1 / 14 October) was honored with 12-hour overnight Holy Vigil that was chanted by the sweet- voiced sisters of the cloister. The Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the Genuine Orthodox Greek Church united attended and many of respectful priests from all over Greece. Finally, the presence of the Christ- named crew of the Holy Church of Christ was also dynamic this year , despite the Working of the day, fled from all over Greece to honor the Virgin Mary. Everyone hosted by the avramian, virtuous and welcoming Monastic Brotherhood.

ΑΠΟ ΤΙΣ ΙΕΡΕΣ ΠΑΝΗΓΥΡΕΙΣ
FROM HOLY FEASTS

Από την πανήγυρη της Ιεράς Γυναικείας Μονής Τιμίου Σταυρού Καλαμάτας, κτίτορας της οποίας τυγχάνει ο Μακαριστός Πρωθιεράρχης των Γ.Ο.Χ., Άγιος Μεσσηνίας Γρηγόριος (+2009). Η μνήμη της Υψώσεως του Τιμίου Σταυρού τιμήθηκε με ολονύκτια ιερά Αγρυπνία, παρουσία πλήθος πιστών της τοπικής Εκκλησίας στην Μεσσηνία.

On the feast of the Holy womwen's Monastery of the Holy Cross in Kalamata, which founder is the blessed First- Hierarch of G.O.C., Saint Gregory of Messinia (2009). The memory of the Elevation of the Holy Cross was honored with an overnight Vigil with presence of many faithful of local Holy Church in Messinia.

Πανήγυρη Ιερού Ναού Παναγίας Λαμποβιτίσσης Κέρκυρα
Virgin Mary Lampovitissa Church's festival in Corfu


Πανήγυρη Ιερού Ναού Γενεθλίων της Θεοτόκου Μαρκόπουλου Αττικής
Festival of Holy Church of the Virgin Mary's Birthday in Markopoulo Attica

Πανήγυρη Ιερού Καθεδρικού Ναού Αγίας Σοφίας Τρικάλων, Ιεράς Μητροπόλεως Γ.Ο.Χ. Τρίκκης & Σταγών

Saint Sophia's Cathedral church's celebration in Trikala- Holy metropolis of Trikki and Staga


Πανήγυρη Ιερού Ναού Αγίου Μάρτυρος Ευσταθίου της ομώνυμης Ιεράς Μονής στο Κρυονέρι Κηφισιάς Αττικής, όπου και συστεγάζεται το Γηροκομείο της Εκκλησίας μας

Festival of holy church of the Holy Martyr Efstathios in homonymous Monastery in Krioneri Kifissia, Attica, where the nursing home of our Church is co-located

Από την ιερά πανήγυρη του νεόδμητου Ιερού Ησυχαστηρίου Αγίου Ιωάννου του Θεολόγου Βερδικούσας Ελασσόνας Λαρίσης. Διακρίνονται ο Πανοσιότατος Ιερομόναχός π. Ιωακείμ Αγιορείτης (κτίτορας), ο ρώσος Μοναχός π. Αλέξανδρος Εσφιγμενίτης , οσιότατες μοναχές ως και οι φιλέορτοι ευλαβείς προσκυνητές που παραβρέθηκαν στην εορτή του αγαπημένου Αποστόλου του Κυρίου μας.

On the holy festival of the newly built Holy hermitage of Saint John the Theologian in Verdikoussa- Elassona- Larissa. In the centre of photo is Hieromonk Fr. Joachim Athonite (founder), the Russian monk Fr Alexander Esfigmenitis (Athonite), nuns and pious pilgrims who attended the festival of the beloved Apostle of our Lord.


Από την πανήγυρη του Ιερού Ναού Παναγίας Γοργοϋπηκόου Αθανάτων Ηρακλείου Κρήτης
Feast of holy church of Virgin Mary "Quick hearer" in Athanati Heraclion- Crete

Πανήγυρη Ιερού Ναού Οσίων 99 Πατέρων της Κρήτης στα Χανιά

Sanctuary festival of church of "99 Saints Fathers of Crete" in Chania, Crete

Πανήγυρη ιστορικού Ιερού Ναού Αγίου Δημητρίου Πάτρας
Festival of Holy historical church of Saint Dimitrios, Patra

ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ Γ.Ο.Χ. ΚΥΠΡΟΥ
Πατρώων παραδόσεων
Ιερά ιστορική Ιερά Μονή Παναγίας Γαλακτοτροφούσης Λευκωσίας

CHURCH OF G.O.C. OF CYPRUS
of Paternal Traditions
Holy historical Monastery of Virgin Mary Galaktotrofousa, Nicosia


Την 8η Σεπτεμβρίου 2009 (Ε. Η.), πανηγύρισε η Ιστορική Ανδρώα Ιερά Μονή Παναγίας Γαλακτοτροφούσης στην Λευκωσία, ιερουργούντος του ακάματου Αιδεσιμότατου Ιερέως π. Ζαχαρία Τσικρικάκη. Η Ιερά αυτή Μονή της αδελφής Γνησίας Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας της Κύπρου ιδρύθηκε, με τις ευλογίες του Αγίου Πατρός Ματθαίου, από τον αείμνηστο ιεράρχη των Γ.Ο.Χ. Κύπρου , Άγιο Τριμυθούντος Σπυρίδωνα (+1963).
Μετά την εόρτιο Θεία λειτουργία πραγματοποιήθηκε η Λιτάνευση της ιεράς εικόνας των Γενεθλίων της Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου. Η εν λόγω ιερά εικόνα αποτελεί μνημείο της Τουρκικής βαρβαρότητας έναντι των Χριστιανών της Μεγαλονήσου καθώς είχε βεβηλωθεί το Δεκέμβριο του 1963 όταν δολοφόνησαν τρεις (3) Ορθοδόξους Μοναχούς της Μονής και άλλους (όπως τον πολιό Ιερομόναχό π. Γεννάδιο) τους κακοποίησαν .

Αιωνία η μνήμη των Νεομαρτύρων Μοναχών της Εκκλησίας των Πατρώων Παραδόσεων Γ.Ο.Χ. Κύπρου!

On September 8, 2009 (old Orthodox calendar), the historical men's Monastery of Virgin Mary Galaktotrofousa in Nicosia, where the tireless priest Reverend Fr Zacharias Tsikrikaki served the Divine Liturgy. The Holy Monastery of the sister Genuine Orthodox Church of Cyprus was established, with the blessing of the Holy Father Matthew, by the late hierarch of G.O.C. of Cyprus, Saint Spyridon of Trimithountos (1963).
After the festal Divine Liturgy was the procession of the sacred icon of the Birthday of Virgin Mary. This sacred icon is a monument of Turkish brutality towards Christians of the island as it had desecrated in December 1963 when three (3) Orthodox monks of the Abbey were killed and others (like older Priestmonk Yennadhios) were abused.

Eternal memory of the martyrs Monks of the Church of Paternal Traditions of G.O.C. of Cyprus!

2009/12/25

Από τους διωγμούς των Ορθοδόξων- Τhe persecution of the Orthodox

KΑΘΗΓΟΥΜΕΝΗ ΜΑΡΙΑΜ ΜΟΝΑΧΗ

Επί τη μνήμη της Θεομητορικής εορτής των Εισοδίων της Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου Μαρίας, κατά την οποία και πανηγυρίζει η μαρτυρική ιστορική γυναικεία Ιερά Μονή της Παναγίας στην Κερατέα Αττικής, παραθέτουμε απόσπασμα ιστορικού αρθρογραφήματος από την τότε όντως "Ορθόδοξο Πνοή" (Ιανουάριος 1990) ώστε να θυμόμαστε οι παλιότεροι και να γνωρίζουμε οι νεώτεροι τους αγώνες, που έδωσαν σύγχρονες άγιες μορφές (όπως η Καθηγουμένη Μαριάμ) υπέρ της γλυκύτατης Ορθοδοξίας και της Αγίας του Χριστού Εκκλησίας με κάθε τίμημα!

Και με τη πρόφαση αυτή, ότι δήθεν η Καθηγουμένη της Μονής αείμνηστος Μαριάμ Σουλακιώτου, σφετεριζόταν τις περιουσίες των προσερχόμενων να μονάσουν, αποκλειστικά όμως και κυριολεκτικά, διότι αυτή και η Μονή της ακολουθούσε με συνέπεια το Πάτριο Ορθόδοξο Εορτολόγιο, το 1950 δικάστηκε και καταδικάστηκε, άδικα, αναίτια και παράνομα. Και κλείστηκε παρά την κατάφορη αθωότητά της, στη φυλακή όπου οσίως και μαρτυρικώς απεβίωσε την 8η Νοεμβρίου 1954 εορτή των Αγίων Αρχαγγέλων (κατά το Ορθόδοξο Εορτολόγιο), σε ηλικία 64 ετών.
Επομένως η αείμνηστος και αξιομακάριστος Καθηγουμένη Μαριάμ Σουλακιώτου υπήρξε αναμφισβήτητα μια ΟΣΙΟΜΑΡΤΥΣ και ΟΜΟΛΟΓΗΤΡΙΑ του παρόντος αιώνα, υπομένοντας με απαράμιλλη γενναιοψυχία και ηρωικότατα το σκληρό αυτό, έστω και αναίμακτο μαρτύριο, χωρίς να αδημονεί, χωρίς να καμφθεί, χωρίς να εξοργιστεί κατά τινός, με άκραν υπομονή και καρτερία, με θαυμαστή πνευματική ανδρεία και μεγαλοψυχία παραδειγματική, έχοντας πάντοτε τον Μακαρισμό του Κυρίου: "Μακάριοι έστε, όταν ονειδίσωσιν ημάς και διώξωσι και ειπώσι παν πονηρόν ρήμα καθ' υμών ψευδόμενοι ένεκεν εμού. Χαίρετε και αγαλλιάσθε, ότι ο μισθός ημών πολύς εν τοις ουρανοίς. Ούτως γαρ εδίωξαν και τους προφήτας τους προ ημών." Και "αγαπάτε τους εχθρούς υμών, καλώς ποιείτε τοις μισούσιν υμάς, ευλογειτε τους καταρωμένους ημίν, προσεύχεσθε υπέρ των επηρεαζόντων ημάς». Δηλαδή: Να είστε ευτυχισμένοι, όταν σας ονειδίσουν και σας διώξουν και πουν κάθε κακό λόγο ψευδόμενοι έτσι από μένος εναντίον μου (του Κυρίου σας). Να χαίρεστε διότι ο μισθός σας θα είναι πολύς στους Ουρανούς. Έτσι έδιωξαν και τους προφήτες πριν από εμάς. Ευλογείτε όσους σας καταριούνται και να κάνετε το καλό σε όσους σας μισούν και να προσεύχεστε για όσους σας ενοχλούν και σας διώκουν.
Αυτή ήταν η αείμνηστη Καθηγουμένη Μαριάμ, και όχι όπως την παρουσίασαν ο αναίσχυντες εφημερίδες και ο ασεβής όχλος. Απόδειξη ότι όλα αυτά συντελέσθηκαν από καταχθόνιους σκοπούς και από συκοφαντικές διαβολές κακόβουλων ανθρώπων υπήρξε το εξής: Δημοσιογράφος αθηναϊκής εφημερίδας επισκέφτηκε τη Μονή και ερωτώμενος από τις μονάζουσας γιατί με τόσο πάθος και κακία καταφέρεται κατά της Μονής στην εφημερίδα του, απάντησε "Πληρώνομαι και τα γράφω. Δώστε μου εσείς τα διπλά και αμέσως θα τα
αναιρέσω". Είη αιώνια η μνήμη της Οσιομάρτυρας και ομολογήτριας Μαριάμ Ηγουμένης Μαριάμ Σουλακιώτου. Παραπλήσιες δοκιμασίες υπέμειναν οι μοναχές.
Επηρεασμένοι πολλοί από τις πολλές και δεινές συκοφαντίες και τα φοβερά ψεύδη, επιδίωκαν τη παντελή διάλυση της Μονής. Συζητούσαν διαρκώς και συσκέπτονταν σε τη να την μεταβάλλουν όταν περιέλθει στα χέρια τους. Άλλοτε αποφάσιζαν να την μεταβάλλουν σε παιδικές εξοχές άλλοτε σε νοσοκομείο και άλλοτε σε στρατώνες. Αυτό το επέμειναν ιδιαιτέρως και έρχονταν ανώτεροι στρατιωτικοί, οι οποίοι εισερχόμενοι αυθαίρετα στο Παρθενώνα μετρούσαν τις διαστάσεις των κελιών Αλλά... Θεία ευδοκία, τα έβρισκαν ακατάλληλα προς εγκατάσταση στρατιωτικών δυνάμεων. Το δε ανατριχιαστικότερο, ότι αποφάσισαν , στα κτίρια της Μονής να εγκαταστήσουν ... λεπροκομείο. Αφού όμως διαδόθηκε αυτό εξηγέρθησαν οι κάτοικοι της Κερατέας, αγανακτισμένοι για την απόφαση τους αυτή, και την επίμονη απαίτηση τους, να μη πραγματοποιηθεί αυτό.
Η κραταιά Σκέπη της Υπεραγίας Θεοτόκου και οι θεοπειθείς πρεσβείες του εν ουρανοίς αοιδίμου κτήτορα της (Αγίου Ματθαίου του Ομολογητή), διέλυσαν τις αντίθετες βουλές τους και απομάκρυναν κάθε κακόβουλη ενέργεια τους. Οι μοναχές στη Μονή, αν και με τις καθημερινές αυτές εφόδους διαρκώς ευρίσκονταν σε θλίψη και αγωνία, είχαν όμως ακμαίο το φρόνημα και μεγάλη γενναιοψυχία και καρτερικότητα υπέμειναν όλα αυτά. Έλαβαν την ηρωική απόφαση, εάν τελικά αποφασιστεί η διάλυση της Μονής και έλθουν να τις εξαναγκάσουν δια της βίας, τότε να την ανατινάξουν στον αέρα και να την αναδείξουν ένα νέο Αρκάδι. Προτιμώντας να ταφούν στα ερείπια της, παρά να εγκαταλείψουν τη Μονή της Μετανοίας τους, την οποία με τόσους μόχθους και κόπους ίδρυσαν, δια τη ψυχική τους σωτηρία.

ABESS MARIAM (+ 1954)

In memory of holy feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary, in which the martyred and historical women's Monastery of the Virgin Mary in Keratea Attica celebrates, we quote from the history article of then actually "Orthodox Breath" (January 1990) to remember the Older and younger know the battles that holy faces gave in our days (such as Mary Abbot) for the sweetest Orthodoxy and the Holy Church of Christ at all costs!

“And by this pretext that supposedly the Abbot of the monastery late Mariam Soulakiotou, usurping the property of them sisters who become a monk, but only literally, because She (Nun Mariam) and the Monastery follow consistently the paternal Eastern Orthodox calendar, in 1950 she was tried and convicted, unjustly unnecessarily and illegally. And she was shut, despite her blatant innocence, in prison where she died as a martyr and a saint on November 8, 1954 Saints Angels’ feast (in the Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar), at the age of 64 years.
Therefore, the late and blessed memory Abbot Mary Soulakiotou was undoubtedly a SAINT- MARTYR and CONFESSOR of this century, enduring with unparalleled generosity and heroic endurance, albeit bloodless martyrdom without to be anxious, without being bent, without to be angry against anyone, with great patience and fortitude, with admirable intellectual prowess and exemplary generosity, always she was having the beatitudes of the Lord: "Blessed are you when they criticize you and reject you and tell you every wicked saying Because of me, in falsehood. Be glad and rejoice that your reward is great in Heaven. For this is how they rejected the prophets before you. (Matthew 5, 11- 12)" And "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you" (Luke 6, 27- 28).
She was the late Mary Abbot, and not as she was presented by the shameless papers and the disrespectful mob. One proof that all this were occurred by infernal purposes and by malicious people with devil libelous was this: A Athenian Journalist in a newspaper visited the monastery and he was questioned by the Nuns why he inflicted with so much passion and evil on the monastery in his newspaper and he replied "I get paid and write. Give me the double and I will immediately resume. Be blessed everlasting the memory of the Martyr and Confessor Mother Mary Soulakiotou. Similar tortures endured the (400) nuns (of this historical Holy Monastery of Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece.
As many were influenced by the formidable slander and the terrible lies, they sought the complete dissolution of the monastery. They discussed constantly and consult on the change when they would have in their hands. Sometimes they decide to change it in a hospital, sometimes in camp for kids and sometimes in barracks. This persisted on it and very senior military were coming, who were entrants in arbitrary dimensions in Monastery’s Parthenon to count the cells but ... by the Divine will, they found them unfit for the military installation. And the most terrible was that they decided to use the buildings of the monastery...as a hospital for lepers. But since this new was spread, the residents of Keratea protested, frustrated for their decision, and they demand persistent not to do this.
The Mighty protects of the Virgin Mary and the embassies of the Blessed memory, owner in heaven (St. Matthew the Confessor), dispelled any contrary advice and remove any malicious action to. The nuns in the monastery, although the daily raids that they ever were left in grief and agony they were thriving but the mind and great generosity and they endured perseverance all this. They results in the heroic decision, if they finally would decide the dissolution of the monastery and they would come to compel by force, then the nuns would be blow up in the air. They preferred to be buried in the ruins than to leave the Monastery of their repentance, which by so toil and labor, the sisters formed, for their soul's salvation.

2009/12/24

Β' ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ ΠΕΡΙ ΙΕΡΩΝ ΕΙΚΟΝΩΝ

ΚΛΙΚ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΑΘΕ ΕΙΚΟΝΑ ΓΙΑ ΚΑΘΑΡΗ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΗ!







2009/12/04

AGAINST THE HERESY OF FLORINITES "IN RESISTΑNCE" UNDER KYPRIANOS OF FILI

"The Dubious Orthodoxy of Metropolitan Cyprian's Group"
by Bishop (of former ROCOR) GREGORY Grabbe

NOTE: This text was written by Bishop of former "ROCOR" Gregory Grabbe (2005) in 1993 when ROCOR and the schismatic- heretic group of Kyprianos were united against the Holy Rules and the Orthodox Church without the common Orthodox belief. This blasphemous union stopped as the ROCOR is united with the Ecumenist- Sergianist "Patriarchate" of Mosca in 2007.
The "ecclesiology" of Kyprianos, that is the same with the "ecclesiology" of Bishop Chrysostom Former of Florina (head of Florinite Schism) is heretical as they recognize grace in the "Sacraments" of Heretics (Ecumenist- New Calendarists) in contrast with the Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece that keep the True Orthodox Ecclesiology of Church of Christ.
This schismatic group of Cyprianos was created in 1984 after the break up of an older schism of a former orthodox bishop Kallistos of Korinthia (1977) and a florinite false "bishop". In 1979 they made a coup and a new false "synod". After few years they (except Cyprian of Fili) were united in the florinite schism of Chr. Kiousis without to repent and to be united in the Genuine Orthodox Church!

(Translated from *Church News* [in Russian], No. 5, Sept. - Oct. 1994, pp. 2-4.) The newspaper *Pravoslavnaya Rus*, in its issue number seventeen of the present year,published the Decision of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad concerning theestablishment of prayerful Eucharistic communion with the group of Old Calendaristsheaded by Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili.
In its concluding section the Decision elucidates the causes that prompted the Sobor totake this step. However, in not one of its six points does it mention that the Sobor of 1975resolved not to have communion with the Greek groups until they themselves had become united, and the Synod, already presided over by Metropolitan Vitaly, reaffirmedthis wise decision in the spring of 1993, that is, a mere year and a half ago. Everyone isaware that the Greek groups can in no wise boast of having already achieved unity, yet the present Conciliar Decision offers no explanation what so ever for this abrogation by the Sobor of its previous resolutions.Thus, in the Decision it is stated,"After deliberation and analysis of all aspects of these questions [concerning the history and ideology of this group] the Council of Bishops maintains that at the present time, when apostasy is spreading and the so-called official representatives of Orthodoxy, such as the Patriarchate of Constantinople and other patriarchates, are succumbing to and embracing the position of the Modernists and Ecumenists, it is very important for theTrue Orthodox to unite, make a stand together, and oppose the betrayers of the Orthodoxy of the Holy Fathers. In this regard, the Council of Bishops has decided:
"1) To establish communion in prayer and the Eucharist with the Greek Old Calendarist Synod of Metropolitan Cyprian, as well as with His Grace, Bishop Photios of Triaditsa,who heads the Bulgarian Old Calendar diocese."
Bishop Photios was consecrated for the Bulgarians by the self-same Metropolitan Cyprian, and thus his legitimacy is dependent upon the legitimacy of Metropolitan Cyprian...
The second point [of the decision] deals with informing the flock abroad of this event.In point number three it is stated, "During the deliberations, the statements of those opposed to the union were also taken into account, in which the question was raisedconcerning the canonicity of Metropolitan Cyprian's group and their allegedly un-Orthodox teaching on Grace."
Aside from his personal teaching on Grace (more on this below), Metropolitan Cyprianhas likewise been accused of preaching the heresy of chiliasm.
Concerning the "canonicity" of this group enough has already been said and written. But what then is their "allegedly un-Orthodox teaching on Grace"?
Preparing the ground for possible union with the Church Abroad well in advance,Metropolitan Cyprian issued a pamphlet entitled "An Ecclesiological Thesis, orExposition on the Doctrine of the Church, for the Orthodox Opposed to the Heresy ofEcumenism" It would seem that, judging from the title of the pamphlet, nothing could be said against such a program. The pamphlet is quite handsomely printed, even to the point of using the old orthography [i.e., pre-Revolutionary]. It was very widelydistributed, and each member of the Bishop's Sobor undoubtedly received a copy. However, with great consternation and dismay one is forced to point out that apparentlythe very members of the Bishops' Committee investigating the Greek question themselves, and all the members of the Bishops' Sobor together, failed to pursues ufficiently what is called "reading between the lines" of this pamphlet, which abounds inancient texts and is deftly put together, but which bears little relation to the contemporary ecclesiastical situation.Moreover, it is obvious that they took scant notice of the canonicity (very doubtful) of Metropolitan Cyprian's group, for the subject is not at all reflected in the text of the Sobor's Decision. Likewise evident is the fact that the committee took no accountwhatsoever of the motives behind our own previous resolutions.
Let us now attempt to determine precisely what sort of Orthodoxy Metropolitan Cypriandoes confess and whether or not one can actually say with a clear conscience that both heand his synod *adheres wholly to the exact same ecclesiological and dogmatic principlesas our Russian Church Outside Russia* (point five of the Sobor's Decision).In the chapter [of the pamphlet] entitled "The Church and Heresy," page two, it says:"Sinners and those who err in correctly understanding the Faith, yet who have not been sentenced by ecclesiastical action, are simply considered ailing members of the Church. The Mysteries of these unsentenced members are valid as such, according to the Seventh Ecumenical Council, as, for example, the President of the Council, Saint Tarasios,remarks: "[their] ordination" "is from God.”
Later, in the third chapter, the author turns to the matter, "The Division in the Church Over Ecumenism" - as he calls it.
It seems strange to hear from a bishop who proclaims his Orthodoxy the idea that the Church can be "divided." The Holy Fathers have taught that She always was, is, and shall be the indivisible Bride of Christ. One can only fall away from Her or be reunited to Her through repentance. Metropolitan Anthony [Khrapovitsky] especially emphasized to his priests the necessity, after confession, of reading the ancient Prayer of Absolution which contains the word, "reconcile and unite him to Thy holy Church," thereby indicating thathe who sins falls away from the Church. Although private confession can heal personal moral falls, it in no wise cures a public and obdurate inclination to heresy. Metropolitan Cyprian correctly points out that the beginning of the malady was the introduction of the Western calendar into the life of the Church in 1924. But then later headvances an opinion which in no wise corresponds to the present ecclesiastical situation."The followers of the festal calendar innovation," says he, "have not yet been specifically judged in a pan-Orthodox fashion, as provided for by the Orthodox Church. As Saint Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain writes, the violator of established precepts isconsidered sentenced, insofar as he is judged by 'the second entity (which is the Councilor Synod).' Since 1924, the innovators have been awaiting judgment and shall be judgedon the basis of the decisions of the holy Councils, both Ecumenical and local, and, to besure, on the basis of the ecclesiastical pronouncements of the sixteenth century againstwhat were then Papal proposals for changes in the festal calendar. *In this respect thosewho have walled themselves off from the innovators have actually broken communion 'before conciliar or synodal verdict,' as is allowed in the Fifteenth Canon of the First-and-Second Council. That is to say, the innovators are still unsentenced. Consequently,*[according to the teaching of Metropolitan Cyprian], *their Mysteries arevalid.*[Emphasis mine.]
Metropolitan Cyprian chooses a convenient quotation from this canon to suit his purpose,but intentionally does not cite the subsequent text of the canon concerning those whose parate themselves from their presidents before a synodical judgment in cases where the open preaching of heresy is taking place:
"Such persons as these not only are not subject to canonical penalty for walling themselves off from communion with the so-called bishop before synodical clarification,but [on the contrary] they shall be deemed worthy of due honor among the Orthodox. Fornot bishops, but false bishops and false teachers have they condemned, and they have not fragmented the Church's unity with schism, but from schisms and divisions have theyearnestly sought to deliver the Church. (Canon Fifteen of the so-called First-SecondCouncil)"
The adherents of Roman Catholicism in Russia have from of old cited the fact that not one Ecumenical Council has ever condemned Roman Catholicism and therefore it, theysay, is not a heresy. Such an opinion was quite widespread among our intelligentsia, andespecially in military circles.
Chapter Four is entitled "Repentance and Return." That which is expounded there in concerning the principle of repentance is entirely correct and in accord with the canons.Yet while offering us numerous examples of repentance which took place at one or another Ecumenical Council, Metropolitan Cyprian never so much as mentions the fact that the New Calendarists/Ecumenists not only have no intention whatsoever of repenting, but on the contrary, they persecute the True Orthodox in a most cruel manner.We have before our eyes the example of how quite recently they "strangled," one could say, Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem, who was attempting to defend the Orthodoxy of the Holy Fathers. Only a few months have now passed since they - by means of threats of expulsion from their monasteries, and canonical sanctions, have forced to repent before them that last bastion of Orthodoxy, the Holy Mountain - which was defending the Church from the inroads of the heresy of Ecumenism.
Metropolitan Cyprian sees no grounds for severing communion with the New- Calendarists/Ecumenists until such a time as it will be possible for a future Ecumenical Council to judge them. But who could not be aware (including the Metropolitan himself) that for almost twenty years now the Ecumenists have been preparing the program for the future - and not in the least Orthodox - "Eighth Ecumenical Council"? The PreconciliarCommittee has already on more than one occasion published its drafts for the reports tobe delivered at this future "Council." The issues to be discussed at it include the unification of all Christians, the total abolition of the fasts, married bishops, and second marriages for the clergy.
Who, then, will be the president of this dishonorable assembly, which, according toMetropolitan Cyprian's daydreams, is supposed to condemn the Ecumenists/NewCalendarists? Obviously, that crypto-Roman Catholic, the Ecumenical PatriarchBartholomew. And those like unto him will prove to be its members: the Patriarch ofAlexandria, Parthenios (who has officially declared Mohammed to be a great prophet andpersonally considers him an Apostle!); the Patriarch of Antioch (who has already issued adirective to his clergy granting them permission to concelebrate with the hereticalMonophysites); the Patriarch of Moscow (who has signed both the Balamand Unia andthe agreement concerning the Monophysites, and who has even initiated a dialogue with the Jews "on the highest possible level").
I have been given the opportunity to acquaint myself with several letters written by one of the bishops of Metropolitan Cyprian's group. From these it is quite evident that he andhis fellow bishops confess their own personal, and in no wise Orthodox, doctrine concerning the possibility of the Grace-filled activity of the Holy Spirit within churches which have become manifestly heretical. *ALL the New Calendarists - without the least exception - are likewise very active Ecumenists.* The Old Style Churches (Russianand Serbian) have for a long time now also confessed this very same heresy.
But behold, this hierarch of Metropolitan Cyprian's group insists on the opinion that, so he says, "the New Calendarists, besieged by the heresy of Ecumenism and Innovation,have not been deprived of Grace, or at any rate, it is not within our competency tomake such a pronouncement on our part ... we are not speaking of union with Belial, but (only) with those ailing in faith, several of whom are in need of spiritual treatment ... inview of this, we do not totally break off communion with them.” In another letter the same hierarch expresses the thought -totally unacceptable and absurd from a dogmatic point of view and from that of the Holy Fathers - that this group, while recognizing that the Ecumenists have Grace, is only "walling itself off from their errors."
In pronouncing its Decision concerning communion with Metropolitan Cyprian's group,our Sobor, unfortunately, did not also call to mind the text of that Decision takenformerly, under the presidency of Metropolitan Philaret, anathematizing the heresy of Ecumenism. Among others it contains such words as these * "Therefore, to those who knowingly have communion with these aforementioned heretics, or who advocate,disseminate, or defend their new heresy of Ecumenism: Anathema.” Indeed, by not investigating the matter seriously and by forgetting about this previously confirmed anathematizing of the New Calendarists/Ecumenists (or perhaps not venturing to abrogate this resolution), our Sobor, as frightful as it may be to admit, has fallen underits own Anathema. Had it probed the net spread before it more carefully, it would neverhave issued such a contradictory Decision.
Our previous Bishops' Sobors never raised the particular question concerning whether or not the New Calendarists have Grace. But the fact that formerly concelebrations with them were never permitted already testifies with sufficient clarity that the Church Abroad considered them to be without Grace.
Must we consider that our Synod has entered upon the path of betrayal of the traditions of the Holy Fathers, or did it merely commit an error owing to poor judgment which it is still not too late to correct at the next session of the Sobor to be held in November in France?
+ Bishop GREGORY

2009/11/14

Saint New- Martyr Catherine in Mandra, Attica- Η Αγία Νεομάρτυς Αικατερίνη της Μάνδρας

SAINT NEW- MARTYR CATHERINE

On November 8, 1927, feast of the Holy Archangels, the Genuine Orthodox Christians were feasting the holy memory of the Holy Angels’ Church in Mandra, Attica. Suddenly "law enforcement officials” are surrounding the church, by order of the modernist schismatic Archbishop Chrysostom Papadopoulos, to capture the priests and to disperse the crowd of Orthodox believers. For the record we note that on that historic day at the Church of Mandra was the Zealot Athonite (then) Hieromonk Saint Matthew the Confessor, who later became Archbishop of Athens of Church of G.O.C. of Greece and an another priest, who left the Church afraid of the presence of the gendarmes while the zealot St Matthew continued the Divine Liturgy until the end, and he escaped arrest and he went unnoticed by the persecutors, he was covered by the grace of God! The persecutors police rushed to arrest the priest... The Orthodox believers react and obstacles stand in their antichristian actions. The police are starting to violate against militants devout believers, beating them with butt (bats) brutally. From the injured believers, the most serious case is the young mother Catherine (Routtis) mother of two children. She transferred in critical condition in hospital, where she reposed to Lord in amid cries of pain. So the young naive spatial woman joins the celestial Church of Christ as a martyr and confessor of the Orthodox Faith of Christ! SAINT NEW- MARTYR OF CHRIST CATHERINE PRAY FOR US, FOR THE MEMBERS OF CHURCH OF CHRIST, GENUINE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS! The below article of that time (29-11-1927) in the newspaper “SCRIP” who was entitled as “The blood in Mandra”.

The Church (the sectarian New- Calendarist one) by it leaders caused the first fraternal blood. The hard butt of a policeman in Mandra painted with the blood of a faithful of the old calendar, and sent to the grave a victim, a poor woman, insisting on delivery of the old calendar. The unfortunate spatial expired in a bed of "Evangelismos" hospital where she cries in pain from the wounds. And the victim of the old calendar while she gave her soul to the God she would had before her eyes the icon of Archangels where the censer of worship was burned at field day by the old calendar, and while she was in religious tasks, she agreed to head the butt of the policeman. And I asked: what is her crime to fall in the skull of the butt so that the burning censer for loyalty to sprayed with blood? Although God who took the ultimate soul of this unfortunate woman left the simplistic answer to be given by “His representative on earth”, the Archbishop of Athens of new calendar and the controller of butt’s brutality against people of Mandra, who insist the old calendar. While the freedom of worship of God are respected even in the wild natives, while the Greek Constitution, even this "democratic" one recognized the freedom of Old- Calendarists while the Orthodox of Old Calendar are loyal to worship their feasts according their traditions, the butt of Archbishop of Athens is inflicted heavy against Old- Calendarists in Mandra, because essentially the butt of Ecumenist New- Calendarism dyed with blood the Church in Mandra and it sent to the grave the poor spatial woman. By its butt, by acts of vandalism, by the persecutions, by the police brutality and all that want the government and the Archbishop of Athens to impose the new calendar, to alter the religious order and to terrorize the people's consciousness?

They intend to offer the blood of the faithful of the old calendar on the altar of novelty of the new. They mean to create martyrs and victims of the old life of medieval Terrorism. Therefore they intend to launch a storm of religious upheaval in people's consciousness and to reap the fruits of the new calendar in blood, victims and believers of the old calendar? The appalling scenes of Mandra are the dreadful evidence of the deplorable situation that was created by the New- Calendarist novelty, which the archbishop of Athens insisted and did. They divided people into two portions and opened up a huge gulf between the traditions of the old calendar and the novelty of the new, innovations are increasingly expanding into all formal and essential events of church life in Greece.

The innovative spirit, which is dictated the supposedly progressive evolution, undoubtedly brought trouble and capsized in traditions, institutions, policy and it promoted the release of the moral government of the Church. Because the outbreaks of lawlessness and immorality of the clergy, that ungodly within the churches, the Protestant denominations, that blasphemous priests entered to people's consciousness, the shorn head of donations to the Church, and weakened the general relaxation of ecclesiastical laws, the hijacked, the scandals of ecclesiastical offices, the commercial spirit which governs trade clergy and people, all these evils in the Church, due to the subversive, the innovative spirit, whose conquest substantial issue is the implementation of the new calendar. But the innovators, these people who create scandals in the Church, the tumblers traditions mean by butt to enforce the new calendar and through the blood to erect this structure. But blood and faithful martyrs of a tradition, a religious faith is mixed around the censer, who it burned as incense in temples. And the blood that is for the tradition, for God! And the blood of Mandra and the butt of the victim indicate the guilty policemen and officers who are now manipulating the butt of the new calendar and they are leading innovative wind in the Church of Greece, the tomorrow's storm of the faithful of the old calendar.

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ΑΓΙΑ ΝΕΟΜΑΡΤΥΣ ΑΙΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΗ

Στις 8 Νοεμβρίου του 1927, εορτή των Αγίων Ταξιαρχών, οι Γνήσιοι Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί τελούσαν την Ιερά πανήγυρη των Αγίων Αρχαγγέλων στον ομώνυμο Ιερό Ναό στη Μάνδρα Αττικής. Ξαφνικά «όργανα της τάξης» περικυκλώνουν τον Ιερό Ναό, με διαταγή του σχισματικού νεωτεριστή αρχιεπισκόπου Χρυσοστόμου Παπαδόπουλου, για να συλλάβουν τους Ιερείς και να διαλύσουν το πλήθος των Ορθοδόξων πιστών. Για την ιστορία σημειώνουμε ότι εκείνη την ιστορική ημέρα στον Ιερό Ναό της Μάνδρας λειτούργησαν ο Ζηλωτής Αγιορείτης (τότε) Ιερομόναχος Άγιος Ματθαίος ο Ομολογητής, ο μετέπειτα Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών της Εκκλησίας Γ.Ο.Χ. Ελλάδος και ένας άλλος κληρικός, ο οποίος εγκατέλειψε το Ναό φοβισμένος από τη παρουσία των χωροφυλάκων ενώ ο Φλογερός Άγιος Ματθαίος συνέχισε μέχρι τέλους την Ιερουργία, και διέφυγε της σύλληψης καθώς πέρασε απαρατήρητος από τους διώκτες σκεπασμένος από τη χάρη του Θεού! Οι διώκτες αστυνομικοί όρμησαν να συλλάβουν τον Ιερέα.. Οι ορθόδοξοι πιστοί αντιδρούν και στέκονται εμπόδια στις μισόθεες πράξεις τους. Οι αστυνομικοί αρχίζουν να βιαιοπραγούν κατά των αγωνιστών ευσεβών πιστών, χτυπώντας τους με υποκόπανους (ρόπαλα) βάναυσα. Από τους τραυματισθέντες πιστούς, σοβαρότερη είναι η περίπτωση της νεαρής μητέρας Αικατερίνης (Ρούττης) μητέρας δύο παιδιών, που μεταφέρεται σε κρίσιμη κατάσταση σε νοσοκομείο, όπου τελικά εκδήμησε προς Κύριο εν μέσω κραυγών πόνου. Έτσι η νεαρά απλοϊκή χωρική γίνεται μέλος της επουράνιας Εκκλησίας του Χριστού ως μάρτυρας και ομολογήτρια της Ορθοδόξου Πίστεως του Χριστού! ΑΓΙΑ ΝΕΟΜΑΡΤΥΣ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ ΑΙΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΗ ΠΡΕΣΒΕΥΕΑΙ ΥΠΕΡ ΠΑΝΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΗΜΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΓΝΗΣΙΩΝ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΩΝ! Ακολουθεί άρθρο εποχής (29-11-1927) στη φιλορθόδοξη εφημερίδα «ΣΚΡΙΠ» με τίτλο «Το αίμα της Μάνδρας».

Η Εκκλησία της Ελλάδος (εννοεί τη σχισματική Νεοημερολογητική) διά των αρχηγών της προκάλεσε το πρώτο αδελφικό αίμα. Ο άγριος υποκόπανος του χωροφύλακα βάφτηκε στη Μάνδρα με το αίμα των πιστών του παλαιού ημερολογίου, και έστειλε στο τάφο ένα θύμα του μια πτωχή γυναίκα, εμμένουσα στην παράδοση του παλαιού ημερολογίου. Η ατυχής χωρική εξέπνευσε σε μία κλίνη του «Ευαγγελισμού» μέσα σε κραυγών πόνων από τα τραύματα της. Και το θύμα του παλαιού ημερολογίου παραδίνοντας την ψυχή του προς τον Ύψιστο θα είχε προ των οφθαλμών του την εικόνα των Ταξιαρχών ενώπιον της οποίας έκαιγε το λιβανωτό της λατρείας του σε ημέρα εορτής κατά το παλαιό ημερολόγιο και ενώ τελούσε τα θρησκευτικά της καθήκοντα δέχτηκε στο κεφάλι της τον υποκόπανο του χωροφύλακα. Και θα ρώτησε: ποιο είναι το έγκλημά της για να πέσει στο κρανίο της ο υποκόπανος ώστε ο λιβανωτός ο καιόμενος υπέρ της πίστης της να ραντιστεί με το αίμα της; Αλλά ο Ύψιστος παραλαμβάνοντας την ψυχή της άτυχης απλοϊκής γυναίκας άφησε την απάντηση να την δώσει ο επί γης αντιπρόσωπος Του, ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών του νέου ημερολογίου και υπεύθυνος της αγριότητας των υποκόπανων κατά των κατοίκων της Μάνδρας, που εμμένουν στο παλαιό ημερολόγιο. Και ενώ η ελευθερία της λατρεία του Θεού είναι σεβαστή ακόμα και στους αγρίους, ενώ το Ελληνικό Σύνταγμα, έστω και «δημοκρατικό», αναγνώρισε την ελευθερία αυτή, ενώ αφέθηκαν οι του παλαιού ημερολογίου πιστοί να τελούν τη λατρεία τους κατά τις παραδόσεις του, ο υποκόπανος του αρχιεπισκόπου Αθηνών καταφέρεται βαρύς κατά των παλαιοημερολογιτών της Μάνδρας, διότι κατ’ ουσίαν ο υποκόπανος του νεοημερολογητικού οικουμενισμού έβαψε με αίμα το ναό της Μάνδρας και έστειλε στο τάφο τη πτωχή χωρική γυναίκα. Διά των υποκόπανων λοιπών, δια των βανδαλισμών, διά των διωγμών, διά των αστυνομικών οργάνων και πάσης αγριότητας εννοεί η κυβέρνηση και ο αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών να επιβάλλουν το νέο ημερολόγιο, να μεταβάλουν τη θρησκευτική τάξη και να τρομοκρατήσουν τη συνείδηση του λαού;Εννοούν να προσφέρουν το αίμα των πιστών του παλαιού ημερολογίου στο βωμό του νεωτερισμού του νέου; Εννοούν να δημιουργήσουν Μάρτυρες και θύματα του παλαιού διά της μεσαιωνικής τρομοκρατίας του;

Εννοούν λοιπόν να εξαπολύσουν τη θύελλα της αναστάτωσης στη θρησκευτική συνείδηση του Λαού και να θερίσουν τους καρπούς του νέου ημερολογίου σε αίματα, θύματα και πιστούς του παλαιού ημερολογίου; Οι αποτρόπαιες σκηνές της Μάνδρας αποτελούν τη φοβερότερη απόδειξη της οικτρής κατάστασης την οποία δημιούργησε ο νεοημερολογιακός νεωτερισμός, στον οποίο επέμεινε και επέβαλλε ο αρχιεπίσκοπος Αθηνών. Χωρίστηκε ο λαός σε δύο μερίδες και διανοίχτηκε ένα βαθύ χάσμα μεταξύ των παραδόσεων του παλαιού ημερολογίου και του νεωτερισμού του νέου, νεωτερισμοί οποίοι επεκτείνονται ολοένα σε όλες τις τυπικές και ουσιώδες εκδηλώσεις της εκκλησιαστικής ζωής της Ελλάδας.

Το πνεύμα το νεωτεριστικό, το οποίο υπαγόρευσε δήθεν η προοδευτική εξέλιξη, επέφερε αναμφισβήτητα αναστάτωση και ανατροπή σε παραδόσεις, θεσμούς, τάξη και προήγαγε την ηθική έκλυση στη διοίκηση της Εκκλησίας. Διότι τα κρούσματα της αναρχίας και της ανηθικότητας κληρικών, που ασεβούν εντός των ναών, τα προτεσταντικά δόγματα, τα οποία θεοτοκομάχοι ιερείς εισάγουν στη συνείδηση του λαού, οι ελευθεριότητες των κουρεμένων κεφαλών στην Εκκλησία, η γενική ατόνηση και χαλάρωση των εκκλησιαστικών νόμων, η καπηλεία, τα σκάνδαλα των εκκλησιαστικών αξιωμάτων, το εμπορικό πνεύμα το οποίο διέπει τις συναλλαγές κληρικών και λαού, όλα αυτά τα δεινά στην Εκκλησία, οφείλονται στο ανατρεπτικό, το νεωτεριστικό πνεύμα, του οποίου η ουσιωδέστερη κατάκτηση είναι η εφαρμογή του νέου ημερολογίου. Αλλά οι νεωτεριστές, οι σκανδαλοποιοί της Εκκλησίας, οι ανατροπείς των παραδόσεων της εννοούν και διά υποκόπανου να επιβάλλουν το νέο ημερολόγιο και διά των αιμάτων να αναγείρουν το οικοδόμημα αυτό. Αλλά αίμα πιστών και μαρτύρων μιας παραδόσεως, μιας πίστης θρησκευτικής τάξης είναι ανάμεικτο το λιβανωτό, ο οποίος καίεται ως θυμίαμα στους ναούς. Και το αίμα αυτό αποτελεί στη παράδοση, στο Θεό! Το δε αίμα της Μάνδρας και το θύμα του υποκόπανου του χωροφύλακα υποδεικνύει τους ένοχους και υπεύθυνους, οι οποίοι χειραγωγούν σήμερα τον υποκόπανο του νέου ημερολογίου και ιθύνουν το νεωτεριστικό άνεμο στη Εκκλησία της Ελλάδος, την αυριανή θύελλα των πιστών του παλαιού ημερολογίου.

2009/10/28

SAINT CHARALAMBIS FOR CHRIST FOOL

SAINT CHARALAMBIS FOR CHRIST FOOL

This text (which consists of excerpts from the book "Charalambis for Christ fool" ,edition of the Holy Monastery “Panagoulakis” of Genuine Orthodox Church in Kalamata 1993) "is a tribute to our Saint of the last days Charalambis for Christ fool. Saint Charalambis reposed to Lord on October 10, 1974. He lived, like many Saints of the Church as "vacuous" for the love of Christ. He confessed that "God wants people to call me crazy and a fool." "God told me to wear old clothes, not costumes… A keen confessor of Orthodoxy preached "Come back to the old calendar, fast, atheists, prodigal.», ¨ Turn the old, the Orthodox church’s calendar, leave the rottenness of the world." and "Come by and never leave the path of God." While he said the usual incomprehensible words "Behold gar and said “gar, gar, gar.... Life, then, was a constant humiliation, a "imitation of Christ” the charity and control people." But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty..."! (1st Epistle to Corinthians 1,27) The messages of Saint is topical today!

Are there currently Saints? Every orthodox pious soul wonders secretly of. A crucial and difficult question to really answer, since the dark spiritual era where increasing amount of lawlessness, the error and the disrespect shown to both missed and long forms of the old holy time, those fiery poles of Divine Grace, the Saints fans, who were sacred vessels and vessels of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity’s residence sources wonderland, and live after death, pro-active, the hot, the humble, the ascetic, all those grateful and miraculous. Today It seems to be missing the lights of the people, the hope and solace for pious Christians, the saints, their prayers kept the world. Symptom and this feature of the precursor of the Antichrist our time, indeed this is prophesied since centuries or millennia precisely by the Holy Spirit for us today who live in “eighth century” before the end of times when all signs indicate that we go slowly: In one of the first only psalms of David, the eleventh, as we document the eschatological legend ¨ With the end in favor of the Eighth "and immediately begins the psalm with a prayer-prophecy:" Save Lord, that saints lost. It's so clear for the reference to recent times (at the end), the eighth and last century (for the Eighth) and then absence of the Saints (saints lost), every comment is superfluous.
What then? God abandoned the world today because of the current apostasy from Him? Does the ineffable patience and His mercy immeasurability? He does again the Lord with indignation "Oh faithless and perverse generation! Until when will I be with you? "(Matthew 13, 17), as he was physically on earth?

We believe that no or at least not yet. And this, as we continued unabated daily torrent of His beneficence to us the worthless and ungrateful and sinful. One of which is that even today, as the infinite mercy you Lord! - Highlights and gives us holy and prophetic forms of lighting, control and guide us. Yes definitely, even today, thanks to the mercy of God are Saints! It suffices for us to open our eyes of the soul, for if we see them. And that is the purpose of this article. To put in front of the felt-and mentally-of the general public perhaps the strangest saint form of our time: Charalambis, the fool for Christ, who lived and acted in Arcadia and Messenia earth in the first three quarters of this (20th) century.

What seems certain is that he was born in Arcadia (Durazzo) in 1896, and after the death of his father Charalambis, and so as usual, took his name: "Charalambis. His mother remarried in Christofillaiika, Messinian village close to Saint Floros, leaving relatives in his family home. This was followed a few classes in elementary school, discussed growing up in rural work. "Evaded his mandatory military" Charalambos Papadogianis in 1916, of unknown residence in 1920, "was found nowhere 'in 1948. He reposed on October 10, 1974.
But something must be shocked at the intermediate his youth, details are not known, there are no verified reports. Whatever he is said, it is not clear and uncertain. It is best to leave those to speak, who had met him to understand!

Bezante Panagiota, 63 years old, resident of Kalamata says: ... He was coming to the hospital that I worked and he called me (from the other nurses):
-I want to speak Panagiota.
Charalambis who Panagiota? There are many with this name, they told him.
-One is Panagiota, he said.
This meant that many with that name, but one is orthodox.
In the streets he was shouting and he was saying: "Tomorrow is open the sky, tomorrow is the feast of Theophany or the passing of John the Baptist. You false- feast."
Once he went to the fair of the country. Once people saw him, they began shouting:-Charalambos, Charalambos! Charalambos said them strengths.
-Tomorrow is the Holy Cross.
People understand that tomorrow is the Cross with the old calendar. But they called him as Zourlo (fool) - Charalambis.

Sotirakou Panagiota, 70 years old, residing in Kalamata tells the following: One can say that others, I know personally and others I have heard from my mother. Charalambos often come home, always barefoot and with a poke in the middle. He wore a large wooden cross and his hair was uncombed and unwashed always. Once, I remember when I was little, ten to fifteen years old, and I was sick in bed with high fever. Charalambos passed our house. I remember was before great Feast. When he saw my mother said: "What is the girl?" It has fever sick" she said. "Get a clean glass" he said. He put the cross in the water glass while he was saying something, but I did not hear. But I realized that it was a prayer. Once he took the cross, he gave me to drink water from the glass and he threw a little over his head. We spent a few minutes and I got up immediately. I felt quite well.

Stefanos Polychronopoulos, 63 years old, in Thouria: I along with my father to guard our sheep. We sympathized with him and we gave him to drink milk. He was taken it and he went to a sanatorium, the Prophet Elijah, to the consumptive. He was very gracious man. She urged any families who were poor, and he went where a need was really.
Maria Triantopollou, 55 years old, resident in Chelonaria- Petalidi: ...Wherever you went, he preached and said:
-Come back to the old orthodox calendar. Turn to Orthodoxy. Today this feast is. You fast, repent, you will be punished.
I remember, he had a long beard and hide in the burlap and in his old clothes that he wore. My mother had heard that some people in the village had the key to the church of "St. George" and when they went to light the church they found him on, but the church was locked! Then they were lacking to see who has the keys and went to church. They saw Charalambis staying outside the church... An invisible force lifted him in church. it drove up the tiles and down to the church! Then they ran, they opened the church and they saw lights in the candles. They asked him how he entered. He told them:
-God raises him.
This made them a tremendous impression and they said everywhere. God put in the church Charalambis from the tiles and he uttered in the same way, without unlocking the door! I have heard that he was seen walking in Saint Paraskevi’s church in Asprochoma (Karelia), without he rests in the ground!

Controversial point of our modern times is Charalambos, he lived here on earth a life full of toil, struggle and deprivation, a life full of scorn. But it is clear that ultimately these humble oversee God and sends them His grace, in these resting breaths the Holy Spirit, these 'baby' and 'uproar' chooses to shame the wise men of the century supposedly so (see .1st Corinthians a 27). Now "the first passed” (Apocalypses 21, 4), and Charalambos rejoices in heaven with the Angels and he shines with joy close to Christ. Now really is Chara (joy)- lampis (shined) in name and in act as says the simple Greek people. So now that his humiliation is not at risk, Lord permits us to see the holiness cleaner than when he lived and we claimed to honor him.

2009/10/27

OLD- CALENDARISTS OF ROMANIA

At 1859, the provinces of Walachia and Moldavia elected Alexandru Ion Cuza as their common prince. The same year saw the organization of the Romanian Orthodox Church as a distinct jurisdiction within the Orthodox Church. At 1861 the two provinces united and were recognized by the sultan as the autonomous Principality of Romania with its capital at Bucharest. In 1881, Romania declared itself a kingdom, and at 1885 the Ecumenical Patriarch recognized the establishment of the Romanian Orthodox Church.
At 1924, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced into the Romanian Church by Metropolitan Miron (Cristea) (1868-1939), a former Uniate bishop. This innovation was received without protest by the majority of the Romanian people. However, the Holy Skete of Prokrov in northern Moldavia remained faithful to the church calendar under the leadership of its abbot, Hieromonk Glicherie (Tanase). A few other priests and faithful also refused to recognize the innovation. In 1925, the New Calendarist Patriarch of Constantinople recognized the autocephaly of the New
Calendar Church of Romania, and Metropolitan Miron assumed the title of Patriarch.

The Romanian Old Calendarists

At November, 1925, Father Glicherie, together with Hierodeacon David (Bidascu), fled to the Coroi Ravine, away from the authorities, where they built a hut in which to spend the winter. In the spring, they built a larger hut with a chapel. In time, they were joined by Hieromonk Pamvu and two of his brothers, Veniamin and Galaction. In 1926 and 1929, Patriarch Miron ordered the celebration of Pascha according to the papal paschalion. This raised a storm of protest in parts of Romania. Metropolitan Gurias of Bessarabia openly criticized the Patriarch, and defied the order by directing the churches of his Metropolis to celebrate Pascha according to the Orthodox Paschalion. The White Russian clergy of Bucharest also ignored the order and continued to follow the Orthodox Paschalion. Many Romanians were shocked by this latest innovation, and began to return to the Genuine Orthodox Church. By 1936, Hieromonk Glicherie had built about forty churches, mostly in Moldavia.
At 1936, Father Glicherie went to Athens (our note: They went to Saint Matthew, the New Confessor, then Bishop of Bresthena!) with Father Ghimnazie and another monk from the Holy Mountain in the hope that the Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece would consecrate one of the Athonite Fathers as a bishop for the Romanians. The Romanian fathers were expelled by the civil authorities before this could take place.
At 1935, Patriarch Miron decided to stamp out the Genuine Orthodox Church. He ordered the
destruction of all the Genuine Orthodox churches and the imprisonment of all the Genuine Orthodox clergy. During the persecution of 1935-1939, at least ten Genuine Orthodox priests were either killed or died in prison. Among the martyrs were Hieromonk Pambo, founder of the Monastery of Dobru, and Fathers Gideon and Theophan. Also among the holy martyrs who
suffered during this persecution were five lay people who were thrown into the well of the Monastery of Cucova and drowned. Hieromonk Glicherie was also arrested and taken to
Bucharest, where he was sentenced to death. The Most Holy Theotokos intervened to save his life, appearing to the wife of the Minister of Justice and ordering her to intercede with her husband for Hieromonk Glicherie. Her husband, heeding his wife's advice, commuted the death sentence and ordered Father Glicherie imprisoned in a monastery. By 1940, the government and New Calendarists had destroyed all the churches and monasteries of the Genuine Orthodox.
At the outbreak of the war, Father Glicherie and other confessors of the Faith were set free, and fled into the forests. There they lived lives of incredible hardship, not once lighting a fire for fear of revealing their location. Father Glicherie's companion during this time of suffering was Hierodeacon David (Bidascu).
After the war, there began the labour of rebuilding the destroyed churches and monasteries. In 1947, Hieromonk Glicherie began building the Slatioara Monastery, dedicated to the Holy Transfiguration of our Saviour. The same year, the women's Monastery of the Holy Protection was founded at Bradatel Neamt by Abbess Macariai. By 1950, almost all of the destroyed churches and monasteries had been rebuilt. However, the Genuine Orthodox Church was still without bishops and suffering from a desperate shortage of priests
("The History of the Genuine Orthodox Church of Romania" by Mr. Anthimos Bichir)

1956: The orthodox Apostolic Succession stopped as the Romanian old- calendarists concetrated bishops by a SCHISMATIC, NEW- CALENDARIST former "bishop" of Romanian New- Calendarist "Patriarchate". This bishop was consecrate after the schism of New Papal calendar.
1979: Second apostasy of Romanian Old- Calendarists leaders! They united with the SCISMATIC AND HERETIC group of "Kallistites" and now "Cyprianites" [Parasynagogue (conventicle) "In Resistance"] and not with the Church of G.O.C. of Greece.

May God have mercy on our Romanian brothers and restore the Canonical (True) and Orthodox Apostolic Succession in the Genuine Orthodox Church of Christ, under the omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan of Thebes and Locum Tenens of Holy Archdiocese of Athens Chrysostom!

ΧΡΟΝΟΛΟΓΙΚΟΣ ΠΙΝΑΚΑΣ
ΤΩΝ ΠΑΛΑΙΟΗΜΕΡΟΛΟΓΙΤΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΡΟΥΜΑΝΙΑΣ
1859: Ίδρυση ανεξάρτητου κράτους της Ρουμανίας και αναγνώριση της αυτονομίας της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας της Ρουμανίας από το Οικουμενικό Πατριαρχείο.
1924: Εισαγωγή του Νέου Παπικού ημερολογίου στην Εκκλησία από τον Ρουμάνο πατριάρχη Μύρωνα, έναν πρώην Ουνίτη Επίσκοπο που δήθεν μετανόησε. Αρχικά η αντίχριστη καινοτομία δεν συναντά αντίδραση και μόνο ελάχιστοι κληρικοί και πιστοί παραμένουν ορθόδοξοι υπό τον Ιερομόναχο Γλυκέριο. Την ίδια χρονιά η εισαγωγή της Νεοημερολογητικής αίρεσης (στην πραγματικότητα του Οικουμενισμού) στην Ελλάδα.
1926: Ο Νεοημερολογίτης τώρα «πατριάρχης» εορτάζει το Άγιο Πάσχα με τους Παπικούς δηλαδή με το Νέο ημερολογιο. Μεγάλη αντίδραση των Ρουμάνων Χριστιανών, οι οποίοι τώρα αφυπνίζονται. Κατά χιλιάδες επιστρέφουν στην Ορθόδοξη Παράδοση. Δημιουργία 40 ενοριών κυρίως σtη Μολδαβία.
1936: Ο Ιερομόναχος Γλυκέριος με άλλους ρουμάνους Πατέρες έρχεται στην Αθήνα στον Αγιο Πατέρα Ματθαίο τότε Επίσκοπο Βρεσθένης για να παραλάβουν την Κανονική Αποστολική Διαδοχή των Ορθοδόξων από τον Άγιο Ματθαίο αλλά συλλαμβάνονται και απελάσσονται πριν να πραγματοποιηθεί η χειροτονία Γνησίου Ορθοδόξου Ρουμάνου Επισκόπου.
1935: Έναρξη διωγμών κατά των Ρουμάνων Παλαιοημερολογιτών. Ο «πατριάρχης» Μύρων διατάζει την καταστροφή των Ιερών Ναών των Παραδοσιακών Ρουμάνωνκαι τη φυλάκιση του κλήρου. Ως το 1939 τουλάχιστον 10 κληρικοί δολοφονούνται ή αποβιώνουν ως μάρτυρες στις φυλακές! Πέντε (5) λαϊκοί ρίχνονται από το ύψος της μάνδρας ενός Μοναστηριού και σκοτώνονται διότι μένουν πιστοί στην Ορθόδοξη Παράδοση! Αιωνία η μνήμη πάντων των Ομολογητών της πατρώας ευσέβειας, κληρικών και λαϊκών της Ρουμανίας! Ελάχιστοι Ρουμάνοι παλαιοημερολογίτες κληρικοί διασώζονται όπως ο π. Γλυκέριος
1956: Η Ορθόδοξη Κανονική Αποστολική διαδοχή διακόπτεται καθώς οι Ρουμάνοι αποδέχονται την χειροτονία επισκόπων από Νεοημερολογίτη, πρώην «επίσκοπο» του «Πατριαρχείου» Ρουμανίας, χειροτονημένο μετά το σχίσμα του Νέου Παπικού ημερολογίου.
1979: Δεύτερη και μεγαλύτερη αποστασία των ηγετών των Ρουμάνων Παλαιοημερολογιτών.Ένωνονται με τη σχισματική- αιρετική παρασυναγωγή των Καλλιστικών και σημερινών διαδοχών του «Κυπριανιτών» («Ενισταμένων») και όχι με την Κανονική Εκκλησία Γ.Ο.Χ. Ελλάδος και νοθεύουν την Εκκλησιολογία τους με φλωρινικές κακοδοξίες.

Είθε ο άγιος Τριαδικός Θεός να ελεήσεί τους Ρουμάνους αδελφούς μας και να αποκαταστατήσει την Κανονική και Ορθόδοξη Αποστολική Διαδοχή εντός της Γνήσιας Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας του Χριστού, υπό το ομωφόριου του Πανιερωτάτου Μητροπολίτου Θηβών και Τοποτηρητού της Ιεράς Αρχιεπισκοπής Αθηνών κ. Χρυσόστομου!

Photos: 1) Ortodox Romanian church- Ορθόδοξος ρουμανικός Ναός
2) Romania old- calendarists in fron of a destroyed church by the new- calendarists./ Ρουμάνοι παλαιοημερολογίτες μπροστά σε κατεστραμμένο Ναό υπό των διωκτών Νεοημερολογιτών
3) Saint father Matthew, the confessor/ Ο Άγιος Πατήρ Ματθαίος, ο ομολογητής
4) Romanian Hieromonk Glicherie/ Ο Ρουμάνος Ιερομόναχος Γλυκέριος