Concerning Signs of the Church

From: magapia
To: orthodox-goc@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2009 10:25 AM
Subject: [orthodox-goc] Re: ROCA on situation in Russia for those outside the MP

--- In orthodox-goc@yahoogroups.com, "magapia" wrote:
>
> Has also come to my attention that Metropolitan Agafangel and his
> followers have been increasingly harrassed in Ukraine. I've got someone
> working on a translation of an incident that recently took place there
> involving an MP priest intimidating a young altar server who goes to one
> of our churches.
Just received the translation on the harrassment of ROCA clergy/laity in Ukraine below. m. A.

Concerning Signs of the Church

On Tuesday morning, 13 October, our acolyte in the Zhitomir parish, the servant of God Sviatoslav Vitol'dovich Gansky, decided to travel to the city of Novograd-Volynsky. He got a ride in a passing car; it turned out that behind the wheel was a priest of the Moscow Patriarchate, Fr. Sergei. Along the way, Slavik told Batiushka that he was an altar-server in a parish of the Russian Church Abroad. Instead of going to Novograd-Volynsky, Batiushka took him to a local police station, where together with a policeman, he began to demand from him a renunciation of our Church, threatening him that they will open a criminal case and imprison him. He refused. Seeing his intractability, Fr. Sergei took him to his monastery – Saint George's – in the village of Gorodnitsa. There, attempts to persuade him continued with the help of lavish and refined refreshments and promises on the one hand, and calumny and defamation directed at our Church on the other hand. Inasmuch as Sviatoslav did not want to renounce our Church, they locked him up and forbade him to leave the environs of the monastery. In response to a telephone call from his mother, Fr. Sergei insulted her and threatened her with various unpleasantnesses. Only after the rector of our parish, Fr. Alexander Leleka, appealed to the office of the public prosecutor, on Wednesday, at about two o'clock in the afternoon, did they free Slavik from that "holy" place.

The question to people who know: Is there not a corpus delicti in the actions of Fr. Sergei? There is something in his actions not at all like the conduct of normal people.

Also, not long ago, the police came to our priest in the Khmel'nitsky province, Fr. Pankraty, and said that a letter from the MP had been received by them, in which it was written that the Church Abroad had united with the Moscow Patriarchate, but that he, inasmuch as he had not united, was a rogue and not a representative of the ROCA. Fr. Pankraty had to send a copy of the certificate of our registration so that he could prove that he exists legally.

There is no cause to doubt that these "swallows" fly to us from the MP Patriarch Kirill. He has enormous experience in the struggle with our Church, beginning with the seizure of our property in Ottawa and in the Holy Land, and ending with the intrigues that let to the split in the ROCA.

But God helps us.

(reported by Metropolitan Agafangel, ROCA)

Our Synod Calls Us To Pray

Lord Jesus Christ, Holy Theotokos and all the saints,
keep our souls unharmed from the destructive influences
of globalism, ecumenism, and sergianism,
and give all of us the strength to endure
the latest onset of persecution of the Church of Christ.
Amen.

Appeal ∞ Synod of Bishops
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
October 15/28, 2009

The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad expresses its concern over the resumption of persecution of the faithful in the Russian Federation. Those persecuted by the administration the most, are those who do not support the newly-elected MP Patriarch, who cooperated closely with the atheistic communist regime in the USSR and continues to be “imbedded in the government” of the current Russian Federation. We call the unrepentant cooperation with the enemies of the church “sergianism,” and believe that the policy of conscious cooperation of the faithful with an atheistic government, as described in the Declaration of Metropolitan Sergius in 1927, places them outside of the Orthodox Church and the pursuit of this course of action to be destructive and political, but not religious. We do not consider Patriarch Kirill to be the lawful, canonical Primate of the entire Russian Orthodox Church, just as the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad never recognized any of the patriarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate, beginning with Metropolitan Sergius (Stragorodskiy). We also do not consider it permissible for a Church, founded by Christ, to immerse itself in globalism and ecumenism, and lead mankind, in our opinion, to complete ruin and catastrophe on a worldwide scale. The resumption of persecution of the faithful in the Russian Federation is one of the signs of the return of this government to the totalitarian period of the USSR and is vivid proof of the lack of repentance of a large part of the people of the ruinous actions of the global communist system. At the same time, we know that the administration of the Moscow Patriarchate is the sole instigator of the persecution of thousands of Orthodox Christians, which, unfortunately, causes this administration to resemble an apocalyptical church-harlot.

We call upon our faithful flock to pray fervently to our Lord, Jesus Christ, His Immaculate Mother and all the saints, so that they may keep our souls unharmed from the destructive influences of globalism, ecumenism, and sergianism, and give all of us the strength to endure the latest onset of persecution of the Church of Christ.

..

http://sinod.ruschurchabroad.org/EngArh%20Synod%202009_2%20Prot.htm




Minutes
Meeting of the Synod of Bishops
Wednesday, October 15\28, 2009
Venerable Euthymius the New of Thessalonica
Bronx, NY

The meeting began at 8:45 AM with the prayer “O Heavenly King.” 
 Attendees: Synod of Bishops Chairman, the Most Reverend Agafangel, Metropolitan of Eastern-America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and Archbishop of Taurida and Odessa.
 Their Eminences: Vice- Chairman of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Andronik of Ottawa and North America, Archbishop Sofroniy of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia, Synod of Bishops Secretary Bishop Georgiy of Bolgrad and Belgorod-Dnestrovsk, and Bishop Joseph of Washington, DC, Vicar of the New York diocese.

Agenda
1.      Current status of all the dioceses.
2.      Discuss the registration of the Church Administration.
3.      Discuss the preparation of chrism.
4.      Conduct a discussion regarding those who left the ROCA Synod before May 17, 2007.
5.      Discuss the veneration of saints on the local level.
6.      Conduct a discussion regarding materials printed by the Church.
7.      Discuss the work of the Synod Chancery.
8.      Conduct a discussion regarding additional bishops.
9.      Conduct a discussion regarding the Holy Land.
10.  Discuss plans to convene a Bishops’ Council.
11.  Conduct a discussion regarding the Council of Eminences in Russia.
12.  Other.

Discussed: Synod of Bishops Chairman Metropolitan Agafangel spoke of the need to register the ROCA Synod, that a residence must be found for the Synod, and a fund established to gather donations for this cause.  Metropolitan Agafangel noted that life in the church has stabilized. 
The Synod of Bishops Chairman spoke of his trip to Greece to attend the patronal feast of the Monastery of St. Cyprian and Martyr Juliana of the Greek Synod of Resistance, and noted that a consensus of opinion exists between the Sister Churches.
Metropolitan Agafangel spoke of life in the Odessa diocese, of the construction of a diocesan center in Odessa,  and the construction of a church in the convent of the town of Egorovka. 
 Decided: To accept Metropolitan Agafangel’s report.

Discussed: Archbishop Andronik spoke of matters in his diocese; that the Canadian diocese is doing well, and life throughout the parishes is stabile.  He also spoke of m. Agapia’s efforts to find property for a convent, and of the parish school at the Tolstoy Foundation, which is growing bigger all the time.
Decided: To accept Archbishop Andronik’s report.

Discussed: Bishop Georgiy spoke of the construction of a church in the Bolgrad diocese, which the ROCA Assistance Fund helped to finance partially.  Bishop Georgiy said all the parishes are doing well.
Decided: To accept Bishop Georgiy’s report.

Discussed: Archbishop Sofroniy spoke of matters in the St. Petersburg diocese and that all is well.  Archbishop Sofroniy spoke of the establishment of a monastery and other parishes in his diocese.
Archbishop Sofroniy also told of life in the Ishimsk-Siberian diocese and the efforts of Hieromonk Nikon, who is gathering the scattered flock, organizing parish life, and starting parish schools.  Archbishop Sofroniy also related his trip to a parish in the city of Kustany in Kazakhstan and the formation of a deanery there.
Decided: To accept Archbishop Sofroniy’s report.

Discussed: Bishop Joseph spoke of matters in his diocese, and how a property has been found for the parish there after three years of looking.  Half of the parishioners speak only English.  Bishop Joseph related how they started services at the homes of the parishioners, and now that they have a permanent place, the parish is growing.
Decided: To accept Bishop Joseph’s report.

Discussed: Regarding the second agenda item, the Chairman spoke of the absolute necessity to register the central Church administration.  Since a Synod now exists, it must be registered.
The Chairman proposed to dissolve the North American Administrative District and to carry over its legal status to the ROCA Synod.  The Chairman also proposed to restore the former dioceses.
Archbishop Andronik read a draft of the Synod by-laws.
A general discussion followed.
Decided:
1.      To dissolve the North American Administrative District and restore the Canadian and Eastern-American dioceses. The Eastern-American diocese includes all the former dioceses of the ROCA in the USA.  The ruling bishop is Metropolitan Agafangel.
2.      To register the finished version of the Synod by-laws, including all revisions.
3.      To create a Syracuse diocese within the Eastern-American diocese and name Archbishop Andronik to be its ruling bishop, with the title “of Syracuse and Nichols.”
4.      As ruling bishop of the Canadian diocese, Archbishop Andronik’s title will change to “of Ottawa and Canada.”
5.      To leave the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh in Valley Cottage, NY, under Archbishop Andronik’s authority.

Discussed: The Chairman spoke of the preparation of chrism.
Decided: To begin readying for the preparation of chrism and obtain all the necessary materials.

Discussed: The Chairman spoke on the fourth agenda item, about those who left the ROCA Synod before May 17, 2007.
A general discussion followed.
Decided: As Chairman of the Ecclesiastical Committee, Bishop Georgiy will meet with representatives of ROAC, POCA(V), and RTOC to explore their differences.

Discussed: Bishop Georgiy proposed making a statement from the Synod of Bishops regarding matters in Suzdal.  Bishop Georgiy read a proposed draft.  A general discussion followed.
Decided: To draft a statement from the Synod of Bishops regarding recent events in the religious life in Russia.

Discussed: The Chairman spoke on the fifth agenda item.  He noted the importance of overseeing how saints are venerated in various areas and the proper notation of saints in our calendar.  The Chairman proposed to use the “Guideline for Canonizing Saints and their Veneration,” issued by the Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in August 21\September 3, 1918, as well as decisions issued by the Synod and Council of our Church and not make any new changes, which may lead to temptation.
Decided: To adhere strictly to the “Guideline for Canonizing Saints and their Veneration,” issued by the Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in August 21\September 3, 1918, as well as decisions issued by the Synod and Council of our Church.  To base the calendar on the one issued in New York City, when Met. Philaret was First Hierarch.
The meeting adjourned at 12:40 PM for lunch.
The meeting resumed at 1:35 PM.

Discussed: The Chairman spoke of the need to resume the printing of the official Synod publication, “Church Life.”  Metropolitan Agafangel proposed publishing calendars approved by the Synod and will also print certificates of merit issued by the Synod.
Decided: 
1.      With the Synod’s blessing, print calendars that include the typicon, and those that do not, and also print certificates of merit issued by the Synod.
2.      Have the Synod Secretary, Bishop Georgiy, resume publishing the official Synod publication, “Church Life.”  

Discussed: Regarding the seventh agenda item, Bishop Georgiy proposed naming Dimitri Gontscharow as the Synod Secretary’s assistant.
Decided: To name Dimitri Gontscharow as the Synod Secretary’s assistant.

Discussed: Archbishop Sofroniy’s recommendation that the Synod’s agenda should be posted in a timely manner before the meeting.
Decided: To post the agenda two or three weeks before the meeting.

Discussed: The Chairman’s proposal to name additional bishops.
A general discussion followed.
Decided:
1.      After he becomes a monk and the matter of his living apart from his matushka is resolved, to make a decision on the date of consecration of Archpriest Valeriy Kravets as a bishop, as it was previously decided.
2.      To invite Hieromonk Nikon (Yost) to the Bishops’ Council to discuss the possibility of his consecration as bishop.

Discussed: The Chairman spoke of the consecration of the Bishop of South America, Hieromonk Gregory Petrenko, which was approved by the other bishops and was conducted by Metropolitan Agafangel, Abp. Sofroniy, and B. Ambrose of Methone (Greek Old Calendar Church).
Decided: To name Bishop Gregory the ruling bishop for South America with the title “of SaoPaulo and Brazil.”

Discussed: The Chairman discussed matters in the Holy Land.  Metropolitan Agafangel said that a nun has purchased a house there, in the hope of making it a place for pilgrims and is asking that this proposal be approved.
Decided: To bless the establishment of a pilgrimage center in the Holy Land and to have Abp. Andronik responsible for it.

Discussed: Abp. Sofroniy related the outcome of the Council of Eminences in Russia, which took place this year in Bolgrad on the feast day of the Elevation of the Cross.  Abp. Sofroniy was chosen the Chairman of the Council at this meeting.
Decided: To approve Abp. Sofroniy as the Chairman of the Council and to schedule the next meeting of the  Council on November 17, 2009, in Odessa.

Discussed:  The convening of the ROCA Bishops’ Council.
Decided: To hold the ROCA Bishops’ Council during the fourth week of Great Lent, from April 13\26 to April 16\29, 2010, in Odessa.

Discussed:  Abp. Sofroniy spoke of his recommendation to award the wearing of a gold cross to Fr. Gennadiy Subotin and Hieromonk Nikon (Yost).
Decided: To award the wearing of a gold cross to Fr. Gennadiy Subotin and Hieromonk Nikon (Yost).

Discussed:  Archpriest Valeriy Alekseyev’s appeal to the Synod.
Decided: To consider the appeal presented.

Discussed:  The draft of an appeal from the ROCA Synod of Bishops regarding current events in the religious life of Russia.
Decided: To approve the draft of an appeal from the ROCA Synod of Bishops regarding current events in the religious life of Russia.
The Synod of Bishops meeting concluded at 5:00 PM with the prayer, “It is Truly Mete…”

Synod Chairman
+Metropolitan Agafangel

+Archbishop Andronik
+Archbishop Sofroniy
+Bishop Georgiy
+ Bishop Joseph

 _______________

To the ROCA Synod of Bishops
Bishop Georgiy
of Bolgrad and Belgorod-Dnestrovsk

REPORT
    I initiated a private meeting with Bishop Andrew (Maklakov) of the  ROAC on October 23, 2009.  Our conversation included a discussion of the reasons for our separation.  Both of us expressed a concern for our continuing separation and spoke of a personal desire to establish talks between our bishops to consider and resolve our points of disagreement.
 + Bishop Georgiy

 _______________

Appeal
Synod of Bishops
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
October 15/28, 2009
             The Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad expresses its concern over the resumption of persecution of the faithful in the Russian Federation.  Those persecuted by the administration the most, are those who do not support the newly-elected MP Patriarch, who cooperated closely with the atheistic communist regime in the USSR and continues to be “imbedded in the government” of the current Russian Federation.  We call the unrepentant cooperation with the enemies of the church “sergianism,” and believe that the policy of conscious cooperation of the faithful with an atheistic government, as described in the Declaration of Metropolitan Sergius in 1927, places them outside of the Orthodox Church and the pursuit of this course of action to be destructive and political, but not religious.  We do not consider Patriarch Kirill to be the lawful, canonical Primate of the entire Russian Orthodox Church, just as the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad never recognized any of the patriarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate, beginning with Metropolitan Sergius (Stragorodskiy).  We also do not consider it permissible for a Church, founded by Christ, to immerse itself in globalism and ecumenism, and lead mankind, in our opinion, to complete ruin and catastrophe on a worldwide scale.  The resumption of persecution of the faithful in the Russian Federation is one of the signs of the return of this government to the totalitarian period of the USSR and is vivid proof of the lack of repentance of a large part of the people of the ruinous actions of the global communist system.  At the same time, we know that the administration of the Moscow Patriarchate is the sole instigator of the persecution of thousands of Orthodox Christians, which, unfortunately, causes this administration to resemble an apocalyptical church-harlot.
            We call upon our faithful flock to pray fervently to our Lord, Jesus Christ, His Immaculate Mother and all the saints, so that they may keep our souls unharmed from the destructive influences of globalism, ecumenism, and sergianism, and give all of us the strength to endure the latest onset of persecution of the Church of Christ.
+Metropolitan Agafangel
+Archbishop Andronik
+Archbishop Sofroniy
+Bishop Georgiy
+ Bishop Joseph




















Time for a wake-up and awareness

From: Tony Skevas
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 8:33 PM
Subject: Time for a wake-up and awareness
October 27, 2009

> For anyone who doubts that we are living in apocalyptic times, it is
> suggested that he or she checks the following articles and video clips.
> It is only a small sample of the prevailing reality that is quietly taking
> place. Like a duck that is moving gracefully in a pond while its feet are
> puddling furiously, the modern church is projecting an image of piety and
> adherence to patristic teachings while working methodically behind the
> scenes and orchestrating its plans for a union with heretics.
>
> The Moscow Patriarchate has been corrupted to the core by its Atheist
> creators and together with the rest of the churches of world Orthodoxy
> they have slowly been drowned by the heresy of Ecumenism. Invented and
> aided by the masons, Ecumenism has been forcibly introduced into the
> Orthodox Church and since then it has caught on like a wildfire which has
> burned everything in its way. Since its inception, the dialoque with
> heretics has not resulted in any of them renouncing any of their ill
> conceived positions. To the contrary, this dialoque has infected and
> corrupted the official "Orthodox Church" which has steadily retreated and
> capitulated. Saint Paul clearly said that after the first and second
> attempt to bring a heretic to the Truth, then abandon him, but apparently
> Saint Paul is no longer credible to the eyes of World Orthodoxy just like
> the so many other saints whose statements, positions and struggles against
> heresies are being ignored and discarded in the frenzy to join the easy
> earthly path of the heretics.
>
> This catastrophy has not spared even the up-to-recently conservative
> Cyprus. The new calendar church of Cyprus has been steadily drifting in
> the wrong direction into the hands of Ecumenism. The present so called
> "Hierarchs", or more appropriately Trojan Horses, of the new calendar
> church are now more like pawns of the pope than pillars of Orthodoxy.
> They say one thing and do another. First, as soon as he got enthroned,
> Chrysostomos rushed to the pope to pledge his allegiance. Then he
> injected himself between the pope and the Moscow "patriarch" by
> volunteering to mediate to bring the pope together with Alexei. Now he is
> sponsoring ecumenistic events. How about doing something that the
> Orthodox are supposed to be doing such as taking some of the millions of
> the Archdiocese (the archdiocese is quite a sizable diversified
> corporation in Cyprus) and helping some of the less fortunate or declare a
> campaign against the moral cesspool of present day Cyprus or stand up for
> the principles of the Orthodox Faith or rally the people to pray for God's
> mercy .... or....or. With Orthodox Hierarchs like these who needs the
> uniates and the heretics? So when I hear that Cypriots took their anger
> to the streets for their sell out from their Hierarchy, I could not think
> of a more appropriate parallel than when Metaxakis hijacked the will of the
> Orthodox and unilaterally issued the Encyclical of 1920 by calling
> heretics "fellow heirs of the Grace of God". When Metaxakis introduced
> his innovations, the Greeks of Constantinople were outraged and because
> they showed it physically, they forced that traitor to pack up from
> Constantinople at night in order to save his skin.
>
> It is time for the wheat to separate from the chaff. It is time for all
> those who give credibility to the modern renovationist church by
> supporting it with their attendance and their money to realize that they
> have to make a decision: Either they remain in it and they become
> subjects to the pope or they raise their cross and stand up for what they
> believe. Protest from within is in vain; the only meaningful protest
> would be to abandon the heretical bishops and join the True Orthodox
> Church. One thing is for sure: They cannot continue claiming to be
> Orthodox Christians. At best, now they can call themselves Uniates
> because that is exactly what Uniates do: They pretend to be Orthodox by
> projecting such a facade but in substance they follow the heretical pope
> which means they are outside the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
> As a consequence, the sacraments they receive are devoid of salvific
> Grace. Who gave the right to the Constantinopolitan patriarch, who is only
> first among equals, to unilaterally alter the Church calendar or
> unilaterally lift the anathema against the pope, acting as if he is a
> monarch? Such behavior is classic Latin in origin emulating the pope's
> doctrine that only he is supreme and all other bishops are subordinate to
> him. In the Orthodox Church the supreme leader is Christ and no one
> Bishop is above any other. In the Orthodox Church it is synods that
> decide such issues, not one self appointed autocrat. What has changed
> from 1054 when the Latins were excommunicated because of all their
> innovations and alterations to the Orthodox Faith till now to make them
> worthy to the point where the so called Patriarch of Constantinople
> accepts the heretical pope as first Hierarch and subjects himself (and by
> extension the world Orthodoxy) to a man who is outside the Church? This
> is what has changed:
>
> 1) The deviations, innovations and alteration to the True Fath by the
> Catholics and all the myriad of other heretics has accelerated and
> multiplied since then.
> 2) The tenacity, steadfastness and adherence to unadulterated Orthodoxy of
> the bishops of World Orthodoxy has vanished and they now stand as empty
> shells, devoid of substance and the Grace of the Holy Spirit, parroting
> sermons of love and care for the fellow human being to justify their
> apostasy from the fundamentals of the Orthodox Church. As modern day
> Pharisees, they love to polish their images but have no interest for what
> they claim they stand for and as Christ himself said, they are like graves
> beautiful outside but stinking inside.
> As a result, we have the disaster that is shaping in front of us these
> days.
>
> May the Lord strengthen all those who are lukewarm in their hearts but
> conscientious of the apostasy that is taking place, to find the strength
> to abandon their heretical bishops and priests and join the True Orthodox
> Church which never deviated from the Truth despite the relentless
> persecutions and the plethora of tribulations due to the human failures of
> its Hierarchs.
>
> May the Lord strengthen all the pious Orthodox Christians during these
> times of persecution of the True Faith and to grant courage to defend our
> Faith till the end of our lives and not to succumb to the papists and
> their heretical deceptions.
>
> May the Lord enlighten the Bishops who are now embracing the World Council
> of Churches to recognize their faults, turn them away from ecumenism and
> cast them out of the synagogue of heretics.
>
> May an army of Saints and Angels come to the aid of the Hierarchs and
> priests of the True Orthodox Church who fight the good fight, who refuse
> to obey the masters of the new world order and who refuse to sell Christ
> for self accommodation.
>
>How and when the Antichrist will come, no one can say. And it is unknown
> how many shall be able to recognize him when he comes, because he will
> come as a benefactor of humanity. For the present, one thing can be said
> with certainty: all these movements towards union among nations and
> churches, all these compromises, all this uniformity of humanity gradually
> produced under the steamroller of technological culture are paving the way
> for the coming of the Antichrist. This development of humanity, according
> to the criteria of the world, is wonderful. But according to Christian
> criteria, it is a development towards destruction. Death will find the
> world at the height of its glory, at the height of self-conceit, at the
> summit of the tower of Babel , when man will be at the zenith of his very
> old attempt to become god by his own powers, apart from God. When the Son
> of man comes, he shall find man in the full glory of his satanic mania.
>
> Tony Skevas


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdlYrSeHneI&feature=youtube_gdata
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=10986#
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article2880038.ece#
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19692094

The Church in the Home

The Holy Apostle Paul constantly refers to the "Church which is in the House "of various persons. No apostle, ever held services in a church in his entire life. All services were held in homes, every one of countless thousands. Not one single church ever existed in Apostolic Times.


Well, what did they do on Sundays? We know exactly what they did, word for word and when and how. St. Justin Martyr, a first century Palestinian from Nablus, who was almost certainly the best educated Christian in his time, wrote two letters to two Emperors, explaining exactly what Christians believed and what they did, and when, and why (they were accused of Cannibalism). Everyone should have a copy of the History of the Church by Eusebius (Written in 325 when he was in his late 80’s and was Bishop of the Capital of Palestine) and read these and other early Christian Documents, such as the Martyrdom of Polycarp.


Christians never went to church on Sundays then, and at this time, Christians are distant from an Orthodox Church, especially a really Orthodox Christian Church (since most have mixed heresy with truth, belief with unbelief, that the Apostle Paul himself tells us have nothing to do with heretics.


For a really Orthodox Christian, this is not important. No one is ever saved by going to Church on Sunday, and better never to go than to go to a heretical anti-church. We are saved if every day and night, we say our morning and evening prayers, if possible together. We reverence the Holy Icons, before which lamps are constantly burning, and in the evening at least, we burn incense before we retire, and pray the usual prayers SLOWLY and best in the dark, and as the psalms are read, (by candlelight) for the sins we have committed that day, and before retiring, ask forgiveness of each other. The Tropar of the saints of the day, family and season must be sung, Then taking our prayer rope we retire praying. Either short vespers or Compline can be used, and in a few months will be known by heart. God help the parent who has not taught the children these!!! Except for Sunday and Pascha, prostrations are made, otherwise bows.


This is daily Christian Life in a Christian Home No Less! Of course, Orthodox will gather as best they can to celebrate Sundays and Holy Days, and find a way to confess and commune as directed by their priest, and to have the priest visit and bless their home frequently, at least at Theophany. Do not suppose that it is any better in Greece or Russia or Romania or the Holy Land.


The majority have compromised with the Antichrist, and will ask you to join their compromise too. Both Scripture and the Canons forbid it.


And what need we? We all have all the books, icons, lamps, incense that we need. We can all see a priest often. What determines our Salvation is those morning and evening prayers (even on vacation). Those who pray with true repentance will be saved. Those who do not pray and repent are lost...


copied with permission
Burning Bush Hermitage
http://www2.netdoor.com/~frelia/churchhome.htm

The other articles on this site are worthwhile:
http://www2.netdoor.com/~frelia/
[R0C0R Refugees blog does not imply endorsement of the jurisdictional affiliation of Burning Bush Hermitage by this post.]

Prophesy of St. Nilus (1433-1508)

This Prophesy has the ominous reality of almost being a checklist. Remember the words, "You know not when the Master comes", seek to prepare oneself at all times. I humbly post this not as a source of temptation, but as a reminder that we must seek true repentance and a contrite heart, reserving judgment for the Most High Throne of our Lord.


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The people that will be living around the eightieth century (7500 years since the creation) (2009 is year 7517), will acquiesce into corruption of the flesh, and will argue incessantly with no beginning and no end. Then the eighth Synod will convene….and things will become peaceful for a while, but soon people’s minds will revert back to the evil ways and perdition. They will not respect the sanctity of marriage but with dissipation will gravitate towards perdition which will be worse than during Sodom and Gommorah… committing many more evil works. The more evil works, the more calamities will befall the people. The people then will be committing twice as much evil, believing that whoever does evil is good…The more greedy men become the more sorrow will visit the earth. Love of money will become an insatiable passion. Greed leads to perdition and destitution leads to salvation, for man is risking salvation through greed.

This curse (greed) will bring great sorrow to the world and happiness will disappear and will be replaced with discord. Greed will be the throne of the antichrist. Greed offers to the world lies and people are attracted to lies and become lawless being abducted by injustice. Truth has disappeared and everybody believes in lies. Truth is the intimate economy of Christ and of the teaching of the Gospel, but the lie is the advent of the antichrist and his kingdom, which wishes to bring global calamity and perdition to the world. Like the Prophets prophesied the coming of the Lord, likewise over concern will darken the intellect of men, they will become insensitive to their salvation from their over concerns they may have. Salvation will be rescued only by those that refrain from partaking in the works of the antichrist whose works are the cares of this world and the hoarding of treasures. To day’s men are given over to hoarding treasures and worries and have surrendered themselves over to perdition through looting, betrayals, lies, homosexuality, gluttony, pride , hardness of heart and overwhelming avarice….

When the world will become impoverished of the grace of the Holy Spirit, then the world will be encircled by all types of calamities. Firstly the world will suffer from lack of love, peace and moderation. Secondly, every country will suffer and there will be great loss of capital from every country. The Church of Christ will also suffer due to lack of priests and spiritual shepherds.

After this calamity the unclean one will be born from the belly of filth and will bring forth signs and beasts with demonic fantasy, pretending to the world that he is meek and humble at heart but he will be foxy at heart and a wolf at mind. His sustenance will be the agitation of the people and whenever the people become agitated, he, the antichrist, will be filled.

The agitation of the people due to condemnation, envy, vindictiveness, hatred, enmity, greed, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, loss of faith and arrogance, will be the food of the antichrist, who will be the head of many countries and have authority over all the world. He will have power over the feelings of people and all will believe him because he will be the dictator and emperor and he will bring spiritual loss to the people. Those that are on the way to perdition will believe that they are being saved.

Then the Gospel will be ignored because the spiritual loss will bring great unhappiness in the world and signs and terrible events will occur. Man will hunger greatly and will not be able to be filled, for then he will be eating seven times more than he eats now but he would still not be satisfied and there will be great sorrows everywhere. Then, whoever was sealed with the seal of the antichrist, many will die in the streets and the heart of most will weaken, not being able to bear hunger and faintness, they will revert to eating the dead. On the seal will be written, “you are mine, yes I am yours, voluntarily I come and not by force”. Woe to him who bears the seal, for there will be a great agitation in the world. God seeing the unsettling of the people, will order the sea to become exceedingly warm, so when the antichrist will sit on his cursed throne, the sea will boil like molten copper and the earth will be depleted of vegetation and trees from the warmth of the sea and the source tributaries will dry up and the animals and birds will die from the breath of the sea.

And then the day will be like an hour, the week like a day, the month like a week. Due to the wickedness of man, the elements will speed up, that the time will end soon, as proclaimed by God. Then will come the prophets Elijah and just Enoch to proclaim that whoever is patient and is not marked by the seal of the antichrist, will be saved and will be accepted by God in paradise eternally, only that he not be marked with the seal, but instead make the sign of the Cross, for the seal of the Cross frees man from the torments of hell while the seal of the antichrist delivers him to the torments of hell. And if they hunger, they should not ask for food but should have patience, for He will send help from above… The most wicked children of the antichrist are: fornication, adultery, homosexuality, murder, confiscation, stealing, injustice, lies, torture, the buying and the selling of man….. so evil will human nature become, that they will use wickedness worse than the demons…. And the antichrist seeing that human nature became more evil than the demons, will rejoice greatly….

Warning

There is circulating among us a piece of propaganda from the MP-ROCOR Studies website.  It is a recent interview with a nun, Sr. Vassa Larin, cleverly designed to silence the "alarm bells" that warn Orthdox when something is amiss, and to steer them deeper into World Orthodoxy.  The interview ranks up there with Peter Perekrestov's 25 Questions paper. It is designed to appear as a spontaneous interview with a wise nun.  But a closer look suggests it is carefully concocted.  The interviewee was carefully chosen and carefully introduced as an expert.  The carefully selected and carefully worded questions&answers, like the 25 Questions paper, use psychological ploys and the paper ends up making a clean sweep. 

For all the concentrate of many words, the paper boils down to four questions, with the first two really being of the same issue.

1. First we are criticized for comparing Orthodoxy with Roman Catholicism.  The MP desired result here is that Roman Catholic heresies will not be pointed out anymore.  But we know the truth is that even our very Creed defines us by saying what we are not - by responding to heresies and correcting them. 

2. Next we are directed to focus on the early councils and the pre-schism fundamentals we share with the Romans.

3. Then our resistence to the idea of having "Women's Conferences" is silenced, weakened. We instinctively know that the idea of studying women's issues and "empowering women" is an idea that originated in the world and infiltrates the Church through World Orthodoxy.  We don't need committees for women's issues any more than we need committees for men's issues.

4. Last we are urged not to resist secular education and other things in and of the world. That it is we ourselves - and not the world - who are responsible for our personal imperfections.  We are reminded that we are impatient and gossipy and to focus on that instead of "condemning" the world.  That dread word used interchangeably with "judging" that is most effective at causing one to willfully look the other way while evil parades under their nose.

The MP-ROCOR Studies website might have some good materials, [I wouldn't know], but it's purpose is to justify the union. The only reason I mention it here is because this propaganda interview has been passed around among us in ROCOR-Agafangel where it has no place.