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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY

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Our Orthodox Heritage


Genesis 5:1-29

This is the genealogy of men in the day in which God made Adam; in the image of God he made him:  male and female he made them, and blessed them; and he called his name Adam, in the day in which he made them.  And Adam lived two hundred and thirty years, and begot a son after his own form, and after his own image, and he called his name Seth.  And the days of Adam, which he lived after his begetting Seth, were seven hundred years; and he begot sons and daughters.  And all the days of Adam which he lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died. Now Seth lived two hundred and five years, and begot Enos.  And Seth lived after his begetting Enos, seven hundred and seven years, and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.  And Enos lived an hundred and ninety years, and begot Cainan.  And Enos lived after his begetting Cainan, seven hundred and fifteen years, and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years, and he died. And Cainan lived an hundred and seventy years, and he begot Maleleel. And Cainan lived after his begetting Maleleel, seven hundred and forty years, and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years, and he died. And Maleleel lived an hundred and sixty and five years, and he begot Jared.  And Maleleel lived after his begetting Jared, seven hundred and thirty years, and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Maleleel were eight hundred and ninety and five years, and he died. And Jared lived an hundred and sixty and two years, and begot Enoch: and Jared lived after his begetting Enoch, eight hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty and two years, and he died. And Enoch lived an hundred and sixty and five years, and begat Mathusala.  And Enoch was well-pleasing to God after his begetting Mathusala, two hundred years, and he begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty and five years. And Enoch was well-pleasing to God, and was not found, because God translated him. And Mathusala lived an hundred and sixty and seven years, and begot Lamech. And Mathusala lived after his begetting Lamech eight hundred and two years, and begot sons and daughters. And all the days of Mathusala which he lived, were nine hundred and sixty and nine years, and he died.  And Lamech lived an hundred and eighty and eight years, and begot a son. And he called his name Noe, saying, This one will cause us to cease from our works, and from the toils of our hands, and from the earth, which the Lord God has cursed.


The Holy Fathers accept this as it is written.  Apparently man's life span was longer before the Flood, which changed the topography and weather of the world and made all those dinosaur fossils that modern philosophy says are billions of years old using faulty dating methods and taking immense liberties with suppositions.

The Feast of the Holy Fathers of the Old Testament, beginning with Adam, is celebrated by the Orthodox Church on the Sunday that falls between December 11 and 17: the second Sunday before the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.  In the Orthodox service for this feast, the Church sings,

"Adam the first let us revere, who was honored by the hand of the Creator and was the forefather of us all" [Canon, Canticle 1].

In addition, on Cheese-fare [Forgiveness] Sunday -- the Sunday immediately preceding Great Lent -- the Church commemorates the falling away of first-created Adam from the food of Paradise.  On March 20 the Church commemorates Adam and Eve's son Abel, the first martyr in the history of mankind.

from: Chapter 7, Creation, Genesis and Early Man, by Fr. Seraphim Rose.

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