Saturday, January 12, 2019

Eight Quotes from the Fathers on the Mystery of the Eighth Day

Just as God rested on the seventh day (the seventh day is the end of creation and encompasses within itself the time coextensive with the creation of this world) after He had created the world, so the world, having completed its course, will rest in God on the eighth and final day, the ogdoad, the eternal day. Everyone who exercises diligence with regard to virtue has in mind the future life. Its beginning is called the "eighth," for it follows this perceptible time when the number seven is dissolved. By necessity, we as human beings must establish a foothold in time and prudently use it if we wish to meet the eighth day of eternity. Thus the week of seven days falls back on itself, thereby forming a circle. Such a measure of time's totality exists until things endowed with motion cease and are supplanted by the eighth day. Eschatologically, the Lord's Resurrection is also seen as the eighth day, for it will bring about our own resurrection on the eighth day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Russian Patriarch Warns Smartphone Users To Be Careful of the Antichrist

Smartphone Users Warned to be Careful of the Antichrist

People's dependence on smartphones and modern technology could bring about the coming of the Antichrist, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned.

By Anastasia Clark and Chris Bell
8 January 2019

Russian social media users largely responded with humour and scepticism, while some accused the Church of "serving the regime".

Speaking to Russian state TV, Patriarch Kirill said smartphone users should be careful when using the "worldwide web of gadgets" because it represented "an opportunity to gain global control over mankind".

"The Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the worldwide web, controlling all of humankind," he said.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Prophecy of Abba Ischyrion

This is one of the sayings of the Desert Fathers found in the Paradise of the Holy Fathers, which is often cited as being a prophecy of the End Times, however it is clearly an example of the belief that the End Times were imminent, in fact, within about two or three generations from their time.

The holy Fathers were prophesying about the last generation. They said, ‘What have we ourselves done?’ One of them, the great Abba Ischyrion replied, ‘We ourselves have fulfilled the commandments of God.’ The others replied, 'And those who come after us, what will they do?’ He said, ‘They will struggle to achieve half our works.’ They said, 'And to those who come after them, what will happen?’ He said, ‘The men of that generation will not accomplish any works at all and temptation will come upon them; and those who will be approved in that day will be greater than either us or our Fathers.'

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Last Things First: The Eschatological Community of the Parish

By Fr. Stelyios Muksuris

A danger all of us face as priests of God is to approach our liturgical ministry in our parishes with a lukewarm and disinterested disposition. Working long hours and late nights in the service of God’s people, accompanied by the stresses these situations typically bring, may often incapacitate us spiritually, even physically at times. This may lead to a mechanical, unconscious execution of the Divine Liturgy and our ecclesiastical services, the likes of which is not merely perceived by our flocks in attendance but, sadly, is also emulated by them and labeled as the norm for Orthodox liturgical life. We often urge our parishioners to participate meaningfully in the Holy Liturgy; however, the underlying question is: do we do as much?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Secular Politics and the Eschatological Vision of the Church

By His Eminence Metropolitan Hierotheos
of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou

I think that the work and purpose of the Church is different from the work and purpose of the State and Parties. Parties are necessary in a democratic society, otherwise an oligarchy and dictatorship will prevail. Political and ideological divergence among Parties serves society, because in this way citizens can choose which Party expresses and represents their views before Parliament. The doctrine "words dispute with other words" is the characteristic feature of democracy, human society and all ideological systems. This is why there are various slogans at times, such as change, deliverance, cleansing, modernization, reform, etc., which circulate the objectives for the Parties purposes.