News from Esphigmenou
- Dear List,
All of us remember the siege of the Esphigmenou Monastery on the Holy
See also message 8085 (and many others).
As we were very concerned about what happened to them, they are
concerned about what is now happening to us.
Below are excerpts of an article published in their journal, about
the "THE RUSSIANS OF THE DIASPORA WHO, IN 1917 RENOUNCED GODLESS
COMMUNISM, ...", "Saint Agathangel the Esphigmenite", Nov- Dec. 2004)
Following the Sacred Apostolic Canon "He who communes with the
incommunicable becomes incommunicable" ...
The Ecumenist... must have with them all of the local Orthodox
Churches, in order to pave the way for the advent of the final
antichrist. As we are told by Apostle Paul "... let no one deceive
you...for that day will not come until apostasy comes first, then the
man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition," (2nd Thessal. 2:3)
This is the reason why they desire to snuff out every Orthodox heart.
They have already captured all of the Patriarchates and Orthodox
Churches. Lastly, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem joined them as well.
For this reason they turned their attention to subjugating the Sacred
Synod of the Russians in the Diaspora, which had ANATHEMATIZED
The journal "St. Cyprian" summarises in its Sept.-Oct. 2004 issue,
some of the most important steps on the way to union:
1) The September 2003 meeting in New York, USA of Hierarchical
representatives of the Diaspora with the President of Russia, Mr.
2) The November 2003 meeting in Moscow of Hierarchical
representatives with Patriarch Alexi II and members of the Synod of
the Moscow Patriarchate.
3) The May 2004 visit to Moscow of his Eminence Metropolitan Laurus,
during which, in an atmosphere of prayer communion, a dialogue about
union was initiated and the decision was made to set up Dialogue
Committees and topics to be discussed were identified.
4) In June 2004, the beginning of the Committees' work in Moscow and
the first announcements of common positions, which were also made
known to both Synods for evaluation.
Keeping in mind that the whole Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate
convenes at the beginning of this coming October and that the Russian
Diaspora Synod will meet in early 2005, it can be concluded that the
decisions will be quick and dramatic.
From both sides, Moscow and the Diaspora, it is confirmed by official
sources (that) the union ... implementation is now a matter of time,
because the uniting factors, as they are characteristically called,
are more decisive than the dividing ones. Among the latter, Ecumenism
appears to be of secondary importance. (Journal "St. Cyprian" Sept-
Let us hope that ... a part of the Orthodox Diaspora ... with the
help of our Almighty God, will remain firm in its Orthodox Confession.
The same ... attempt to convince the Orthodox of the (Greek)
Patristic Calendar Church to abandon their struggle for the Faith...
An obstacle to their plans ... is the fact that there is more than
one Synod. Therefore, if one Synod is overcome, God forbid, the
people and most of the clergy will not follow but will join one of
the other Synods.
The "dialogue" will be the same as that which has been taking place
for so many years with the heretics.
If they return to the state in which the Church was at the end of the
19th century, then the question will be automatically resolved.
Betrayal is sad for those who reject Orthodoxy. It places them in the
pan heresy of Ecumenism. The Church prays for their return and their
The Orthodox do not falter because of the betrayal of some. On the
contrary, they become stronger in their Faith and it takes them even
closer to our Lord Jesus Christ, Whom they pray for help in their
efforts to remain faithful and steadfast in their beloved Orthodoxy.
Let us hope that our Lord strengthen us in His Orthodox Faith, while
we continue, in humility and repentance, to accomplish His Most Holy
Will, so that we can be deemed worthy of His divine Mercy. Amen.
(Modified, from a translation by John Rigas)