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Σάββατο, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Hieromonk Theodoret the Hagiorite (1935-2007)

ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΗ "ΚΡΥΦΟΥ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟΥ": ΠΑΡΑΘΕΤΟΥΜΕ ΕΝΑ ΣΥΝΤΟΜΟ ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ-ΕΡΓΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ ΣΗΜΕΙΩΜΑ ΤΟΥ ΜΑΚΑΡΙΣΤΟΥ π. ΘΕΟΔΩΡΗΤΟΥ ΜΑΥΡΟΥ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΓΓΛΙΚΗ ΓΛΩΣΣΑ. ΘΕΡΜΕΣ ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΙΕΣ ΣΤΟΝ κ. ΧΑΤΖΗΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΥ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟ (ΑΝΑΠΛΗΡΩΤΗ ΚΑΘΗΓΗΤΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΝ/ΜΙΟΥ ΙΩΑΝΝΙΝΩΝ) ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΜΕΤΑΦΡΑΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΤΙΟΝ ΕΜΠΛΟΥΤΙΣΜΟ ΤΟΥ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΟΥ! ΕΙΘΕ ΝΑ ΥΠΑΡΞΕΙ ΕΝΔΙΑΦΕΡΟΝ ΚΑΙ ΝΑ ΜΕΤΑΦΡΑΣΤΟΥΝ ΤΑ ΕΡΓΑ ΤΟΥ ΑΕΙΜΝΗΣΤΟΥ ΠΑΤΡΟΣ ΠΡΟΣ ΩΦΕΛΕΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΑΓΓΛΟΦΩΝΩΝ ΑΔΕΛΦΩΝ ΜΑΣ.


The late hieromonk of Mount Athos Theodoret of blessed memory was born in Athens in 1935. He studied at the School of Theology of the University of Athens from which he graduated in 1963. He was appointed by the same School as an assistant to Professor Markos Siotis with the perspective of becoming a professor, but he quit in order to live a monastic life. In his search for a monastery, he visited several places, one of which was “Zarkadi” in Mount Athos, where he stayed for three months with monk Theoklitos Dionysiatis. Finally, in 1968, he subjected himself to the obedience of Elder Kallinikos of Hagia Anna. In 1971, along with Elder Kallinikos, he broke off ecclesiastical communion with Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople and sided with the Zealots. Soon, however, he disagreed with them as well because of his traditional position on the matter of frequent participation in Holy Eucharist, which was raised before by the “Kollyvades” in the 18th century. Fr. Theodoret became a friend of some ecclesiastic personalities of his time who struggled for Orthodoxy, such as Fr. Seraphim Rose, Fr. Chrysostom of Spetses, and others. In 1986, he was ordained priest in America by Archbishop Vitaly, then President of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. In the same year, he was expelled from Mount Athos because of his actions against the heresy of Ecumenism. He fled to Paros, where Elder Kallinikos founded the Monastery of The Annunciation of the Theotokos. He reposed in the Lord on September 21, 2007 (old Calendar). His main works (all in Greek) are as follows:

1. Dialogues in the Desert about Ecumenism
2. Eucharistic Participation in Mount Athos
3. Τhe Calendar Schism: Potential or Active?
4. Canonical Considerations of the Calendar Schism
5. Monasticism and Heresy  

6. Elder Avvakum the Barefoot

7. The Antidote
8. When the Guards Betray.
9. Old and New: From the New Calendar Innovation of 1924 to Today’s Syncretistic Heresy of Ecumenism  
10. Orthodoxy under Attack: Articles and Comments on the Heresy of Ecumenism, Zionism, and Eschatology

He also issued the periodical "The Hagiorite" and published numerous articles in various newspapers and periodicals, e.g., “Orthodoxos Typos” (in Greek), “Orthodox Word” (in Greek), “The Orthodox Word,” Hagios Agathangelos” (in Greek), Ecclesiastiki Paradosis” (in Greek) etc.

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