Scrisoarea si Marturia Parintelui Staret Sava din Sfantul Munte Athos
Careia, Muntele Athos,
13 august 1991
Elder Sabbas of
Against Fr. Paisios
All the commemorators were in an uproar; from monastery and cell, many ran to persuade the Elder. But the frequent visits, which became burdensome, were to no avail.
Finally, the Elder was obliged to answer in writing one monk who troubled him frequently, thereby answering all the others troubling him, for they were well-organized and committed to using every means to draw the Elder out of Orthodoxy into the embrace of Ecumenism.
Below is the text of the Elder’s letter.
August 13, 1991
Editor’s Note: Translated from the periodical Saint Agathangelos of Esphigmenou, November—December, 1991 (in Greek).
(THIS ARTICLE WAS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK, “THE STRUGGLE AGAINST ECUMENISM”, APPENDIX R, PG. 288-297. PUBLISHED BY THE
† In 1965, the Ecumenical Patriarchate openly espoused the heresy of Ecumenism and broke the holy Canons by lifting the anathemas against the Roman Church. As a result of this action, all of the monasteries of
All three holy confessors have since reposed, never having renounced their confession.
1 Sin and heresy, as the holy Fathers teach us, differ essentially: Sin is a transgression of God’s law, but heresy is an alteration of God’s law.
2 Editor’s Note: Harkianakis was accused of preaching heresy by Metropolitan Augustine of Florina and the Orthodox faithful from
3Private confession suffices for the forgiveness of personal and private sins, but for public sins against the Faith, a public repentance and correction must also be made according to our Saviour’s words: “Whosoever, therefore, shall confess Me before men, him will I confess before My Father which is in Heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I deny before My Father which is in Heaven.”
4Editor’s Note: The fire lasted from the first of August to the fifteenth, that is, the whole of the fast of the Theotokos.