Today on the 27th November 2013 the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople recognised Elder Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) of Kavsokalyvia as a saint of the Orthodox Church as well as St. Meletios of Ypseni.
Announcement by the Holy and Sacred Synod
The Holy and Sacred Synod convened today, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, with His All-Holiness presiding for its regular scheduled meeting, for the purpose of examining items on its agenda.
During this session, the Holy and Sacred Synod approved the following:
a) The proposal of the Canonical Committee to enter the hieromonks Porphyrios Kafsokalyvitis and Meletios of Ypseni (Rhodes) in the registry of the Saints of the Orthodox Church.
b) The voluntary resignation of His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Belgium from the pastoring of his eparchy and, at the proposal of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the unanimous election of His Grace Athenagoras of Sinope to fill the vacancy in the Metropolis of Belgium.
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod
Several services and hymns have been composed for St. Porphyrios – the background, and excerpts can be found on the MYSTAGOGY weblog
The birth of her, whose Child was marvellous, was above nature and understanding, and it was salvation to the world; her death was glorious, and truly a sacred feast. The Father predestined her, the prophets foretold her through the Holy Ghost. His sanctifying power overshadowed her, cleansed and made her holy, and, as it were, predestined her. Then Thou, Word of the Father, not dwelling in place, didst invite the lowliness of our nature to be united to the immeasurable greatness of Thy inscrutable Godhead. Thou, who didst take flesh of the Blessed Virgin, vivified by a reasoning soul, having first abided in her undefiled and immaculate womb, creating Thyself, and causing her to exist in Thee, didst become perfect man,, not ceasing to be perfect God, equal to Thy Father, but taking upon Thyself our weakness through ineffable goodness. Through it Thou art one Christ, one Lord, one Son of God, and man at the same time, perfect God and perfect man, wholly God and wholly man, one Substance from two perfect natures, the Godhead and the manhood. And in two perfect natures, the divine and the human, God is not pure God, nor the man only man, but the Son of God and the Incarnate God are one and the same God and man without confusion or division, uniting in Himself substantially the attributes of both natures. Thus, He is at once uncreated and created, mortal and immortal, visible and invisible, in place and not in place. He has a divine will and a human will, a divine action and a human also, two powers of choosing divine and human. He shows forth divine wonders and human affections–natural, I mean, and pure. Thou hast taken upon Thyself, Lord, of Thy great mercy, the state of Adam as he was before the fall, body, soul, and mind, and all that they involve physically, so as to give me a perfect salvation. It is true indeed that what was not assumed was not healed. Having thus become the mediator between God and man, Thou didst destroy enmity, and lead back to Thy Father those who had deserted Him, wanderers to their home, and those in darkness to the light. Thou didst bring pardon to the contrite, and didst change mortality into immortality. Thou didst deliver the world from the aberration of many gods, and didst make men the children of God, partakers of Thy divine glory. Thou didst raise the human race, which was condemned to bell, above all power and majesty, and in Thy person it is seated on the King’s eternal throne. Who was the instrument of these infinite benefits exceeding all mind and comprehension, if not the Mother ever Virgin who bore Thee?
Realise, Beloved in the Lord, the grace of today, and its wondrous solemnity. Its mysteries are not terrible, nor do they inspire awe. Blessed are they who have eyes to see. Blessed are they who see with spiritual eyes. This night shines as the day. What countless angels acclaim the death of the life-giving Mother! How the eloquence of apostles blesses the departure of this body which was the receptacle of God. How the Word of God, who deigned in His mercy to become her Son, ministering with His divine hands to this immaculate and divine being, as His mother, receives her holy soul. O wondrous Law-giver, fulfilling the law which He bad Himself laid down, not being bound by it, for it was He who enjoined children to show reverence to their parents. “Honour thy father and thy mother,” He says. The truth of this is apparent to every one, calling to mind even dimly the words of holy Scripture. If according to it the souls of the just are in the hands of God, how much more is her soul in the hands of her Son and her God. This is indisputable. Let us consider who she is and whence she came, how she, the greatest and dearest of all God’s gifts, was given to this world. Let us examine what her life was, and the mysteries in which she took part. Heathens in the use of funeral orations most carefully brought forward anything which could be turned to praise of the deceased, and at the same time encourage the living to virtue, drawing generally upon fable and fiction, not having fact to go upon. How then, shall we not deserve scorn if we bury in silence that which is most true and sacred, and in very deed the source of praise and salvation to all ? Shall we not receive the same punishment as the man who hid his master’s talent ? Let us adapt our subject to the needs of those who listen, as food is suited to the body.
Joachim and Anne were the parents of Mary. Joachim kept as strict a watch over his thoughts as a shepherd over his flock, having them entirely under his control. For the Lord God led him as a sheep, and he wanted for none of the best things. When I say best, let no one think I mean what is commonly acceptable to the multitude, that upon which greedy minds are fixed, the pleasures of life that can neither endure nor make their possessors better, nor confer real strength. They follow the downward course of human life and cease all in a moment, even if they abounded before. Far be it from us to cherish these things, nor is this the portion of those who fear God. But the good things which are a matter of desire to those who possess true knowledge, delighting God, and fruitful to their possessors, namely, virtues, bearing fruit in due season, that is, in eternity, will reward with eternal life those who have laboured worthily and have persevered in their acquisition as far as possible. The labour goes before, eternal happiness follows. Joachim ever shepherded his thoughts. In the place of pastures, dwelling by contemplation on the words of sacred Scripture, made glad on the restful waters of divine grace, withdrawn from foolishness, he walked in the path of justice. And Anne, whose name means grace, was no less a companion in her life than a wife, blessed with all good gifts, though afflicted for a mystical reason with sterility. Grace in very truth remained sterile, not being able to produce fruit in the souls of men. Therefore, men declined from good and degenerated; there was not one of understanding nor one who sought after God. Then His divine goodness, taking pity on the work of His hands, and wishing to save it, put an end to that mystical barrenness, that of holy Anne, I mean, and she gave birth to a child, whose equal had never been created and never can be. The end of barrenness proved clearly that the world’s sterility would cease and that the withered trunk would be crowned with vigorous and mystical life.
Hence the Mother of our Lord is announced. An angel foretells her birth. It was fitting that in this, too, she, who was to be the human Mother of the one true and living God, should be marked out above every one else. Then she was offered in God’s holy temple, and remained there, showing to all a great example of zeal and holiness, withdrawn from frivolous society. When, however, she reached full age and the law required that she should leave the temple, she was entrusted by the priests to Joseph, her bridegroom, as the guardian of her virginity, a steadfast observer of the law from his youth. Mary, the holy and undefiled, went to Joseph, contenting herself with her household matters, and knowing nothing beyond her four walls.
In the fulness of time, as the divine apostle says, the angel Gabriel was sent to this true child of God, and saluted her in the words, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” Beautiful is the angel’s salutation to her who is greater than an angel. He is the bearer of joy to the whole world. She was troubled at his words, not being used to speak with men, for she had resolved to keep her virginity unsullied. She pondered in herself what this greeting might be. Then the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary. Thou hast found grace before God.” In very deed, she who was worthy of grace had found it. She found grace who had done the deeds of race, and had reaped its fulness. She found grace who brought forth the source of grace, and was a rich harvest of grace. She found an abyss of grace who kept undefiled her double virginity, her virginal soul no less spotless than her body; hence her perfect virginity. “Thou shalt bring forth a Son,” he said, “and shalt call His name Jesus” (Jesus is interpreted Saviour). “He shall save His people from their sins.” What did she, who is true wisdom, reply? She does not imitate our first mother Eve, but rather improves upon her incautiousness, and calling in nature to support her, thus answers the angel: “How is this to be, since I know not man? What you say is impossible, for it goes beyond the natural laws laid down by the Creator. I will not be called a second Eve and disobey the will of my God. If you are not speaking godless things, explain the mystery by saying how it is to be accomplished.” Then the messenger of truth answered her: “The Holy Spirit shall come to thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. Therefore He who is born to thee shall be called the Son of God.” That which is foretold is not subservient to the laws of nature. For God, the Creator of nature, can alter its laws. And she, listening in holy reverence to that sacred name, which she had ever desired, signified her obedience in words full of humility and joy: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.”
“O the depth of the riches, of the wisdom, and of the knowledge of God,” I will exclaim in the apostle’s words. “How incomprehensible are His judgments, and how unsearchable His ways.” O inexhaustible goodness of God! O boundless goodness! He who called what was not into being, and filled heaven and earth, whose throne is heaven, and whose footstool is the earth, a spacious dwelling-place, made the womb of His own servant, and in it the mystery of mysteries is accomplished. Being God He becomes man, and is marvellously brought forth without detriment to the virginity of His Mother. And He is lifted up as a baby in earthly arms, who is the brightness of eternal glory, the form of the Father’s substance, by the word of whose mouth all created things exist. O truly divine wonder! O mystery transcending all nature and understanding! O marvellous virginity! What, O holy Mother and Virgin, is this great mystery accomplished in thee? Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Thou art blessed from generation to generation, thou who alone art worthy of being blessed. Behold all generations shall call thee blessed as thou hast said. The daughters of Jerusalem, I mean, of the Church, saw thee. Queens have blessed thee, that is, the spirits of the just, and they shall praise thee for ever. Thou art the royal throne which angels surround, seeing upon it their very King and Lord. Thou art a spiritual Eden, holier and diviner than Eden of old. That Eden was the abode of the mortal Adam, whilst the Lord came from heaven to dwell in thee. The ark foreshadowed thee who hast kept the seed of the new world. Thou didst bring forth Christ, the salvation of the world, who destroyed sin and its angry waves. The burning bush was a figure of thee, and the tablets of the law, and the ark of the testament. The golden urn and candelabra, the table and the flowering rod of Aaron were significant types of thee. From thee arose the splendour of the Godhead, the eternal Word of the Father, the most sweet and heavenly Manna, the sacred Name above every name, the Light which was from the beginning. The heavenly Bread of Life, the Fruit without seed, took flesh of thee. Did not that flame foreshadow thee with its burning fire an image of the divine fire within thee? And Abraham’s tent most clearly pointed to thee. By the Word of God dwelling in thee human nature produced the bread made of ashes, its first fruits, from thy most pure womb, the first fruits kneaded into bread and cooked by divine fire, becoming His divine person, and His true substance of a living body quickened by a reasoning and intelligent soul.* I had nearly forgotten Jacob’s ladder. Is it not evident to every one that it prefigured thee, and is not the type easily recognised ? just as Jacob saw the ladder bringing together heaven and earth, and on it angels coming down and going up, and the truly strong and invulnerable God wrestling mystically with himself, so art thou placed between us, and art become the ladder of God’s intercourse with us, of Him who took upon Himself our weakness, uniting us to Himself, and enabling man to see God. Thou hast brought together what was parted. Hence angels descended to Him, ministering to Him as their God and Lord, and men, adopting the life of angels, are carried up to heaven.
How shall I understand the prediction of prophets ? Shall I not refer them to thee, as we can prove them to be true? What is the fleece of David which receives the Son of the Almighty God, co-eternal and co-equal with His Father, as rain falls upon the soil? Does it not signify thee in thy bright shining? Who is the virgin foretold by Isaias who should conceive and bear a Son, God ever present with us, that is, who being born a man should remain God? What is Daniel’s mountain from which arose Christ, the Corner-Stone, not made by the hand of man ? Is it not thee, conceiving without man and still remaining a virgin? Let the inspired Ezechiel come forth and show us the closed gate, sealed by the Lord, and not yielding, according to his prophecy — let him point to its fulfilment in thee. The Lord of all came to thee, and taking flesh did not open the door of thy virginity. The seal remains intact. The prophets, then, foretell thee. Angels and apostles minister to thee, O Mother of God, ever Virgin, and John the virgin apostle. Angels and the spirits of the just, patriarchs and prophets surround thee to-day in thy departure to thy Son. Apostles watched over the countless host of the just who were gathered together from every corner of the earth by the divine commands, as a cloud around the divine and living Jerusalem, singing hymns of praise to thee, the author of our Lord’s life-giving body
From Sermon I on the Dormition of Mary by St. John Damascene (John of Damascus), (A.D. 676 – 754/787)
1. My children have been slain; and my daughters that are without me—their walls are overthrown, their children scattered—and their holy places trodden down. R., Blessed is Your chastisement!
2. The fowlers have taken, my doves out of my strongholds—which quitted their nests, and fled to the caves—in the net have they taken them.
3. After the manner of wax, that melts before the fire—thus melted and dissolved, the bodies, of my sons before the heat— and the drought of my strongholds.
4. And instead of streams, of milk that used to flow—for my sons and my little ones, milk fails the sucklings, and water the weaned children.
5. The suckling falls, from its mother and gasps,— because it cannot suck, nor can she give suck:— they breathe out their spirit and die.
6. How is it possible, that Your grace can refrain— the welling of its stream, when it is not possible to restrain— the abundance of its flow?
7. And why has Your grace, shut up its mercies—and withheld its streams, from the people that cry—for one to moisten their tongue?
8. And there was a pit, between them and their brethren;— like the rich man who cried, and there was none to answer—to moisten his tongue.
9. And as into the midst of fire, the wretched ones were cast—and heat in the midst of thirst, the fire wasblowing,— and kindling upon them.
10. Their carcasses were melted, and dissolved by the heat—they that had thirsted gave in turn the earth to drink—of the reek of their bodies.
11. And the fort that with thirst, had killed, its dwellers,— it drank in its turn of the flux from the corpses—that were melted by thirst.
12. Who has seen a people— that were burning with thirst—while there surrounded them a wall of water and they could not— moisten their tongue!
13. Surely with the judgment of Sodom, were my beloved judged,— and my children smitten, with the torment of Sodom—though that was but for one day.
14. The torment of fire, though it be for one hour, O my Lord,— in lingering thirst, is a lingering death, and a subtle punishment.
15. After my sorrows, O my Lord, and my bitter sufferings—this is the best comfort, wherewith You have comforted me—that You have multiplied my afflictions.
16. The medicine that I hoped, it is sorrow decreed;— the binding up that I looked for, it is bitter calamity—that it seeks to work for me.
17. And whereas I hoped to escape, from the midst of the storm—worse for me is the storm in it, even in the harbour,— than that in the sea.
18. Whereas I thought in my folly, that I should anchor and escape— from the midst of the Gulf; my sins have cast me back— again into the midst of it.
19. Look, O my Lord, on my limbs, how the swords are thick in me—and have left their mark on my arms; and the scars of the spears—are planted in my sides!
20. Tears in my eyes, and in my ears ill rumours—wailing in my mouth, and mourning in my heart!— Add no more, O my Lord, to me!
Be convinced and informed that every sin and hell itself, has as its beginning and root and center a bad thought; and again conversely, a bad thought is the beginning and root and center of every sin and of hell itself, because, just as a small pebble or rock, when it happens to fall into some well, first causes a small circle, then the small circle causes another large one, and the large one another larger one, and so on until it reaches the edge of the well. Likewise, an assault from one bad thought begets a passionate coupling with the thought; coupling begets consent; consent begets the act; the act begets habit; habit begets addiction; addiction begets unrepentance; unrepentance begets hell.
St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite
What is a merciful heart?
It is a heart on fire
for the whole of creation,
for the birds,
for the animals,
and for all that exists.
By the recollection of them
the eyes of a merciful person
pour forth tears in abundance.
By the strong and vehement mercy
that grips such a person’s heart,
and by such great compassion,
the heart is humbled
and one cannot bear to hear or to see
any injury or slight sorrow
in any in creation.
For this reason, such a person
offers up tearful prayer continually
even for irrational beasts,
for the enemies of the truth,
and for those who harm him,
that they be protected and receive mercy…
because of the great compassion
that burns without measure
in a heart that is
in the likeness of God.
St. Isaac the Syrian
Greek politicians flirting with the Greek Orthodox Church (the faith, the clergy and the symbols) is not a new phenomenon. Numerous politicians on our party political scene (with the exception of those on the Left) always flirted with the Christian beliefs of the Greeks, their spiritual leaders, and Orthodox semantics during election periods (and sometimes beyond).
On their part, many Greek bishops did not ignore these flirtatious advances. They cultivated political friendships, they offered electioneering support to the candidates and always tried to elicit a flash of publicity from the political system and a had a shot at getting up on the podium of power and “prestige”.
This is all well known. Charm on one hand and ecclesiastical “sins” on the other. All of us saw it and most of us remained silent at the ridiculousness of it all. While the “Right of the Lord” (which was mobilized by the cunningly stupid political game of the episcopate) could have possibly kept the Lord laughing, in that the image that was depicted, showed that, aside from magnanimity, in its gaiety the God of Christianity should also have plenty of humour…
This was until yesterday. Because more flirting today adds a new component, which pushes the boundaries and puts the risk index of the Church into the red zone. Golden Dawn’s extreme right wing attempt to usurp the faith, the cassock and its symbols (from the participation of their members in icon processions to the comical image of its skinhead MPs who make statements about “honour of Our Lady,” even their latest championship of the much loved elder of the Orthodox faithful , the late Fr. Paisios) is not the same as the earlier quaint charm of our whistle-stopping politicians across the party spectrum. It is just as hypocritical and insincere but its also adds something new: it comes from people who stand, in express terms, ideologically at the antithesis of Christian teaching. Golden Dawn is ideologically opposed to the Gospel words ”there is neither Jew nor Greek …” (Gal. 3.28). The outright rhetoric of hate bears no relation at all to the sermon of love and reconciliation. The ideology of racial supremacy, indicated by the Golden Dawn’s slogan “blood and honour” (inspired by Hitkler, in imitation of Blut und Boden) is the antithesis of what we find in the Old Testament where the patriarch Abraham is uprooted from his fatherland (Gen. 12.1), and counters the Christ of the New Testament who founds a new race and assembles His Church by breaking the bonds of family, blood and race (see, for example, Mark. 31-35 ˙ Mt. 8.11 and 8.22). And the primitive cult of fist-fighting also bears no relation to the ethos of “whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the left one also” (Mt 5,39 ˙ see also Rom. 12.17). To state that you are Christian, just to steal the votes of naive members of the Church is something we recognise from the past. However, to pretend to be a Christian, when your placement in public space is based on speech that is anti-Christ, is in another class and a dangerous phenomenon for the Church.
In terms of the Christian Faith, whatever contradicts the truth of Christ is the work of the devil, that is the one who divides, who wedges something between humans and the truth, in order to separate the former from the latter. Today, a political formation trying to do just that. Not to deliberately alienate the Christian faith – apparently Golden Dawn is not interested in the Christian faith, at all. However (and this applies to all those who care about the quality of our theological criteria) Golden Dawn propagates a demonic slander within the Church: that one be both a Christian and member of Golden Dawn
Church members have a duty to raise the alarm. A wolf has entered their flock…
[Not a great translation- but it was very idiomatic and translated quickly]
By Metropolitan Pavlos of Sisanios and Siatistis for Romfea.gr
I feel the need to say a couple of words knowing that they will annoy many. The reason for this is all that has happened around a vile cinematographic work.
Until recent events, objective criticism had decided that this was a work of dubious artistic value, a mediocrity.
The next piece of information we had was that the contributors to this work would seek conflict with the Church, but purely to promote the work and raise revenue.
Already some known people, always indignant with others and never themselves, asked what the Holy Synod would do about it.
The Synod did indeed consider the matter, they discussed it, they had information about the intentional conflict on the part of the play’s makers and decided to react with caution, without giving them their desired result.
However, there are always those who consider their opinion to be the correct one. Those who believe that every view different from their own is treacherous.
They forget that doing the right thing (good) has to be done in a good way in order for it to be good.
In the end, the pitiful makers of the work achieved their aim.
It was widely publicised. The real culprits were presented as victims. It was presented as art, this vulgarity of their inner world. They were placed under the protection of that famous lobby Tatsopoulos and Repousi and company [Translator: Left wing members of the Greek parliament known for their 'progressive' anti-Church stance] . Thus, the so the so-called defenders of Christ became the best publicists for a vulgar mediocrity.
Presenting something inartistic as art, the insignificant as significant, making mediocrities seem like grandeur, to purport to be actors playing characters when they are devoid of character and morals but are corrupters of morals and dignity and raised up these insignificant and sad little men to the heights.
Yes, I am angry with these false confessors and false heroes.
However, let’s get these things in order.
You could well ask me, “Weren’t you annoyed by that wretched work?” Of course I was, and very much so.
When you know who the Christ whom you love is, and you believe in Him and serve Him throughout your whole life you cannot help but be annoyed. You are annoyed at the denigration of man, by the incredible perversion of their soul, by their tragic repressions and their impairments.
You feel sorry for their cheapness, which they try to sell as art. However you know that your Christ as nothing at all to do with the contents of this work. That your Christ is NOT in danger from these pitiful little men, silly women and these manikins that insist that they are producing art.
Each person gives what he has and all these show what they have and who they are. They show their measure of quality for themselves and are riduculed.
If the hot-blooded had not publicised them, they would have gone on unnoticed.The only thing that this pitiful showwoman and her gang achieved was to confirm the prophecy of the Elder Symeon about Christ, ““Behold, this one is destined for the fall and rising of manyand for a sign which will be spoken against.” [Luke 2:34] Unfortunately for these, they are set for a fall.
The second thing I expect you to ask is, “But aren’t we meant to defend our faith, our insulted Christ?” Yes, but how?
The method these “militants” was condemned by the Lord Himself.
It is the method Peter used when he went to defend Christ with a sword. The same thing, then, is done by our contemporaries who are capable of destroying, beating and probably lynching these insulters, in the name of faith.
How tragic. Yet, how timely. Christ condemns their method. Christ could defend himself on His own, with his legions of Angels. He could throw down fire and burn them up. Do you doubt this? However, this is not His Spirit.
Christ isn’t endangered by these sad little men. He is not endangered by the shamelessness of atheists and the corrupted.
Faith is endangered by unrepentant Christians, by the absence of sanctification and the fragrance of grace amongst those who would be called believers.
It is endangered by the secularisation of the spiritual life of Christians who replaced holiness and martyrdom for faith – this is real “spiritual resistance” – with the lynching of unbelievers.
Doesn’t all this resemble something from the Inquisition or Islamicism or am I mistaken? We have left the weighty matters of the law and pursue what seems impressive and what is easy.
The response to blasphemy and mockery of faith is to replenish the fall of these wretched mockers with the abundance of our own love and our own holiness.
I want, however, to say a few words about the “professional” defenders of each obscenity made in the name of art.
With such defenders not only is obscenity remade, art wronged, but the spiritual poverty of these so-called progressives is also revealed.
The identification of obscenity with art does not honour those who try to do this. Freedom of speech includes blasphemy, profanity and filth.
Whether we like it or not the tongue always speaks from the abundance of the heart and so these people do not display their non-existent freedom, but their tragic quality and the contents of their hearts and ridicule themselves beyond their titles and their formulas.
No argument acquires substance and truth hidden behind the grandiose title of University Professor at a time when such an election happens through various kinds of guilds. Even more so, when some who are truly able are rejected because they did not belong to the right group, because they were rejected by the ideological Procrustes.
Vulgarity and obscenity is neither art, culture or civilised.
I left “Golden Dawn” which in reality is “black night” till last.
It is tragic that some “Christian militants” identified themselves with Golden Dawn in order to defend Christ.
The Christ that is persecuted by “Golden Dawn”, that is insulted and humiliated by them on a daily basis and does so in the person refugees, of immigrants even of children.
My beloved Christians, you have forgotten Christ’s words “for as you have done to one of these, the least of my brethren, you have done unto me.”
Isn’t a human being made on the image of Christ, whoever they are? Is an immigrant, a refugee not the least brother of Christ?
Is he not our neighbour according to the Parable of the Good Samaritan? According to Golden Dawn’s viewpoint when the Samaritan saw the wounded man he should have thrown him him amongst the refuse, and then he would be “good”.
Each embrace and caress of a Christian, even more so a priest, of the Golden Dawn indicates a horrifying confusion and mess and voiding of the faith.
No-one should play with things that aren’t for playing with [tranlator: alludes to a phrase from St. John Chrysostom]. The word of God has absolute and eternal authority.
The matter of refugees and the problems that a weak political leadership left to arise is one thing and the absolute value of the human person is another.
We cannot invalidate God’s truth in order to solve our problems. On the contrary, these problems arose because we replaced God’s Truth with our arrogance and our frivolity.
Let us attend! Let us stand with fear! [translator: quotes from the Liturgy] The way to unravel this is through the will of Christ and not through the arbitrary acts and human cunning!
Since making these comments the bishop has received obscene phone calls, threats of violence and even death threats from members of Golden Dawn.
His chancellor has answered them all with calmness and politeness, hearing the obscenities and abuse screamed down the phone about the bishop, Fr. Ephrem said “Who am I speaking with?” The caller refused to identify himself, whereupon the chancellor replied, “I’m afraid we’ll have to end this conversation, since by your own admission you are a nonexistent person.” source