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Όρος Άθως - Mount Athos

Άγιο Όρος - the Holy Mountain



  ... the Holy Mountain with view of Dionysiou Monastery - Μονή Διονυσίου  



    Μονή Δοχειαρίου - Docheiariou Monastery







Μονή Ξενοφώντος - Xenophontos Monastery







challenging friendship   fleeting friendship
Challenging friendship   ... fleeting friendship.



ready friendship   just looking
...ready friendship   Just looking.






Μονή Μεγίστης Λαύρας - the Monastery of Great Lavra , founded in 963 by Athanasius the Athonite, marking the beginning of organized monasticism – the coenobitic system – on Mount Athos.





Church at foot of Mount   Narthex of main Church of the Holy Monastery of Megiste Lavra on Holy Mount Athos with frescos depicting the Seven Ecumenical Councils
    Narthex of the Church of Saint Athanasius the Athonite, of the Holy Megiste Lavra on Holy Mount Athos, dating, as the Lavra itself does, to 963 Anno Domini, with frescos depicting the Seven Ecumenical Councils.




uec_gr_athos_dandelion   uec_gr_athos_great_lavra_cross_spigot_birds



icon in Skete of Saint Gregory Palamas showing the saint and the Eucharist with The Lord   Skete of Saint Gregory Palamas
... icon of The Lord giving us the Eucharist and icon of Saint Gregory Palamas   ... the σκήτη - skete where Γρηγόριος Παλαμάς - Saint Gregory Palamas (1296–1359) prayed the prayer of stillness, the prayer of the heart, ἡσυχασμός - Hesychasm.



  Great Lavra flowers and red Church  







Holy Iviron Monastery on Holy Mount Athos

Ιερα Μονή Ιβήρων - ივერთა მონასტერი - Holy Monastery of Iviron, founded 980-983 under leadership of Ioannes the Iberian





boat in Greek waters off Athos   seagull near Athos
    ... But wait. If people see those rails, will they realize I was on a boat and not flying when I took those pictures?




Βατοπέδι – Ιερά Μονή Βατοπεδίου – The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi –Ватопед  
  Βατοπέδι – Ιερά Μονή Βατοπεδίου – The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi –Ватопед  



  Ενωμένη Ευρωπαϊκή Χριστιανοσύνη  



  Βατοπέδι – Ιερά Μονή Βατοπεδίου – The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi –Ватопед  




    uec_gr_athos osiou grigoriou monastery
Μονή Οσίου Γρηγορίου - Osiou Grigoriou Monastery




Saint Panteleimon Monastery    
Μονή Αγίου Παντελεήμονος - Монастырь Святого Пантелеимона на Афоне - Saint Panteleimon Monastery,
a.k.a., Ρωσσικόν - Россикон - Rossikon




Ορθοδοξία ή Θάνατος - Orthodoxy or Death — Μονή Εσφιγμένου - Esphigmenou Monastery.

Enemies, but not opposites, rather the mirror image of, the Orthodox counterpart to that tiny minority of Traditionalist Catholics who are Sedevacantist, both "'Catholic' Sedevacantists" and "opposed to 'world orthodoxy' Orthodox" are in full Communion with no one, and both appear to think that all holiness resides in, or at least with, themselves alone.

Confused? If you are not a specialist in this area of study, well you should be. Evil is attached to the sowing of confusion.

By way of the briefest of summaries, it may be said that:

  • Old Catholics reject Pastor Aeternus, central to Vatican I, and Papal Infallibility in the pronouncement of binding doctrine on the Eternal Church by any pope on his own authority;
  • Sedevacantist Catholics reject any inroads, real, symbolic or imagined, on the doctrine of Papal Infallibility, as also Vatican II and the legitimacy of all popes after Pius XII, regarding them as antipopes;
  • Extremist Orthodox such as those at Esphigmenou Monastery essentially reject any dialogue with Catholics, as also with Oriental Orthodox to the limited extent that any of them even know who or want Oriental Orthodox are. With this they have come to reject their own leaders, the recent Ecumenical Patriarchs, Bartholomew of Constantinople and his predecessors Demetrios and Athenagoras. Of course they reject both Vatican I and and Vatican II. They reject as heretics all popes since the 1054 Great Schism at least, regarding them not as bishops. But even if future popes were to satisfy all their demands, such would enjoy only a primacy of honor. Popes would not bear the leadership of the Standing Apostolic Synod, as indeed such Orthodox see Apostle Saint Peter as either having had no successors, or alternatively they embrace an ecclesiology which holds that all bishops are successors of Peter and are so equally.

But the picture is vastly more complicated, as the latter two mentioned of these extremist groups,
Extremist Orthodox and Sedevacantist Catholics, are in fact right on many points.
Both are sometimes bulwarks against the Indifferentism with which "interfaith dialogue" is so very often conflated.
Both fail utterly to understand the vital distinction between on the one hand the holy re-unification of the Orthodox,
Oriental Orthodox and Catholic Churches back into the Orthodox Catholic Church, and on the other hand the unholy false unity
that constitutes most of the Ecumenical Movement, and worse still interfaith syncretism, e.g., "Judeo-Christendom" or "Chrislam".
And yet ignoring, or relegate to the secondary or still lower order of importance, that which is near the center
of God's explicitly expressed wishes is evil, as it is also itself a kind of heresy.




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Joint Declarations on Christology among Orthodox Chalcedonian and Oriental Orthodox non-Chalcedonian Churches
  1987 Middle East Orthodox-Oriental Orthodox Patriarchs Joint Declaration on Christology  
  1989 Orthodox-Oriental Orthodox First Agreed Statement on Christology  
  1990 Orthodox-Oriental Orthodox Second Agreed Statement on Christology  

Some of the current monastic-inhabitants of Holy Mount Athos weigh in: "It is well known that a hurried union is being forced upon the Orthodox and the Non-Chalcedonians..." From 451 to 2013 — 1562 years — constitutes "hurried"! For minds like these, reconciliation within the One Holy, Apostolic Orthodox-Catholic Church will be defined as being impossible this side of the Parousia, and Christ's explicit injuctions to His disciples, set forth at John 17:20-23 and elsewhere will never be obeyed as an act of free will by His Disciples. Consider, John 17:20-23 is Bible > New Testament > Gospel Scripture > Words of Christ > In Prayer from God the Son to God the Father; there is no higher authority on Earth, no more urgent human imperative.

Concerning the Dialogue Between the Orthodox and Non-Chalcedonian Churches - A Memorandum of the Sacred Community of Mount Athos




  Храм Александра Невского в Пскове – Church of Alexander Nevsky in Pskov  
  301 – 2001
В Честь 1100 Летия
г. Пскова от
Армянской Общины

Храм Александра Невского в Пскове – Church of Alexander Nevsky in Pskov

with monument outdoors and east of the apse

Honoring the Christianization of Armenia in 301 Anno Domini

  Soviet solidarity enduring? Yes probably. A rare example of good coming out of that shared experience. Such monuments honoring the Armenian Church and her faithful — Oriental Orthodox; Non-Chalcedonians; not in Communion with the Orthodox, Russian or otherwise — in Russia and on the grounds of Russian Orthodox Churches, while not exactly common, are to be found. Similar tributes to, similar grace shown to, Catholics and their Churches, including those in the various "Eastern Rites", are unheard of, that portion of the Schism being circa six centuries shorter in duration vis-à-vis the Schism at and after Chalcedon (in which conflict Catholics and Orthodox were on the same side), notwithstanding.