The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


16 November 2014

Clues how to recognize a false elder

November 16, 2014
Pseudo-elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra
 (clues are highlighted in yellow)

See this advertisement for Platina's "Orthodox Word" magazine #296

Issue #296, May-June 2014, Vol. 50, No. 3: Transfigured in the Night

Transfigured in the Night: The Life and Teachings of Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra, 
by Monk Maximos (Constas) & St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood

This issue features an in-depth biography of a major Orthodox elder and author of the late 20th century, Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery on Mount Athos. Fr. Aimilianos was one of the elders responsible for the spiritual revival on Mount Athos that began during the 1970s and continues to this day. Several of his books, such as The Authentic Seal, The Way of the Spirit, and The Church at Prayer have been translated into English and are spiritual classics. The author of this biography, Fr. Maximos (Constas), is a monk of Simonopetra and has provided us with the most complete biography of the Elder to date. Fr. Maximos is currently Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, in Brookline, MA.

look at the woo-woo titles of the books...

why does Mt. Athos need a "spiritual revival"?

Compare this charismatic drunkenness to the sober true elders Fr. Seraphim translated for us, the Optina Elders....  none of the Optina elders ever wrote books.  None of them ever could be accused of being responsible for a "spiritual revival". 

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