Saint Hilarion (Troitsky). The Unity of the Church and the World Conference of Christian Communities
The entire book is contained in two MP3 files of almost equal length, which can be burned to two CDs for listening in the car or elsewhere.
Introduction to the Audio Edition
This brilliant defense of traditional Orthodox ecclesiology by the Holy New-Martyr Archbishop Hilarion — who received a martyr's crown on December 15th, 1929 —, does not seem to be well known, probably owing to its limited publication decades ago by a small monastery press in Canada. As of 2009 it is out of print and was difficult to obtain anywhere except from an online used bookstore.
This is unfortunate, for Saint Hilarion's book is, in my opinion, the best critical analysis ever written of the ecclesiological presuppositions of the Ecumenical Movement. Every Orthodox Christian should read or listen to this book as an antidote to the bacterium of ecumenistic heresy, which has been infecting some Orthodox Christians and dulling their Orthodox consciousness for decades. As Dr. Constantine Cavarnos put it in his book Ecumenism Examined:
I am convinced that any Orthodox Christian who hears the timeless words of this erudite and Patristic-minded Archbishop, and then hears or reads the statements of our misguided Orthodox ecumenists today — many of whom, unfortunately, are clergy of the highest rank, or who hold teaching positions in Orthodox seminaries—will be shocked and amazed that they have fallen so far from the teaching of the Holy Fathers.
This book—which is actually a letter to an American Protestant — was written in 1917. The English translation by Mrs. Margaret Jerinec was published in 1975 by Monastery Press. I offer it here unabridged as the first in a series of audio books that, with God's help, will be made available on the Orthodox Christian Information Center Web site (www.OrthodoxInfo.com).
In the Introduction to the 1975 edition, the editors point out that:
The book contains numerous phrases in foreign languages that, for the most part, I did not try to pronounce. As the English translation for these phrases is also provided, I deemed it unnecessary. As well, I did not read his footnotes, which are almost always simply a citation of the source. Please consult the text for these, which is also on OrthodoxInfo.com.
Finally, I ask your forgiveness for any shortcomings or mistakes in my reading. Please pray for me, a sinner.
01 / 10 / 2009
Also here you can read
A Reply to One Well Disposed Towards the Latin Church
A Christian Hymnal in the Middle of the Old Testament
Reading the Real Bible and Notes on the Real Hell
Paths of the Spirit: About baking with the proper ingredients
Sermon: Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Leithart and Emptying Nicaea of the Spirit
Questions about the Book of Revelations of St. John the Theologian
The Basics of Spiritual Life, Based on the Writings of St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)
The Valley of the Shadow of Death
Obstacles on the Path to the Gospel
The Liturgy after the Liturgy
The Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete