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Orthodoxy loses its brightest light; Metropolitan Ilia (Katre) has reposed in The Lord

For the last few weeks, there were dreams of death. As shared with Presbytera, there was no escape from these dreams. The last time there was such a dream, a friend had passed away. A restless night, and upon waking at 4 a.m., within a few hours, the phone rang, and immediately, before answering, the realization that he had departed this life.

Metropolitan Ilia, by his person, revealed what many other bishops are not. He was a man of exceptional intelligence who was poor and humble. When hyenas within the Church colluded with the SEC  (as part of a corrupt and religiously bigoted persecution of one of his priests) to cast dispersions, lie, and commit federal process crimes, Bishop Ilia stood up, writing directly to the court—putting his name and reputation on the line (καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν - John 1:5). No other bishop would have had the courage to do the same. 

He was a part of the lives of countless families, and one in particular for about twenty years, like a father. Blessing a holy union and baptized the fruit of the marriage. Later, praying at an ordination, for which, as was so often the case, he was pushed back, though he was greater than those who pushed him back. You only need to meet someone like Metropolitan Ilia once to know what a bishop is and is meant to be. He was "above reproach... sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, and able to teach." (1 Tim 3:2).

 Bishop Ilia blessing a union (July 4, 2004)

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Watch! Highlights from Fr. Emmanuel's talk at The Athens Conference on Faith and Finance

 
Also known as “The Priest of Wall Street,” Fr. Emmanuel has a long history of making prescient calls in securities markets, including his calls on Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND) that not only resulted in a battle with US regulators but also predicted Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND) recent multibillion-dollar stock price crash

On November 26, 2018, Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson spoke at the Athens Conference on Faith and Finance, click below to watch highlights from the event. 

 
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Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson speaks to global business and political leaders about Theosis in the Orthodox Church

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson speaks to global business and political leaders at the Caux Round Table at the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics about Theosis in the Orthodox Church, his per personal life experiences, including as an activist investor, a Christian philosophy of investment and being a witness for Christ.

Wittenberg, Germany, November 7, 2017

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3D Model of St. Katherine Orthodox Chapel - Stowe, VT

St. Katherine Orthodox Chapel – 3D rendering with accurate topography and location of trees. Dome will be alternating Gold and Silver sections.  Chapel will be located on 28 pristine acres between the Worcester Mountain range and Mount Mansfield in Stowe, VT. Synthesis of traditional Byzantine Architecture with local Adirondack ethos.  

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We must always pray for our country and those who would aspire to public service

The exchange last week between leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Pope Francis over Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border blurred the lines between national, religious and political aspirations but in many ways was truly unfortunate.

During his visit to Juarez, Mexico to celebrate Mass, Pope Francis, must have felt, great pain seeing first-hand the many people, who through no fault of their own, have long-suffered or paid an ultimate price in an effort to escape the misery afflicting large parts of their country. It is in this context, and in his humanity the Pope spoke out, perhaps inspired by the words of The Lord himself “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Matt. 25:35)

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Hope This Helps

Stumbled across this email today from July 14, 2015 entitled simply "Hope this helps"  When taken together with the thoughts recently put together for the Naval War College lecture, provides perhaps the foundation for a short essay or book on the topic of a Christian philosophy of finance and investment.

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