Thursday, October 29, 2015


Serbian Saint King Milutin

 St. Milutin defeated Constantinople Emperor Michael Palaologus
Roman Catholic troops slaughter Athos monks.

     Emperor of Constantinople Michael Palaologus who accepted union with the Pope, and was putting extreme pressure on all Balkan churches and the monks of Mt. Athos to unite with the Pope of Rome. Saint Milutin completely stopped the nefarious plans of the Emperor. He was a beloved Saint of God defending His holy Church. He promised God that he would build a church for every year of his reign, which was forty two years and he built them forty two of them. When he left this world his relics remained incorrupt.

     Uniatism is a great danger in our times, for the Orthodox leaders are still looking up to the Pope of Rome seeking unity, not the Pope with Orthodoxy, but union of Orthodoxy under the Pope.
St. Milutin wisely saw the dangers and waged successful wars against Orthodox submission to the Pope.

     When the Emperor Michael Paleologos contracted the ill-famed Union of Lyons with the Pope to receive his help against the Bulgars and Serbs, the monks of the Holy Mountain sent the emperor a protest against this union, and urged him to set it aside and return to orthodoxy. During these very trying times for the Holy Mountain, there lived a monk who resided near the Zografou Monastery and would try ascetically on his own, with great labors and effort.

This monk had this holy custom of reading the Akathist Hymn many times while praying in front of this Icon of the Mother of God. One day, while he was chanting "Rejoice unwedded Bride" he heard the following words from the Icon: "Rejoice too, Elder of God!" The Elder was frightened but the voice continued calmly: "Do not fear, but rush to the Monastery and announce to the brothers and the Abbot that the enemies of myself and of my Son have drawn near. Thus, whoever is weak in the spirit let them hide in patience. The ones desiring a martyr's crown let them stay inside the Monastery; now leave quickly".

     The Pope sent an army to the Emperor's aid, and this Latin army went onto the Holy Mountain and set about such barbarism as the Turks never perpetrated in 500 years.  Hanging members of the Council and slaughtering many of the monks of Vatopedi, Iviron and other monasteries, the Latins attacked Zografou. The blessed Abbot Thomas told the brethren by inspiration that those who desired to save themselves from the Latins should flee the monastery, and those who desired a martyr's death should stay.  Twenty-six men stayed: twenty-two monks with their abbot and four laymen who worked for the monastery.  They all shut themselves in the monastery tower.  When the Latins arrived, they set the tower on fire, and these twenty six heroes found a martyr's death in flames.  While the tower was burning, they sang hymns of the Akathist to the Mother of God and gave their holy souls into God's hands on October 10th, 1282.  In December of the same year, the dishonorable Emperor Michael Paleologos died in poverty, the Serbian King Milutin having risen up against him in defense of Orthodoxy, has been glorified and his relics remain  uncorrupted.  Union with the Pope with its unorthodox doctrine would destroy the Orthodox Church.

     King Milutin was powerful and wealthy; he dressed in very simple clothing and at night walked among the people, seeking their needs and helping those in poverty. He built hospitals for the poor, where they received all their needs without payment. What he gave to the poor came from his enormous wealth. His body is preserved today in the Church of the Holy King in Serbia and is wonderworking.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015



     Not following the truths of the Orthodox Faith, a group of Orthodox theologians* during the sixties met with the heretics known as Non-Chalcedonians, and mislabeled “Oriental Orthodox”. The Non Chalcedonians have been outside the church for about 1500 years, because they rejected the Church’s decision that Jesus Christ was of two natures, divine and human. They falsely believed that in Christ the nature merged into a single nature, thus they were known as monophysites or one naturists. 

     This erroneous belief was condemned by the Fourth Ecumenical Synod of Chalcedon, and confirmed by the fifth, sixth and seventh ecumenical synods. There are many monophysites among the Armenians. The Orthodox referred to the heretics as being Orthodox also and sought, not to establish truth, but to restore unity!  With no changes on the part of the heretics they decided to unite with them, declaring: 

     “We have spoken to each other in the openess of charity and with the conviction of truth. All of us have learned from each other. Our inherited misunderstandings have begun to clear up. We recognize in each other the one orthodox faith of the Church. Fifteen centuries of alienation have not led us astray from the faith of our Fathers.” 
From The Greek Orthodox Theological Review, Volume X Number 2, Winter 1964-1965.

     With these words the Orthodox theologians  agreed that the heretical monophysites and the Orthodox Church believe the same thing. All Orthodox Christians believe as a fundamental doctrine that there were Seven Ecumenical Synods inspired by Holy Spirit. These monophysites only accept three Ecumenical Synods because they are heretics and outside the Church

Sunday, October 25, 2015



“And if your right hand scandalizes you, cut it off and cast it far from you, for it is beneficial for you that one of your members should perish, and not your whole body go into Gehenna.” 

      The desire for adultery can be implanted in the soul not only by looking with the eyes, but also by touching and handling when for the purpose of greeting we take in our right hand the right hand of the woman we are greeting. Then through a regular handshake the illegal thought aroused in the desirous faculty of the soul.  Then as Christ says, it becomes his duty to cut off his right hand that is, by never extending it to the woman that causes him such trouble and by his keeping away from her, he also keeps away from the fire of Gehenna and of everlasting hell. This preventative method is binding and to be used with every other illicit desire, such as acquiring money by theft, injustice, perjury fraud, etc. He who desires someone’s money or property, and decides to steal it but somehow he is prevented from carrying out his desire. Before Christ he is convicted for not only the act but also the desire is punished by our Lord.  But if such a man, changes his mind and decides against his plan, and before death he repents and confesses, he then escapes the penalty of the law. Our Lord established that although the act of stealing is punishable, merely the decision without the action is also punished as if the action took place.     

     No excuse will be found for those who  defend their hard-heartedness and unrepentance, and such attitudes will cause a person’s certain condemnation.  There is also the law which commands that we do unto others as we would have them do to us, which is widely applicable. None of us wants our wife to be taken or our goods stolen, thus we should not take another’s wife or steal another’s goods.