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


Unworthy bishops

"Lord, please take away ecclesiastical authority from unworthy bishops!"

Excerpt from an article on Hero-Worship
+ Bishop Photios of Marathon

... Well, then, the germ of hero-worshipping surrounds such spiritual sons as belong to his immediate environment. It starts with flattery. 

When the elder’s intimate environment is formed by monks or nuns, and the elder allows himself to be infected by the incense of those who cense him with flattery, then the sickness appears.

If the elder rejects flattery and breaks the cloud of the incense of flattery, and if he keeps the flatterers at a safe distance, then he is saved....

"If we have a good priest (or bishop), we give thanks to God.  If a bad one, we endure him."
~old Russian saying

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