The Last of the Chian Six

In 1952 Archimandrite Petros was able to make his way to America, and gain his religious freedom. After a few years he was able to bring Fr. Eleutherios to America to join him. Fr. Eleutherios would struggle for the cause of Traditionalist Orthodoxy for decades alongside his friend and fellow native of Chios, Petros Astyfides. Petros stayed in NYC where he became the Metropolitan of Astoria. Fr. Eleutherios was assigned to the Parish of St. Spyridon near Detroit, where he remained until he went to Mt. Athos in 1980. He never left the Holy Mountain, until he reposed on April 21, 2020, aged 97. He was the last man living that had been arrested, jailed, and prosecuted for being a Greek Orthodox Christian in his own country of Greece.

Orthodox Awareness

Hero-Worshipping: the Sickness of our Holy Struggle

“Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.”
(Psalm 145:3)

We mustn’t have absolute trust in human beings for our salvation, no matter what dignity they have. Human beings are changeable. Today they are saints, tomorrow—deniers. Today—sinners, tomorrow—righteous. We must have absolute trust in God, and in Him we must base our hopes of salvation. “Blessed is he of whom the God of Jacob is his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 145:5). Read more...

Missions

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Mission, Tucson, Arizona

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary Priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.

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Ask A Priest

Why do we Call Angels “Saint”?

Q. I noticed that we call the angels Michael and Gabriel "Saint." I thought the title "Saint" was only given to humans who have proven themselves Godly. Do you mind clarifying this for me? Is there a deeper meaning to "Saint" that I am not aware of?

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