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 on: Today at 01:31:46 AM 
Started by Maria - Last post by Maria
I never slept enough as a kid. Our teenager sleeps about as long as our 1 and 2 year olds a night. She doesn't nap, but she needs 10-12 hours of sleep a night to be able to control her mood shifts. I am planning to get her in for a sleep study in the near future. We found out recently that our 2 year old has RLS, and I wouldn't be surprised if our teen had something similar. She is a sleepwalker, so the chances of some sort of RLS or apnea is certainly there.

The amount of sleep needed is pretty variable. Before we invented electricity people didn't burn candles and stay up all night long, they usually went to bed once it got dark. People in more northernly areas would have gotten a lot of sleep compared to people in the tropics.

In the Northern latitudes there are the long summer days when the sun never seems to set, but the long cold winter days of darkness when the sun is only seen on the horizon or not at all. That kind of environment must be hard to adapt to.

However, in the Greek Isles, in Mexico, in Central America, and in the tropics, people often take siestas during the hottest part of the day. At the equatorial regions the day and the night are almost the same length, so that people living in villages without artificial lighting (if any can be found today) can easily get 12 hours of sleep.

 on: Today at 01:25:37 AM 
Started by Incognito777 - Last post by Incognito777


Saint Maximus' and Old Calendarist distortions.


 on: Today at 01:25:07 AM 
Started by Maria - Last post by Porter ODoran
I never slept enough as a kid. Our teenager sleeps about as long as our 1 and 2 year olds a night. She doesn't nap, but she needs 10-12 hours of sleep a night to be able to control her mood shifts. I am planning to get her in for a sleep study in the near future. We found out recently that our 2 year old has RLS, and I wouldn't be surprised if our teen had something similar. She is a sleepwalker, so the chances of some sort of RLS or apnea is certainly there.

The amount of sleep needed is pretty variable. Before we invented electricity people didn't burn candles and stay up all night long, they usually went to bed once it got dark. People in more northernly areas would have gotten a lot of sleep compared to people in the tropics.

La siesta.

 on: Today at 01:20:17 AM 
Started by Incognito777 - Last post by Incognito777
The patriarchates of the Orthodox Church have declared the Old Calendarists in Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, and in the U.S. and Canada, schismatics for their breaking communion with their lawful Bishops. This is in accordance with the ancient ecclesiastical principle that Bishops must be obedient to their lawful superiors (patriarchs and metropolitans or existing national synods) in order to safeguard the Unity of the Church. Old Calendar Bishops set up their own Synods of resistance to those Orthodox Churches accused of the ecumenist heresy or the “Calendarist heresy”, or disobedience to Tradition in some theological matter. In thus separating from the pan-Orthodox communion led by the patriarch of Constantinople, they have acted as sectarians (that is, setting up their own sects (i.e., little churches) and pretending to be Orthodox). As the Dictionary says, a “sect” is a small group or faction hat separates from a larger established Church, and in the case of the Greek Church, from a State Church having the support of the government. Those supporting a sect are usually guilty of being religiously sectarian, i.e., blindly and narrow-mindedly devoted to their sect.

 on: Today at 01:18:59 AM 
Started by Incognito777 - Last post by Incognito777
Who is Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili?

According to some Old Calendarists, Met. Cyprian and his Synod of Resisters, is heretical. The Cyprianites have NOT repented. As a result, the GOC has fallen under it's own anathema (issued in 1998) against Cyprianism! This is another example of the hypocrisy, inconsistency, disobedience and Gordian not of self-contradictions among Old Calendarists. The Old Calendarist movement is so contradictory, it can't possibly be true. Being with these kind of people is a form of spiritual and psychological abuse. You don't need it. This is NOT the Orthodox Church! These people are making a mockery of the Orthodox Church.

GOC News

NATHEMA on the Cyprianites!

The Defrocking of Cyprian of Oropos (in Greek)

Archbishop Chrysostomos' said that the Synod in Resistance is not changing their beliefs! The GOC-K is now in communion with a group they anathematized, and who they originally believed to be heretical! One of the reasons Met. Cyprian was deposed, was because he gave Communion to New Calendarists. This was forbidden by the Greek Old Calendarist Protocol 13 (issued in 1950) and Protocol 1191 (issued in 1974). In hypocritical fashion, the GOC (Kiousis, Kallinikos, Pavlos) was giving Communion to New Calendarists, in violation of these protocols, and the 2002 Encyclical! The "GOC" has betrayed it's original ecclesiolgy by going into communion with the Cyprianites!

Met. Cyprian's synod was built on a violation of the canons:

Apostolic Canons 31 and 35; Canon 18 of the 4th Ecumenical Council; Canon 1 of St. Basil; Canons 13, 15, 19 and 22 of Antioch; Canon 34 of Trullo; Canon 6 of Gangra; Canon 15 of Sardica; 13 of Carthage. These canons "specify that they who enact such things are deposed, and the consecrations performed by them are invalid."...[The Struggle Against Ecumenism, p. 107].

 on: Today at 01:08:22 AM 
Started by Incognito777 - Last post by Incognito777
We are all obligated to defend the Church and faith.

Saint Photius said: "It is incumbent upon everyone to observe the letter of all that is common to all, and, above all, the points touching the Faith, where to deviate a little is to commit a sin unto death.”

Saint Theodore the Studite:

“Not only if one possesses rank or knowledge is one obliged to strive to speak and to teach the doctrines of Orthodoxy, but even if one be a disciple in rank, one is obliged to speak the truth boldly and openly.”

Saint Theodore the Studite:

“It is a commandment of the Lord that we should not be silent when the Faith is in peril. So, when it is a matter of the Faith, one cannot say, ‘Who am I? A priest, a ruler, a soldier, a farmer, a poor man? I have no say or concern in this matter.’ Alas! The stones shall cry out, and you remain silent and unconcerned?”

"We have a command from the very Apostle himself that says, whoever dogmatizes, or orders you to do something that is against that which we have received, against that which the Canons of the varied in time holy, general and local synods, let us not accept him, nor consider him Orthodox, and I avoid saying the severe word that the Apostle said..., that is let him be anathema "* Theodore the Studite

When talking about heresy, Saint Gregory of Nyssa said: "“better is a laudable war than a peace which severs a man from God.” “For disagreement over piety is better than emotional concord.”

St. Gregory the Theologian, “By your silence you can betray God”.

St. Theodosius of the Kiev Caves: “Live in peace not only with your friends but with your enemies; but only with your personal enemies and not with the enemies of God.”

St. Theodosius of the Kiev Caves (one of the greatest saints) said:

“Beware, my son, of heretics and all their talking, for our land too, has become filled with them! If anyone will save his soul, it will be only through life in the Orthodox Faith. For there is no better faith, than our Holy Orthodox Faith. My son, it is not meet to praise another’s faith. Whoever praises an alien faith is like a detractor of his own Orthodox Faith. If anyone should praise his own and another’s faith, then he is a man of dual faith and is close to heresy. If anyone should say to you: “your faith and our faith is from God”, you, my son, should reply: “Heretic! do you consider God to be of two faiths? Don’t you hear what the Scriptures say: “One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism” (Eph. 4,5). Thus, my son, beware of such people and always stand up for your Faith. Do not fraternize with them, but avoid them and pursue your own Faith with good deeds!” “My son, even if there would be the need for you to die for your holy Faith, dare to embrace death! Thus the Saints died for their Faith, and now they are alive in Christ.”

St. John Chrysostom: “in worldly matters we are meek as lambs, but in matters of the faith we roar like lions!”

Saint Ignatius: "If thy bishop should teach any thing outside of the appointed order, even if he lives in chastity, or if he work signs, or if he prophecy, let him be unto thee as a wolf in sheep's clothing, for he works the destruction of souls."

Saint Felix III of Rome: "An error which is not resisted is approved: a truth which is not defended is suppressed...He who does not oppose an evident crime is open to the suspicion of secret complicity."

Saint Vincent of Lerins:"for Christians to declare something which they did not previously accept has never been permitted, is never permitted, and never will be permitted,—but to anathematize those who proclaim something outside of that which was accepted once and for ever, has always been a duty, is always a duty, and always will be a duty."

Father Georges Florovsky: "Very often the measure of truth is the witness of the minority. It may happen that the Catholic Church will find itself but "a little flock."

Khomiakov's comment: The pope is greatly mistaken in supposing that we consider the ecclesiastical hierarchy to be the guardian of dogma. The case is quite different. The unvarying constancy and the unerring truth of Christian dogma does not depend upon any hierarchical order; it is guarded by the totality, by the whole people of the Church, which is the Body of Christ. As Archimandrite Adrianos, a former abbot of St. Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai, notes in this regard: A decision of the Orthodox Church is never imposed from above, as it is by papism: the people of God are the defenders of the faith, wielding a veto, rejecting whatever is contrary to Tradition, and even judging the Orthodoxy of any ecumenical synod that can be characterized as a “robber synod.

Father Georges Florovsky: The whole body of the Church has the right of verifying, or, to be more exact, the right, and not only the right but the duty, of certifying. It was in this sense that in the well known Encyclical Letter of 1848 the Eastern Patriarchs wrote that "the people itself", i.e, the Body of the Church, "was the guardian of piety."

Father Georges:......"therefore in questions of faith the people must judge concerning his teaching. The duty of obedience ceases when the bishop deviates from the catholic norm, and the people have the right to accuse and even to depose him."

Timothy Ware: Yet if Cyril was intemperate in his methods, it was because of his consuming desire that the right cause should triumph; and if Christians were at times acrimonious, it was because they cared about the Christian faith. Perhaps disorder is better than apathy.

The Serbian Canonist Bishop Nikodim Milaa, "every episcopal act is invalid and nothing and no one is required to heed it if it is contrary to the Canons; if it contains something that the Canons do not include; if it does not express whatever the Local Synods have determined and have been proclaimed as institutions; and lastly, if they are in opposition to civil laws that are not contrary to the spirit of the Church."

Archbishop Theophan of Poltava: "you may be subject to God’s judgement if you are indifferent to deviation from the truth: ‘So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth’ (Revelation 3.6).

Archbishop Theophan writes in reply to the question “Can one have a negative feeling in relation to the enemies of the Russian people and the Orthodox Church or must one suppress in oneself this feeling, repeating the words: ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay’?”: “To have a negative feeling towards the enemies of God and of the Russian people is natural. And on the contrary not to have a negative feeling is unnatural. Only this feeling must be correct. And it will be correct when it has a principled, not personal character, that is, when we 'hate' the enemies of God and of the Russian people not for their personal offences against us, but for their hostile attitude towards God and the Church and for their inhuman attitude towards Russian people. Therefore it is also necessary to fight with these enemies. Whereas if we do not fight, we will be punished by God for our lukewarmness. He will then take His vengeance not only on them, but also on us..."

Vladimir Moss: "We are not permitted to recognize a bishop until he has shown himself completely Orthodox in word and deed."

Saint Metropolitan Philaret: “Let us remember that this indifference to the truth is one of the main woes of our age of apostasies. Value the truth, O man! Be a fighter for the truth… Place the truth higher than all else in life, O man, and never allow yourself to decline in any way from the true path…”

The Abbot Saint Joseph of Volotsk, was not afraid to expose the Metropolitan of All Russia who turned out to be a heretic.

Ivan Vishenskii OF Mt. Athos defended the right of Christians to depose and drive out apostate bishops.

 on: Today at 01:06:34 AM 
Started by Incognito777 - Last post by Justin Kissel
Why are there so many weird True Orthodox videos on Youtube? Random guys spreading "the truth" about the characters of clergy and hierarchs.
Happens with a lot of extreme "world" Orthodox too. I think it's when Christ gets replaced by "Orthodoxy" as an idol.

And like many who try out for its cousin, American Idol, the voices of Orthodox Idol hopefuls can be cringingly off (theological) key. It's not just the gossip that's the problem.

 on: Today at 01:06:18 AM 
Started by Incognito777 - Last post by DeniseDenise
Have you read the essay of St. Justin on cultivating the virtues (Theory of Knowledge of Saint Isaac the Syrian)? I found it interesting.

Have you? You judged me by assuming that I am not being virtuous for exposing a fraudulent group. Religious tolerance and indifference is reflective of modernism, not Orthodoxy. Indifference towered schism and heresy are characteristic of the Laodicean church Christ speaks against in Revelation.

Maybe there is something in St. Justin's book about promptness....because seriously, last post was in February....even for 'Orthodox Time' today is really late.


 on: Today at 01:06:07 AM 
Started by yeshuaisiam - Last post by Gebre Menfes Kidus
The Donatists refused to forgive anyone who succumbed to persecution and sinned.  Since it is pretty obvious that Christ is a big advocate of forgiveness and forgiving others, to refuse it to our Christian brothers is a grave sin and the teaching of the refusal of forgiveness is heresy.

That makes sense. But of course then why not extend forgiveness to the Donatists?

I may be very naïve, but I can't help to think that we may all be surprised by some of the heretics we see in heaven.


 on: Today at 01:06:03 AM 
Started by Incognito777 - Last post by Misplaced Book
May the Lord deliver both you and Bishop Stefan from the hands of the devil. 

May God deliver you from the devil. On what grounds do you assume and assert that I need to be delivered from the devil by exposing a false group? Orthodoxy teaches me to expose these people. Indifference is a sin and characteristic of the Laodicean church. I gave a REASON for my accusation against the RTOC. You just judged us.

And you in turn have cast judgement on Ionnis and threw his/her sincere apology back in his/her face.

Orthodoxy also teaches us to Love....not in the hippie I'm ok, you're ok way.....but with the Love of Christ.   

Where is the Love, Incognito?

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