EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Elder Ephraim of Arizona Exposes Old Calendarism
Years ago there was a spiritual father who was Cypriot that was a very good man. Initially he was at Stavrovouni, a monastery in Cyprus, when he was younger, but still a hieromonk. When he was at this monastery, he himself told me, a certain Athonite zealot father who followed the Old Calendar fled there. By “zealot” I mean a fanatical Old Calendarist, who condemn the Church as heretical and schismatic.
His name was Father John. I knew him. He had fled from Mount Athos, from the Skete of Saint Anna, and he went to Cyprus. There in Cyprus he tried to create an Old Calendarist atmosphere and then went to Stavrovouni Monastery, as the hieromonk himself told me, and he began to speak on behalf of the Old Calendar to the fathers of the monastery there. He also spoke with this hieromonk, that the liturgies he was doing were not liturgies, and the mysteries he was doing were not mysteries, that they do not have grace, blessing, and so on.
This hieromonk therefore began to swing back and forth in his thoughts, saying: “I wonder if this man is right in what he says? I wonder, if perhaps I am not doing a liturgy and mystery, but just a theatrical function within the liturgy for the people to see?” With these things in his thoughts, one day he began to do the Divine Liturgy.
Well, the Divine Liturgy proceeded, he blessed the Holy Gifts, and when the time came he kneeled to do the elevation of the Holy Bread and said: “Let us be attentive. The Holy for the holy ones.” He then saw on the diskos that the bread had become flesh, it became meat red, and his conscience began to rebuke him, saying: “Due to the unbelief of your thoughts, because you doubted this and that, God has now allowed the bread to become flesh, to become meat, and now how will you commune, and how will you commune the Continue reading “Elder Ephraim of Arizona Exposes Old Calendarism”