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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






St. Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop of Neocaesarea

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The entry in today's Synaxarion (17 November) for St. Gregory the Wonderworker (AD 214-275) has the following remarkable passage:

        One night, the Most Holy Mother of God and Saint John the Theologian appeared to [St. Gregory], and revealed with great clarity the mystery of the unity of the divine Nature and the distinction of the three Persons in these words: “

There is only one God, Father of the living Word, of the hypostatic Wisdom, of the eternal Power and of the eternal Imprint.  He is the perfect Begetter of the perfect Begotten.  There is one only Lord, the Unique come from the the Unique, God come forth from God, Imprint and Image of the Divinity, all-accomplishing Word; Veritable Son of the Veritable Father, Invisible come forth from the Invisible, Eternal come forth from the Eternal.  There is one only Holy Spirit, who proceeds from God the Father and is revealed by the Son. He is the origin of life, the holy well-spring and principle of sanctification.  In Him, God the Father, who is above all and in all, and God the Son, who is through all, manifest themselves–perfect Trinity.   In the Trinity there is nothing created or subservient, nothing subsequent, which has not always been.  Thus, neither has the Son ever been lacking to the Father, nor the Spirit to the Son."