HOCNA: Letter from Fr Sergios, Formerly of HTM, Released Online

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For the full timeline of the changes between HOCNA and the GOC-Kallinikos, click here.

A letter from Fr Sergios, one of the departing monks of HTM, dated September 17, was given to NFTU yesterday. Because of the date, we are adding it into the timeline chronologically.

Note:By formal request, this letter has been removed.

  • George

    I’m guessing the current HOCNA’ites require further proof of what happened in Boston? Are all these testimonies not enough or do you need video tape evidence?

  • Stan Ihoria

    Every decision they ever made that isolated themselves and us from our Orthodox brethren in Greece and elsewhere was not made to protect us, to keep us pure in the faith,
    but to protect Panteleimone and those around him. How selfish, how perverse!
    Until recently, we have been deprived from knowing our brothers and sisters in
    the faith! The hierarchs in HOCNA are in obedience to and worship Panteleimone
    and as a result they lead all of us down a perilous path. Thank God things were
    revealed and most of us woke up. The rest must do the same. The time for
    ignorance is over.

  • Anonymous

    Our dear Fr. Sergius makes one mistake concerning Old Calendarists. He mentions that all Traditional Orthodox Churches are derived from ROCOR. This is not the case of the Matthewites.

  • Anonymous

    On the issue of abuse I have read that there was a 2007 allegation against HTM. This is the first time I have heard of newer allegations.

    On the issue of Name-Worshipping I have read that Met. Ephraim and Bishop Gregory were living at the diocese house. Since Fr. Sergius said that then monk Gregory presented Name-Worshipping in the monastery…why did not the brotherhood realize this and vote to expel him right from the beginning?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how Fr. Sergius can bring the Mysteries as he mentions at the end of the letter since he is not a priest. Fr. Sergius also mentions that the convents are angry with the monks and clergy and that they do not understand this issues. Would not Bishop Demetrios be able to sort that out for them or are they unable to come to terms with all these things as the remaining monks?

  • Hey Fr.Sergius, I am so heart broken to hear you all had left. Even though I am angry with all of you for acting foolishly, I still love you like brothers. No one is perfect, except our Saviour. Fr. Pantelion is just a man like all of us. I do not judge you for leaving, and I hope you find peace and happiness. You guys were a family. And families stick together no matter what. I think one day you will all find you all made a BIG mistake. Your friend in Christ, Clark.

    • Stan Ihoria

      Hey Clark!
      Sadly, it is this kind of response that has tried my patience to no end, I find it full of temptation! You may choose to do as wish however foolish that is. How dare you tell these monastics that have LIVED unimaginable horrors and will LIVE with them until their repose that they are mistaken? How in good conscience can you say, “no matter what”? You dare to be angry at them for “acting foolishly”? Well I dare tell you that this sentiment disgusts me to the core, how selfish! Pay attention Clark, Fr Sergios is clearly telling you that half the community was abused, and you want them to stay? Do you have sons Clark? Why don’t you send them to HTM summer camp, are you comfortable with that? Why don’t you consider the victims and the families of the victims for a change? Sadly, in the end, there will be a small number of Panteleimonites left no matter the reality. Thank God most have been able to break free and I pray daily that more do. Enough already!

      • Ambrose

        I too am stunned at your response Clark. 16 monks have left. They went from living like kings in a palace, to sleeping with sheets on a barn floor with no heat and electricity. They went from eating sushi once a week to eating one simple meal per day. You do not know what they have endured these past few years. Why did they choose to leave? To preserve the Orthodox faith. You do understand Clark that Name Worshipping (Name Glorifying) has been a condemned heresy for 100 years. The only people trying to spin this heresy into something else (worldwide) are your hierarchs and one lunatic by the name of Gregory Lourie. The rest of the Orthodox world accepts the condemnation with no questions asked. Your hierarchs have fallen into delusion. Maybe it’s time you follow our Saviour and his saving faith and no longer the faces of men who have corrupted our sweet faith. It’s time to make a real choice Clark. As difficult as it may be! In Christ, Ambrose.

        • NFTU

          When did the sushi thing start? I feel a little deprived. I was at HTM two months. While the shrimp pilaf was fantastic, I don’t remember being lucky enough to eat sushi every week.

          In Christ,
          Deacon Joseph Suaiden
          St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
          *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
          *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
          *
          *
          “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
          *

          • Ambrose

            A good 5-6 years ago. I did enjoy it once, but actually felt guilty about it afterwards. Now, I shouldn’t have said weekly since I can’t say that for sure, but it became a semi-regular experience. I was told that Fr Panteleimon was really into it.

          • Ambrose

            I found their food in general was quite delicious these last 10 years, including the shrimp pilaf. It’s unfortunate for them that all of their cooks moved to Bearsville, NY. When were you at HTM?

          • Anonymous

            One of the fathers that I heard was one of the cooks at the monastery stayed.

            P.S. When I was there we had lobster stew.

        • Steeley

          Ambrose, the monks that left thought long and hard about their decision, and as grown men made the good choice for them. They lived like kings in a palace, while being man-handled and raped against their will? Sorry, but that would be a living hell and nothing like a palace! I wonder how they remain clergy even though they had participated in that kind of behaviour, were not the bishops and clergy given a polygraph in order to remain in the clergy under Kallinikos? Apparently not. The reason why the fathers left was not about the so-called Awake sleeper heresy, as they were the very defenders of said opinion! Rather, they left once it was made public that Fr. Panteleimon was in fact guilty all of these years for said behaviour. By the way, EVERY father at HTM knew the truth, but stuck it out as long as it was not made public, and as soon as this dreadful disease hit the Elder, he repented knowing his end was near and everyone then knew. So, to leave meant that they didnt want others to see that they in any way agreed with these deeds, although they knew about and defended against the allegations. Yes, Name-worshipping has been condemned, which one must not believe that: 1. God’s Name is His Essence; 2. God’s Name is separate from Him; 3.God’s Name is another deity; and 4. created letters, sounds and random or accidental thoughts about God may be deified, or be used for occult or magical purposes. HOCNA clearly does NOT believe this, but unfortunately, those who are Name-haters actually fall under number 2. Name-worshipping is still condemned, just as St. Tikhon mentions in his epistle, but it is still NOT resolved in its essence, as is also stated in the same epistle. And NO, the rest of the Orthodox world has not accepted anything without questions asked. Remember, it was charged that RTOC were also Name-glorifyers, and there are many more. OFcouse, a Name-worshippers and Name-glorifyer are two different things. We should not be arguing about these things, instead we should be praying for each other and thanking our Saviour for yet another day to repent…

          • NFTU

            Give me a break.

            The Name of God is neither His Essence nor an energy.

            Until HOCNA can admit this — which they won’t, since their leaders don’t believe it– then they continue to fall under the charge of pantheism.
            And if Fr Panteleimon admitted he was guilty publically, he sure has a funny way of doing it. We have almost all the documentation related to this matter. The most he gave was a doubly insulting “I ask forgiveness for all those whom I have ever offended”, like sexual abuse is the same as insulting someone.

            I really thought when we removed HOCNA from the listings this was a temporary thing, and we were going to see official denials of heresy. Instead they’re confirming it. That’s why HOCNA is down to 6 priested parishes.

            At this rate, HOCNA will be a three-bishop, three-parish independent heretical group by next year, just like their “sister church” in Russia under Gregory Lourie, the suicide Pope.

            Why don’t they turn back? WHY? WHY?

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • Steeley

            Barlaam also accused St. Gregory Palamas of pantheism, just as you do. I am sure the HOCNA is in better company with St. Gregory than you are with Barlaam! Since you stray from the truth, you come under the anathemas of the 14th Century Hesycahstic Councils and the Synodicon of Orthodoxy.
            God possed His Name before the creation of the world! “…out of ignorance into the full knowledge of the splendour of His Name, that we may hope in His Name, which existed before all creation.” (St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians, 59)
            There is your break, now I hope you take it, but just dont take the break, actually pray or read holy books in order to understand more about the faith you so dearly want to hold close to your heart.

          • NFTU

            The Barlaam analogy is just stupid.

            Just because Barlaam called St Gregory a pantheist erroneously, that doesn’t mean everyone accused of pantheism is innocent or that everyone who says that is a Barlaamite. You believe created objects (names) are deified by their pronunciation. Period. That means creation can be deified mechanically (and not through the action of God). Period. You are a pantheist.

            Period.

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • Steeley

            I agree with St. Clement and the whole church who never had a problem with what he wrote until you were born… My company is with St. Clement in believing that Gods Name existed before creation!
            “…out of ignorance into the full knowledge of the splendour of His Name, that we may hope in His Name, which existed before all creation.” (St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians, 59)

          • NFTU

            The reason why there was never a problem is because you are MISREADING St Clement.

            St Clement never said the name of God is the deity– nor did anyone else.
            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • Steeley

            thats right, even the HOCNA has NEVER said His Name is His Diety. Now, we are at the next point. Is God’s Name His Divinity?! Since we now know that His Name existed before creation. Please do tell.

          • NFTU

            My response would be too long.

            I put it here.

            http://suaiden.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-response-to-new-heretic.html

          • Steeley

            cop out. Its simple, either yes or no, which is it?

          • NFTU

            I see we’ve gone to the Ambrose Mooney school of “ignore and keep going”.
            The short version of my answer is (a) you misquoted St Clement in that CHRIST pre-existed creation, not His Name per se. THAT is the meaning of the quote. (b) The only way you can say otherwise is if you claim the Word itself is the Divine Energies, which Orthodox Christians do not believe.
            Don’t play games. I’ve argued with heretics for too many years not to expect such stupidity, but don’t expect me not to catch you on it.

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • Steeley

            just as i thought…too afraid to answer the question. Perhaps you should turn over all such discussions over to your hierarch, as I believe you are not expressing his faith very well.

            “…out of ignorance into the full knowledge of the splendour of His Name, that we may hope in His Name, which existed before all creation.” (St. Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians, 59)

          • Boston

            To be fair, I would be reluctant to read a response written for me, entitled “A Response to a New Heretic.” Let’s stop the name-calling and be Christian and productive in our discourse.

            That said, Steeley, below is an excerpt from the 1913 decision of the Russian Synod. In the last sentence, it is stated that the name of God is not God/divinity, as it is not an energy of God.This decision is affirmed by St Tikhon in his Nativity Epistle.

            1. The name of God is holy, worshipful, and desirable, because it is useful to us as a verbal designation for that most desired and most Holy Being, God, the source of every good. This name is of God, because it was revealed to us by God, it speaks to us of God, it refers our spirit towards God, etc. In prayer (especially the Jesus prayer) the name of God, and God Himself are inseparably in our consciousness, and it is if they coincide, and indeed, they cannot and ought not be separated, opposing one to the other; but this only in prayer and only by our heart. Examined theologically and in reality, the name of God is only a name. It is not God Himself nor an attribute (characteristic) of His. The name of an object is not the object itself. Therefore, it is impossible for it to be considered or named either God (this would be mindless and blasphemous) or divinity, for it also is not an energy of God.

            Source: http://onimyaslavie.blogspot.com/2012/09/decision-of-russian-synod-1913.html

          • NFTU

            With all due respect, I’ve been falsely called a Barlaamite, believing in created grace, and even been accused by the Boston party of supporting indulgences in the past two weeks.

            I believe the leaders who do this are heretics. And I believe the people doing the arguing– heretics.

            Lourie– heretic. So I don’t identify the interlocutor but I believe he is a heretic.

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • Ambrose

            Fr. Mark Beesley is that you? No seriously Steeley. Have you actually spoken to the monks who left about why they left? Most monastics within HTM were never pro Awake Sleeper. Many tried to make themselves heard regarding the matter, but Metropolitan Ephraim refused to have any open dialogue on the matter. So they sucked it up and remained silent. The monks who left did so because of the Name-Worshipping heresy. They saw through the smokescreen and refused to be manipulated into believing that this heresy is misunderstood. Fr. Haralampos who was always referred to as HOCNA’s chief theologian wrote a great piece against the heresy. I’m sure that you will say that he is not an authority on the matter either. Apparently, Metropolitan Ephraim and Bishop Gregory (who has only been a monastic for what 2-3 years) are authorities on the matter. Now as for Fr. Panteleimon’s repentance. We will leave that one up to God. Remember, he was exposed before he made his confession. He was also supposed to retire in solitude and hesychia, but he is permitted visitors. Regarding clergy being abused. Unless you know of specific actions that these monastic clergy were a part of that would hinder their service to God, I would again leave that judgement up to him. The exposing of the sins of Fr. Panteleimon was from God to give those monks the strength to finally make the canonical move away from HTM/HOCNA.

          • Ambrose

            Fr. Mark Beesley is that you? No seriously Steeley. Have you actually spoken to the monks who left about why they left? Most monastics within HTM were never pro Awake Sleeper. Many tried to make themselves heard regarding the matter, but Metropolitan Ephraim refused to have any open dialogue on the matter. So they sucked it up and remained silent. The monks who left did so because of the Name-Worshipping heresy. They saw through the smokescreen and refused to be manipulated into believing that this heresy is misunderstood. Fr. Haralampos who was always referred to as HOCNA’s chief theologian wrote a great piece against the heresy. I’m sure that you will say that he is not an authority on the matter either. Apparently, Metropolitan Ephraim and Bishop Gregory (who has only been a monastic for what 2-3 years) are authorities on the matter. Now as for Fr. Panteleimon’s repentance. We will leave that one up to God. Remember, he was exposed before he made his confession. He was also supposed to retire in solitude and hesychia, but he is permitted visitors. Regarding clergy being abused. Unless you know of specific actions that these monastic clergy were a part of that would hinder their service to God, I would again leave that judgement up to him. The exposing of the sins of Fr. Panteleimon was from God to give those monks the strength to finally make the canonical move away from HTM/HOCNA.

          • Stan Ihoria

            @disqus_Y6LjDyd67i:disqus You are being far too kind. You could have gone on to tell our friend Steeley that these monks he says supported Awake Sleeper were actually the monks that took every copy of it at HTM shredded them along with Met Makarios’ supported document, (we of course wonder who wrote it for him) and placed the giant pile of shredded paper at Epraims door!

          • Anonymous

            They really shredded the documents and left it at his door?

          • Stan Ihoria

            Every document in HTM that had anything to do with Awake Sleeper. I hear the pile was massive!

          • Anonymous

            What do you mean Fr. Panteleimon was exposed before he made his confession?

          • Ambrose

            Anonymous, People are under the misconception that Fr. Panteleimon decided out of nowhere to confess his sins because he is “nearing” his end. In fact, when the monks started to see that they were falling into heresy and started to reflect on HOCNA’s actions, monks that had been abused started to speak out from within. When Fr. Panteleimon came back from some trip, they called a synaxis to discuss the matter and this is where he openly confessed and asked for forgiveness. It is only because he knew that a large chunk of monks who presently resided there were finally speaking out about their ordeal. He was essentially trapped in a corner.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for your reply. I think most of us believed that Fr. Panteleimon decided to confess and that he was not “cornered.” I’m also sure most of us suspect he otherwise controlled everything else behind the scenes.

          • Ambrose

            He definitely had no choice. While he was away for two weeks (I believe Toronto) monks (plural) handed a deposition to Metropolitan Ephraim with details of the abuse. He was aware of this deposition while still away giving him a chance to think things through. Hours after he arrived back at HTM the synaxis took place where he made his confession and was given an epitimion. Yes, he controlled everything behind the scenes. If you speak to the three Hierarchs who left HOCNA recently they will openly tell you that.

          • Anonymous

            It sounds like some of the monks that lived there recently also were abused not just the ones from the distant past. I read something about 2005. Maybe that was part of the deposition.

          • EJ

            Some people in the “Matthewites” suspect that Lourie took up name-worship in order to show off and annoy people; what exactly he and his supporters believe is very hard to pin down. The original heresy however which is rife among the Sergianists is very crude. HOCNA destroying their Church over this is very strange.

          • Stan Ihoria

            EJ, very simply as stated many times. The purpose of this is to remain isolated and to join with those that don’t care about immorality. Therefore take up Name Worshipping/Glorifying to rid themselves of anyone who would want Panteleimone brought up on proper charges both inside and outside the church. There is no point to any of this otherwise. What you are left with is 5 or 6 priests, about 6 churches, all in agreement, all following HTM wherever they may take them. (HOMB should update their site, many churches still listed there have been a part of the GOC for some time now, you can see which by checking their site) Smokescreens!

          • EJ

            Let me be clear- neither my Bishops or I have anything to do with name worshipers; however do they actually believe that the letters J and S are uncreated? If they dont than what are playing at? If this was confined to HOCNA I would accept what you say but its not- this is major Plany/Prelest.

          • NFTU

            I think they come closer to believing in more of a sort of “pronounced deification”.

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • NA

            But HOCNA has said that His Name is an energy of God, which is a condemned heresy. Read Fr. Michael Azkoul’s letter to see why this is theologically unacceptable.

          • Steeley

            Fr. Michael Azkoul is not an authority. Where is “His Name is an energy of God”, a “condemned heresy”? Show me. Fr. Michael also approaches the subject from the Thomas Aquinas, Barlaamite point of view, not that of the Orthodox, so he sadly falls short.

          • EJ

            Fr Joseph; my understanding is that Name in the Psalms usually refers to God the Logos- and that it was in this sense that St Clement talked about the Name of God.

          • NFTU

            But they are confusing the name (as in spelled appellation referring to God, which IS what the name-worshippers refer to) with the Word. St Clement obviously refers to the Name in that sense, as I explained by showing the full quote in the essay.

            The problem is that now that I have pulled the full quote, “Steely” continues to pretend I’ve said nothing.

            Now, I realize that trying to define the term is always risky. But I believe erring on the side of caution, if anything, means that there is a risk of denigrating the Name of Jesus Christ, for example, if it means clearly separating an identification with the object of the identification itself. Without doubt the risk of being accused of such is obvious.

            I don’t feel like giving the heretics an exit, because they believe, like the pagans, that the mysteries are sanctified through pronunciation of the Name of God; this is how pagans think. This is sick.

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • Steeley

            its interesting how you shift the posts around to make it look like your on top of things. I think you have lost this exchange, because NO ONE believes that ” the mysteries are sanctified through pronunciation of the Name of God”, and if they do exist, they are in error. Again, the Name worshipping heresy as defined by St. Tikhon of Moscow is that one must not believe that: 1. God’s Name is His Essence; 2. God’s Name is separate from Him; 3.God’s Name is another deity; and 4. created letters, sounds and random or accidental thoughts about God may be deified, or be used for occult or magical purposes.
            So, you can now leave out number 4, because HOCNA nor anyone else that I am aware of believe thus. If they do, then they are in error. You appear to be stuck in your Barlaamite,Aquinas mindset…Gods Name is NOT created, but when you say it out of your mouth, it is coming from your vocal chords and hot air, and that is NOT what is talked about in St. Clement. Rather, St. Clement clearly is stating that God’s name existed before ALL creation, therby making it an Energy of God’s NOT His Essence. That is the hardest thing for Barlaamites to comprehend, and that is why St. Gregory Palamas was gifted by the Holy Spirit to champion the Orthodox understanding of Gods grace/energy/divinity, etc..

          • EJ

            I agree with you.

            My point was that when St Clement said Name he didnt mean what they mean- He meant a Person in God and not a created word like Jesus (however Holy that name is) or an energy.

            The fact is that the holy name of Jesus is both spelled and pronouced differently in different languages- the energies of God are eternal and unchanging. This makes the whole fuss very weird.

          • NFTU

            Creation can never be part of the creator by nature. It is a contradiction in terms. It’s also…. Pantheism!

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

          • NFTU

            OH! And one more thing. You all keep saying “St Gregory Palamas” all the time. How come no one puts up more than a sentence to make their point?
            It’s ok. Just ask Lourie. It’s afternoon over there.

            In Christ,
            Deacon Joseph Suaiden
            St Eulalia Orthodox Mission Chapel, Yonkers NY:
            *A Mission of the Orthodox Metropolia in North America*
            *Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles*
            *
            *
            “Let these canonical rules be established by us for you, O ye bishops; and if you continue to observe them, ye shall be saved, and shall have peace; but if you be disobedient, you shall be punished, and have everlasting war one with another, and undergo a penalty suitable to your disobedience.” *–Epilogue to the Apostolic Constitutions
            *

  • nycxs

    I’d like to have a look at the 25 page history & documents…

    • Anonymous

      What are you referring to?

      • nycexs

        The letter, which was posted on this page,but has now been deleted.

  • Anonymous

    “Note:By formal request, this letter has been removed.”

    Is that a formal request made by Fr. Sergius? I would think transparency is needed now…