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A letter by the blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos (+1989) on the matter of Ecumenism and Schismatic Old Calendarist Zealotism


A letter by the blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos (+1989)

on the matter of Ecumenism and Schismatic Old Calendarist Zealotism

Athens, the 22nd July 1971

Dearest fr. Nicodemus,
Rejoice in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

More than a month has passed since I received your letter.  I delayed responding to it, due to an overload of obligations.  I beg for your understanding.

I shall reply somewhat briefly, with my promise to revert, in the event that your holiness should require new clarifications.

First of all, dearest fr. Nicodemus, I am obliged to tell you a bitter truth, which will seem more than absurd to you and will amaze you.  Until this day, I have been avoiding – for the sake of providence – to formulate this position, or have expressed it in shadowy terms; however, as things have already reached a point that can go no further and certain select persons – who unfortunately have a terror-stricken conscience – have gone over to the Old Calendarists and have become victims of a relentless propaganda against the Church, it is time that the truth be told, straightforwardly and unreservedly.

Well, fr. Nicodemus, all those who – out of fear of Ecumenism – accede to the Old Calendarists gain nothing whatsoever, except that by fleeing from one heresy, they accede to another. Of course they themselves are not conscious that they have acceded to a heresy, but that does not change things in the least.

Do not think that I am unfair or immoderate.  I will prove that my argument is absolutely true. Please take note.

What is a heresy, dear fr. Nicodemus?  It is an adulteration of the Faith!  But what is an adulteration of the Faith? Is it the breaching of Dogmas? That too is an adulteration of the Faith, but it is not only that. An adulteration of the Faith is also the elevating to the status of a Dogma of the Faith, those things that are not.  That is to say, if someone were to render a secondary thing – even if a good one – as a Dogma of the Faith, as a condition for salvation, then that someone automatically becomes a he-re-tic!

Do you want an example?  Well, you have the famous Eustathians!  What did they do? Did they breach any Dogmas of the Faith?  Which one?  Perhaps the one pertaining to the Holy Trinity? Perhaps the one pertaining to the two natures of the Lord? Perhaps the one pertaining to Angels? Perhaps the one on the Devil, etc., etc.?  No!  They did not violate any Dogma.

But then what did they do?  They “elevated” certain secondary things to the level of Dogmas of the Faith, to conditions for salvation:  Celibacy, and abstaining from meat.  The Church had said that although these two things were good and holy and commendable, they were NOT conditions for salvation. They were NOT dogmas of the Continue reading “A letter by the blessed Fr. Epiphanios Theodoropoulos (+1989) on the matter of Ecumenism and Schismatic Old Calendarist Zealotism”

Παλαιό & Νέο Ημερολόγιο Αρχιμ. Ιωήλ Γιαννακοπούλου (+1966) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Απόσπασμα από το βιβλίο του


Παλαιό & Νέο Ημερολόγιο

Αρχιμ. Ιωήλ Γιαννακοπούλου (+1966)







Το «Ημερολογιακόν Ζήτημα» από ετών ταράσσει την Εκκλησίαν. Σημείον αντιλεγόμενον έχει καταστή.

Οι Παλαιοημερολογίται διακηρύττουν απεριφράστως ότι ακολουθούν το «σωστόν», το «γνήσιον», εξ ου και αυτοκαλούνται «Γνήσιοι – Ορθόδοξοι – Χριστιανοί», Γ.Ο.Χ., φθάσαντες εις το σημείον να πιστεύουν και να διακηρύττουν ότι ο Παράδεισος είναι μόνον δι’ αυτούς. Δι’ ημάς δε τους υπολοίπους, τους Νεοημερολογίτας, τους «Φράγκους», τους «Σχισματικούς», τους «αιρετικούς» ως μας αποκαλούν, παραμένει η Κόλασις.

Ακόμη διακηρύττουν απεριφράστως ότι τα Μυστήριά μας είναι άκυρα, καθ’ ο «άχαρα», άνευ χάριτος.

Οι του Νέου δε Ημερολογίου, ως επί το πλείστον, αδιαφορούν δια τα προαναφερθέντα, ωρισμένοι αντιδρούν, άλλοι περνούν και εις την αντεπίθεσιν και ολίγοι προβληματίζονται προ των κατηγοριών των Παλαιοημερολογιτών μη γνωρίζοντες τι να πράξουν.

Υπάρχουν λοιπόν θέματα, κατά την γνώμην μας, εις αμφοτέρας τας παρατάξεις, που άλλοτε ολίγον άλλοτε πολύ κερδίζει εξ αυτών μόνον ο Διάβολος.

Το παρόν, έργον ανέκδοτον, απάντησις εις τινα Θεολόγον Μοναχόν, του αειμνήστου Πατρός Ιωήλ Γιαννακόπουλου, γνωστού απολογητού των Ορθοδόξων θέσεων, έρχεται να ρίξη άπλετον φως εις το εν προκειμένω αντιλεγόμενον ζήτημα του Ημερολογίου και να καταστήση αναπολογήτους όλους εκείνους, οίτινες καταδικάζουν την ενέργειαν της Εκκλησίας, (ενός ζωντανού Οργανισμού), ώστε να διορθώση το Ημερολόγιον, αλλά και να διαφωτίση τους θέλοντας, ίνα ούτω ειρηνεύσουν αι συνειδήσεις και μη κερδίζη πλέον ο Διάβολος.

Το παρόν εκδίδεται εκ χειρογράφου, ευρισκομένου εις χείρας πνευματικού τέκνου του αειμνήστου Κληρικού, εις το οποίον είχε κάμει διορθώσεις τινάς ο ίδιος ο συγγραφεύς ολίγον προ της εκδημίας του (Δεκέμβριος 1966).

Οι Παλαιοημερολογίται μου είναι άνθρωποι συμπαθείς, διότι παρ’ όλην την άγνοιαν που έχουν εις το Παλαιοημερολογιτικόν ζήτημα, έχουν ζήλον και φόβον Θεού. Δια τον λόγον αυτόν δεν ηθέλησα να ασχοληθώ ούτε προφορικώς εις διάλεξίν μου τινά περί του Παλαιοημερολογιτικού ζητήματος, ούτε να γράψω και δημοσιεύσω τι περί αυτού. Εθεώρησα σκοπιμώτερον να ασχοληθώ συγγραφικώς περί τον υπομνηματισμόν της Παλ. Διαθήκης και γύρω από τους Ευαγγελικούς, Χιλιαστάς και λοιπά θέματα προς Continue reading “Παλαιό & Νέο Ημερολόγιο Αρχιμ. Ιωήλ Γιαννακοπούλου (+1966) ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Απόσπασμα από το βιβλίο του”

“After my death will take place a great schism. You will follow the Main-Executive Church” – St. Nektarios of Aegina (+1920)


Saint Nectarios of Aegina (+1920) said to the Nuns of his Monastery in Aegina Island, Greece:

“After my death will take place a great schism. You will follow the Main-Executive Church” (St. Nektarios of Aegina – Written in the Proceedings of the Monastery of Saint Nectarios).

Revelations on the Calendar to Elders Joseph the Hesychast (+1959) & Ephraim of Katounakia (+1998), Holy Mount Athos, Greece



Revelations on the Calendar to Elders Joseph the Hesychast (+1959)

& Ephraim of Katounakia (+1998), Holy Mount Athos, Greece

“When the New Calendar entered into the life of the Church after 1924, the entire Holy Mountain, for reasons of tradition, maintained the use of the Old Calendar, without severing communion with and maintaining dependency upon the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and consequently, with the other Orthodox Churches.

Because of this calendar change, some Athonite Monks -the self-titled “Zealots”- broke their spiritual communion with the Patriarchate and the rest of the Holy Mountain. They would participate neither in Liturgies, nor in festal celebrations, nor even communicate with the rest of the fathers.

Katounakia was one of the centers of the Zealots and Papa Ephraim was one of them. Moved by spiritual zeal, both he and Elder Joseph the Hesychast initially joined the extremist party of the so-called “Matthewites”. When an issue arises concerning the faith, naturally fanaticism will rise up.

The grandiose Matthew, who so occupied Athonite monasticism, proceeded from another Matthew, a Cretan monk. Matthew had obvious rebellious tendencies, and thus they readily induced him to take hold of some authority on account of the calendar disorder.

Increasingly the degree of fanaticism surrounding the calendar change, and depicting the Church as lapsed, Matthew created that which pleased him. He became “super-orthodox” and worked up his followers with sermons and demonstrations. This still occurs today with some of his followers – a Fresh wound to the bosom of the Church.

As always, every source of scandal creates fanaticism and unrest – mostly from ignorance – until the true state of affairs is revealed. It was natural for the fathers in the desert areas to be found among the fanatics, since anxiety and ignorance were prevalent, and because they had an acute fear that perhaps they would betray their faith.

Then, in opposition to the Matthewite harshness, the Florinite moderation appeared. The Florinites avoided the severity of the Matthewites, maintaining a milder stance, even though they were still “zealots”. The fathers then turned towards this faction. They chose the “lesser of two evils” as the better even though they were still not at peace with this.

The living Church, unjustly cast aside, was protesting with their consciences, causing them unrest. The solution for them was prayer.

Elder Joseph [the Hesychast] turned with insistence to his sure refuge of prayer, seeking an answer from on high. “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me” (Ps. 48:15 LXX), something that the blessed Elder knew well from his ascetic life.

Falling to his face with tears, pain of heart, and deep humility, he pleaded:

“We have sinned and trespassed against You, O Lord, and we have betrayed Your Most Holy will. Justly You have turned Your face from us, for we have confused and mocked the light of Your Truth. We have closed our eyes to the bedrock of the Truth, Your unswerving and unshakable Church, Your All-Holy Body, which You established amongst us through Your own presence, and which we have handed over to the conjectures of human thoughts and speculation. Remember, All-Good One, Your compassion and mercy towards us, for they are from the ages unto ages.”

With pain and persistence, he continued knocking on the doors of God’s compassion and mercy, and the All-Good One did not turn away from his humble supplication. As our blessed Elder Joseph related to us:

“During this intense petition, I was overcome by sleep. I discovered myself suddenly alone on one piece of the mountain of Athos that was separated from the rest. It stood in the oceans trembling from moment to moment, in danger of sinking into the sea. I was frightened and thought to myself, ‘Since Continue reading “Revelations on the Calendar to Elders Joseph the Hesychast (+1959) & Ephraim of Katounakia (+1998), Holy Mount Athos, Greece”

Video: Saint Nectarios of Aegina Island in Greece (+1920) prophesied the schism of the Old Calendarists




Saint Nectarios of Aegina Island in Greece (+1920)

prophesied the schism of the Old Calendarists

Ο Άγιος Ιγνάτιος Μπριαντσανίνωφ της Ρωσίας (+1867) μας διηγείται το όραμα που είδε ο Μεγαλόσχημος Μοναχός Κυριακός ο Βαλααμίτης (+1789) όταν επέστρεψε από το σχίσμα στην Εκκλησία



Ο Άγιος Ιγνάτιος Μπριαντσανίνωφ (+1867)

μας διηγείται το όραμα που είδε ο Μεγαλόσχημος Μοναχός

Κυριακός ο Βαλααμίτης (+1789) όταν επέστρεψε

από το σχίσμα στην Εκκλησία

Μᾶς ἀναφέρει ὁ Ἅγιος Ἰγνάτιος Μπριαντσανίνωφ Ἐπίσκοποπος Σταυρουπόλεως τῆς Ρωσίας (+1867):

«Ἀξιοσημείωτο εἶναι ἕνα ὅραμα τοῦ μεγαλόσχημου μοναχοῦ Κυριακοῦ τοῦ Βαλααμίτου (+1798), ἀνθρώπου μεγάλης ἀρετῆς. Ὁ Γέροντας Κυριακός, πού ἦταν πρῶτα σχισματικός, ἀξιώθηκε νά δῆ αὐτό τό ὅραμα, πού θά διηγηθοῦμε στή συνέχεια, ὅταν ἐπέστρεψε στήν Ἐκκλησία. Μία μέρα, τήν ὥρα τῆς Θ. Λειτουργίας, βρισκόταν στόν Ἱερό τοῦ Ναοῦ τοῦ Ἁγίου Λαζάρου, στή Λαύρα τοῦ Ἁγίου Ἀλεξάνδρου Νιέφσκι. Σέ μία στιγμή αἰσθάνθηκε νά τόν τυλίγη ὑπέροχη εὐωδία. Ἔπειτα, ὅταν ὁ λειτουργός ἱερομόναχος ἐπικαλέσθηκε τό Ἅγ. Πνεῦμα, προκειμένου νά καθαγιασθοῦν τά Τίμια Δῶρα, ἀναρίθμητα Χερουβείμ ἐμφανίσθηκαν, πού κύκλωσαν τήν Ἁγ. Τράπεζα καί γέμισαν ὅλο τό Ἱερό. Ὁ λειτουργός ζώσθηκε ἀπό φλόγες. Καί ὅταν ἔβαλε βαθιά μετάνοια μπροστά στήν Ἁγ. Τράπεζα, ἕνα μικρό ἄσπρο περιστέρι κατέβηκε ἀπό ψηλά καί ἄρχισε νά φτερουγίζη πάνω ἀπ᾽ τό Ἅγ. Δισκάριο. Μετά πέταξε πάνω ἀπ᾽ τό Ἅγ. Ποτήριο καί, μαζεύοντας τίς φτεροῦγες του, μπῆκε σ᾽ αὐτό. Οἱ οὐράνιες δυνάμεις τότε ἔπεσαν κάτω καί προσκύνησαν τό Θυσιαστήριο μέ τά καθαγιασμένα Δῶρα. Προσκύνησαν γιά δεύτερη φορά στήν ἐκφώνησι, “Ἐξαιρέτως τῆς Παναγίας, ἀχράντου…”, καθώς καί γιά τρίτη φορά, ὅταν ὀ χορός ἄρχισε νά ψάλλη τό “Ἄξιον ἐστίν”. Ὕστερα, ἀφοῦ κύκλωσαν τόν ἱερουργό καί σκέπασαν τό κεφάλι του μ᾽ ἕνα ὑπέροχο φωτεινό κάλυμμα, ἐξαφανίσθηκαν».

—Ἁγ. Ἰγνατίου Μπριαντσανίνωφ, Λόγος γιά τά Πνεύματα, τόν Παράδεισο καί τόν Ἅδη, Λόγος γιά τόν Ἄνθρωπο