THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST - Q AND A SESSIONS: From January 13 to April 7

Below find questions posed at each session. Answers can be found at the corresponding Link and Timestamp provided.

APRIL 7, 2022

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  • 114m 33s

  • Father bless. If one is considering monasticism, is it better to stick to the monastery and Gerondissa they already know and love as they seek to discern whether the monastic life is for them or not? Would visiting other monasteries bring clarity, or confusion? And while trying to discern one's path, how should one deal with the interest of people looking to marry? Should one simply dismiss their attempt to connect, or consider it?


  • 120m 3s

  • Was Apostolos Makrakis actually a heretic? Should his writings be read or avoided? Is his tripartite view of man as being composed of body, soul, and nous unorthodox? Is it incorrect because the nous is the highest part of the soul rather than a distinct thing unto itself?


  • 126m 29s

  • Is the reality of Mysteries of the "Ukrainian Orthodox Churches" in America under the EP doubtful? Should we stay away from "Ukrainian Orthodox


  • 127m 7s

  • Have you ever encountered the argument that online ministries such as yours - interfere with the particular pastoral work of particular priests, parishes and dioceses? And that public dialogue and catechism on Orthodox subjects, especially via online means, is unorthodox and should not be done?


  • 130m 52s

  • I'm now in my mid 40s and have never been married nor do I have children, and definitely do not want to be a nun. I do want, however, to spend the rest of my life just being on my own and serving others when possible. That being said, is it okay to not do either? Does God judge you for not choosing one or other?


  • 136m 35s

  • Growing-up in the Greek Orthodox faith, we attended church regularly but took communion 3/4 times per year. Now I find myself talking communion regularly. What is the tradition for communion? Confession is not offered every week for us.


  • 138m 47s

  • In the Greek tradition, and perhaps others, we have the tradition of naming our children after our parents. Is this a folk/ethnic tradition Father, or is there a foundation of this in our Faith?


  • 147m 59s

  • A well-known female orthodox PhD recently gave a talk at a Greek church after the liturgy in the center part of the church. Is it problematic that she wore a priest-looking black robe and a priest sized pectoral cross on a long chain?


  • 152m 35s

  • Since the lines were highly blurred on Mount Athos concerning the Old Calendarists during the 1920-1970s how are we to understand people such as St Ieronymos of Aegina, St Chrysostomos of Florina, who were Old Calendarists but also known saints, sometimes on both sides?


  • 160m 23s

  • What is the Byzantine Catholics about? I have this lady in my exercise class claiming that they are the One True Church. Who are they?


  • 160m 26s

  • Are there any good monasteries in America connected to Elder Aimilianos?


  • 162m 25s

  • Can you please expand and unpack this instructive quote from St. Theophan the Recluse: "One who is repenting must for a long time force himself and train himself so as to do good, so as to perform it easily; and even after attaining this, he must constantly keep himself in a state of tension and fear. On the other hand, one who has not fallen lives in simplicity of heart, in a kind of assurance of salvation which blesses him and is not deceived.” How can we recognize which one our current spiritual state is more similar to?


  • 166m 29s

  • I read in the prologue references to the location of the relics of Orthodox saints in heterodox locations. Is it permissible to go to papal protestant or monophosite cathedral to venerate the relics of saints?


  • 166m 53s

  • I read yesterday about Saint Paisios’ views regarding technology (specifically television) and it’s negative impacts on children. Is it possible in such a technology-driven world we live in, to avoid technology with children altogether?


  • 172m 54s

  • Father Bless. I was terminated from my job last week due to the vaccine mandates and now I'm struggling to have love and forgiveness for my former colleagues, boss and the higher management, who've only contacted me during these last 4 months by letter. How do I move on from this and the thoughts the evil one is sowing?


  • 186m 29s

  • As an Assyrian speaking Eastern Orthodox, I find that people in our community are deceived and their “leaders” use different tactics to keep these people in deception and delusion. What is the best way to approach conversations with these people?


  • 186m 33s

  • Father it is a difficult shift in mindset for a Protestant transitioning to Orthodoxy to cast off the teaching of assurance of Heaven. How can one truly adjust? Are Orthodox in a permanent state of ambivalence about whether their soul will reach Heaven when they repose?


  • 191m 31s

  • Ευλογητε Πατερ Who is the Orthodox Church to Sanctify a Saint?


  • 191m 56s

  • A priest has been helping an immigrant family so they have been going to Church. They are not Orthodox, yet he has taken the boy into the Holy of Holies and is training him to be an acolyte. The boy wears an acolyte robe and is carrying cross, the fans or the candles, etc. This seems wrong to me.


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MARCH 31, 2022

Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/q--a-sessions-during-th...

  • 53m 19s

  • Father, can you explain the "energies of God" simply, in a manner suitable for a 10-12 year old child? Examples/parallels from our visible world would be helpful, too.


  • 54m 10s

  • How do I enter Mount Athos if I want to become a monk?


  • 80m 20s

  • Father Bless Would you recommend the movie Man of God?


  • 84m 28s

  • Can you speak more about the difference in the relationship, levels of obedience etc. required of an Orthodox layperson in their relationship with a spiritual father that they actively seek out and choose to have that relationship with vs. that due to one's local parish priest one confesses to regularly, etc? During one's catechumenate is the relationship to the catechizing priest closer to that of spiritual father and spiritual son? If so, does that change after Baptism?


  • 90m 45s

  • Pertaining to the specific ecclesiastical situations relating to our Greek Orthodox World in Canada which you're informed about to some degree; we are seeing a small but yet strong interest of fellow like-minded Orthodox believers wanting to officially line themselves under the healthiest episcopal/ jurisdictional option available to them today. Thank God, many prayers seem to be answered through the different signs & opportunities that have presented themselves recently. Can you comment a bit on this?


  • 97m 56s

  • How should people without a spiritual father approach asceticism if there is no one to bless our endeavors?


  • 99m 57s

  • Evlogeite! What do you use / what helps you to not become despondent during prayer and let your thoughts wander?


  • 101m 46s

  • If I become a monk, I am conflicted because I feel like I am being selfish. I leave behind my mother, father and 2 younger brother (6, 20 yr old). The youngest looks up to me very much. Should I give all my wealth to my family or others less fortunate? I won´t be able repay my parents for what they have done for me I suppose if I leave is what I'm thinking.


  • 106m 27s

  • Father bless, someone had asked about the 5 senses of the soul on Tuesday - can you please explain what these are?


  • 108m 50s

  • If someone was brought into Orthodoxy by a statement of faith, or Chrismation, and has for years been receiving Holy Communion, should they cease to do so if they have finally found a priest who will properly Baptize them, until they are Baptized? Also, is the sacrament of Marriage affected in this case?


  • 116m 55s

  • Do things detached from God ever feel artificial despite being tangible? Does the secular world ever become intolerable for Christians or feel like such a perversion it's like an evil carnival?


  • 119m 27s

  • How do we properly understand the temple of God, the building we worship in, and the other temple of God, our bodies, in relation to communicable disease?


  • 130m 57s

  • Many monasteries are translating lots of good materials and books for people's spiritual benefits. Can one receive much reward from Christ by translating good spiritual materials?


  • 135m 23s

  • My question is about the Theotokos, the ROCOR parish we attend say "Birth giver of God" And their hymn to the Theotokos is like I've never heard with this wording, what is proper?


  • 137m 38s

  • We read in the lives of the Saints about demon possessed people who receive Communion (with the blessing of an Elder, not like totally unworthily), and they still are demon possessed. How are we to understand this? How should we understand generally demonic possession vs demonic influence?


  • 154m 14s

  • Have any Saints/Elders ever commented on the modern phenomenon of mass icon production?


  • 157m 56s

  • Father bless, can you explain the deeper meaning of the word "epignosis" used in the Bible? Would the English word "insight" be a little closer to the true meaning than "knowledge"?


  • 161m 24s

  • How do we become communicants?


  • 161m 47s

  • If someone dies during certain times specifically after the resurrection (Holy Friday/Saturday or Pascha) does it mean the heavens are open and that person’s soul goes straight to heaven? What do the saints and fathers say about this. Also does St. Michael take the souls too?


  • 164m 25s

  • Would you be able to provide some information about Archbishop Gregory of North America?


  • 167m 47s

  • I can’t remember which clergy or Saint said this, but essentially, “if we knew how much Grace there was during Divine Liturgy, we would collect the dust off the floor”. Does this Grace render the human bacteria/germs on, for example, non-holy items like the pews, inactive?


  • 171m 33s

  • Father, when we Pray for a loved one who is far away from the Church and in fact is completely closed to Christ. How do our prayers help? What is happening to the person we are praying for?


  • 175m 36s

  • Father, could you speak to the so called “relics” or western and Oriental Orthodox “saints”? Are these legitimate? What are we to make of these claims?


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MARCH 24, 2022

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  • 58m 41s

  • Father Bless. What should we make of the blood streaming icons?


  • 59m 0s

  • In 2020, at the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab declared "The Great Reset ". Can we say anything about spiritual consequences of this event today?


  • 64m 38s

  • What type of repentance would be required in The West to avoid the type of suffering Bolsheviks brought to Russia? Are citizens responsible for the conduct of their rulers? Is nationalism a sin when a nation is ungodly (prideful)?


  • 71m 40s

  • How often should we go to confession? Should we go every month?


  • 77m 2s

  • My wife is Catholic. I pray to God that he will guide her and our children to the true Church. What do I say to our children that she is raising Catholic when they inevitably ask me why do I go to a "different" church and what is the difference? How do I not come off as judgmental? I am thankful to God that they are at least learning about God but in another way, I am concerned that it will only make it harder for them to come to Orthodoxy.


  • 89m 2s

  • Question on outward expressions during services like when to do sign of Cross, bowing down, lifting up hands (let us lift up our hearts) or using prayer rope in church. Any comment is appreciated.