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  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 2:58:53 PM PDT · 82 of 153
    Kolokotronis to Laissez-faire capitalist; NRx

    Yes. And like NRX, I will have fasted throughout Great Lent until Pascha on April 12 and for two weeks prior to the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Mother of God.

  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/28/2015 4:55:30 AM PDT · 18 of 22
    Kolokotronis to vladimir998; Colofornian; NRx; NYer; don-o; Mrs. Don-o; lightman

    Here is a very short part of what we chanted for an hour and a half last night at church:

    “The Archangel was sent from Heaven to cry: Rejoice! to the Theotokos. And beholding You, O Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe, and with his bodiless voice he cried aloud to her such things as:

    Rejoice, you through whom joy shall shine. Rejoice, you the Redemption of the tears of Eve.
    Rejoice, Height hard to climb for human thought. Rejoice, Depth hard to explore even for the eyes of Angels.
    Rejoice, for you are the Throne of the King. Rejoice, for you sustained the Sustainer of all.
    Rejoice, Star that causes the Sun to appear. Rejoice, Womb of the divine Incarnation.
    Rejoice, you through whom creation is renewed. Rejoice, you whom the Creator is born a Babe.
    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin”

    Here’s a link to the entire chant almost all in English. If anyone wants to know and understand what in fact The Church believes about the Most Holy Theotokos, this will provide that knowledge. Lex orandi, lex credendi!

  • Richard III’s Last Act

    03/26/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · 8 of 9
    Kolokotronis to miss marmelstein

    This is what we do, even if it’s for someone who died hundreds of years ago.

    Did you note this in the Cardinal’s comment?

    “It is a prayer that arises from the very core of creation, the cry of the Word returning to the Father and carrying within it the totality of that creation, marred and broken in its history, yet still longing for the completion for which it has been created.”

    When we are worshipping as a community focused on the Eucharist at the Liturgy, we are, fallen as we may be, actually, tangibly approachinmg our created purpose, which, as +Athanasius the Great said, to be become like God. What the Cardinal noted is the very purpose of The Church.

  • Richard III’s Last Act

    03/26/2015 8:15:22 AM PDT · 6 of 9
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow; NRx

    ““The prayer we offer for him this evening is the best prayer there is: the offering of the holy Mass, the prayer of Jesus himself, made complete in the oblation of his body and blood on the altar of the cross, present here for us on this altar. This is the summit of all prayer, for it is made in and through the one Person, the eternal Word, through whom all created beings have life. It is a prayer that arises from the very core of creation, the cry of the Word returning to the Father and carrying within it the totality of that creation, marred and broken in its history, yet still longing for the completion for which it has been created. It is, therefore, such an important Catholic tradition to seek the celebration of Mass for the repose of the souls of those who have died, especially for each of our loved ones whose passing we mourn. Let us not forget or neglect this great gift.””

    Very, very good!

  • [Catholic Caucus] A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2015 9:38:15 AM PDT · 16 of 17
    Kolokotronis to Salvation


    Apolytikion (Fourth Tone)
    Today marks the crowning of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery before all ages. For the Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace. Wherefore, we also cry out with him, “Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

    Kontakion (Plagal of the Fourth Tone)
    To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”

  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/23/2015 2:46:23 PM PDT · 6 of 66
    Kolokotronis to walkinginthedesert; annalex; NRx

    The Byzantine notion of a God Ordained Emperor presiding over a Christian polity is an image, or better said, a foreshadowing, of heaven; not so bad a system. The economics of it are attractive as well. The Western notion of Divine Right is somewhat different, however.

  • Why God Is a Moral Issue (Radical atheism)

    03/23/2015 1:10:22 PM PDT · 3 of 13
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Quite an article; I’m not sure what to say, except that I had best read it again.

  • The One True Church

    03/23/2015 1:03:12 PM PDT · 8 of 26
    Kolokotronis to NRx; Mrs. Don-o

    “O come on! It’s not that long.”

    Yeah it is, but most of Fr. Hopko’s writings are. Seems to be a characteristic of OCA writers.

    The foregoing notwitstanding, as you said, may his memory be eternal!

  • Cardinal Kasper Asks for Prayers for Synod, Saying ‘a Battle is Going On’

    03/23/2015 8:27:11 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow
    It's Great Lent. Is this the time for such a thread?

    "Do we forgive our neighbors their trespasses? God also forgives us in His mercy. Do we refuse to forgive? God, too, will refuse to forgive us. As we treat our neighbors, so also does God treat us. The forgiveness, then, of your sins or unforgiveness, and hence also your salvation or destruction, depend on you yourself, man. For without forgiveness of sins there is no salvation. You can see for yourself how terrible it is." St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Journey to Heaven

  • Richard III returns to Bosworth Field for final time

    03/22/2015 1:39:38 PM PDT · 25 of 50
    Kolokotronis to Prospero

    “Giue me my batell axe to my hand, sett the crowne of England on my head so hye! ffor by him that shope both sea and Land, King of England this day I will dye!”

  • Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism

    03/21/2015 4:53:42 AM PDT · 38 of 98
    Kolokotronis to Steelfish; NRx

    “At the end of the day absent Petrine authority, so well explained by the author, we descend into a chaos where every Tom, Dick, and Harry and their grandmother and your local Foursquare Church pastor cracks open the pages of the Bible and purports to offer his/her cockamamie “definitive” interpretation of scripture which is starkly at odds with that of the early Church fathers (some of whom were contemporaries of the Evangelist John) charged with assembling the canonical texts.”

    As matter of curiosity, why do you suppose that there was a Protestant Revolution, as the nuns of my youth used to call it, in the Church in the West where there was/is Petrine Authority and no such thing in the Church in the East where there isn’t and never was any Petrine authority, at least not as it is being defined here?

  • Cardinal to Wear Vestment ‘From Wardrobe of King Richard III’

    03/20/2015 7:28:13 AM PDT · 5 of 9
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    This is fabulous!

  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 3:09:52 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    Kolokotronis to JoeFromSidney

    The church you were in was likely an “Armenian Catholic Church” not an Oriental Orthodox one.

  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

    03/19/2015 3:06:28 PM PDT · 11 of 18
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    As a matter of economia, the Oriental Orthodox can receive all of the sacraments of the Orthodox Churches as we can from them in the absence of one of their churches or one of ours as the case may be. This has been true for decades. In my parish, the Ethiopian contingent as well as the Armenians are very active members.

  • Prayers requested for my dad

    03/18/2015 4:14:05 AM PDT · 75 of 85
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    O Lord our God, the Physician of our souls and bodies, look down upon Thy servant John and cure him of all infirmities of the flesh, in the Name of our Lord and Saviour 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.

  • St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland

    03/17/2015 4:16:47 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    Kolokotronis to NRx


    Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old. Though the son of a deacon and a grandson of a priest, it was not until his captivity that he sought out the Lord with his whole heart. In his Confession, the testament he wrote towards the end of his life, he says, “After I came to Ireland - every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed - the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was so moved that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and almost as many at night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountain; and I would rise for prayer before daylight, through snow, through frost, through rain, and I felt no harm.” After six years of slavery in Ireland, he was guided by God to make his escape, and afterwards struggled in the monastic life at Auxerre in Gaul, under the guidance of the holy Bishop Germanus. Many years later he was ordained bishop and sent to Ireland once again, about the year 432, to convert the Irish to Christ. His arduous labours bore so much fruit that within seven years, three bishops were sent from Gaul to help him shepherd his flock, “my brethren and sons whom I have baptized in the Lord - so many thousands of people,” he says in his Confession. His apostolic work was not accomplished without much “weariness and painfulness,” long journeys through difficult country, and many perils; he says his very life was in danger twelve times. When he came to Ireland as its enlightener, it was a pagan country; when he ended his earthly life some thirty years later, about 461, the Faith of Christ was established in every corner.

    Apolytikion of Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland in the Third Tone

    O Holy Hierarch, equal of the Apostles, Saint Patrick, wonderworker and enlightener of Ireland: Intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offences.

    Kontakion of Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland in the Fourth Tone

    The Master revealed thee as a skillful fisher of men; and casting forth nets of Gospel preaching, thou drewest up the heathen to piety. Those who were the children of idolatrous darkness thou didst render sons of day through holy Baptism. O Patrick, intercede for us who honour thy memory.

    My paternal side is from Kerry in The Republic (as opposed to Occupied Ireland). +Patrick’s icon hangs directly in front of me at my desk in the office and is in our icon corner here at home and at the cottage.

    BTW, I have it on good authority that the fasting rules of +Patrick’s Feast day are under the omophorion of the local Latin bishop, or cardinal archbishop as the case may be, and that they have extended a dispensation from the fast for today only!

    Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
    Who through strategy and stealth,
    Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
    Here’s a toasting to his health.
    But not too many toastings
    Lest you lose yourself and then
    Forget the good Saint Patrick
    And see all those snakes again.
    ‘Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!’
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross

    03/15/2015 4:57:56 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    Kolokotronis to QBFimi; NRx
  • An Explanation of the Traditional Russian Orthodox Three-bar Cross

    03/15/2015 4:25:51 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    Kolokotronis to NRx


    With the help of God, we have almost reached the middle of the course of the Fast, where our strength has been worn down through abstinence, and the full difficulty of the labour set before us becomes apparent. Therefore our holy Mother, the Church of Christ, now brings to our help the all-holy Cross, the joy of the world, the strength of the faithful, the staff of the just, and the hope of sinners, so that by venerating it reverently, we might receive strength and grace to complete the divine struggle of the Fast.

    Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

    Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers’ lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

    Apolytikion of Sunday of the Holy Cross in the First Tone

    Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.

  • Who Are Pope Francis’s Critics? (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    03/14/2015 7:15:58 AM PDT · 30 of 31
    Kolokotronis to piusv

    That’s OK, we’re both! :)

  • Who Are Pope Francis’s Critics? (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    03/13/2015 5:03:28 PM PDT · 24 of 31
    Kolokotronis to piusv; NRx

    “If I had to guess, this is what I would think you’d find among the Orthodox.”

    Not among the ones I know. Perhaps among some of the more extreme Old Calendar types or the more “enthusiastic” American converts; the average, theologically/liturgically educated Greek, Ethiopian or Arab I go to Liturgy with or communicate with like and respect him very much. But as I said, we also all respect and like +BXVI. It is worth noting that the same could not be said regarding +JPII.

  • Who Are Pope Francis’s Critics? (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    03/13/2015 2:28:30 PM PDT · 15 of 31
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    So far as I can see, we Orthodox think very highly of +Francis, and not only because he has demoted the excerable heretic Burke. Of course, most Orthodox I know also had and have the utmost respect for +Benedict XVI for different reasons.

  • Muslim Prayers In Church of England Parish

    03/13/2015 11:31:47 AM PDT · 13 of 17
    Kolokotronis to Steelfish

    I’m not the least bit surprised the CoE “Canon” did this. The weed of heresy always bears bitter fruit!

  • Lost Liturgies File and an Invitation: Solemn Sunday Vespers

    03/13/2015 9:08:45 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    Kolokotronis to Salvation

    Interesting. In the Orthodox Church, celebrating vespers is still very common. In fact, it is the first service of the day, the liturgical day starting at sundown. Thus, vespers for Sunday are chanted just after sundown on Saturday.

  • Prayer Request for Ezra. Please. (Update at post 70 & 93)

    03/13/2015 8:00:57 AM PDT · 58 of 124
    Kolokotronis to Marie

    O Lord who watches over children in the present life and in the world to come because of their simplicity and innocence of mind, visit and heal Your little servant Ezra from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant him 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 little servant Ezra 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.

  • Pope wants to scrap centuries-old ban on priests marrying

    03/12/2015 2:46:40 PM PDT · 55 of 169
    Kolokotronis to Legatus

    “Are the Orthodox recruiting?”


  • Ukraine, Pope Francis, Charlie Hebdo: Patriarch Kirill Releases First Wide-Ranging Interview..

    03/12/2015 2:38:48 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    “I do not think I should comment on the style of conduct of the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church. And I am confident he would not make comments as regards me either. I have sincere respect for Pope Francis and for the fact he keeps up close bonds to the monastic tradition that molded him”.

  • Moscow Patriarchate to Monitor Violations of Orthodox Christians' Rights in Europe

    03/11/2015 2:48:45 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    I understood that they were all united during the Maidan unrest. On the other hand, Moscow has been beating its “Third Rome” drum for centuries so it’s best to be wary of them! That said, I do hope the Council will deal with this issue and reaffirm what the older counsels decreed.

  • Moscow Patriarchate to Monitor Violations of Orthodox Christians' Rights in Europe

    03/11/2015 11:19:05 AM PDT · 2 of 5
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    I wonder if this Hegumen Philip has any examples of oppression or if this is just a move on the part of the MP to assert jurisdiction over all of Europe, which right now save for Russia and the former Soviet Republics is under the jurisdiction of the EP. I expect the latter.

  • Prayer request for my father (Passed away) Update #121

    03/10/2015 7:05:12 PM PDT · 123 of 166
    Kolokotronis to workerbee
    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 George 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. For You are the resurrection, the life, and the repose of Your departed servant George, Christ our God, and to You we give glory, with Your eternal Father and Your allholy, good and life‑giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.
  • The Feast of the Forty Martyrs

    03/10/2015 4:26:38 PM PDT · 5 of 8
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    Troparion (Tone 1)
    Together let us honor the holy company united by faith,
    Those noble warriors of the Master of all.
    They were divinely enlisted for Christ,
    And passed through fire and water.
    Then they entered into refreshment praying for those who cry:
    Glory to him who has strengthened you!
    Glory to him who has crowned you!
    Glory to him who has made you wonderful, O holy Forty Martyrs!

    Kontakion (Tone 6)
    You abandoned all earthly armies,
    Cleaving to the heavenly Master, O Forty Martyrs of the Lord.
    Having passed through fire and water, O Blessed Ones,
    You have fittingly received heavenly glory and many crowns.

    In Orthodoxy, their Feast is celebrated March 9.

  • Kosovars Who Fought for Land Are Now Eager to Leave

    03/07/2015 2:36:40 PM PST · 9 of 13
    Kolokotronis to Honorary Serb

    “I contribute to IOCC/Kosovo Relief and the Decani Fund regularly. It’s especially a good thing to do for Great Lent.”

    God Bless you!

  • Kosovars Who Fought for Land Are Now Eager to Leave

    03/07/2015 2:35:31 PM PST · 8 of 13
    Kolokotronis to Ravnagora

    Albanian Moha Medan dogs!

  • Moscow Opens First Church Dedicated to the Royal Martyrs of Russia (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    03/07/2015 8:35:19 AM PST · 39 of 40
    Kolokotronis to TexConfederate1861

    “I don’t think the Orthodox really care what the RC’s think one way or another.”


  • Prayer request for my father (Passed away) Update #121

    03/06/2015 2:30:51 PM PST · 72 of 166
    Kolokotronis to workerbee

    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 honorable 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, having 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.

  • The Primacy of the Pope As Viewed in Dissident Byzantium by Symeon of Thessalonica (1416/7-1429)

    03/05/2015 1:08:52 PM PST · 9 of 9
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    ” I have heard that it is somewhat controversial, even within the Church.”

    Really? I hadn’t heard that. I think it’s a marvelous piece. I remember thinking I only found one mistake in it and off the top of my head I can’t remember what it was. It may be that he attributed something to +Symeon the New Theologian which I was never able to confirm.

    It will be interesting if any of the Latins want to discuss Met. John’s thoughts on ecclesiology in the first 1000 years of the Church. My Jesuit contacts tell me that +BXVI (who I think may have been the first Father of the Church since +Gregory Palamas) agreed with him.


  • The Primacy of the Pope As Viewed in Dissident Byzantium by Symeon of Thessalonica (1416/7-1429)

    03/05/2015 12:19:29 PM PST · 7 of 9
    Kolokotronis to NRx; marshmallow

    Or perhaps The River of Fire by Kalomiros, but again, no....

  • The Primacy of the Pope As Viewed in Dissident Byzantium by Symeon of Thessalonica (1416/7-1429)

    03/05/2015 12:13:30 PM PST · 6 of 9
    Kolokotronis to NRx; marshmallow

    +John is truly a “Thoro tou Theou”, a Gift of God to The Church and his friendship with +BXVI undoubtedly one of the most important ecclesiastical pairings of the past two or three hundred years at least.

  • Latin Mass to be Offered to Mark Reinterment of Richard III

    03/05/2015 6:08:38 AM PST · 9 of 22
    Kolokotronis to Campion

    “The Mass that Richard III knew was the Sarum Rite, though, which is certainly related to the Mass of St. Pius V, but not exactly the same”

    Good catch! The Sarum rite is quite beautiful.

  • The Primacy of the Pope As Viewed in Dissident Byzantium by Symeon of Thessalonica (1416/7-1429)

    03/05/2015 6:06:57 AM PST · 3 of 9
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow; NRx

    It is seldom, no, never fruitful to quote the Latin polemicist Likudis to Orthodox Christians.

    As a Greek Orthodox Christian, the Ravenna Document clearly states our position. That the Russians think otherwise is no surprise. Perhaps the matter will be cleared up and consensus found at the upcoming Great and Holy Council where I am sure the Pope will be ably represented.

    As an aside, it is ironic that the thoroughly legalistic Russians would be opposed to some efforts at a reunion of the Churches. Their phronema, or mindset, is so much more Western than that of the Greeks and the Arabs and some of the Slavs one would think they would like the idea.

  • Putin's War Has Come to the Pews

    03/05/2015 3:57:05 AM PST · 18 of 20
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    ” Deacon Kuraev (the all-Russia evangelist) noted several times on his blog that it is normal for a local Orthodox Church to pray for their country’s military,”

    We do at every liturgy. This isn’t the problem. Nor are any efforts to reclaim canonical territory. Supporting an aggressive war in the name of Orthodoxy, or in the name of a Patriarchate is. What is worse is any notion of “otherness” within The Church.

    I don’t suggest for a minute that Greeks are not prone to the latter in spades, especially here in America. That phyletism probably will mean that the future of Orthodoxy in America will look a lot more like that seen in Antiochian parishes than in Greek ones.

  • Moscow Opens First Church Dedicated to the Royal Martyrs of Russia (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    03/04/2015 12:34:54 PM PST · 34 of 40
    Kolokotronis to BillyBoy; NRx

    “A reverse example would be a thread about the Pope reinforcing celibacy for priests. If it was labeled “Orthodox/Catholic caucus”, I doubt many Orthodox would chime in and praise the Vatican for continuing to enforce an oath of celibacy for ordination.”

    The Latin Church’s celibacy discipline for the lower clergy is 100% its business. For or against is neither here nor there for us.

  • Putin's War Has Come to the Pews

    03/04/2015 8:20:29 AM PST · 4 of 20
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    Precisely this sort of phyletism was condemned by Holy and Great pan-Orthodox Synod in Constantinople on September 10, 1872. The Synodal Fathers anathemized this as an ecclesial heresy. It published a Resolution which stated:

    "...censuring and condemning it, we reject phyletism, that is racial discrimination and nationalistic contention, enmities and discord in the Church of Christ as being contrary to the teaching of the Gospel and the sacred canons of our holy Fathers, who support the holy Church and adorn the whole of the Christian life, leading to divine Godliness”

    It should be noted that The Church does not condemn, indeed it encourages, patriotism.

  • At Last, A Council for the Ages?

    03/04/2015 5:00:12 AM PST · 6 of 13
    Kolokotronis to don-o

    “I have direct and personal knowledge of this. There was an American monk (convert) who adopted the belief of a monk on Mount Athos regarding receiving of converts who had been previously baptized outside the Orthodox Church. He held that their baptisim was invalid. The American monk was “rebaptized” on Athos; he was spiritual father to a convert priest who was “rebaptized” and began rebaptizing his parish”

    We Greeks have a name for this, “Crazy convert disease!”

  • Moscow Opens First Church Dedicated to the Royal Martyrs of Russia (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    03/04/2015 4:14:35 AM PST · 22 of 40
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    FR has become increasingly anti-Orthodox over the years. That’s why there are so few of us left here and why we so seldom post. As for the Latins being upset that the ROC canonized the Tsar and his family, who cares? That’s the ROC’s call, not Rome’s. For that matter, I can’t imagine the Latins lost even a minute of sleep over the Orthodox reaction to the canonization of Cardinal Stepinac, nor should they have.

  • At Last, A Council for the Ages?

    03/04/2015 4:05:01 AM PST · 4 of 13
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    “From my POV this looks mostly like a fluff piece. “

    I know the author. This is not a fluff piece. He doesn’t write “fluff”.

    Here’s something to think about:

    “...planned to be held in the Church of Haghia Irene—the site of the second ecumenical council of 381, which completed the “creed” recited by most Christians today. Haghia Irene is now a museum in Istanbul, never having been converted into a mosque since the fall of Constantinople in 1453.”

  • Memory Eternal! Fr. Matthew Baker dies in car wreck

    03/02/2015 3:26:55 AM PST · 9 of 11
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    May his memory be eternal!

  • First Sunday of Lent: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

    03/02/2015 3:25:58 AM PST · 8 of 8
    Kolokotronis to Campion

    You’re right.

  • First Sunday of Lent: The Triumph of Orthodoxy

    03/01/2015 2:41:33 PM PST · 6 of 8
    Kolokotronis to NRx
    I have never heard that Mohammedans had anything to do with the the iconoclastic decrees of the evil Leo III, whose nickname I will not here repeat. All that matters is this, as true today as it was when the Council proclaimed it:

    "As the Prophets beheld, As the Apostles taught, As the Church received, As the Teachers dogmatized, As the Universe agreed, As Grace illumined, As the Truth revealed, As falsehood passed away, As Wisdom presented, As Christ awarded, Thus we declare, Thus we assert, Thus we proclaim Christ our true God and honor His saints, In words, In writings, In thoughts, In sacrifices, In churches, In holy icons. On the one hand, worshipping and reverencing Christ as God and Lord. And on the other hand, honoring and venerating His Saints as true servants of the same Lord.

    This is the Faith of the Apostles. This is the Faith of the Fathers. This is the Faith of the Orthodox. This is the Faith which has established the Universe."

  • Please Pray for my cousin Susan, her husband Tim and their daughters Lucy and Reyna

    02/28/2015 1:15:42 PM PST · 69 of 159
    Kolokotronis to infool7
    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 souls of Your little servants Lucy and Reyna, for You Yourself have said, "Let the little children come to Me, for such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Amen.

    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 Susan, 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 her 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 Susan, 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.

  • On the Discipline for Receiving Holy Communion (Orthodox/Catholic Caucus)

    02/28/2015 10:49:34 AM PST · 4 of 7
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Here’s the key:”The final authority on participation in the Holy Sacraments is your spiritual father (confessor) under the authority of your bishop.”