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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».

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ENGLISH VERSION: Pope’s Cyprus visit may lead to summit with Russian Orthodox Church - "Times Online"

There is growing speculation that the Pope’s visit to Cyprus next month for talks with Orthodox leaders could lead to a long-awaited summit between the pontiff and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I to heal the 11th-century schism between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.

In a move toward reconciliation today Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the head of external affairs for the Moscow Patriarchate, delivered a message of greetings from Patriarch Kirill at a concert of Russian music in the Vatican attended by the Pope.

Chrysostomos II, the Orthodox Archbishop of Cyprus, said this week that he hoped to arrange a summit and offered Cyprus as a possible venue. His previous attempts to arrange a papal meeting with the late Patriarch Alexei II were unsuccessful.

However, diplomats said that the death of Patriarch Alexei and the succession of Patriarch Kirill had given the reconciliation process "new impetus".

Metropolitan Hilarion said that there were still outstanding issues between Rome and Moscow, including tensions over the role of Greek Catholics in western Ukraine. "The theological dialogue still has a long way to go," he said. However a summit meeting was "our desire, it is a hope, and we must work for it", he said, adding that "People and times have changed".

The Vatican concert, the highlight of several days of "Russian spiritual culture" in Rome, was the fruit of a meeting last September between the Pope and Metropolitan Hilarion, at which they agreed to reinforce cultural links between Catholics and Orthodox Christians as a mark of "shared Christian values".

Metropolitan Hilarion said that an encounter between the Pope and the Patriarch "should be a historic event, not just because it is the first meeting between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, but especially because such a meeting must be sign of the intention to move our relations forward".

He stressed that he was referring specifically to a meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Benedict XVI. "By mentioning these two concrete people I was trying to suggest a desired deadline," he told a press conference.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, said that a summit would show an increasingly secularised world that the Western and Eastern churches "have the same positions on moral questions".

The concert of music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and other Russian composers also included a 23-minute work by by Metropolitan Hilarion himself for chorus and orchestra called The Song of the Ascension.

It was attended by the actress Sophia Loren, whose son, Carlo Ponti Jr, shared the conducting with two Russian orchestra conductors, Sergei Peschanski and Aleksei Puzakov.

Archbishop Chrysostomos II this week called on the Orthodox faithful to stay calm during the Pope’s visit from 4-6 June and not to heed "provocative calls" for protests or demonstrations from "irresponsible elements".

He said that the visit posed "not even the slightest danger to our faith", and rumours that he would sign a theological agreement with the Pope were untrue. Theological dialogue remained the responsibility of the joint Catholic-Orthodox Theological Committee.

The dissident Pancyprian Orthodox Christian Movement admitted distributing leaflets criticising the clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church and accusing Cypriot bishops of ignoring it, but denied handing them out to schoolchildren.

The Pope’s trip will end with a Mass at the Eleftheria Stadium in Nicosia. During his Cyprus trip the Pope will also outline topics to be discussed at the Synod of Bishops on the Middle East planned for October.

Richard Owen in Rome

"TIMES ONLINE", May 20, 2010


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