In Defiance of
The Synodal Tome of the Holy Council of Constantinople of 1351

“Every Power or Energy [of God] is God Himself.” These are the words of St. Gregory  Palamas. [1] This “Power or Energy,” which is God Himself, as the Saint teaches us, is “boundless” and “before creation.” It is uncreated.

In his book, The Guide, [2] St. Anastasius of Sinai has the following paragraph:

Question: Does the appellation “God” refer to [God's] Essence, or His Person, or His Energy, or is it a symbol, or a metaphor?
Answer: It is clear [the designation] “God” refers to [God's] Energy. It does not represent the very Essence of God; for it is impossible to know this, but it represents and reveals His Energy that is able to be contemplated [by us].

This teaching of St Anastasius of Sinai was confirmed and adopted by the Holy Council of Constantinople of 1351 in its Synodal Tome. The same Synodal Tome affirmed that the Grace or Energy of God “is called 'Godhead' by the Saints.” St. Gregory Palamas endorsed this Synodal Tome of the Holy Council of Constantinople of 1351; this Council, in turn, endorsed St. Gregory's Confession of the Orthodox Faith. These are clear-cut Orthodox Christian synodal resolutions, not the confused and contradictory decisions of later, Lutheran-style “synods” in Russia or elsewhere. [4]

In addition, St. Clement of Rome (c. ✠ 100) tells us that “the Name of God is the origin of all creation” (First Letter to the Corinthians: 59: 2-3).

St. Cyril of Alexandria (✠ 444) teaches that Christ's disciples “ought to be kept in the Name of the Father, that is to say, in the Glory and Power of His Godhead” (On the Gospel According to St. John, bk. 11, ch. 9).

St. John Chrysostom (✠  407), in his explanation of Acts 3:16 (“And His Name, through faith in His Name, made this man strong”), like the  Apostles and all our Saints, also recognizes that the Name of God is one and the same as the healing Grace and Energy of God when he writes that “[the Son of God's] Name raised up the lame man, who was like one dead” (Homilies on the Acts of the Apostles 9).

St. John of Kronstadt (✠ 1908) affirms this teaching of the Saints when he tells us that “His Name is [God] Himself” and “The Name of God is God Himself” (My life in Christ, trans. by E. Goulaeff, London, 1897).

Consequently, any later “council” or “synod”  — whether it be Russian, or Greek Old Calendarist, or New Calendarist, or whatever — that contradicts these resolutions of the Holy Council of Constantinople of 1351, the Synodicon of Orthodoxy, and the teachings of the Saints is not an Orthodox council or synod, but a false synod, a pseudo-council, not accepted by the Orthodox Church, and those who concur with such false “synods” are themselves guilty of the heresy of Name-fighting — fighting against the Name of God.


1) See the Chapters Against Barlaam and Acindynus, in the Synodicon of Orthodoxy (in The True Vine, issue nos. 27 and 28, pp. 63-68 and 74-77).
2)  See PG 89:53.
3) See  Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition, vol. 1, ed. By Jaroslav J. Pelikan and Valerie V. Hotchkiss, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2003.
4) The Russian Synod of 1913, in blatant defiance of the teaching of Saint Anastasius and the Hesychast Council of 1351, claimed that the Energies of God are not and cannot not be called “God”.

2015 Clergy Synaxis of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America

“Behold now, what is so good or so joyous as for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 132:1).

The 2015 Clergy Synaxis of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America was hosted by the St. Lucia’s Sisterhood at the St. Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral and St. Anna’s Orthodox Church, both in Rosindale, MA, from October 2 to October 5, 2015. Friday, October 2, began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy by His Grace, Bishop Andrew of Markham, assisted by Deacon John Copeland, at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Following brunch at St. Mark’s Hall, diocesan reports were given at St. Anna’s Church by His Eminence, Metropolitan Gregory of Boston; His Eminence, Metropolitan Makarios of Toronto; and His Grace, Bishop Andrew of Markham. Later in the afternoon, Bishop Andrew delivered a talk entitled, “The Role of the Typicon in the Life of the Orthodox Church,” which was followed by a lively discussion concerning liturgical matters. The day concluded with Vespers at St. Mark’s Cathedral and dinner at St. Mark’s Hall.

On Saturday, October 3, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Fr. Dimitry Kukonov, assisted by Deacon James Dimock. Following brunch, the first talk of the day, given by Hierodeacon Samuel, was entitled “The Catholicity of the Local Church,” which was again followed by a lively discussion. The second talk of the day, offered by Protopresbyter Rodion Laskowski, consisted of his reminiscences of the many men of sanctity he has encountered over his long years of pastoral service, with special attention being paid to Archbishop Andrew of Novo Diveyevo and Igumen Athanassy (Shelepov), who reposed at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in 1976. Archimandrite Panteleimon likewise joined in, sharing his moving remembrances of Archbishop Andrew and Fr. Athanassy and others. The same day Metropolitan Gregory officially announced to the assembled clergy that Protopresbyter Ihnat Ponomarchuk had been elected Metropolitan of Seattle and that Hieromonk Chrysostomos (Larrea) had likewise been elected Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolis of Boston. The day concluded with dinner and Vespers.

A hierarchal Divine Liturgy was celebrated at St. Mark’s on Sunday, October 5, by Metropolitan Gregory and Bishop Andrew, assisted by all the assembled clergy. At the greeting of the bishops prior to Liturgy, Metropolitan Gregory was officially installed as the Ruling Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Boston. Following the service, a festive trapeza was held at St. Mark’s Hall for all the assembled hierarchs, clergy, and faithful.

Those attending the 2015 Clergy Synaxis were edified by the spirit of fellowship and ecclesial unity experienced by all.

Important Church News

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2015

One of the greatest blessings for an Orthodox Christian is to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are still spaces available for the Fall 2015 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, being led by Holy Transfiguration Monastery and Holy Nativity Convent.

We will guide our group of pilgrims on an edifying journey into the sites and shrines most precious to Christian hearts including Jerusalem’s Old City, the Holy Sepulcher and surrounding holy sites, the ancient church in Bethlehem built over the cave where our Saviour was born, 2 days visiting the ancient shrines in Galilee, where our Saviour lived and taught, ancient monasteries and sites in Jericho, Jacob’s Well, Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, immersion in the Jordan River, and a boat-ride on the Sea of Galilee. There is also a probable visit to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul during the layover between flights on the return trip. This is a beautiful pilgrimage, which every Christian should make at least once in his lifetime - the spiritual blessings from the Holy Land pilgrimage revisit the Christian heart at church feasts thereafter, and truly bring new life to one’s faith.
This Fall’s pilgrimage departs from Boston Sunday, October 18th and returns to Boston on Saturday, October 31st , 2015. The total cost is $3,000, which includes the round-trip airfare from Boston to Tel Aviv on Turkish Airlines (rated the best European airline), hotel, daily tours and most meals. An optional day excursion to the Dead Sea including lunch and a swim is also available for an additional fee. A private room may also be arranged for an additional fee.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact Father Isaac at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, frisaac.adon@gmail.com or Mother Pelagia at Holy Nativity Convent,  hnconvent@verizon.net