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Posts by Kolokotronis

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  • Prayer request for family. My Father passed away Monday.

    09/03/2015 3:54:32 PM PDT · 63 of 72
    Kolokotronis to DCBryan1
    O God of spirits and of all flesh, You have trampled down death and have abolished the power of the devil, giving life to Your world. Give rest to the soul of Your departed servant James 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 is sinless. 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 James, Christ our God, and to You we give glory, with Your eternal Father and Your all holy, good and life‑giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages.
  • New monastery in the West Coast: Monastery of St. Silouan

    09/03/2015 3:47:33 PM PDT · 2 of 10
    Kolokotronis to NRx
    Troparion (Tone 2)

    O all-blessed Father Silouan, Flaming zealot of the seraphim's love for the Lord And fervent imitator of Jeremiah who wept for the people, Hearing the call of the Mother of the Lord of Hosts, With wise courage you spewed out the sinful serpent And withdrew from the snares of the world to the mountain of Athos, Where in labors and prayer, joined with tears, In abundance you acquired the grace of the holy Spirit with which our hearts are enflamed. Being strengthened by you, we cry out with compunction: My Lord, my Life and the Joy of your saint, Save the world and us from all cruel things!

    Kontakion (Tone 8)

    During your life on earth you served Christ and followed His path; Now in Heaven you contemplate Him Whom you have loved! Since you dwell with Him as He promised to His elect, holy Father Silouan, Instruct us now in the path that you have traveled.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-03-15, M, St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor/Church

    09/03/2015 3:57:48 AM PDT · 21 of 37
    Kolokotronis to Salvation
    Troparion (Tone 4)

    Receiving divine grace from God on high, O glorious Gregory, And strengthened with its power, You willed to walk in the path of the Gospel, O most blessed one. Therefore you have received from Christ the reward of your labors! Entreat him that he may save our souls!

    Kontakion (Tone 3)

    You showed yourself to be an imitator of Christ, the chief Shepherd, O Father Gregory, Guiding the orders of monks to the fold of heaven. From there you taught the flock of Christ His commandments! Now you rejoice and dance with them in the mansions of heaven!

  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

    09/02/2015 3:40:46 PM PDT · 38 of 39
    Kolokotronis to miss marmelstein

    I have never been secretive about where I live. Virtually every Freeper who knows me knows where I live. Many have actually visited here. I just don’t want you to know. It’s more fun that way!

  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

    09/02/2015 3:22:42 PM PDT · 35 of 39
    Kolokotronis to miss marmelstein

    Who are the judges you have used FR to libel?

    You’ll hear plenty of knocks from me on silly Americans, especially when it comes to idiotic foreign policy. And no, I’m not from or in Canada and I am a member of the SAR.

  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

    09/02/2015 3:17:30 PM PDT · 33 of 39
    Kolokotronis to miss marmelstein

    “No, I listen to Constitutional expert, Mark Levin.”

    WOW! A noted constitutional expert if ever there was one!/s

    “And if you don’t know that my country (and I’m still not sure it’s yours) is overrun with corrupt judges, you are as stupid as you accuse me of being.”

    Who are they? You don’t know, do you! You just want to use this site to slander the judiciary and hope that it’s FR and not you who pays the proper and appropriate and lawful consequences! By the way, is it Mark Levin who told you our federal judiciary is corrupt?

    BTW, my first ancestor in the country arrived at Cape Ann in 1623. How about you?

  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

    09/02/2015 3:04:09 PM PDT · 31 of 39
    Kolokotronis to miss marmelstein

    Who are the corrupt judges? It’s a fair question. If you want to use this site to slander the federal judiciary, you should be readt and able to back up the charges. The consequences, at least to this site initially, are not good.

    BTW, get your law degree in a crackerjacks box?

  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

    09/02/2015 2:57:28 PM PDT · 29 of 39
    Kolokotronis to miss marmelstein

    “Try “subject to the jurisdiction thereof,” genius.”

    Insofar as citizenship is concerned, all American citizens are subject to the jurisdiction of the Untied States.

    You still haven’t answered my question. Who are the corrupt judges you write about. There are people in Fresno who are interested....

  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop assails Trump over birthright citizenship repeal

    09/02/2015 2:48:33 PM PDT · 26 of 39
    Kolokotronis to miss marmelstein

    “The 14th Amendment does not say anyone born here is a citizen.”

    Really?

    “Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    You were thinking perhaps of another 14th Amendment?

    “It’s been interpreted as such by corrupt judges but that’s another story.”

    That’s a pretty serious charge which, among others, has, as I suspect you can appreciate, attracted attention to this website of the sort the owners probably don’t want. Who are these “corrupt judges” and how were they corrupted?

  • Can a Christian Be a County Clerk in America?

    09/02/2015 3:51:07 AM PDT · 9 of 30
    Kolokotronis to markomalley

    The answer is “of course”.

    Same sex marriage is nothing The Church does. It is not a sacrament any more than the “marriages” performed by judges, county clerks, notaries, lawyers or the Rev. Billy Bob Jeff and his snake! If a Christian can countenance those “marriages”, which are a mockery of the Mysterium of Holy Matrimony, he or she should be able to issue a license for Adam and Steve to do the same thing!

  • Serbian Orthodox Church to Canonize Two N. American Missionary Saints

    09/02/2015 3:40:25 AM PDT · 8 of 10
    Kolokotronis to NRx
    ΑΞΙΟΣ!
  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 1:17:29 PM PDT · 69 of 354
    Kolokotronis to Salvation

    That is very close to the rubrics for Confession in the Antiochian Orthodox Church:

    “My spiritual child, who hast confessed to my humble self, I, humble and a sinner, have not power on earth to forgive sins, but God alone. Yet through that divinely spoken word which came to the Apostles after the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, saying, Whosoever sins ye remit, they are remitted, and whosoever sins ye retain, they are retained, we too are emboldened to say: Whatsoever thou hast said to my most humble self, and whatsoever thou hast not succeeded in saying, either through ignorance or forgetfulness, whatever it may be, God forgive thee in this present life and that which is to come.

    God it was Who forgave David through Nathan the Prophet when he confessed his sins, and Peter weeping bitterly for his denial, and the sinful woman in tears at His feet, and the Publican, and the Prodigal Son, may that same God forgive things, through me, a sinner, both in this present world and that which is to come, and set thee uncondemned before His dread seat.

    And now, having no further care for the sins which thou hast declared, depart in peace.”

    Such a wonderful Mystery our God has given us through His Holy Church!

  • Rep. Alcee Hastings: Instead of signing Iran deal, letís give Israel bunker-buster bombs

    08/31/2015 3:50:50 PM PDT · 16 of 28
    Kolokotronis to SeekAndFind

    The latest darling of the Right? A former judge who was impeached for bribery and perjury? Well he fits right in with the thrice divorced, four times married overweight drug addict spokesman of the right and his understudy, the Mormon alcoholic drug addict.

    Yeah, let’s all get our talking/thinking points from those clowns!

  • Feast of St. Cyprian of Carthage

    08/31/2015 1:10:38 PM PDT · 3 of 6
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Apolytikion of Cyprian of Carthage in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

    Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, luminary of Carthage, God-inspired adornment of confessors, O wise Cyprian, by thy teachings thou has enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

    Kontakion of Cyprian of Carthage in the First Tone

    We honor thee, O Cyprian, as a true shepherd who with thy sacred words and divinely-wise doctrines hast shown us the boundary stones marking out the one Church of Christ. Even unto death didst thou bear witness with courage; wherefore, we extol thee as a hierarch and Martyr. Entreat that we all be saved.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 3:43:33 PM PDT · 46 of 128
    Kolokotronis to CTrent1564
    As I said, the filioque was added "a bit later on". It was certainly discussed as early as the 6th century in the West. Some Orthodox say it is heretical. I wish I could say that even a tiny minority in The Church understood the concept of the "monarchy of the Father", but I can't and we know that +BVI favored the original version for catechesis. In any event, it's not you Latins I worry about when I start fulminating about heresy!

    "Consubstantial" is an interesting word in English. I don't think it is sufficient to convey “Homooousios” which really relates to essence, the ousia, rather than substance and with God, Ο ΩΝ, the distinction is important.

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 2:37:09 PM PDT · 39 of 128
    Kolokotronis to vladimir998; CHRISTIAN DIARIST; wideawake; Lee N. Field
    "“And 1,690 years ago this past week, the so-called First Council of Nicaea concluded two months of ecumenical debate with the decision that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one and the same.” What moron wrote this?"

    The weed of heresy always, always. always bears bitter fruit!

    Here is what the Holy Fathers at Nicea in 325 dogmatized:

    Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα θεὸν Πατέρα παντοκράτορα, πάντων ὁρατῶν τε και ἀοράτων ποιητήν.

    Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ θεοῦ, γεννηθέντα ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς μονογενῆ, τοὐτέστιν ἐκ τῆς οὐσίας τοῦ Πατρός, θεὸν ἐκ θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα, οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο, τά τε ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα καὶ σαρκωθέντα καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα,παθόντα, καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανούς, καὶ ἐρχόμενον κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς.

    Καὶ εἰς τὸ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα.

    Τοὺς δὲ λέγοντας, ὅτι ἦν ποτε ὅτε οὐκ ἦν, καὶ πρὶν γεννηθῆναι οὐκ ἦν, καὶ ὅτι ἐξ οὐκ ὄντων ἐγένετο, ἢ ἐξ ἑτέρας ὑποστάσεως ἢ οὐσίας φάσκοντας εἶναι, [ἢ κτιστόν,] τρεπτὸν ἢ ἀλλοιωτὸν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ θεοῦ, [τούτους] ἀναθεματίζει ἡ καθολικὴ [καὶ ἀποστολικὴ] ἐκκλησία.

    We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God,] Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one essence with the Father;

    By whom all things were made both in heaven and on earth;

    Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man;

    Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man;

    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

    And in the Holy Ghost.

    But those who say: 'There was a time when he was not;' and 'He was not before he was made;' and 'He was made out of nothing,' or 'He is of another substance' or 'essence,' or 'The Son of God is created,' or 'changeable,' or 'alterable'— they are condemned by the holy catholic and apostolic Church.

    Forty=six years later, at the Second Ecumenical Council, the Creed was expanded thusly:

    Πιστεύω εἰς ἕνα Θεόν, Πατέρα, Παντοκράτορα, ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς, ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων.

    Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων· φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί, δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο.

    Τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς Παρθένου καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα.

    Σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου, καὶ παθόντα καὶ ταφέντα.

    Καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρα κατὰ τὰς Γραφάς.

    Καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Πατρός.

    Καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς, οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος.

    Καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ Κύριον, τὸ ζωοποιόν, τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον, τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον, τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν.

    Εἰς μίαν, Ἁγίαν, Καθολικὴν καὶ Ἀποστολικὴν Ἐκκλησίαν.

    Ὁμολογῶ ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.

    Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν.

    Καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος. Ἀμήν.

    I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages.

    Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made.

    Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

    He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.

    And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.

    He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.

    And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

    In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

    I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come. Amen.

    The Latins added the "fillioque" a bit later on. ANYTHING WHICH CONTRADICTS THIS IS HERESY and has been for 1600+ years!

  • Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

    08/30/2015 2:37:08 PM PDT · 38 of 128
    Kolokotronis to vladimir998; CHRISTIAN DIARIST; wideawake; Lee N. Field
    "“And 1,690 years ago this past week, the so-called First Council of Nicaea concluded two months of ecumenical debate with the decision that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one and the same.” What moron wrote this?"

    The weed of heresy always, always. always bears bitter fruit!

    Here is what the Holy Fathers at Nicea in 325 dogmatized:

    Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα θεὸν Πατέρα παντοκράτορα, πάντων ὁρατῶν τε και ἀοράτων ποιητήν.

    Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ θεοῦ, γεννηθέντα ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς μονογενῆ, τοὐτέστιν ἐκ τῆς οὐσίας τοῦ Πατρός, θεὸν ἐκ θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα, οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο, τά τε ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα καὶ σαρκωθέντα καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα,παθόντα, καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανούς, καὶ ἐρχόμενον κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς.

    Καὶ εἰς τὸ Ἅγιον Πνεῦμα.

    Τοὺς δὲ λέγοντας, ὅτι ἦν ποτε ὅτε οὐκ ἦν, καὶ πρὶν γεννηθῆναι οὐκ ἦν, καὶ ὅτι ἐξ οὐκ ὄντων ἐγένετο, ἢ ἐξ ἑτέρας ὑποστάσεως ἢ οὐσίας φάσκοντας εἶναι, [ἢ κτιστόν,] τρεπτὸν ἢ ἀλλοιωτὸν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ θεοῦ, [τούτους] ἀναθεματίζει ἡ καθολικὴ [καὶ ἀποστολικὴ] ἐκκλησία.

    We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God,] Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one essence with the Father;

    By whom all things were made both in heaven and on earth;

    Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man;

    Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down and was incarnate and was made man;

    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

    And in the Holy Ghost.

    But those who say: 'There was a time when he was not;' and 'He was not before he was made;' and 'He was made out of nothing,' or 'He is of another substance' or 'essence,' or 'The Son of God is created,' or 'changeable,' or 'alterable'— they are condemned by the holy catholic and apostolic Church.

    Forty=six years later, at the Second Ecumenical Council, the Creed was expanded thusly:

    Πιστεύω εἰς ἕνα Θεόν, Πατέρα, Παντοκράτορα, ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς, ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων.

    Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων· φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί, δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο.

    Τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς Παρθένου καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα.

    Σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου, καὶ παθόντα καὶ ταφέντα.

    Καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρα κατὰ τὰς Γραφάς.

    Καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Πατρός.

    Καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς, οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος.

    Καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ Κύριον, τὸ ζωοποιόν, τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον, τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον, τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν.

    Εἰς μίαν, Ἁγίαν, Καθολικὴν καὶ Ἀποστολικὴν Ἐκκλησίαν.

    Ὁμολογῶ ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.

    Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν.

    Καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος. Ἀμήν.

    I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages.

    Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made.

    Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.

    He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.

    And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.

    He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

    And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.

    And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the prophets.

    In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

    I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

    I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come. Amen.

    The Latins added the "fillioque" a bit later on. ANYTHING WHICH CONTRADICTS THIS IS HERESY and has been for 1600+ years!

  • Walker says wall on Canadian border worth reviewing

    08/30/2015 1:58:36 PM PDT · 93 of 128
    Kolokotronis to marron

    Up here we want a wall to our south and west...to keep the “people from away” and their crazy ideas out! The people from Quebec and NB and “PI” and NS are just fine; most of us are related to them anyway. Up in “The Valley”, the border is more theoretical than anything else but that’s OK. All someone “from away” needs to do is open his mouth and we know right away he doesn’t belong.

  • The Feast of the Dormition/Assumption (Old Church Calendar)

    08/29/2015 12:12:22 PM PDT · 29 of 33
    Kolokotronis to Salvation

    No, I am in the Greek Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, as my family has been for 1800 years or so!

  • The Feast of the Dormition/Assumption (Old Church Calendar)

    08/29/2015 3:59:59 AM PDT · 23 of 33
    Kolokotronis to NRx; Salvation

    In about an hour, I’ll be heading up to our local Orthodox cult center to cut 225+ lbs of lamb for the souvlakia at our upcoming festival. The women will be making pastry all week and the spanakopita, pastitsio and moussaka have been prepared (and we’ll have plenty of ouzo and masticha and, for our Serbian cultist cousins, Šljivovica)...all under the benign gaze of the icon of +Ephrosinos the Cook whose assistance we cultists sincerely request.

    Local people, especially our Latin cultist cousins, seem to like us Orthodox cultists most particularly at festival time!

    Troparion — Tone 4

    You lived in great humility, / In labors of asceticism and in purity of soul, / O righteous Euphrosynos, / By a mystical vision you demonstrated the Heavenly joy which you had found. / Therefore make us worthy to be partakers of your intercessions.

  • Pope Under Pressure As Half A Million Catholics Urge Him To Reaffirm Traditional Marriage

    08/28/2015 4:10:59 PM PDT · 23 of 24
    Kolokotronis to Biggirl

    Wow! 1/2400th of all Latins! If I were the pope, I’d be scared!

  • Please Pray for my Father-in-Law

    08/28/2015 4:30:21 AM PDT · 74 of 74
    Kolokotronis to Kitty Mittens

    O Christ, Who alone art our Defender: Visit and heal Thy suffering servant Gerald, delivering him from sickness and grievous pains. Raise him up that he may sing to Thee and praise Thee without ceasing, through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Thou Who alone lovest mankind.

  • Church Inquiry May Pit Pope Against a Popular Bosnian Shrine

    08/27/2015 12:08:34 PM PDT · 5 of 10
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    I thought this nonsense was debunked some years back.

  • Orthodox Church in the Philippines sees amazing growth (mass baptism)

    08/27/2015 9:44:27 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    Kolokotronis to vladimir998

    “It’s better than being Protestant.”

    Or Mohamamedan

    :)

  • A CHILD SAVED BY MOTHER MARY

    08/27/2015 3:29:42 AM PDT · 5 of 12
    Kolokotronis to OrthodoxIndianCatholic

    An archangel was sent from Heaven to say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! And beholding Thee, O Lord, taking bodily form, he was amazed and with his bodiless voice he stood crying to Her such things as these:

    Rejoice, Thou through whom joy will shine forth:

    Rejoice, Thou through whom the curse will cease!

    Rejoice, recall of fallen Adam:

    Rejoice, redemption of the tears of Eve!

    Rejoice, height inaccessible to human thoughts:

    Rejoice, depth undiscernible even for the eyes of angels!

    Rejoice, for Thou art the throne of the King:

    Rejoice, for Thou bearest Him Who beareth all!

    Rejoice, star that causest the Sun to appear:

    Rejoice, womb of the Divine Incarnation!

    Rejoice, Thou through whom creation is renewed:

    Rejoice, Thou through whom we worship the Creator!

    Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!

  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 6:17:02 PM PDT · 12 of 15
    Kolokotronis to vladimir998

    “Nothing Pope Benedict XVI ever wrote or published will ever come close to the importance or impact of that one volume.”

    Time, I suppose, will tell.

  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 6:15:29 PM PDT · 11 of 15
    Kolokotronis to FourtySeven

    “May I ask please, what does the “+” mean in front of certain men’s names? I’ve seen others use it I’ve never understood its significance.”

    We use it to mean Saint.

  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · 7 of 15
    Kolokotronis to vladimir998

    “Oh, come on! What about Pope Pius V?”

    A magnificent pope who certainly restored orthodoxy to the Roman Church and fought the good fight against the Protestant Revolution and other heretics inside the Latin Church. For that alone his canonization deserves the great AXIOS of the People! His Mass was/is sublime, but he couldn’t hold a candle to the other two as a theologian.

  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 4:38:30 PM PDT · 3 of 15
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    Pope Benedict XVI; the first Father of The Church since +Gregory Palamas!

  • Please pray for little Noah

    08/25/2015 2:50:48 PM PDT · 37 of 267
    Kolokotronis to infool7

    Akathist to The Theotokos: Healer of Cancer

    http://www.angelfire.com/ga/riggs/AkathistTheotokosQueenofAll.html

    Pray this, my friend. We will pray for Noah at the Divine Liturgy.

  • Break for the border: Thousands of migrants storm police lines to reach Macedonia from Greece

    08/25/2015 2:45:28 PM PDT · 26 of 41
    Kolokotronis to Moltke

    “Well, good luck when all the “Hun” tourists clue in to that sentiment.”

    You mean the middle aged, over weight, topless, drunken women or the loud mouthed, drunken, pot bellied, speedo wearing slobs they travel with; those spawn of the Master race?

    “No one needs to spend their money where they’re not welcome.”

    OK...soon enough the Mohammedans won’t let them leave the Reich anyway and somehow the Greeks will survive...likely easier than we survived their massacres 75 years ago!

  • Break for the border: Thousands of migrants storm police lines to reach Macedonia from Greece

    08/25/2015 1:43:42 PM PDT · 24 of 41
    Kolokotronis to Moltke; annalex

    “Careful what you wish for. In a few years there would be no one left to bail you out. Again.”

    After what the Germans did to Greece in WWII, to my relatives in my maternal village, the Huns can pay for an eternity and still owe. As for bail outs, they bailed out Goldman Sacks and maybe 50 super wealthy families and thus themselves and their fellow travelers. We don’t care about them at all.

  • Break for the border: Thousands of migrants storm police lines to reach Macedonia from Greece

    08/25/2015 10:04:32 AM PDT · 22 of 41
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    ” It appears that Greece, aware that it cannot seal its coastline, just watched them trek northward, hoping for the outcome like this.”

    I expect you are right. God willing they’ll all end up in Germany!

  • Maltese Bishop: Remove ĎBarriersí to Those Who Have Remarried Outside the Church

    08/25/2015 3:58:18 AM PDT · 29 of 33
    Kolokotronis to Arthur McGowan

    “Jesus died for our sins, but He cannot forgive sins of which we do not repent.”

    CANNOT??????????????????????????????????

    Says who?

  • Break for the border: Thousands of migrants storm police lines to reach Macedonia from Greece

    08/25/2015 3:51:42 AM PDT · 17 of 41
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    Back in 2003 I was down in the Patrida at Methoni. One evening I had coffee with a friend who owns a small hotel there and the guy who owned the one next door. Iraq was a hot topic. Both the Greeks predicted exactly this situation as a result of Bush and his neo-con buddies and their war. But of course, who in our government would listen to anyone who lived in the region. What would they know? In any event, this crowd will just love it in Germany and it having them there couldn’t happen to a nicer country!

  • San Diego Businessman Gave $300K to Defeat Maine Gay Marriage Law: Report

    08/24/2015 3:12:20 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    Kolokotronis to knarf

    No, but people in Maine want people from away to keep their damn noses out of our affairs! People from away tried to ban bear hunting last year too. That didn’t work either. Money from away = kiss of death!

  • Greece Moves Refugees to Mainland, Crush Builds on Border

    08/23/2015 12:23:46 PM PDT · 17 of 35
    Kolokotronis to arthurus

    “Do the Greeks even understand the nature of the thing? “

    Far, far better than silly Americans.

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/22/2015 7:42:35 PM PDT · 683 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to daniel1212
    Here's an interesting prayer (chant) from our late 4th century Liturgy which we celebrate every Sunday.

    "Ὁ Μονογενὴς Υἱὸς καὶ Λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀθάνατος ὑπάρχων καὶ καταδεξάμενος διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν σαρκωθῆναι ἐκ τῆς ἁγίας Θεοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, ἀτρέπτως ἐνανθρωπήσας, σταυρωθείς τε Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, εἷς ὢν τῆς Ἁγίας Τριάδος, συνδοξαζόμενος τῷ Πατρὶ καὶ τῷ Ἁγίῳ Πνεύματι, σῶσον ἡμᾶς."

    Here's the English (a very good translation):

    "Only begotten Son and Word of God, although immortal You humbled Yourself for our salvation, taking flesh from the holy Theotokos and ever virgin Mary and, without change, becoming man. Christ, our God, You were crucified but conquered death by death. You are one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit-save us."

    The really neat word here, in my opinion. is "σαρκωθῆναι" which literally means "enfleshed". It is also clear from the chant that the flesh came from the holy Theotokos, which in turn shows up in the Declaration of Chalcedon, which was promulgated soon after this Liturgy was established. The theological origins of this were likely in Antioch. The dogmatic statements about Christ in the Creed, about 100 years older than this liturgical text, speak of Him as being "begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father through Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man."

    Here's the Greek:

    Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων· φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί, δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο.

    Τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς Παρθένου καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα.

    The Creed seems clear enough and yet the Nestorian heresy (Christotokos vs. Theotokos)arose despite it's apparent clarity. My point is that this is a very ancient belief in The Church and none of it is necessarily simple to anyone, especially non Greek or Arabic speakers.

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/22/2015 10:55:26 AM PDT · 657 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to daniel1212
    Bearer of God and Birth Giver of God are both good translations of θεοτοκος, but as af_vet_1981 points out, it certainly sounds strained in English. The term Mother of God is regularly used, as you pointed out, in our icons. You'll see it as ΜΡ and ΘΥ on either side of her.

    The term Τοκος (Τοκου)which you will see at the end of the Greek translation of the Arabic Paschal chant linked below, is generally translated as "Whom you bore", meaning to Whom you gave birth. The Arabic in the linked chant is almost word for word identical to he Greek in meaning. It is sobering to realize what is happening now to the Christians who have chanted this hymn (along with all other Orthodox Christians) during the Paschal Season since the 4th century. Please all of you, pray for them tomorrow and always.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyJyubi8FJk

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/22/2015 6:58:07 AM PDT · 631 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to kinsman redeemer

    Yes, that story is the one I was told as a child. It was around at the latest by the 9th century. Though the site you chose was Russian, the origins of the story are Greek/Antiochian.

    Please understand that none of these stories/beliefs are “dogmatic” for the Orthodox. They are what are called theologoumenna, pious opinions which we can hold or not as we are lead by the Holy Spirit.

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/22/2015 5:20:54 AM PDT · 621 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to Elsie
    "Must have gotten started somewhere before the SPLIT."

    Oh yes, long before. The celebration of the Dormition of the Theotokos started in the 7th century at the latest, long before the Great Schism. Writings about her death go back as far as the 3rd or 4th century. St. John of Damascus, one of the Fathers of The Church, wrote three magnificent sermons on her dormition in the 7th or 8th century. Here's a link to his first one:

    http://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.com/2009/08/on-dormition-of-theotokos-by-st-john-of.html

    The Holy Traditions surrounding the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos have been around for a very long time. It is only really within the last 175 years or so that there has been much controversy about it so far as I know.

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/21/2015 1:21:48 PM PDT · 561 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    “I notice the early writings on Mary were not included in the canon.....so what does that same about them??”

    It means that those writings were/are not necessary to our theosis. Many of them are part of or expressions of Holy Tradition, however. The Latin Church has two Marian dogmas, the Immaculate Conception and the Bodily Assumption of the Theotokos into heaven. As I understand it, acceptance of these dogmas in the Latin system are necessary to salvation. We do not have those dogmas, though I don’t know any Orthodox Christians who do not believe in the bodily assumption of the Theotokos.

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/21/2015 12:22:25 PM PDT · 554 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone; BillyBoy; xzins

    “A man issued statement?? Over the Word?? No.”

    You do understand, I hope, that what you read as The Word was determined, correctly, to be The Word by some councils of Latin and Greek speaking bishops who measured the contending writings for inclusion in the canon of Scripture by measuring them against Holy Tradition, what The Church always and everywhere believed, under the guidance of The Holy Spirit. The Ecumenical Councils which established the dogmas of The Church operated the exact same way (well, almost the exact same way. The canon of scripture in some instances was the result of deals; We’ll agree to including Revelations if you’ll agree to include Hebrews.)!

  • ISIS Bulldozes Ancient Syrian Monastery

    08/21/2015 8:49:49 AM PDT · 6 of 12
    Kolokotronis to FES0844

    O Lord, save your people,
    and bless your Commonwealth.
    Grant victory to thy people
    over the barbarians
    and by virtue of your cross,
    preserve your habitation.

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/21/2015 8:34:37 AM PDT · 522 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to xzins
    You're welcome, Padre.

    One of the most important words in Christianity is in this declaration,ὁμοούσιον. It means of one essence, not really of one substance as it is often translated in English. Can we experience or see the "essence" of God? Many of the Fathers would deny that, asserting that what we can experience is not the essence of God, but rather the uncreated energies of God often as light, as at Mount Tabor.

  • Mary, Mother of God, The Greatest of all Her Titles

    08/21/2015 7:50:13 AM PDT · 518 of 1,354
    Kolokotronis to xzins
    Here's the text of the Declaration of Chalcedon in Greek lest there be any misunderstanding along with an OK English translation:

    Ἑπόμενοι τοίνυν τοῖς ἁγίοις πατράσιν ἕνα καὶ τὸν αὐτὸν ὁμολογεῖν υἱὸν τὸν κύριον ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν συμφώνως ἅπαντες ἐκδιδάσκομεν, τέλειον τὸν αὐτὸν ἐν θεότητι καὶ τέλειον τὸν αὐτὸν ἐν ἀνθρωπότητι, θεὸν ἀληθῶς καὶ ἄνθρωπον ἀληθῶς τὸν αὐτὸν, ἐκ ψυχῆς λογικῆς καὶ σώματος, ὁμοούσιον 66 τῷ πατρὶ κατὰ τὴν θεότητα, καὶ ὁμοούσιον τὸν αὐτὸν ἡμῖν κατὰ τὴν ἀνθρωπότητα, κατὰ πάντα ὅμοιον ἡμῖν χωρὶς ἁμαρτίας· πρὸ αἰώνων μὲν ἐκ τοῦ πατρὸς γεννηθέντα κατὰ τὴν θεότητα, ἐπ᾽ ἐσχάτων δὲ τῶν ἡμερῶν τὸν αὐτὸν δἰ ἡμᾶς καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν ἐκ Μαρίας τῆς παρθένου τῆς θεοτόκου κατὰ τὴν ἀνθρωπότητα ,68 ἕνα καὶ τὸν αὐτὸν Χριστόν, υἱόν, κύριον, μονογενῆ, ἐκ δύο φύσεων [ἐν δύο φύσεσιν] , ἀσυγχύτως, ἀτρέπτως , ἀδιαιρέτως, ἀχωρίστως γνωριζόμενον· οὐδαμοῦ τῆς τῶν φύσεων διαφορᾶς ἀνῃρημένης διὰ τὴν ἕνωσιν, σωζομένης δὲ μᾶλλον τῆς ἰδιότητος ἑκατέρας φύσεως καὶ εἰς ἓν πρόσωπον καὶ μίαν ὑπὸστασιν συντρεχούσης, οὐκ εἰς δύο πρόσωπα μεριζόμενον ἢ διαιρούμενον, ἀλλ᾽ ἕνα καὶ τὸν αὐτὸν υἱὸν καὶ μονογενῆ, θεὸν λόγον, κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν· καθάπερ ἄνωθεν οἱ προφῆται περὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ αὐτὸς ἡμᾶς ὁ κύριος Ιησοῦς Χριστὸς ἐξεπαίδευσε καὶ τὸ τῶν πατέρων ἡμῖν καραδέδωκε σύμβολον.

    We, then, following the holy Fathers, all with one consent, teach men to confess one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the same perfect in Godhead and also perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man, of a reasonable [rational] soul and body; consubstantial [coessential] with the Father according to the Godhead, and consubstantial with us according to the Manhood; in all things like unto us, without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father according to the Godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, according to the Manhood; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures,inconfusedly, unchangeably,indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one Subsistence, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same Son, and only begotten, God the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the prophets from the beginning [have declared] concerning him, and the Lord Jesus Christ himself has taught us, and the Creed of the holy Fathers has handed down to us.

    The 4th Ecumenical Council was held at Chalcedon in 451. Any tdaching on the nature of Christ which departs from this has been heresy for nearly 1600 years.

  • Muslims Believe That All Those Who Arenít Muslim, Are Their Property

    08/21/2015 4:19:04 AM PDT · 11 of 28
    Kolokotronis to markomalley
    Here's the answer we gave the Mohammedans!

    The central warrior figure, Nikitaras, "O Τυρκοφαγος", the Turkeater, was from my maternal village and is my ancestor.

  • Why You Donít Hear about Discrimination against Persons with Down Syndrome

    08/19/2015 12:58:47 PM PDT · 35 of 52
    Kolokotronis to savagesusie

    That wasn’t our family experience at all.

  • Why You Donít Hear about Discrimination against Persons with Down Syndrome

    08/19/2015 11:12:16 AM PDT · 17 of 52
    Kolokotronis to sharkhawk

    My youngest was born with Down Syndrome. He was main streamed in school through elementary school and then partially so in junior high and high school. None of the other kids were getting a “lesser product” because he was there nor did the teachers spend an inordinate amount of time with him. He and his classmates are all in their 30s now. We see several of them regularly. They ALL say that having him in their classes made them better, more caring and understanding people.

    He is the greatest blessing our family has ever had. His life has made all the difference, all the good difference, for us and the people around him.

    It’s a shame you apparently missed that experience.

  • Churches in the West Trying to Throw Lifeline to Iraqi and Syrian Christians

    08/18/2015 4:08:58 PM PDT · 7 of 29
    Kolokotronis to NYer