ECUMENISM AND COMMUNION IN PRAYER
heresy of Eucharistic
Hospitality is one of
best known doctrines. The proponents of this heresy believe that
their unity will be enhanced by offering Holy Communion to those who
are not members of the Church.
Eucharistic Hospitality is
very popular not only with Anglicans and Roman Catholics but also
with those in communion with the Patriarchates of Constantinople and
Moscow. These Ecumenists
have devised many ways with which they can unite with their
“separated brethern”. Eucharistic
Hospitality is just one
method. Within the heresy of Ecumenism,
the most common path to unity is to join in prayer which is seen as
an expression of unity. This
Ecumenists of Constantinople and Moscow put aside the holy Canons
of the Apostles that forbid joint prayer with heretics. This is why
we are not in communion with them or any other Ecumenists.
Canons 10, 11 and 45 are very clear.
If any one shall pray, even in a
private house, with an excommunicated person, let him also be
excommunicated. (Canon 10)
clergyman shall join in prayer with a deposed clergyman, as if he
were a clergyman, let him also be deposed. (Canon
a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, who has only prayed with heretics, be
excommunicated: but if he has permitted them to perform any clerical
office, let him be deposed. (Canon
practise is also condemned by the Anathema against Ecumenism.
those who knowingly have communion with these aforementioned heretics
or who advocate, disseminate, or defend their new heresy of ecumenism
under the pretext of brotherly love or the supposed unification of
separated Christians, ANATHEMA.
communication was intended to be an explanation of why a decision was
made to give Holy Communion to the deposed heretic, Bishop Gregory
Lourie. The HOCNA bishops state their reason as: while
we realize that many matters still divide them, we want to promote
unity among all these groups. It
is also expressed as: a
desire to foster the oneness that must exist among all Orthodox
Christians in the Holy Body and Blood of our Saviour. These
words are a mere repetition of the heresy of Eucharistic
though HOCNA hierarchs in the past have engaged in “Old-Calendar
Ecumenism”, the December 2, 2011 communication, for the first time,
stated a justification for praying together with supposed
“traditionalists”. The justification for this “Old
Calendar Ecumenism” is an adaptation of
the heresy of Eucharistic Hospitality.
past noteworthy event that is now illumined by this document, was the
visit of Bishops and clergy of the heretical FYROM
(Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) Church to HOCNA's Holy
Theotokos Convent a few years ago. They were warmly greeted by
Bishop Demetrios and Archimandrite Panteleimon. After the initial
greetings they gathered in the Convent Church and chanted with the
ethnic church that has an infamous history, broke away from the
Patriarchate of Serbia and declared itself Autocephalous in 1966.
Since then it has viciously persecuted those who remain faithful to
the Serbian Patriarchate. Bishop Demetrios had forged a relationship
with these bishops during a visit to FYROM.
To get a better
understanding of what this "autocephalous church" really
is, please take a look at this video: https://vimeo.com/8129549
HOCNA statement of December 2, 2011 is one more step in that synod's
departure from the Faith of the Fathers and is a clear repudiation of
what the Holy Apostles teach us in their Holy Canons.