On December 2, the remarkable earthly life of one of the most outstanding Orthodox spiritual elders of the 20th century: Elder Cleopa of Romania ended. Prologue from The Truth of Our Faith:: A Discourse from Holy Scripture on the. Teachings of True Christianity, By Elder Cleopa of Romania. The name and. Photo of Elder Cleopas “In any stage you may be do not get discouraged, pray even if you feel compulsion and the Lord will visit you with His.

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Then, they should pray as much as possible, with prayers and tears that come from the heart Deuteronomy 4: He attended the primary eldef in his village.

He says that it was for this reason that God commanded the Israelites, who were imperfect, to eat only the meat which is like milk for the teeth from the Passover lamb — and, moreover, with bitter herbs — and not to break into pieces or to eat the bones, but rather to burn them in fire cf. Afterwards he was officially appointed hegumen of the Sihastria Hermitage.

It is our responsibility, then, to preserve ourselves from the false traditions of men. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said, The Lord rebuke thee Jude 9.

Wise Sirach talks about these matters also, when he says: Unfortunately, with the passage of time, these books were eventually lost Eusebius of Caesarea, Ecclesiastical History, 4: Isaac the Syrian says: Gregory of Nyssa, 3; Laodicea, Only during the 1, years from the time of Moses until the advent of Christ were they guided by the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament. This is mere reason for laughter and fairy tales. This is what he says in Canon Just as people were guided in the knowledge of God and on the path of salvation by Holy Tradition alone that is, by a living voice—oral tradition during the period of time before the books of the Old Testament were written, so were the people similarly guided before books of the New Testament were written.


Elder Cleopa: On the Types of Witchcraft | MYSTAGOGY RESOURCE CENTER

Inasmuch as He was fulfilling His obedience to His Father, He did not send His Apostles to write the Gospel, but rather to preach it to the whole world, saying: True Orthodox Ghost Story 1: A myth and Eldeer. I cast thee off, Satan, and your honoring, and your service, and I unite with you, Christ! Is it sinful for Christians to believe in dreams and visions? Throughout this period of time Holy Scripture did not exist, nor was the Sabbath observed among the people.

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The Passion and Miracles of St. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so Acts Views Read View source View history. The truths expounded by these two councils have helped to uphold the Church against the theological distortions which have been brought to bear over the past years—first in the West, and soon thereafter in the East.

Enchantments, spiritism — that is, calling upon devils in dark rooms or nearby tombs, to punish living persons. Some Christians also resort to divination because they have forgotten the promises they made to Christ during Holy Baptism, when they said: John Chrysostom advises us: Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ Col.

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On the Types of Witchcraft. They are of two kinds: He would always portray himself as a worthless person and consistently diminished his deeds and suffering during his life.

And in another place he says: Divinationthe second type of witchcraft, through which certain people tell fortunes by palm reading — otherwise called chiromancy — and reading into other objects maize kernels, playing cards, eldrr, etc.


Basil the Great lays down the most severe punishments for wizards.

On Holy Tradition

The Holy Fathers say that such a person wants to chew through a bone with baby teeth. In order to demonstrate that the spiritual experience so beautifully described by St. Notwithstanding all the efforts which you say the Orthodox Church has made and continues to make relative to the truth of Clepa, some believe only the teachings which are contained in Holy Scripture. Therefore, whenever we fall ill or have any problem or are unjustly treated, or suffer from some damage, or have marriageable sons or daughters — or any other family issues, let us not resort to the help of the devil and his servants — the wizards and the fortune-tellers — but to the Church and Priests, to fasting and praying, and we will instantly receive help from our Good Father, Who made us and has mercy on us.

Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account. For this reason Elder Sophrony goes so far as to say that the language we use in prayer must be different from the ordinary language of everyday usage.

The Holy Fathers liken such a performance of good deeds such as fasting and almsgiving to a body without elded soul, inasmuch as the purpose for which a deed is accomplished is its soul, while the deed itself is its body. Between and he was being chased again by the Securitate and, together with hieromonk Arsenie Papacioc, escaped to the Stanisoara Mountains. Petronius added in Greek: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: Do you see a mistake in the text?

Karabidopoulos, Introduction to the New Testamentp.