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

Ecumenical Dialogues Intensified

At the beginning of September (n.s.) Bartholomew called together a “Synaxis of the Patriarchates and the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus" at the Phanar in order to coordinate their efforts for the First Ecumenistic Council which they plan to convene shortly. At it, they will most certainly have to deal with a conflict with the Patriarchate of Moscow concerning primacy, but also they will proclaim the heresy of Ecumenism with an alleged synodal decision of Ecumenical (or rather Ecumenistic) force. 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

Morning and Evening Prayers

Q. Are the prayers in the blue prayer book [A Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery —ed.] compulsory for everyone? I mean their morning prayers and the service of Small Compline. My confessor gave me a special rule but wasn’t clear about whether this replaced the book prayers or was in addition to them. Read more...