Sunday of the Fathers of the 7th Council
from Fr. Gregory to his flock:
upon returning from missionary visits to Florida , Oklahoma, and Colorado, this is excerpted from his weekly message to his flock:
This council, as you most certainly know, was the definitive affirmation of the place in the Church of the holy icons and relics, after decades of bloody and not infrequently lethal persecutions. As such, it is the capstone, affirming the foundation of the Faith spelled out in all the preceding councils, bit by bit, as it became necessary: “What has not been attacked, the fathers have not defended.” What could not, of course, be even imagined at that time is the current horror in which the ultimate heresy infects almost everything around us: It really doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe something — if even that; every “version” of God is legitimate (so say the “Orthodox patriarchs” of Constantinople and Alexandria) — and on and on.
So what are we to do? The answer is really very simple (if not so simple to accomplish!). Hold fast to what we have been taught. Accept nothing, even if it seem to be from an angel, which is at variance with the universal teachings of the holy Scriptures and the fathers. Live the Faith to the best of our feeble abilities, trusting in the goodness of the Lord to supply that which is lacking. And above all, love one another with a godly love, cherishing one another above all else in the Lord. Let us love one another that with one mind we confess the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! Without that love, any “confession” is only empty sounds.
13/26 Oct: Pentecost XX: The Fathers of the Seventh Council