Posts by Kolokotronis

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  • The Wisdom and Power of the Cross – A Homily for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/14/2014 5:08:54 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Kolokotronis to markomalley; NYer; lightman

    Synaxarion:

    Saint Helen, the mother of Saint Constantine the Great, when she was already advanced in years, undertook, in her great piety, the hardships of a journey to Jerusalem in search of the cross, about the year 325. A temple to Aphrodite had been raised up by the Emperor Hadrian upon Golgotha, to defile and cover with oblivion the place where the saving Passion had been suffered. The venerable Helen had the statue of Aphrodite destroyed, and the earth removed, revealing the Tomb of our Lord, and three crosses. Of these, it was believed that one must be that of our Lord, the other two of the thieves crucified with Him; but Saint Helen was at a loss which one might be the Wood of our salvation. At the inspiration of Saint Macarius, Archbishop of Jerusalem, a lady of Jerusalem, who was already at the point of death from a certain disease, was brought to touch the crosses, and as soon as she came near to the Cross of our Lord, she was made perfectly whole. Consequently, the precious Cross was lifted on high by Archbishop Macarius of Jerusalem; as he stood on the ambo, and when the people beheld it, they cried out, “Lord have mercy.” It should be noted that after its discovery, a portion of the venerable Cross was taken to Constantinople as a blessing. The rest was left in Jerusalem in the magnificent church built by Saint Helen, until the year 614. At that time, the Persians plundered Palestine and took the Cross to their own country (see Jan. 22, Saint Anastasius the Persian). Late, in the year 628, Emperor Heraclius set out on a military campaign, retrieved the Cross, and after bringing it to Constantinople, himself escorted it back to Jerusalem, where he restored it to its place.

    [Rest from labour. A Fast is observed today, whatever day of the week it may be.]

    Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Tone

    Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

    Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

    Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.

  • Urgent Prayers Needed for RedMDer's Beautiful Wife, Lynn [Update 214, 269, 373, 502. 551]

    09/14/2014 4:36:37 AM PDT · 641 of 678
    Kolokotronis to RedMDer

    Christ our eternal King and God, You have destroyed death and the devil by Your Cross and have restored man to life by Your Resurrection; give rest, Lord, to the soul of Your servant Lynn who has fallen asleep, in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering. In Your goodness and love for all men, pardon all the sins she has committed in thought word or deed, for there is no man or woman who lives and sins not, You alone are without sin.
    For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and Repose of Your servant Lynn, departed this life, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up glory with Your Eternal Father and Your All-holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit; both now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/11/2014 11:04:10 AM PDT · 39 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    “Mark of Ephesus was no “people and lower clergy” and he was the major force in rejecting the union.”

    You are correct. In fact, he was the only hierarch of any consequence who opposed the False Union of Florence. Together with the monastics, lower clergy and the People, the dictates of the hierarchs and the Pope were frustrated. I still have no idea who you think the Mohammedan collaborators were. The remark about the Sultan's turban was made by Loukas Notaras, the last Grand Duke of the Empire. He was from the beautiful Greek city of Monemvasia. He was an interesting character who worked with Constantine Paleologos XI to gain military aid from the West while at the same time trying to keep the Orthodox populace of Constantinople from rioting because of a perceived alliance with Rome, hence the remark. He was deservedly, in my opinion, executed after the fall of The City.

    “Further, neither the issue between Eastern and Western Churches is of such nature that faithful peasants on either side could make. Neither the procession of the Holy Ghost nor the proper role of papacy yield to plain seat-of-the-pants analysis. It was entirely proper that Florence was conducted by theologians and brought to its temporary success by theologians;....”

    But Alex, the People always have the final say with us. That's the way it was and still is. We have no innovation like Rome's institutional magisterium. Holy Tradition is our magisterium and Holy Tradition is lived out in our lives as Orthodox Christians, not as subjects of the Bishop of Rome or anywhere else for that matter.

    Have a good and safe move, my brother!

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/11/2014 7:51:25 AM PDT · 36 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    “Signing the Unia, then rejecting it after some pro-Muslim agitators kicked themselves into gear is by definition “doubt””

    What in heaven's name are you talking about, Alex? If you mean the rejection of Florence by the people and lower clergy, that's the way Orthodoxy works and always has. Hierarchs don't rule over us, though they often try to. We saw an example of it in this century with the removal of the unlamented Spyridon as Archbishop of America. It works the same way with dogmas. If the people do not evidence their acceptance of a dogma from a council, give their “Great Amen” as we say, by living out the dogma in their lives, it is no dogma. For example, the “dogma” against artificial non-abortifacient birth control would be no dogma in the Latin Church if you had the same sort of ecclesiology.

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/10/2014 3:19:30 PM PDT · 33 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    There was no doubt at all, either in Constantinople or Russia, who rejected the apostasy of Florence. There isn’t today either. Bottom line, either kiss the feet of the Bishop of Rome or die.

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/10/2014 2:53:49 PM PDT · 31 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    Makes Rome and the papists sound like ISIL, Kosta.

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/10/2014 2:07:41 PM PDT · 29 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    “The pivot between the “mitres” and the “turbans” was not invented by “our arrogant cardinals”; that was the conscious choice of the ruling class of Byzantium. They chose the turbans.”

    Not the ruling class, Alex. It was the bakers and butchers and shoemakers who overthrew the decision of the hierarchs at Florence. Of the hierarchs, only +Mark of Ephesus stood with the Laos tou Theou, who had always and to this day constitute the guardians of Orthodoxy. Holy Russia almost immediately repudiated the apostasy of Florence. Without us groveling before the Bishop of Rome, the military aid from the West was all but cut off and we know the rest.

    The turbans were never chosen; my ancestor didn’t choose the turban. He died on the walls at the side of the God Ordained Emperor Constantine XI Paleologus and the women and children of the family were raped at Agia Sophia, near the altar where the good Roman Catholic boys of the 4th Crusade set up a whore and dressed her as the Patriarch.

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/10/2014 12:27:54 PM PDT · 27 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    “If the Turks were not stopped at Vienna, the liberation of the Balkans would not be feasible, and that was Catholic West that stopped them.”

    Where does that come from? We were left to the tender mercies of the Turks. We liberated much of Greece in the Greek War of Independence. Various other uprisings of local peoples liberated certain other ares until the Balkan Wars of 1912-1913 when we, contrary to the efforts of the West, we ran the Turks out of Europe.

    “The sack of Constantinople was indeed a disaster, but so was the deliberate on the part of Byzantium failure of the Florentine Union, which was the proximate cause of the fall of the City.”

    So, had we as the Laos tou Theou, agreed, as so many of our miserable hierarchs did, to grovel before the feet of the Bishop of Rome, all would have been well? I heard one of your more arrogant cardinals make that claim at a meeting of Orthodox and Latin hierarchs and laity. He was hooted down and left red faced. His remarks are often trotted out when talks get going on reunion.

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/10/2014 8:37:06 AM PDT · 25 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    The Greeks still credit the Orthodox Russians to one extent or another. They do not credit the Western secular, Latin or protestant powers. Stopping the Mohammedan Turks at Vienna didn’t save the Balkans from centuries under the heel of the Ottomans, but the sack of Constantinople by the 4th Crusade absolutely assured the fall of The City two centuries later and centuries of oppression to this very day.

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/10/2014 8:22:37 AM PDT · 23 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    The West liberated the Balkans from the Ottomans?????????????

    My ancestors beg to differ as would those of our fellow Balkan mountain bandits, the Serbs, Romanians and Bulgarians.

  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/09/2014 1:41:42 PM PDT · 8 of 40
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    ” In fairness to Obama, Bush was not much better on that score.”

    You mean “Islam is the religion of Peace” Bush? The one whose legacy is the smoking ruins of Eastern Christian communities from the Adriatic to the Iran/Iraq border?

    “The other part of that strategy is to make sure nothing is done for the defense of the Christians in the Middle East.”

    That has been the MO of the West since the 4th Crusade. Nothing much changes Alex.

  • San Diego Catholic bishop dies after battle with cancer

    09/07/2014 5:01:39 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    May his memory be eternal.

  • Turkey's Erdogan to seek Gulen extradition in Obama talks: media

    09/05/2014 4:10:13 AM PDT · 4 of 9
    Kolokotronis to markomalley

    To be fair, MOM, bowing down, even grovelling before Turkish Mohammedan leaders has been a hallmark of American presidents since at least Nixon.

  • Chronicling the “Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium”

    08/31/2014 3:30:42 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    Kolokotronis to kearnyirish2

    Greece gave America both democracy and Christianity. You want more than that? As the Greeks say, “what do you want, a son-in-law with two eyes?”

  • Chronicling the “Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium”

    08/31/2014 1:53:43 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    Kolokotronis to kearnyirish2

    “Returned? They hadn’t lost it in the war.”

    Constantinople was occupied by Western forces from November 12, 1918 until September 1923, during which time the Ottoman Empire was partitioned off. The Western Powers were terrified that Russia would have ready access to the pashaliks the West had established along the Mediterranean littoral in former Ottoman territories virtually all the way to the Atlantic. They made a pact with the Mohammedan Turkish devils. The fact that hundreds of thousands of Greeks and Armenians died was neither here nor there.

    As for communism, the Greeks, with help from the Truman administration, crushed the communists in the 1940s and again in the 1970s. Greece has had a center right government for some years now. They also have a political party called Golden Dawn which many Freepers might find attractive.

  • Chronicling the “Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium”

    08/31/2014 1:06:00 PM PDT · 21 of 28
    Kolokotronis to kearnyirish2
    What koolaide have you been drinking? The Greek army, including armor, air force and navy were all on or around Cyprus after the Turks invaded and fought them to a standstill. The Cypriots and the Greeks expected NATO/American assistance but Nixon put the slam on that.

    As for Greece being a Turkish province without Western help, Greece and Serbia crushed the Ottomans just before WWI and liberated virtually all of “European Turkey” despite the attempts by the Western Christian powers to prop up the “Dead Man of Europe”. After WWI, the Western powers saw to it that Constantinople was returned to the Mohammedan Turks. By 1922 the Turks were on a genocidal rampage and at Smyrna they massacred over 100,000 Greeks and Armenians while Western, including American, warships sat in the harbor and did nothing.

    The last American administration to do anything for Greece was Harry Truman's!

  • Chronicling the “Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium”

    08/31/2014 12:24:35 PM PDT · 19 of 28
    Kolokotronis to kearnyirish2

    Oh, really? Were they the same Marines that Nixon and his running dog Kissinger sent to protect the Orthodox Christians of Cyprus from the Republicans’ best friends the Mohammedan Turks? Oh, right, it was Nixon and Kissinger who gave the Turks the green light for the rape of Cyprus and the turning of our churches there into stables and public urinals!

  • Chronicling the “Last Ebbing Twilight of Byzantium”

    08/30/2014 8:25:30 AM PDT · 7 of 28
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    One of the very best books I have ever read. Western Christians didn’t care about Eastern Christians when it was written anymore than they do now. Some of us have been convinced for decades that you all simply want us gone.

    BTW, the Spiritual Meadow is, or was, available on Amazon. Many of St. John Moschos’ stories were my bedtime stories as a child.

  • Down Syndrome Babies—Here to Teach Us Tenderness

    08/21/2014 9:58:16 AM PDT · 3 of 4
    Kolokotronis to CharlesOConnell

    When our son with Down Syndrome was born 31 years ago, we thought we had been cursed. I remember asking the Theotokos what we had done to have this “tragedy” befall us. We were so very, very wrong. He has been for us, his older brother, our greater family and our parish community, the greatest blessing imaginable; no it’s magnitude is unimaginable! We all know why he was born with Down Syndrome; it was to make the love of God manifest in the world!

    John 9

  • Pope Endorses "Force" To Stop ISIS

    08/18/2014 3:32:25 PM PDT · 19 of 33
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    God Bless the good Pope!

    O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over the barbarians, and by the power of Thy Cross preserving Thy commonwealth!

  • Lights go out across Britain, 100 years on from WW1

    08/04/2014 6:02:41 PM PDT · 16 of 25
    Kolokotronis to xzins

    All of Robert Service’s war poetry is like that. There was an Englishman, Wilfred Owen who, I believe, was killed in action a week before the Armistice at the crossing of the Sambre-Oise canal. His poetry was equally intense:

    “Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
    Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

    Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! — An ecstasy of fumbling,
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
    And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
    Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
    As under I green sea, I saw him drowning.

    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, —
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
    Pro patria mori.”

  • Lights go out across Britain, 100 years on from WW1

    08/04/2014 3:44:40 PM PDT · 4 of 25
    Kolokotronis to Tailgunner Joe; xzins; lightman

    On The Wire

    O God, take the sun from the sky!
    It’s burning me, scorching me up.
    God, can’t You hear my cry?
    Water! A poor, little cup!
    It’s laughing, the cursed sun!
    See how it swells and swells
    Fierce as a hundred hells!
    God, will it never have done?
    It’s searing the flesh on my bones;
    It’s beating with hammers red
    My eyeballs into my head;
    It’s parching my very moans.
    See! It’s the size of the sky,
    And the sky is a torrent of fire,
    Foaming on me as I lie
    Here on the wire . . . the wire. . . .

    Of the thousands that wheeze and hum
    Heedlessly over my head,
    Why can’t a bullet come,
    Pierce to my brain instead,
    Blacken forever my brain,
    Finish forever my pain?
    Here in the hellish glare
    Why must I suffer so?
    Is it God doesn’t care?
    Is it God doesn’t know?
    Oh, to be killed outright,
    Clean in the clash of the fight!
    That is a golden death,
    That is a boon; but this . . .
    Drawing an anguished breath
    Under a hot abyss,
    Under a stooping sky
    Of seething, sulphurous fire,
    Scorching me up as I lie
    Here on the wire . . . the wire. . . .

    Hasten, O God, Thy night!
    Hide from my eyes the sight
    Of the body I stare and see
    Shattered so hideously.
    I can’t believe that it’s mine.
    My body was white and sweet,
    Flawless and fair and fine,
    Shapely from head to feet;
    Oh no, I can never be
    The thing of horror I see
    Under the rifle fire,
    Trussed on the wire . . . the wire. . . .

    Of night and of death I dream;
    Night that will bring me peace,
    Coolness and starry gleam,
    Stillness and death’s release:
    Ages and ages have passed, —
    Lo! it is night at last.
    Night! but the guns roar out.
    Night! but the hosts attack.
    Red and yellow and black
    Geysers of doom upspout.
    Silver and green and red
    Star-shells hover and spread.
    Yonder off to the right
    Fiercely kindles the fight;
    Roaring near and more near,
    Thundering now in my ear;
    Close to me, close . . . Oh, hark!
    Someone moans in the dark.
    I hear, but I cannot see,
    I hear as the rest retire,
    Someone is caught like me,
    Caught on the wire . . . the wire. . . .

    Again the shuddering dawn,
    Weird and wicked and wan;
    Again, and I’ve not yet gone.
    The man whom I heard is dead.
    Now I can understand:
    A bullet hole in his head,
    A pistol gripped in his hand.
    Well, he knew what to do, —
    Yes, and now I know too. . . .

    Hark the resentful guns!
    Oh, how thankful am I
    To think my beloved ones
    Will never know how I die!
    I’ve suffered more than my share;
    I’m shattered beyond repair;
    I’ve fought like a man the fight,
    And now I demand the right
    (God! how his fingers cling!)
    To do without shame this thing.
    Good! there’s a bullet still;
    Now I’m ready to fire;
    Blame me, God, if You will,
    Here on the wire . . . the wire. . . .

    If I live to be 100. I’ll never forget my great uncle, my hero, sitting in his rocking chair at the farm house smoking his pipe and suddenly, out of the blue, starting to tell me about trench warfare in WWI. He hadn’t ever spoken if the war before that day. He lied about his age to get in. He was so badly gassed that when he came home they told him he had maybe a year to live. He lived to be 84 years old. HewNted me to memorize this poem as a young man, and I did. It still makes me, an old man now, cry just like my uncle did, but with no where near the justification.

  • Archbishop's Call to Action: Christian Persecution in Syria and Iraq

    08/03/2014 4:48:17 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    All:

    Please, please consider a gift to IOCC. We have been in Iraq since about 2003. I can tell you that IOCC is the finest charity I have ever been involved with. Please also consider having your parish connect with IOCC to help.

    http://www.iocc.org/news/7-30-14-syria-iraq.aspx

  • Meriam Ibrahim's Long Journey, to an Immigrant Community in New England

    08/02/2014 10:16:42 AM PDT · 16 of 18
    Kolokotronis to NYer; Mrs. Don-o

    Ah, well, that explains it. Sneaky Latins....:)

  • Kurdistan Declares “Safe Haven” for Christian Refugees

    07/31/2014 3:48:26 PM PDT · 11 of 16
    Kolokotronis to Greetings_Puny_Humans

    As many of you know, I don’t post much anymore but this thread deserves comment. I have represented a number of Kurds over the past 30+ years in the retail gasoline business. They all knew that I am an Orthodox Christian (the icons in the office sort of give that away). Every one was a hard working man of his word, the best sort of clients. The Kurds are OK!

  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers – Given Salt Water Instead

    07/16/2014 4:13:01 PM PDT · 45 of 55
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    At the time of impending death,the priest says this or another similar prayer. I remember when my mother, of blessed memory, was on her death bed, she told me to “Go to the priest; tell him to say the prayers. He’ll know what you mean.” I did and he did.

    “O Lord our God, who in thine ineffable wisdom hast created man, fashioning him out of the dust, and adorning him with comeliness and goodness, as an honourable and heavenly acquisition, to the exaltation and magnificence of thy glory and kingdom, that thou mightest bring him into this image and likeness; but forasmuch as he sinned against the command of thy statute, havi ng accepted the image but preserved it not, and because, also, evil shall not be eternal: Thou hast ordained remission unto the same, through thy love toward mankind; and that this destructible bond, which as the God of our fathers thou hadst sanctified by thy divine will, should be dissolved, and that his body should be dissolved from the elements of which it was fashioned, but that his soul should be translated to that place where it shall take up its abode until the final Resurrection. Therefore we pray unto thee, the Father who is from everlasting, and immortal, and unto thine Only-begotten Son, and unto thine all-holy Spirit, that thou wilt deliver thy servant from the body onto repose, entreating, also, forgiveness of thine ineffable goodness if he in any wise, whether of knowledge or in ignorance, hath offended thy goodness, or is under the ban of a priest, or hath embittered his parents, or hath broken a vow, or hath fallen into devilish imaginations and shameful sorceries, through the malice of the crafty demon: Yea, O Master, Lord our God, hearken unto me a sinner and thine unworthy servant in this hour, and deliver thy servant from this intolerable sickness which holdeth him in bitter impotency, and give him rest where the souls of the righteous dwell. For thou art the repose of our souls and of our bodies, and unto thee do we ascribe glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.”

  • Prayers for my 7 week old baby son

    07/16/2014 5:53:20 AM PDT · 101 of 109
    Kolokotronis to djsunzi

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your little servant Timothy and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; lift him up from his bed of pain, and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • ISIS Muslim terrorists rape Christian women. 600 Christians form militia for a last stand

    07/09/2014 4:39:53 AM PDT · 22 of 29
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    O Lord, save Thy people,
    And bless Thine inheritance.
    Grant victory to Thy people
    Over the barbarians,
    And by the power of Thy Cross
    Preserve Thy commonwealth!

  • Head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church dies at 78

    07/05/2014 2:43:30 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    Kolokotronis to annalex; Honorary Serb

    O God of spirits and of all flesh, You have trampled upon death and have abolished the power of the devil, giving life to Your world. Give rest to the soul of Your departed servant, the Metropolitan Volodymyr, in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering. As a good and loving God, forgive every sin he has committed in thought, word or deed, for there is no one who lives and does not sin. You alone are without sin. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your word is truth.

    May his memory be eternal, May his memory be eternal, May his memory be eternal!

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 6:23:25 AM PDT · 5 of 65
    Kolokotronis to The Grammarian
    The origins of distributionism are found in the economic/social system of the Byzantine Empire. That system was bound up with the Imperial government which itself, for better or worse, was seen as a reproduction of the Divine Order, a system designed to foster mankind's fulfillment of its created purpose. The pope's connection of government action with good works is consistent with the history of The Church and indeed of all Christianity until, in the West, the
    “Enlightenment”.
  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 5:53:22 AM PDT · 1 of 65
    Kolokotronis
    Given the insults to the present pope appearing of late on these pages, especially those accusing him of being some sort of socialist, this article is worth a read. The discussion of Marx and Marxism is particularly thought provoking.
  • A Message from Metropolitan JOSEPH

    07/03/2014 2:10:30 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    AXIOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pope Francis stops car (en route from Calabria to Rome) to bless young disabled woman

    06/23/2014 3:18:04 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    I didn’t say he was, though he was chosen by God to be the Patriarch of the West and is what we Orthodox Greeks call a “Thoro you Theou”, a Gift of God. That’s generally good enough for us simple Eastern Christians.

  • Pope Francis stops car (en route from Calabria to Rome) to bless young disabled woman

    06/23/2014 2:44:51 PM PDT · 9 of 22
    Kolokotronis to NYer
    Our Triune God has blessed all of us by giving us this good and holy man as the Patriarch of the West.
  • Muslims Pray to Turn Turkey's Greatest Monument Back into a Mosque [Hagia Sophia]

    06/02/2014 2:53:59 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    Kolokotronis to Biggirl

    Indeed; and as if the Pope’s 4th crusade wasn’t enough to ensure the fall of the Empire and schism, his legate, the damnable Cardinal Humberto, guaranteed it with his “bull of excommunication” tossed on the altar of Agia Sohia in 1452!

  • Muslims Pray to Turn Turkey's Greatest Monument Back into a Mosque [Hagia Sophia]

    06/02/2014 2:41:50 PM PDT · 17 of 23
    Kolokotronis to Biggirl

    “A Byzantine Rite Church.”

    I am likely the only poster on FR who had a family member die in battle at the side of the God Ordained Emperor Constantine Paleologos XI, and other family members, women and children, raped and hauled off into slavery when the savage Mohammedan Turks broke into Agia Sophia during the last Liturgy, on that most tragic night of Tuesday, May 28, 1453. Their stories were my bedtime stories. One of my dearest and best friends is a direct descendant of the Emperor. I never understood the expressed sentiment of the Imperial Official Loukas Notaras when he exclaimed “Better the Sultan’s turban than the Pope’s cap!” But when I read the disgusting suggestion that our holy cathedral be converted to a Uniate church, I finally understand!

  • Urgent Prayers Needed for RedMDer's Beautiful Wife, Lynn [Update 214, 269, 373, 502. 551]

    05/27/2014 4:18:02 AM PDT · 444 of 678
    Kolokotronis to onyx

    O Lord our God, the Physician of our souls and bodies, look down upon Thy servant Lynn and cure her of all infirmities of the flesh, in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy Most Holy, Gracious, and Life-giving Spirit, always, now and forever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

  • Blessed Sacrament Procession in Cambridge MA

    05/13/2014 2:52:52 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    As you, dear lady, know, I don’t publicly post anymore, but for this...AXIOS, AXIOS, AXIOS!

  • I, Gamecock, completed RICO and will become Catholic next week.

    04/01/2014 2:57:13 PM PDT · 33 of 39
    Kolokotronis to xzins; Gamecock; P-Marlowe

    “Orthodoxy is OK+

    I will remain, though, unfettered, because they allow freedom....sometimes too much freedom I might add.”

    :)

    You’ll all be just fine. Pray unceasingly!

    “You, oh Christ, are the Kingdom of Heaven;
    You, the land promised to the gentle;
    You the grazing lands of paradise;
    You, the hall of the celestial banquet;
    You, the ineffable marriage chamber;
    You the table set for all,
    You the bread of life;
    You, the unheard of drink;
    You, both the urn for the water
    and the life-giving water;
    You, moreover, the inextinguishable lamp
    for each one of the saints;
    You, the garment and the crown
    and the one who distributes crowns;
    You, the joy and the rest;
    You, the delight and glory;
    You the gaiety;
    You, the mirth;
    and Your grace, grace of the Spirit of all sanctity,
    will shine like the sun in all the saints;
    and You, inaccessible sun,
    will shine in their midst
    and all will shine brightly,
    to the degree of their faith,
    their asceticism,
    their hope
    and their love,
    their purification
    and their illumination
    by Your Spirit.” +Symeon the New Theologian

  • Urgent Prayers Needed for RedMDer's Beautiful Wife, Lynn [Update 214, 269, 373, 502. 551]

    03/29/2014 5:14:32 AM PDT · 105 of 678
    Kolokotronis to onyx

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your servant, our sister Lynn and cure her of every sickness of which she is grieved; lift her up from her bed of pain, and send down upon her Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to her health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • From the Inexhaustible Source

    03/23/2014 2:39:08 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    “Isn’t it wonderful?”

    It is better than simply wonderful, my friend.

  • From the Inexhaustible Source

    03/23/2014 2:11:49 PM PDT · 10 of 15
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    Something far too many western members of the various ecclesial groups need to remember, and better yet, come to believe:

    “It is not a matter of humility, for true debasement is the company of self-righteous sinners, not humble simple men. Our heart is captivated with something else: that Christ came to those who more than anyone else needed Divine help. He came even less powerful than they were, and having received help from the shepherds made them imitate the Most High, raised them to a soaring height. Because they gave of their grace to the Author of all grace.”

  • MEMORY ETERNAL! HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN PHILIP

    03/20/2014 4:10:47 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    O God of all spirits and flesh, Who has trodden down death, destroying the power of the devil, bestowing life on Your world, to the soul of Your servant the Metropolitan Philip departed this life, do You Yourself, O Lord, give rest in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place of refreshment, from where pain and sorrow and mourning are fled away. Every sin by him committed in thought, word, or deed, do You as our good and loving God forgive, seeing that there is no man that shall live and sin not, for You alone are without sin: Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness and Your law is truth.

    For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Your servant the Metropolitan Philip, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up Glory, as to Your Eternal Father and Your All-Holy, Good, and Life-creating Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Please Pray for Fragile Boy Undergoing Major Surgery Today

    02/17/2014 5:03:15 PM PST · 23 of 56
    Kolokotronis to Pajamajan

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your young servant whose life has been a blessing to those around him and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; lift him up from his bed of pain, and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Prayer Request For a Child Named Noah

    02/17/2014 5:00:02 PM PST · 20 of 35
    Kolokotronis to Morgana

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your servant Noah and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; lift him up from his bed of pain, and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral

    02/09/2014 2:54:19 PM PST · 14 of 36
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    It is a fallen world, my brother. In a less violent fashion, we see attacks on the veneration of our Holy Icons everyday here on FR. We need to pray unceasingly.

  • Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral

    02/09/2014 2:52:09 PM PST · 13 of 36
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    Вечная память. May their memories be eternal!
  • Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral

    02/09/2014 2:28:29 PM PST · 4 of 36
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    Вечная память. May their memories be eternal!
  • A Dramatic Biblical Moment that almost Every one Missed

    02/03/2014 3:55:22 AM PST · 6 of 67
    Kolokotronis to markomalley

    We still do it. It is magnificent.

    http://www.goarch.org/chapel/liturgical_texts/churching

  • Britain entering first world war was 'biggest error in modern history'

    02/01/2014 4:01:38 AM PST · 22 of 84
    Kolokotronis to Southack

    There is a new book out called “The Sleepwalkers. How Europe Went to War in 1914” by Christopher Clark. It is a detailed study of how European diplomats and government officials basically stumbled into the war. No one and no country comes out looking good, even less looking innocent. One of the most interesting parts of the book relate the political and economic advances of the Austrian and Slovak parts of the Austo-Hungarian Empire. It was an astonishingly modern state. It will probably be the definitive work on the subject from here on out. It’s available on Amazon and well worth the read.