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  • Fr. Panagiotes Carras
    OLD-CALENDAR ECUMENISM AND COMMUNION IN PRAYER The heresy of Eucharistic Hospitality is one of Ecumenism sbest known doctrines. The proponents of this heresy
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2012
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      The heresy of Eucharistic Hospitality is one of Ecumenism's 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 is communion in prayer.

      The 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.

      Apostolic 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)
      If any clergyman shall join in prayer with a deposed clergyman, as if he were a clergyman, let him also be deposed. (Canon 11)
      Let 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 45)
      This practise is also condemned by the Anathema against Ecumenism.
      To 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.

      It is sad to say that the violation of the Holy Canons of the Apostles and the espousal of Eucharistic Hospitality is not limited to those in communion with Constantinople and Moscow. This heresy has been adopted by the current synod of HOCNA in its communication of December 2, 2011. http://news-nftu.blogspot.com/2011/12/hocna-clarifies-stance-on-gregory.html

      This 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 Hospitality.

      Even 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.

      A 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 FYROM clergy.

      This 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

      The 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.

      In Christ,
      +Fr. Panagiotes

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