note on the Fathers of the First Council and the pseudo-council
~ excerpt from Fr. Gregory's message to his flock:
. . . The Church's wisdom in joining this commemoration of the fathers of the First Council with the feast of the Ascension has always intrigued me. The latter is Our Lord's last act in the flesh upon our earth; the former is the definitive affirmation that He is indeed the Son of God, one of the Holy Trinity, and the condemnation to anathema (cast outside the boundaries of the Church) of any who would dare (as did Arius) to deny that. The council was the gathering of more than 300 bishops from all over the Church (as far away as England, a truly formidable journey to Nicæa), and was the scene of serious (and sometimes acrimonious) debate. Its outcome was the first paragraphs of the Nicene Creed, the Symbol of Faith, which we recite at each liturgy (as well as many other times), and immutable "rock" of our Faith. It was augmented by later ecumenical councils with the concluding paragraphs, and as a whole is "written in stone" -- it cannot be in any way tampered with, under pain of condemnation as anathema.
Which leads us to the painful contemplation of the much-touted "eighth ecumenical council", soon to be convened on Crete, at best a "robber council", at worst a ridiculous farce. Only ecumenists are invited (not that others would participate in any event), and the "voting" will be only by the "patriarchs" (other bishops will simply have a rubber-stamp capacity). Even at that, one "patriarchate" after another has withdrawn participation (that of Antioch because the attempt to adopt the papal Paschalion has been withdrawn from the agenda!). For true Orthodox Christians, this "council" has no importance whatever... unless it serves to open the eyes of some who have fallen prey to the lure of ecumenism. May God have mercy on their souls! . . .