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Posts by Kolokotronis

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  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 6:14:52 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    Kolokotronis to ebb tide

    No apologies needed.

  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 6:13:16 PM PDT · 14 of 16
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow; ebb tide

    Thank-you, though Burke’s violations of Canon 2 are a bit more extensive than trying to tell a brother bishop what to do with Pelosi and his presumption of knowing better than his brothers regarding enforcement of your Canon 915.

  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 2:48:18 PM PDT · 7 of 16
    Kolokotronis to ebb tide

    The second canon of the Second Ecumenical Council provides:

    “The bishops are not to go beyond their dioceses to churches lying outside of their bounds, nor bring confusion on the churches;...”

    Violation of this canon and the counseling of violation of this canon is heresy. The priest Burke is a heretic who should be removed from any episcopal office or function and sent to a monastery for the rest of his life to ponder his sins. It of course goes without saying that any disobedient priest supporting Burke’s violations of the canon or supporting disobedience to the Primus inter Pares of the Latin Church should be immediately defrocked. The Latin Church seems thoroughly infected with covert priests who think their former proddy practices are acceptable for a priest of The Church.

    Other than the foregoing, your bishops are sounding and acting positively Orthodox.

  • Pray for 4 lb 2 oz preemie .. unabashed prayer request

    10/11/2014 7:56:04 AM PDT · 9 of 97
    Kolokotronis to knarf

    My youngest was born 31 years ago with Downs and almost the same heart defect. It was touch and go for a year, much of which was spent in the hospital in Boston. But he’s been fine since. He called me at 6:30 this morning to remind me that I was to take him out to breakfast today. K, we were young when he was born, terrified and wondering if we had been cursed. We were so wrong. He has been the greatest blessing to us, our family and our community. Tell those young parents it will be fine.

    O Lord our God, the Physician of our souls and bodies, look down upon Thy little servant Bryson Paul and cure him 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.

  • Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

    10/09/2014 2:56:58 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the old, the young, the needy, the orphans and the widows, and on all that are in sickness and sorrow, in distress and affliction, in oppression and captivity, in prison and confinement. More especially have mercy upon Your servants who are under persecution for Your sake and for the sake of the Orthodox Faith at the hands of heathen nations, of apostates, of Mohammedans and all heretics: remember them, visit, strengthen, keep, and comfort them, and make haste to grant them, by Your power, relief, freedom, and deliverance.

  • Kasper and Burke: the Real Clash

    10/08/2014 3:03:01 PM PDT · 14 of 21
    Kolokotronis to NKP_Vet

    We have crazy, disobedient, convert priests too. I feel for you folks but am a bit mystified as to why any of you listen to them....

  • Turkey: NATO has plan to defend the country

    10/06/2014 3:14:48 PM PDT · 9 of 11
    Kolokotronis to colorado tanker

    Remember May 28, 1453! It was a Tuesday. One ancestor was killed on the walls at the side of the God Ordained Emperor Constantine XI Paleologus. The women were raped in our Cathedral of Agia Sophia when the demonic Turks rushed in. These were my bedtime stories. We never forget!

  • Turkey: NATO has plan to defend the country

    10/06/2014 3:01:32 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    Kolokotronis to colorado tanker

    Damn the Mohammedan Turks!

  • Divorce-proof your Marriage by Emulating Servant of God Elisabeth Leseur

    10/05/2014 2:39:13 PM PDT · 3 of 11
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    You Latins, here is all you need to know and what has been taught by The Church in the East since the 4th century:

    This in particular is important:

    “And again, never call her simply by her name, but with terms of endearment, with honor, with much love. Honor her, and she will not need honor from others; she will not want the glory that comes from others, if she enjoys that which comes from thee. Prefer her before all, on every account, both for her beauty and her discernment, and praise her. Thou wilt thus persuade her to give heed to none that are without, but to scorn all the world except thyself.” John Chrysostomos Homily XX on Ephesians.

  • ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ unarmed on the front lines, standing up to ISIS

    10/04/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    Kolokotronis to omega4412; Mrs. Don-o; don-o; NYer; Biggirl; The_Reader_David

    International Orthodox Christian Charities;

  • Spiritual Triage: Help Wounded, Drop Theoretical Baggage, Pope Says

    09/28/2014 10:06:31 AM PDT · 4 of 51
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow
    "...the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol."

    Actually, that's a Byzantine inspired comment:

    "The Church is a hospital, and not a courtroom, for souls. She does not condemn on behalf of sins, but grants remission of sins." + John Chrysostomos

  • Bishop, Canonist: Gay Unions Among Sins Barring Communion

    09/28/2014 4:23:13 AM PDT · 16 of 21
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    Right, the Eastern Church does not use annulment (or something analogous) because it allows remarriage anyway.

    Well, yes & no. We allow 3 marriages no matter how the first two end (been doing that for well over 1000 years; and while we do not have annulments, we do have, and require in the event that the separating spouses are alive, ecclesiastical divorces. Ecclesiastical divorces are not as easy to get as a civil divorce but it can be done by an exercise of economia by local hierarch.

  • Bishop, Canonist: Gay Unions Among Sins Barring Communion

    09/27/2014 1:41:15 PM PDT · 14 of 21
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    We do not annul non sacramental unions. Let’s say a couple of protestants, “married” by the Rev. Billy Bob Jeff and his snake, want to become Orthodox. Among other things, it is likely that a period of continence and confession will be required followed by a sacramental marriage or perhaps a sacramental blessing of the existing union. At that point, the now Orthodox couple can be admitted to communion.

  • Bishop, Canonist: Gay Unions Among Sins Barring Communion

    09/27/2014 5:11:33 AM PDT · 11 of 21
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    Note, however, that a "very pregnant" girlfriend is just as much a public scandal as a gay "married" couple

    In all honesty, the "gay marriage" part is no more (or less) a "public scandal" as we are using the term than an Orthodox person "married" in a non sacramental manner by some ecclesial community, at least insofar as The Church is concerned. Neither are marriage, Alex, and both bar one from communion.

    I have a friend who has been a Latin priest I'd say 50 years. He always maintained that once a parish got to 200-250 families, it was time to open a new one otherwise the fact of "community" of the assembly of the People of God, gets lost.

  • Bishop, Canonist: Gay Unions Among Sins Barring Communion

    09/26/2014 8:51:39 AM PDT · 9 of 21
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    Thank-you. I suppose it is usually easier for us. Most parishes are pretty much “the village” and we all tend to know each other’s situations. Even if we don’t as lay people, the priest knows. But again, our parishes tend to be small and very close knit, though even in big parishes it is expected that someone attending regularly will register and part of that process is social and religious history so the priest will know. I once watched a young fellow strut into church with his very pregnant, then girlfriend now wife, on his arm. At the appropriate time he approached for communion and the priest refused him. Saw a priest do it to an openly gay couple once also. I honestly don’t think “gay marriage”, licensed or otherwise has anything to do with it for us. Marriage is a sacrament of The Church. Everything else is at best adultery.

  • Bishop, Canonist: Gay Unions Among Sins Barring Communion

    09/26/2014 4:54:17 AM PDT · 5 of 21
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    I am sincerely curious. Is it the fact that these two applied for a marriage license or that they cohabit in a gay physical relationship without the benefit of marriage or that they cohabit in a physical relationship without reference to the orientation without the benefit of marriage which caused the problem? Are the rules the same for straight couples?

    For us, any cohabitation with a physical element outside of marriage is sufficient to bar one from communion, and the other sacraments for that matter, though from what I see around here that isn’t true for the Latins. I confess I do not know about gay cohabitating couples in the Latin Church in the area but gays are certainly involved in the Latin parishes as they are in ours.

  • Doctrinal Wars? Both Sides Fire Over Communion for Divorced, Remarried

    09/20/2014 9:42:50 AM PDT · 9 of 11
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    Am I incorrect that both the theological positions of the Assumption and the Immaculate Conception are dogmas of the Latin Church? Is no communion for divorced and civilly remarried Latins also dogma? If not, is it not a disciplinary canon of some sort and therefore susceptible to being laid aside, like not going to a Jewish doctor?

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

    09/17/2014 3:07:50 PM PDT · 698 of 709
    Kolokotronis to Kolokotronis; RedMDer

    “May her memory be eternal!: Sorry

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

    09/17/2014 3:05:12 PM PDT · 697 of 709
    Kolokotronis to RedMDer

    I will light a candle for you and yours and ask the priest for prayers on Sunday. God Bless you my brother. Nay her memory be eternal!

  • 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


    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 709
    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


    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.

  • 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
  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 5:53:22 AM PDT · 1 of 65
    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.