Geronda Ephraim of Arizona, St. Nektarios Monastery and the Theompaiktes (Panagiotis Televantou)

·         Θεομπαίκτες can be translated as “mocker of sacred things, godless || impious, irreligious, wicked (in this translation, it’ll be transliterated as Theompaiktes)


Don’t be scandalized by the impious (Theompaiktes)!

On Sunday, June 16 after years I had the opportunity to worship at the blessed coenobium of Saint Nektarios (one of the 17 monasteries Geronda Ephraim of Arizona founded in America).

The monastery of St. Nektarios is a men’s monastery and is located 2-3 hours away from New York. Unfortunately it is inaccessible for those of us who do not have a car. I enjoyed the last detail of my stay in the monastery. The monastery has 23 – the vast majority young fathers with God’s grace manifest in their face. They are humble monks, like earthly Angels, full of love, willing to give rest to the pilgrims.
They do not say much. Actually, they don’t do any preaching. They let the grace of God, eating their existence, talk with love, accommodating all pilgrims.
Christmas Manger at St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.
Christmas Manger at St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.

Resital Theompaixias

But is the devil ever missing where spiritual benefit occurs?
The only exception to the benefit of the pilgrimage was the presence of an “assiduous” woman that has made theompaixia into a science. She took on the role of the Monastery’s abbess, she told the pilgrims what to do and what not to do. She literally conducted herself as an operative of the devil.
At first I was upset—and I know many others were also upset with her—by the dissonance. But I soon realized her presence was simply a temptation. Everything around us was lit up by God’s race!


Humble, loving and willing, the monks gave all they needed without favoritism, without ulterior motive. Angels of Christ!
Christmas Tree Lights at St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.
Christmas Tree Lights at St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.



Elder Ephraim Is Not Liable for the Theompaixia of Some

I wondered why we stood in the grievous exception of an incongruous woman? Perhaps Geronda Ephraim appointed her as “General Officer” of his monasteries? Perhaps he knew her “feats” and blessed them or perhaps the opposite is true? Perhaps there is reliable information that she doesn’t do obedience to the Geronda on issues relating to her personal life? But this doesn’t prevent her from taking on the “General Officer” role of Geronda Ephraim’s monasteries?

Few may realize that Elder Ephraim of Arizona has supervised 17 monasteries ubiquitous in North America (USA and Canada) and quite a few on Mount Athos and in Greece. The Monastery of St. Anthony’s, where Geronda Ephraim resides, is at least five hours flight from New York. So how is it possible for him to control each of the tens of thousands who confess to him do or don’t do?
View from the dining hall at St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.
View from the dining hall at St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY.



Are There Theompaiktes Who Use the Saints to Acquire Validation?



There are people—literally Theompaiktes—who use Geronda Ephraim’s name to present themselves as people of importance?…
 
As for the Theompaiktes that talk about the “fragrances” of Geronda Ephraim or his airlift from Mount Athos to America (which Dionysios Tatsis mentioned in ‘Orthodox Typos’)…
A story circulates in the monasteries about Geronda Ephraim being transported to Mount Athos from Arizona and back by the Panagia, in the same way the Apostles were carried on clouds to the Dormition of the Theotokos.
A story circulates in the monasteries about Geronda Ephraim being transported to Mount Athos from Arizona and back by the Panagia, in the same way the Apostles were carried on clouds to the Dormition of the Theotokos.
 
My brothers! Do not remain scandalized by Theompaixias. Do not allow them to vilify Geronda Ephraim in this manner. Cut them off the moment they start telling these theompaixies, and always bear in mind that Fr. Ephraim neither knows nor approves such Theompaixies.

http://panayiotistelevantos.blogspot.ca/2012/06/blog-post_4693.html

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