GOC-K Glorifies St. Pachomios of Chios

October 29, 2014 (Source: http://www.ecclesiagoc.gr)

On this past Monday, October 14 (OS) / 27 (NS), the GOC-K  in accordance with the September conciliar decree of the Synod, held the official Glorification of St. Pachomios of Chios.  St. Pachomios reposed in 1905, was a friend of St. Nektarios of Pentapolis, and was founder of many monasteries and sketes.  He was 65 years of age at his repose, and since his repose has been the subject of popular veneration and devotion. Archbishop Kallinikos, along with Met. Chrysostomos of Attica, and other bishops and clergy  celebrated the services; Vespers was celebrated on Sunday evening, at which took place the installation of the icon and relics of St. Pachomios.  On Monday Matins and Liturgy were celebrated as well, commemorating St. Pachomius as a saint.

The Glorification of St. Pachomios follows in short order the recent Glorification of the Holy Elder Ieronymous of Aegina.  St. Ieronymous was a famous God-bearing elder who reposed in the late 1960s and was a firm members and defender of the True Orthodox Church of Greece (i.e., ‘Old Calendarist’ Church), and rejected the claims of the Ecumenist-Modernist State New Calender Church.  Attempts to co-opt the memory of St. Ieronymous by New Calendarist have proven futile due to the well-known history surrounding him.


5 thoughts on “GOC-K Glorifies St. Pachomios of Chios

  • October 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Fr. Enoch,

    Did you know that the Acts of the Lateran Synod of 649 have been published in English? The intro has the scholarly hermeneutic of suspicion one can often see in such works but even the intro is informative. This book is right up your alley.

    • October 31, 2014 at 8:57 pm


      Yes. http://www.amazon.com/Lateran-Synod-Translated-Texts-Historians/dp/1781380392 The translation is about 120 dollars. I’ve read the Canons of the Synod in their Latin original and then an English translation. I’ve not read the Acts; did you order the book already?

      For those who don’t know, the Lateran Synod of 649 was held under the auspices of Pope St. Martin the Confessor and St. Maximus the Confessor. Previously, communion between Orthodox Old Rome and the Eastern Patriarchates was severed due to the promotion of the Monothelite heresy by the East; the issue was taken extremely seriously at Rome due to, in his last years, Pope Honorius endorsing Monotheletism which was a cause of great scandal to the Orthodox in the West (so much so that one of the successor, John IV, only a few years later, could hardly believe it was genuine). However, Pope Severinus and then later the aged Pope St. Theodore, worked with St. Maximus the Confessor to organize a Council in Rome, held at the Lateran in Rome, whereby a few hundred Orthodox bishops officially and synodically condemned the Monothelite teaching and made official what they had largely done in action.

      The Council was later re-affirmed by numerous Synods in the West which condemned Monotheletism, and the culmination was the reclamation of the Eastern Patriarchates to Orthodoxy at the Sixth Ecumenical Council in 680.

      In Christ,

      Fr. Enoch

      • October 31, 2014 at 10:03 pm

        Fr. Enoch,

        Yes, I was waiting for it for months. I purchased the book and it’s well worth it. The book details the struggles of Sts. John Moschos, Sophronius, Maximus and the righteous Popes of the period. Pope Theodore, a Palestinian Greek and son of a persecuted Chalcedonian bishop, went so far as to write an anathematize the heretical Patriarch Pyrrhus at the Tomb of St. Peter in Eucharistic blood! For anyone interested, the canons of the Synod are here:


        • October 31, 2014 at 11:45 pm

          It was my impression that the writing of the Anathema in the Precious Blood was a Monothelite accusation.

          • November 1, 2014 at 2:05 am

            Perhaps it may be. I’ve read It in this intro and in a work about Greek popes. I thought the Liber Pontificalis was the source, but I need to check on that.

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