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  • 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]

    03/29/2014 5:14:32 AM PDT · 105 of 300
    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.

  • Monks From The Kiev-Caves Lavra Stand Between Police And Demonstrators in Kiev

    01/22/2014 3:26:12 PM PST · 12 of 17
    Kolokotronis to FormerLib

    AXIOS, AXIOS, AXIOS!!!!!!!!!

  • Prayer request for our unborn child

    01/19/2014 5:50:23 PM PST · 18 of 274
    Kolokotronis to redgolum

    O LORD God Almighty, the Creator of all things and the Giver of knowledge to mankind: who did fashion the body of man from the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and granted him Your blessing, that he might increase and multiply by means of the birth of children: We ask You now, who love mankind, to bless this Your handmaiden who is with child, granting her help and comfort at this trying time; ease her labor, and bring her to safe delivery. Yea, O Lord, open the treasury of Your mercies, and Your compassion unto her, and let her give birth to a fruitful vine, to be a cause of joy to her all the days of her life: For blessed are You, and Your Only-begotten Son, and Your all-holy, good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

  • Does Francis have a Marxism problem?

    01/12/2014 1:04:33 PM PST · 17 of 43
    Kolokotronis to SumProVita

    What a magnificent post!

  • U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say

    01/10/2014 2:43:37 PM PST · 17 of 29
    Kolokotronis to PowderMonkey

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    And reap his old reward:
    The blame of those ye better,
    The hate of those ye guard—
    The cry of hosts ye humour
    (Ah, slowly!) toward the light:—
    “Why brought he us from bondage,
    Our loved Egyptian night?”

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    Ye dare not stoop to less—
    Nor call too loud on Freedom
    To cloke your weariness;
    By all ye cry or whisper,
    By all ye leave or do,
    The silent, sullen peoples
    Shall weigh your gods and you.

    Take up the White Man’s burden—
    Have done with childish days—
    The lightly proferred laurel,
    The easy, ungrudged praise.
    Comes now, to search your manhood
    Through all the thankless years
    Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
    The judgment of your peers!

    I fear you may have cast this pearl before swine....

  • Myth for the Masses: Symbolism and the Language of Liturgy

    01/08/2014 10:39:28 AM PST · 5 of 5
    Kolokotronis to don-o

    “Then we went on to Greece, and the Greeks led us to the edifices where they worship their God, and we knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendour or such beauty, and we are at a loss how to describe it. We know only that God dwells there among men, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations. For we cannot forget that beauty. Every man, after tasting something sweet, is afterward unwilling to accept that which is bitter, and therefore we cannot dwell longer here.”

    You and I will be there Sunday at the Divine Liturgy, d-o, worshiping our Triune God with the angels and the saints, not here on earth, off the timeline. Every one can if they wish. The West, frankly not surprisingly, has chosen another way.

  • Bartholomew’s offensive against “localism” and “self-marginalisation”

    01/08/2014 9:24:29 AM PST · 5 of 5
    Kolokotronis to Biggirl

    “.Or maybe he is preparing the Orthodox Churches to in time come back home to Rome in full reunion so as to realize what Blessed John Paul II said, so that the “lungs of the two branches of the Christian faith can breath” “

    I sincerely doubt that....

  • Should the Church Consider Reintroducing the Exorcism Prayers in the Rite of Baptism?

    01/08/2014 7:42:24 AM PST · 22 of 38
    Kolokotronis to Tax-chick; annalex; Mount Athos; markomalley; vladimir998

    You’ve received some very accurate responses to your question TC. I hasten to point out, however, that differing concepts of the Sin of Adam/Ancestral Sin/Original Sin have little to do with dealing with demons at baptism.

    Here’s a link to our Baptism rite. You’ll see that Ancestral/Original sin really doesn’t enter into it. but dealing with demons and airy and invisible specters does. We take demons very seriously, TC.

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

  • Pope abolishes honorary title of monsignor for diocesan priests under the age of 65

    01/04/2014 2:32:43 PM PST · 16 of 47
    Kolokotronis to vladimir998

    ” In the Orthodox Churches it is still the custom in many places to kiss the hands of a priest and bishops.”

    It’s our custom everywhere so far as I know. Whern we meet a priest or hierarch, we kiss his right hand. We will all line up and kiss the priest’s hand tomorrow after the Divine Liturgy’ He will give us anditheron and bless us. It’s a good thing.

  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

    12/29/2013 4:02:19 AM PST · 50 of 53
    Kolokotronis to crazycatlady

    “As far as I know, public assistance figures aren’t broken down by religion.”

    They are not, but Lewiston is a small place and Somali names are a dead give away! No Smith, Jones or Papastathopoulos in that community!

    Many African women wear what appear to be burkhas, Ethiopians for example, who are very, very Christian, or Eritreans. I know, I go to church with them. Christian women throughout the East cover their heads.

  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

    12/29/2013 3:54:24 AM PST · 48 of 53
    Kolokotronis to Chickensoup

    “I live in Maine too and you are dreaming. You a social services contractor to the Somali and their gangs who have devastated Lewiston?”

    You don’t live in Lewiston and clearly don’t know the Mayor or the Somali immigrant situation here. There are no “gangs” devastating Lewiston. There were a group of punk kids, Somali and home growns, breaking into a few houses and some buildings at Bates stealing computers. They got caught. A few years back there were some junior high Somali kids who accosted 4 or 5 people in the park at night. The PD quickly “took care of the problem”.

    Lewiston’s trouble comes from the fat white women who move here from the country towns for welfare, to act as mules for the American drug dealers from the south and west of us and breed their illegitimate spawn while handing us the bill. The Somalis don’t do that.

    Oh, and no, as anyone who has dealt with me over the years on FR knows, I am most certainly NOT a social services contractor for any Mohammedans. Unlike the overwhelming majority of Freepers, my family lived under the heel of the Mohammedan Turks for 400 years. My bedtime stories were about the Turkokratia and the boogie man was a Turk! I know all about Georgie Bush’s ROP so it’s unlikely I’ll be fooled.

  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

    12/28/2013 1:40:46 PM PST · 36 of 53
    Kolokotronis to SeekAndFind

    I live in Maine; Bob MacDonald is one of my best friends. This article is a complete LIE. In the last election, Bob crushed his far left opponent and did it with a substantial majority of SOMALI VOTES! The Somalis claim a far smaller percentage of welfare benefits than their percentage of the population. MacDonald is talking about asylum seekers, not refugees. Asylum seekers, the vast, vast majority of whom are not Somalis (right now it’s Angolans)do show up here and immediately go on the dole. Maine is one of the few states which provide relief to asylum seekers. It’s going to stop.

    As for the Somalis, well, as a group they have been model citizens. We almost never see them in court except for petty stuff. There have been some welfare crooks among them, but not many. Their kids graduate from High School at a higher rate than the American kids. In fact, they have raised the graduation rate at the high school almost 20 percent!

    We are doing fine here. We are not turning into Somalia or any other sort of Mohamedan dog vomitstan. Our economy is growing. The last thing we appreciate is for some clown from away like Greenfield and his rag to defame us for his own cheap political agenda!

  • MSNBC's Taylor: Republicans 'Almost Single-Handedly Blew Up This Economy' (What A Retard)

    12/27/2013 3:16:16 PM PST · 18 of 36
    Kolokotronis to Kaslin

    “(What A Retard)”

    Classy, foreigner!

  • Need prayers for daughter in law and son after miscarriage

    12/21/2013 11:09:05 AM PST · 42 of 49
    Kolokotronis to jmaroneps37

    O Sovereign Master, Lord our God, Who was born of the all-pure Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, and as an infant was laid in a manger: do You Yourself, according to Your great mercy, have regard for this Your servant who has miscarried that which was conceived in her. Heal her suffering, granting to her, O Loving Lord, health and strength of body and soul. Guard her with a shining Angel from every assault of sickness and weakness and all inward torment. You who accept the innocence of infancy in Your Kingdom, comfort the mind of Your servant and bring her peace. Amen.

  • Syrian Catholic Bishop Condemns Orthodox Bishop’s Call to Arms

    12/13/2013 4:47:18 AM PST · 14 of 22
    Kolokotronis to The_Reader_David

    AXIOS!

  • Prayers Requested for FReeper Past Your Eyes

    12/08/2013 5:42:05 AM PST · 40 of 40
    Kolokotronis to sneakers

    O Lord Almighty, the Healer of our souls and bodies, You Who put down and raise up, Who chastise and heal also; do You now, in Your great mercy, visit our brother Lester, who is sick. Stretch forth Your hand that is full of healing and health, and get him up from his bed, and cure him of his illness. Put away from him the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which he is bound; and if he has sins and transgressions, grant to him remission and forgiveness, in that You love mankind; yea, Lord my God, pity Your creation, through the compassions of Your Only-Begotten Son, together with Your All-Holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit, with Whom You are blessed, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    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 Lester 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.

  • Former Turkish Cathedral Hagia Sophia May Become a Mosque

    12/04/2013 3:24:12 PM PST · 15 of 24
    Kolokotronis to SeekAndFind

    I have left off posting on this site, at least to any extent, as I found that it is not good for my theosis. But this articles and others posted here have forced my hand.

    You people use this news from Constantinople as some sort of political lesson. My family lived the Fall of the City on May 28, 1453! My bedtime stories were about the death of my relative on the Walls at the side of the God Ordained Emperor Constantine XI Paleologos and the rape of my female relatives in Agia Sophia at the hands of the Ottomans when they burst in during the final Divine Liturgy. The priests gathered up the Gifts and disappeared into the wall of the Apse, to return when the Great Church is returned to the Orthodox Worship. The women and children were hauled off inti slavery. One of my very best friend is the descendant of the Emperor, our families reuntited after 560 years!

    And this Western site uses our Great Church for its cheap politics. Shame, Xalia!

  • ASIA/TURKEY - The oldest Christian place of worship will become a mosque in Istanbul

    11/29/2013 3:21:24 PM PST · 12 of 18
    Kolokotronis to markomalley
    Will its destruction be as complete as that wrought by the Latins in the 13th century?
  • Could Putin-Pope Francis Visit Mark Beginning of End of Centuries-Old Rift?

    11/26/2013 10:25:04 AM PST · 9 of 16
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    NO

  • Over 20,000 [who] Suffered for [the] Faith From Bolsheviks Commemorated at Butovo Firing Range

    11/01/2013 9:19:34 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    Here are a few, a very few stories:

    http://www.orthodox.net/russiannm/index.html

  • THE INCREDIBLY DEPRESSING ANSWERS COLLEGE STUDENTS GAVE WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST

    10/18/2013 7:21:18 AM PDT · 69 of 197
    Kolokotronis to Albion Wilde

    I almost never post here anymore, but your ping prompts me to comment that to my dying day I will remember the day when my 8th grade girlfriend’s mother rolled her sleeve up, showed us the death camp tattoo and told us never to forget (her imagery of the lime pits is burned into my memory)...and we never have nor ever will.

  • Vladimir Putin Speaks Like a Christian

    09/28/2013 3:27:11 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    Kolokotronis to Brian Kopp DPM

    Brother Andre sounds like a real prize. If I ever need a reason to advise against any, even local, rapproachment with the Latins, all I have to do is read the ravings of a Brother Andre, or perhaps those of a heretical Vatican prelate so lionized here on FR, and voila, there it is.

    In the meantime,

    O Lord save Thy people and bless thine Inheritance.
    Give victory to the Emperor
    Over the barbarians
    And by the power of Thy Cross
    Preserve Thy Commonwealth!

  • Millions of Muslims Devoted to Our Lady and Eager for Exorcism

    07/30/2013 9:01:31 AM PDT · 249 of 280
    Kolokotronis to Jim Robinson

    ” When he claims that our Founders were flawed, our constitution is flawed, capitalism is flawed, our nation is flawed, etc, etc, etc, he’s taking the same tack as Obama and the godless liberals rewriting history.”

    Does it therefore follow that in order to be “welcome” on FR one needs to embrace the theory that the Founders were perfect, that the Constitution (original, with all the amendments, with only some of the amendments) is perfect, that capitalism, or some undefined variant of it, is similarly perfect (the fact that a “capitalistic” medical system forces even veterans onto the dole for care, etc, etc notwithstanding) that “the nation”, be that the meddlesome warrior nation of the post Vietnam era or the national security state we are subject to today, is perfect, etc. etc.?

    Right?

    Does accepting those precepts mean that one is not rewriting history like the “godless liberals” and is therefore welcome here? I have to tell you that from what I have seen of the writings of my ancestors since arrival at Cape Ann in 1623, none of them would have qualified and they were remarkably clear headed about human nature and the nature of the human social experiment they were engaged in. They were, Mr. Robinson, very, very successful in great measure because they didn’t try to fool themselves.

    On a purely personal note, it appears your problem was not with stfassisi, but rather with the writings of Bishop Fulton Sheen. Bishop Sheen was a truly great American, worthy of the respect of every poster here on FR. Certainly he is respected by virtually all the Latin and Orthodox Christians on this site. Attacking him, in all honesty, appears to be an attack on the Catholic Church here in America. If Latin Catholics or Orthodox Christians respect Bishop Sheen and his writings, should they leave this site?

  • Millions of Muslims Devoted to Our Lady and Eager for Exorcism

    07/30/2013 8:09:47 AM PDT · 247 of 280
    Kolokotronis to Jim Robinson; Mad Dawg; stfassisi

    “So you’re here to push the theory that our founders were flawed therefore the Declaration is flawed, the Constitution is flawed, our founding was flawed and our nation is flawed. Got news for you. You and Comrade Obama can both kiss my flawed American ass.”

    What an astonishing response! In all honesty, making out the Founders or our history, a history my ancestors were intimately involved with making, as an objects of almost cultish worship is at a minimum idolatrous and more than a little dangerous. Is this the direction this site is headed? I know some people believe that’s exactly what’s going on here (and more for that matter) and are, well, let’s just say they are “concerned”.

    Have I misinterpreted what you have written?

  • Prayer for Eli, 3 years old

    07/17/2013 4:33:25 PM PDT · 77 of 109
    Kolokotronis to xzins

    Priest: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

    People: And upon us weak and sinful, His mercy and compassion be showered in both worlds forever.

    Almighty God, and merciful Father, to whom alone belong the issues of life and death: Look down from heaven, we humbly beseech thee, with the eyes of mercy upon this child, your young servant Eli now lying upon the bed of sickness: Visit him, 0 Lord, with thy salvation; deliver him in thy good appointed time from his bodily pain, and save his soul for thy mercies’ sake: That, if it shall be thy pleasure to prolong his days here on earth, he may live to thee, and be an instrument of thy glory, by serving thee faithfully, and doing good in his generation; or else receive him into those heavenly habitations, where the souls of them that sleep in the Lord Jesus enjoy perpetual rest and felicity. Grant this, 0 Lord, for thy mercies’ sake, in the same thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.

    We entreat Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God and all saints to pray for Eli our little brother. We will together raise up glory and thanksgiving to You, Your Father and Your Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

  • Russia is fated to become center of Christian world

    07/03/2013 4:08:37 PM PDT · 82 of 102
    Kolokotronis to BlueDragon; annalex; stfassisi; Alex Murphy

    Mostly Serbs, but you’ll all get the point. I understand we now have gay”marriages” and bring your own snake preachers among our troops. Lucky us!

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=MvLzNX8MuCY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DMvLzNX8MuCY

  • Russia is fated to become center of Christian world

    07/02/2013 10:30:36 AM PDT · 47 of 102
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SdFyxNdlxE

    O Lord, save Thy people,
    and bless Thine inheritance!
    Grant victory to your rulers
    over the barbarians,
    and by virtue of Thy cross,
    preserve Thy habitation.

  • (Obama backed) Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest (Warning Graphic Video)

    06/29/2013 2:48:36 PM PDT · 25 of 45
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    I suppose this could morph into a prayer thread...as it should! For the martyr Francois the Priest:

    O God of all spirits and of every flesh, Who did trod down death and overcome the devil, bestowing life on this Your world, to the soul of this Your servant the priest Francois, 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 have 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 who 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 priest Francois, 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 ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    I encourage all of you to put aside your rage and tomorrow and now pray for this new martyr.

    K

  • Battle of Kosovo Field

    06/29/2013 9:28:12 AM PDT · 14 of 15
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    Troparion - Tone 3

    Longing for the beauty of God’s glory, you were found pleasing to Him while yet in the flesh and by good deeds multiplied the talents entrusted to you. Having suffered greatly, even to the shedding of your blood, you received the crown of martyrdom from Christ. By your prayers, O Lazar, entreat Him to save us who sing to you.

    Kontakion - Tone 8

    Your flock glorifies you as a valiant champion of true piety and a glorious martyr, O most wise Lazar. Since you have boldness before Christ our God, entreat Him to grant peace to those who praise you, that we may cry: “Rejoice, O praise-worthy Lazar!”

  • Battle of Kosovo Field

    06/29/2013 3:25:46 AM PDT · 7 of 15
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    “Paleologus had a wife. Her name was Bertha. The children called them...”

    :)

  • Prayers for our son.

    06/16/2013 5:19:00 AM PDT · 114 of 165
    Kolokotronis to infool7

    Let us pray to the Lord.

    Lord have mercy.

    O Lord Almighty, the Healer of our souls and bodies, You Who put down and raise up, Who chastise and heal also; do You now, in Your great mercy, visit our brother Liam who is sick. Stretch forth Your hand that is full of healing and health, and get him up from his bed, and cure him of his illness. Put away from him the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which he is bound; and if he has sins and transgressions, grant to him remission and forgiveness, in that You love mankind; yea, Lord my God, pity Your creation, through the compassions of Your Only-Begotten Son, together with Your All-Holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit, with Whom You are blessed, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    Let us pray to the Lord

    Lord have mercy.

    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 Liam 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 the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.

  • Assassination plot against Patriarch Bartholomew uncovered (Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch)

    05/10/2013 7:51:53 AM PDT · 14 of 15
    Kolokotronis to markomalley

    One of my ancestors died that night, a Tuesday, 560 years ago, on the wall of The City, fighting next to Constantine XI Paleologos, the last God Ordained Emperor of the Roman Empire. He as fate would have it, was an ancestor of one of my dearest friends, a Levantine Greek. Others of my ancestors, women and children, had gathered at Agia Sophia for the Divine Liturgy that night. When the Turks burst in, the priests took the Holy Gifts and disappeared into the wall of the apse east of the altar. When I was little, I was told that they will return to finish that Liturgy when the church is restored to the True Faith and Worship. The women and children were raped and dragged off into slavery.

  • My ten year-old nephew died today

    03/24/2013 5:25:43 AM PDT · 56 of 148
    Kolokotronis to proud American in Canada

    O Lord who watches over children in the present life and in the world to come because of their simplicity and innocence of mind, abundantly satisfying them with a place in Abraham’s bosom, bringing them to live in radiantly shining places where the spirits of the righteous dwell: receive in peace the soul of Your little servant James, for You Yourself have said, “Let the little children come to Me, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Amen.

  • Please pray for Joe

    11/24/2012 10:42:24 AM PST · 22 of 70
    Kolokotronis to ex-snook

    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 Joseph 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 precious 2 1/2 yr. old boy.

    01/17/2012 2:07:55 PM PST · 75 of 121
    Kolokotronis to gidget7

    Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, Who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal also Your young servant Richard from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant him patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed. I pray, heal Your young servant Richard and grant to him the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

    O Lord our God, Who by a 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 sickness and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to Your young servant Richard and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; 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 the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Both now and forever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Prayers for Judith Anne (PRAYER THREAD) [Updates at #280,423,*484*]

    12/28/2011 7:23:15 PM PST · 138 of 556
    Kolokotronis to markomalley; Chantillie; Judith Anne; stfassisi

    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 Judith Anne 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.

  • Churches speaking out against Alabama immigration law

    06/17/2011 4:31:02 PM PDT · 11 of 24
    Kolokotronis to pnh102

    Well, for starters:

    “Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt” Exodus22:21

    When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33, 34

    Do not mistreat the alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know what it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt. Exodus 23:9

    Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow. Deuteronomy 27:19

    Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2

    There’s more.....

  • TSA takes toy away from mentally challenged man

    06/17/2011 12:37:45 PM PDT · 32 of 43
    Kolokotronis to FrankR
  • Here Come More Anglicans: Up to 100 priests + 2,000 Laypeople in U.S.

    06/17/2011 8:25:28 AM PDT · 30 of 42
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow; All

    I cannot see that this is anything other than a happy event. I caution all of you Latins, however, to remember that Anglicans are NOT Roman Catholics with a “High Church” accent. In fact, they are often, and probably incorrectly, called the “English Orthodox”. The fact remains that their ecclesiology and theology are far more Orthodox than Latin and even at that, it takes years before Anglican converts to Orthodoxy really begin to think and view the world around them like Orthodox Christians.

    This Ordinariate can work. The Melkites are very nearly thoroughly Orthodox yet their bishops are in full communion with Rome. Just don’t expect or require too much too quickly from these good people.