Церковные ВѢХИ

Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus. Outside the Church there is no salvation, because salvation is the Church. For salvation is the revelation of the way for everyone who believes in Christ's name. This revelation is to be found only in the Church. In the Church, as in the Body of Christ, in its theanthropic organism, the mystery of incarnation, the mystery of the "two natures," indissolubly united, is continually accomplished. -Fr. Georges Florovsky


§ 20. For our faith, brethren, is not of men nor by man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ, which the divine Apostles preached, the holy Ecumenical Councils confirmed, the greatest and wisest teachers of the world handed down in succession, and the shed blood of the holy martyrs ratified. Let us hold fast to the confession which we have received unadulterated from such men, turning away from every novelty as a suggestion of the devil. He that accepts a novelty reproaches with deficiency the preached Orthodox Faith. But that Faith has long ago been sealed in completeness, not to admit of diminution or increase, or any change whatever; and he who dares to do, or advise, or think of such a thing has already denied the faith of Christ, has already of his own accord been struck with an eternal anathema, for blaspheming the Holy Ghost as not having spoken fully in the Scriptures and through the Ecumenical Councils. This fearful anathema, brethren and sons beloved in Christ, we do not pronounce today, but our Savior first pronounced it (Matt. xii. 32): Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. St. Paul pronounced the same anathema (Gal. i. 6): I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another Gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. This same anathema the Seven Ecumenical Councils and the whole choir of God-serving fathers pronounced. All, therefore, innovating, either by heresy or schism, have voluntarily clothed themselves, according to the Psalm (cix. 18), ("with a curse as with a garment,") whether they be Popes, or Patriarchs, or Clergy, or Laity; nay, if any one, though an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Thus our wise fathers, obedient to the soul-saving words of St. Paul, were established firm and steadfast in the faith handed down unbrokenly to them, and preserved it unchanged and uncontaminate in the midst of so many heresies, and have delivered it to us pure and undefiled, as it came pure from the mouth of the first servants of the Word. Let us, too, thus wise, transmit it, pure as we have received it, to coming generations, altering nothing, that they may be, as we are, full of confidence, and with nothing to be ashamed of when speaking of the faith of their forefathers. - Encyclical of the Holy Eastern Patriarchs of 1848

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество

За ВѢру Царя И Отечество
«Кто еси мимо грядый о нас невѣдущиiй, Елицы здѣ естесмо положены сущи, Понеже нам страсть и смерть повѣлѣ молчати, Сей камень возопiетъ о насъ ти вѣщати, И за правду и вѣрность къ Монарсѣ нашу Страданiя и смерти испiймо чашу, Злуданьем Мазепы, всевѣчно правы, Посѣченны зоставше топоромъ во главы; Почиваемъ въ семъ мѣстѣ Матери Владычнѣ, Подающiя всѣмъ своимъ рабомъ животь вѣчный. Року 1708, мѣсяца iюля 15 дня, посѣчены средь Обозу войсковаго, за Бѣлою Церковiю на Борщаговцѣ и Ковшевомъ, благородный Василiй Кочубей, судiя генеральный; Iоаннъ Искра, полковникъ полтавскiй. Привезены же тѣла ихъ iюля 17 въ Кiевъ и того жъ дня въ обители святой Печерской на семъ мѣстѣ погребены».

Friday, February 26, 2010

Welcome To A New Endeavour!


For very long now, people have been insisting on an Orthodox Traditionalist blog which unites Traditionalist approaches to ecclesiology, theology, spirituality with social commentary, news items, politics in a framework free of schismatic orientation, and at the same time a presentation not a mouthpiece of officialdom. For my part, I now endeavour to transpose a Yahoo Group devoted to just these things on to this new blog. It is my hope to spark interest and discussion on the themes I raise and open new critical commentary which evokes thought and new approaches to problems plaguing our Church for so very long. Yes, the orientation will be Russian, but will be open to all Orthodox views and will consider other views.

The Great Fast has many of us struggling, trying to find direction and hope in the wilderness of our sins. This blog is not meant to deepen spiritual trials but to act to examine them, overcome them and provide effective modalities for Orthodox witness and personal growth. We strive for a triumph of the Orthodox spirit together.

Politically, many will find what is written challenging and a bit of a test. We welcome critical evaluations which are based in fact and logic, while we do ever so discourage irrational polemics.

Ecclesiologically, we are advancing Traditionalist Orthodox conciliarity and stress its Catholic character within a patristic canonical framework. We will approach "interfaith dialogue," in the historically ORTHODOX world, EVANGELIZATION, with such an emphasis and an unflinching fidelity to Orthodoxy. We strive to inculcate Patristic thought and spirituality as the basis of our sacramental lives in the Church, while resisting currents of Renovationism and Apostasy. There will be no quarter given to such things as freemasonic clerics and the heresy of ecumenism. At the same time, deposed vagante synods will likewise be viewed circumspectly and denounced as similarly heretical and extra-ecclesial contrivances which deceive the faithful and lead them astray. We have had enough of the cabal known as "Greek Old Calendarism" "TOCs-'True Orthodox Christians'" or any other "Russian dissident AKA 'Provisional Ecclesiastical Administrations'," "Old Believerisms," which have produced no fruit, save stoked too many schisms and imperiled too many souls. Orthodox Believers, these groups are religious counterfeits and totalitarian sects. Eastern High Church Protestants ARE NOT ORTHODOX and are the basest of heretics.

Theologically, we will examine and provide materials which affirm Patristic guidance or converse about philosophical texts which flow into the currents of our framework.

While we will uphold "Pravoslavije," right Faith and Piety, striving to engage the cultural contexts in which the Church finds itself today. We will also introduce and examine diasporan paradigms along with paradigms of Orthodox formation in the post-Communist world.

Historical, political, and news items will deal primarily with Russian Orthodoxy, as that is our focus and our point of origin. We will examine topics from that cultural religious perspective, at times critically. We may digress from time to time into other arenas of interest, but we will try to tie things together.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to be mutually enriched by this endeavour.

-Rostislav Mikhailovich Malleev-Pokrovsky

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