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Posts by Kolokotronis

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  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:54:07 AM PDT · 7 of 10
    Kolokotronis to Tax-chick

    Our Balkan Mountain brothers and sisters do have beautiful children, don’t they!

  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:18:18 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    Kolokotronis to Claud

    Truly He is Risen!

  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:07:16 AM PDT · 2 of 10
    Kolokotronis to Kolokotronis; Honorary Serb; NRx; xzins; lightman; NYer; Tax-chick

    And in Serbia (almost the mother country!):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd3t6sCygnE

  • The Paschal homily of St John Chrysostomos (Archbishop of Constantinople)

    05/01/2016 4:01:41 AM PDT · 1 of 10
    Kolokotronis
    This is the sermon heard in all Orthodox Churches across the world at midnight last evening. Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7tKexc4wSM

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Stasis of the Lamentations for Great and Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 12:00:27 PM PDT · 5 of 7
    Kolokotronis to Honorary Serb

    Sublime! May his memory be eternal!

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Stasis of the Lamentations for Great and Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 8:25:47 AM PDT · 2 of 7
    Kolokotronis to Kolokotronis; lightman; xzins; NRx

    Here is the same hymn in the mother tongue:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NtMCPmwtYI

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Stasis of the Lamentations for Great and Holy Friday

    04/29/2016 8:14:51 AM PDT · 1 of 7
    Kolokotronis
  • On the Great and Holy Council - Fr Theodoros Zisis (part 4) (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    04/28/2016 3:09:54 PM PDT · 5 of 5
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Excellent translation running along the bottom of the screen.

  • The Foot-Washing Rite for Great and Holy Thursday

    04/28/2016 2:57:54 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    Kolokotronis to albie

    The Patriarch and hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church look like Mohammedans to you? Was it the Rev. Billy Bob Jeff or his snake who told you that?

  • The Synaxarion for Great and Holy Thursday

    04/28/2016 2:51:04 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Much better. Kalo Pascha!

  • The Resurrection: A Belief That Matters

    04/24/2016 2:51:50 PM PDT · 7 of 10
    Kolokotronis to metmom

    He has lifted me to the Heavens; you He has put to flight; For the rest of time I share the throne, I am no longer subject to you. He took my body that He might make it new; He will make it immortal and cause it to share His throne. I shall reign with Him, for I have been resurrected with Him. No longer are you my master; but I rule over you. My pledge of surety is now on high, But you are trampled on below by those who cry, `Where, O Death, is your victory, or where your strength? God has destroyed your strength Through the Resurrection.’ St Romanos the Melodist - On The Resurrection III

  • Pope Francis Surprises Thousands of Teens in St. Peter’s Square (hears confessions)

    04/23/2016 12:11:44 PM PDT · 5 of 16
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    AXIOS!

  • Realism and Islam

    04/22/2016 2:30:42 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    Kolokotronis to infool7; livius
    Those of us fortunate enough to have
    Balkan/Levantine blood know all about the Mohammedan ideology of world domination. We spent and are spending centuries under the heel of Mohamedanism. The West thinks it knows everything. You understand nothing about Mohamedanism. On the one hand it certainly isn't like any other religious belief system, no matter what your ministers, priests and politicians tell you. On the other hand, Mohammedanism doesn't and hasn't perverted all Mohamedans into savage monsters. We Greeks, for example, can never forget that it was Syrian Mohamedans who took us and the Armenians in when the Turks launched their decades long genocide against us in the late 19th - early 20th centuries. That's why we are taking in Syrian and other Mohammedan refugees even today. Our philotomo and our Orthodox Christianity demand it. Yours should too.
  • Chalcedonian vs Non-Chalcedonian Orthodoxy (A somewhat meaty exchange)

    04/22/2016 1:18:08 PM PDT · 4 of 4
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    My initial reaction to the posted article was profoundly negative. Nevertheless, I read the comments of Soliman and Marinides’ response. I am glad I did and suggest to all that they read the linked responses.

    That said, my parish has had Armenian, Ethiopian, Coptic and Syrian Orthodox members for decades. Never once did lightening strike or the roof cave in when they presented themselves for Communion.

  • Realism and Islam

    04/21/2016 3:12:29 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    Kolokotronis to livius

    “Also, of course, Islam is an Arab superiority cult, and one of the driving forces behind it is actually the Arab conception of themselves as superior beings spreading their divinely ordained power.”

    Really? I attend the Divine Liturgy every Sunday with Middle Eastern and North African Orthodox Christians. We recite the Our Father in Arabic among other languages. Many of my very best friends are Arab Christians. They show no superiority complex. Perhaps you meant a Mohammedan superiority complex?

  • Realism and Islam

    04/21/2016 3:05:20 PM PDT · 9 of 18
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    “I can’t believe this man is a Jesuit!
    Axios!”

    I can! AXIOS indeed! This is spectacular!

  • Russia Bolsters Its Submarine Fleet, and Tensions With U.S. Rise

    04/21/2016 9:55:07 AM PDT · 17 of 17
    Kolokotronis to dfwgator

    :)

  • Russia Bolsters Its Submarine Fleet, and Tensions With U.S. Rise

    04/21/2016 5:48:06 AM PDT · 2 of 17
    Kolokotronis to sukhoi-30mki

    Ah, for the old days at the ASWAC!

  • Becoming Pure in Heart

    04/20/2016 2:44:33 PM PDT · 7 of 11
    Kolokotronis to metmom

    One of the reasons I chose the quote from +Symeon the New Theologian was this:

    “but without fire of the Spirit, everything he does will remain inactive and useless for his aim, for by itself what he does is powerless to cleanse the soul of its dirt and foulness.”

    Seems clear to me that you and +Symeon are saying, at base, the same thing. Theosis is from God, not from our works. Orthodoxy teaches that absent Christ’s Incarnation, Death and glorious Resurrection, we would be doomed to a futile eternity without God in the place of the dead.

  • Becoming Pure in Heart

    04/20/2016 1:48:11 PM PDT · 4 of 11
    Kolokotronis to metmom

    “’The pure of heart will see God,’ according to the Lord’s infallible word (Mt. 5:8), according to his capacity, receiving as much as his mind can sustain; yet the infinite and incomprehensible nature of the Godhead remains beyond all understanding. For ‘the magnificence of His glory,’ as the Prophet says (Ps. 144-5), has no end, and as we contemplate Him He remains ever the same, at the same distance above us. The Great David enjoyed in his heart those glorious elevations as he progressed from strength to strength; and yet he cried to God: Lord, ‘Thou art the most High,’ forever and ever (Ps. 82:19). And by this I think he means that in all the infinite eternity of centuries, the man who runs towards Thee constantly becomes greater as he rises higher, ever growing in proportion to his increase in grace. ‘Thou,’ indeed, ‘art the most High,’ abiding forever, and canst never seem smaller to those who approach Thee, for Thou art always to the same degree higher and loftier than th! e faculties of those who are rising. St. Gregory of Nyssa”

    and

    “As a blacksmith can do nothing without the help of fire, however skilled he may be in wielding his tools, so a man should do everything he can on his side to purify his heart, using virtues as tools for this purpose; but without fire of the Spirit, everything he does will remain inactive and useless for his aim, for by itself what he does is powerless to cleanse the soul of its dirt and foulness.” St. Simeon the New Theologian

  • Metropolitan Hilarion Compares Europe with the Atheistic Soviet Union

    04/19/2016 5:06:55 PM PDT · 7 of 8
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    AXIOS!

  • Memory Eternal! +Metropolitan Constantine (Papastephanou), 1924 – 2016

    04/19/2016 5:01:46 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    May his memory be eternal!

  • ROCOR HOLY SYNOD on Pan-Orthodox Council Texts

    04/18/2016 3:41:00 PM PDT · 4 of 5
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    I’m surprised anyone cares one way or the other what ROCOR thinks about anything. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Orthodoxy has no future at all. Despite their status as a “semi autonomous” Church, their hierarchs aren’t taken seriously anywhere, nor are they welcome among the hierarchs of the Churches with whom they are in one form or another of communion.

    They ought to go back to making converts kneel on beans at all night vigils and stop pretending that they are Orthodox.

  • ROCOR HOLY SYNOD on Pan-Orthodox Council Texts

    04/18/2016 9:15:19 AM PDT · 2 of 5
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Got to wonder who in Moscow wrote this for the ROCOR crowd.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 4:19:24 PM PDT · 268 of 397
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    “Well, at least they don’t in Christianity.”

    They trumped the iconoclastic Mohammedan form of it and the heretical Arian and Nestorian versions until the protestant revolution and being rejuvenated by Westerners angry with Rome, sadly persist in the West to this day.

    Time to call it a night. I’ve enjoyed the discussion.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 3:53:46 PM PDT · 264 of 397
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone
    "Elsie has a wide range of pictures with catholics kneeling before images of catholic mary."

    I'll bet she could find pictures of Orthodox bowing before icons of Panagia and kissing them too. I did it myself this morning. I'll likely do it before I go to bed.

    You know, protestantism's intellectual forebears, the Mohammedan inspired and encouraged iconoclasts of the 7th & 8th centuries forbade the veneration of icons, but the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council (787 AD) took care of that. Their proclamation is beautiful, profound, in Greek but since you don't know Greek, here it is in English:

    ""We define that the holy icons, whether in color, mosaic, or some other material, should be exhibited in the holy churches of God, on the sacred vessels and liturgical vestments, on the walls, furnishings, and in houses and along the roads, namely the icons of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, that of our Lady the Theotokos, those of the venerable angels and those of all saintly people. Whenever these representations are contemplated, they will cause those who look at them to commemorate and love their prototype. We define also that they should be kissed and that they are an object of veneration and honor (τιμητικη, Προσκυνητής), but not of real worship (λατρεία), which is reserved for Him Who is the subject of our faith and is proper for the divine nature, ... which is in effect transmitted to the prototype; he who venerates the icon, venerated in it the reality for which it stands."

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 3:40:52 PM PDT · 263 of 397
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    “So we take your word on this? Nope.”

    OK; that’s up to you.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 3:39:58 PM PDT · 262 of 397
    Kolokotronis to HossB86

    “SCRIPTURE has been in existence since the Holy Spirit lead those to write what he inspired in them. You know... Paul’s Letters, Gospels, etc.

    In answer to your query, however, Scripture tells us this (and since Scripture is the inspired, inerrant word of God, God is the one who “told” me):”

    You mean like Mohammed and the Koran being dictated to him by Gabriel?

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 3:37:41 PM PDT · 261 of 397
    Kolokotronis to imardmd1
    “The Bible speaks for itself, “scholar”, and it doesn't need any help from you or the heretristics except to proclaim its contents faithfully.”

    Just in English, or English interpretations of Greek, or do other languages make the cut too? BTW, what are “heretristics”?

    Do you know the difference between worship and veneration? If the bishops who established the canon of the NT venerated icons (hint; they did), does that mean that the canon of the NT was established by heretics or, Mohammedan like, they were simply automatons writing down what God directed? You know, I've always had a sneaking suspicion that protestantism sprang from the same heretical weed as Mohammedanism.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 2:53:11 PM PDT · 252 of 397
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    None that I am aware of, but by the time we had determined what was in and what was out of the NT, it had been going on for about 200 years...about as long as the veneration of relics had been going on.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 2:50:25 PM PDT · 251 of 397
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    Yup. As sure as I can be not having been there, eagleone.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 2:48:53 PM PDT · 249 of 397
    Kolokotronis to HossB86

    If you can’t find it in the Bible, you don’t need to do it to have salvation.”

    Seriously, Hose, who told you that? There wasn’t even a Canon of the NT until after 300.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 2:37:48 PM PDT · 243 of 397
    Kolokotronis to HossB86

    “Why pray to someone who can’t hear you? Why pray to someone, who, if she could hear you, CAN DO NOTHING for you?”

    It’s astonishing to me how very, very different what passes for Christianity in parts of the West is from that which The Church has lived for 2000 years!

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 2:33:44 PM PDT · 241 of 397
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    “I don’t see the ECFs or those councils appeal to the original languages that often.”

    They used Greek, even for the OT (the Septuagint). Even the Jews used Greek then. I’ve been told that some of the Fathers used Aramaic but I’ve never been able to confirm that.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 1:57:11 PM PDT · 236 of 397
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    “Are You suggesting there are other ways to salvation other than Christ?”

    Oh no, not at all. Without Christ’s incarnation, death and resurrection, there would be no theosis, none at all. We’d die and go to the place of the dead without any hope.

    “You need to read up on the criteria for a book to be included in the canon.”

    I know very well what the criteria were. My people did it, remember?

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 1:53:53 PM PDT · 235 of 397
    Kolokotronis to imardmd1

    “It is not. Your thesis is so juvenile that it does not even deserve a nod.”

    Really? I suppose that Thayer and Strong probably knew and more importantly, understood Greek better than, say, the Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council or perhaps those at the Council of Ephesus or those bishops who set up the bible you folks love to quote and undoubtedly better than those of us whose people have been speaking Greek for at least 3000 years and worshiping our Triune God in virtually the exact same way for 1700 years. What would we know? I always forget how very superior, how chosen by God you Anglophone Westerners and your Germanic tongue really are! I’m so sorry!

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 1:35:25 PM PDT · 233 of 397
    Kolokotronis to metmom
    Sorry, I know; formatting is my friend!

    "The other blanket assumption is that everyone else or anything else that is not Catholic is wrong."

    Orthodoxy does not teach that at all. We KNOW that the path to theosis is found within The Church. We DO NOT know that it isn't also found elsewhere. We believe that from the beginning God has planted the "sporoi tou Theou", the seeds of God, throughout Creation. It stands to reason that there may well be other ways. These matters are up to God.

    "It's also that without the Catholic church what would men do?"

    I expect what they do to this day all around the world. Here's a better question, "What would Protestants in the West do today if The Church, in the person of a bunch of Greek speaking Eastern Catholic bishops, with a few Latins thrown in, hadn't decided what was in the Canon of the NT? I mean, what would you have been reading? What "Bible" would you have had to thump. How do you suppose they knew to reject the Shepherd of Hermas and let in Mark or Peter? The fact is they measured the scriptures which were voluminous, against "what The Church always and everywhere believed". As a practical matter, metmom, that meant measuring scripture against the Divine Liturgies, devotions, canons and the writings of The Fathers. So, while I have no doubt you folks would be here, you wouldn't be believing what you do.

    "A lot of erroneous assumptions about the character and integrity of God." God is O ΩΝ, the Being Which created "beingness". Is The Church wrong?

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 1:32:18 PM PDT · 232 of 397
    Kolokotronis to metmom
    "The other blanket assumption is that everyone else or anything else that is not Catholic is wrong." Orthodoxy does not teach that at all. We KNOW that the path to theosis is found within The Church. We DO NOT know that it isn't also found elsewhere. We believe that from the beginning God has planted the "sporoi tou Theou", the seeds of God, throughout Creation. It stands to reason that there may well be other ways. These matters are up to God. "It's also that without the Catholic church what would men do?" I expect what they do to this day all around the world. Here's a better question, "What would Protestants in the West do today if The Church, in the person of a bunch of Greek speaking Eastern Catholic bishops, with a few Latins thrown in, hadn't decided what was in the Canon of the NT? I mean, what would you have been reading? What "Bible" would you have had to thump. How do you suppose they knew to reject the Shepherd of Hermas and let in Mark or Peter? The fact is they measured the scriptures which were voluminous, against "what The Church always and everywhere believed". As a practical matter, metmom, that meant measuring scripture against the Divine Liturgies, devotions, canons and the writings of The Fathers. So, while I have no doubt you folks would be here, you wouldn't be believing what you do. "A lot of erroneous assumptions about the character and integrity of God." God is O ΩΝ, the Being Which created "beingness". Is The Church wrong?
  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 11:50:07 AM PDT · 217 of 397
    Kolokotronis to Elsie

    “The Son of God became man, that we might become god” St. Athanasius the Great.

    Take a look at De Incarnatione,
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/athanasius/incarnation.toc.html

    Complete with Scriptural citations. You see, Christ’s Incarnation changed everything!

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 11:41:00 AM PDT · 216 of 397
    Kolokotronis to Elsie

    “Dang!

    It’s more pervasive than I’d thought!”

    :) We Greeks are everywhere!

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 10:08:20 AM PDT · 203 of 397
    Kolokotronis to HossB86

    “Wow. Mariolatry 101.”

    It is hard for Anglophones to appreciate the difference between veneration and worship. It’s easier in Greek; really, it is!

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 10:04:03 AM PDT · 201 of 397
    Kolokotronis to Legatus

    “Kolokotronis, you papist you!”

    Alas and alack! My papou must be spinning in his grave! /s

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 10:01:42 AM PDT · 199 of 397
    Kolokotronis to metmom

    “He always has a remnant.”

    And you guys, I take it, are that remnant? All of you, some of you, most of you but none of us?

    I’ve been told on these threads that the only way to “call upon the true Lord” is to do so in English, Is that one of the rules of the “remnant”? If I do go to hell, do I get to “ stand on the Bishop’s shoulders?” Or was that just part of a bedtime story for Orthodox children?

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 9:08:19 AM PDT · 191 of 397
    Kolokotronis to kosciusko51

    “* Is belief in the perpetual virginity of Mary requirement for salvation in the Orthodox Church? If so, why?
    * Is the scriptural defense put forward by the OP consistent with the teachings of the Orthodox Church?”

    A) No, but you should understand that Orthodox Christianity doesn’t have any “Do this or you’ll go to hell” dogma. We have very little dogma, at least as the West understands it. We do have theologoumenna and Holy Tradition and disciplinary canons and of course Scripture, but these are to help us arrive at theosis which we believe is our created purpose. We have a “Do this and you’ll become like God” mindset. This, however, is not up to The Church; it’s up to God.

    B) OP?

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 8:55:08 AM PDT · 190 of 397
    Kolokotronis to metmom

    “It’s sure a good thing that Catholics tell us that they don’t worship Mary cause otherwise nobody would ever know that that sort of thing wasn’t worship.”

    Is it possible that Western Protestants haven’t been Christians long enough to understand a prayer like the Akathist? Maybe Western culture, mostly dog vomit these days and firmly rooted in Atheism, makes it impossible for you folks?

    BTW, your post is the first I’ve seen from a non-Orthodox Freeper which recognizes Orthodox as Catholics. In fairness to the Latins, most every Marian belief they have came from us.

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 8:42:05 AM PDT · 187 of 397
    Kolokotronis to MHGinTN

    “Rejoice, unshakeable Tower of the Church.” There was a tower in Babylon’s plane ... the goddess from thence is come to live again in the catholic religion.”

    Really? I wonder how my ancestors missed that! Just as a matter of curiosity, why do you suppose God let the Christian world get it so wrong for so long? Why did He wait over 1500 years to “enlighten” a bunch of non Greek speaking Western Europeans as to the Truth and since then to limit the understanding of that Truth to so few people, virtually all of whom are English speaking Westerners?

  • Just War Theory Should be Abandoned, Says Conference Hosted by Vatican

    04/16/2016 5:12:17 AM PDT · 30 of 42
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    “War and violence are never means used by God in order to achieve a result. They are for the most part machinations of the devil used to achieve unlawful ends. We say “for the most part” because, as is well known, in a few specific cases the Orthodox Church forgives an armed defense against oppression and violence. However, as a rule, peaceful resolution of differences and peaceful cooperation are more pleasing to God and more beneficial to humankind.”

    Patriarch Bartholomew; Address in Novi Sad, Serbia on October 22, 1999

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/16/2016 4:38:38 AM PDT · 180 of 397
    Kolokotronis to Elsie
    "A new one for the list..."

    Well then, here's the whole Akathist. It's just full of praises to the Most Holy Theotokos for your list. We've been chanting this since 626 AD. Last night, the 5th Friday in Great Lent, we chanted the whole thing. And all along you Western Protestants thought the Latins were the ones who were into Panagia...!

    "Having secretly received the command, the Archangel hastened into Joseph's abode and spoke to the Holy Virgin. He Who bowed the Heavens with His descending, is wholly contained, yet unchanged in You. And seeing Him taking the likeness of a servant in your womb, I stand in amazement and cry unto you:

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin [3 times].

    Kontakion Unto you, O Theotokos, invincible Champion, your City, in thanksgiving ascribes the victory for the deliverance from sufferings. And having your might unassailable, free us from all dangers, so that we may cry unto you:

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    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 these:

    Rejoice, you through whom joy shall shine forth. Rejoice, you whom the curse will vanish.

    Rejoice, the Restoration of fallen Adam. Rejoice, the Redemption of the tears of Eve.

    Rejoice, O Height beyond human logic. Rejoice, O depth invisible even to the eyes of Angels.

    Rejoice, for you are the King's throne. Rejoice, you bear Him, Who bears the universe.

    Rejoice, O Star revealing the Sun. Rejoice, O Womb of divine Incarnation.

    Rejoice, you through whom creation is renewed. Rejoice, you through whom the Creator is born a Babe.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    Beholding herself in purity, the holy one courageously said to Gabriel: Your strange voice seems almost unbelievable to my soul; for how do you speak of birth-giving without seed? crying aloud:

    Alleluia.

    Seeking to know the incomprehensible knowledge, the Virgin cried to him who ministered to her: How many a Son be born from a virginal womb? Tell me! To her he answered in fear, yet crying thus:

    Rejoice, O seer of the ineffable Will. Rejoice, O surety of those praying in silence.

    Rejoice, you the Preface of Christ's miracles. Rejoice, you the Pinnacle of His commandments.

    Rejoice, O heavenly Ladder, by which God descended. Rejoice, O Bridge leading those from earth to Heaven.

    Rejoice, O Miracle, much marveled of Angels. Rejoice, O trauma, much dirged of demons.

    Rejoice, you who ineffably gave birth to the Light. Rejoice, you who revealed the mystery to none.

    Rejoice, O knowledge superceding the wise. Rejoice, You who enlightens the minds of the faithful.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin

    The power of the Most High then overshadowed the Virgin, that she might conceive; and her fruitful womb He made a fertile meadow for all those desiring to reap salvation, as they chant:

    Alleluia.

    Carrying God in her womb, the Virgin hastened to Elizabeth, whose unborn babe forthwith recognizing Mary's salutation rejoiced, and with leaps as it were with songs, he cried out to the Theotokos:

    Rejoice, O branch of the unwithering Vine. Rejoice, O Land yielding the untainted Fruit.

    Rejoice, O Husbandry of the merciful Husbandman. Rejoice, O birthgiver to the Planter of our life.

    Rejoice, O Field bearing abundant compassion. Rejoice, O Table laden with an abundance of mercies.

    Rejoice, for you make the meadow produce contentment. Rejoice, for you prepare a haven for souls.

    Rejoice, acceptable Incense of intercession. Rejoice, Oblation for all the world.

    Rejoice, Favour of God to mortals. Rejoice, Access of mortals to God.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    Having doubtful thoughts, the righteous Joseph was troubled; for he suspected a secret union as he beheld you unwed, O blameless one; but when he learned of your conception through the Holy Spirit, he cried

    Alleluia.

    On hearing the Angels praising the incarnate presence of Christ, the shepherds hastened as to a Shepherd, and beholding Him as a spotless Lamb, pastured in Mary's womb, her they hymned, and said:

    Rejoice, Mother of the Lamb and Shepherd. Rejoice, Fold of the rational sheep.

    Rejoice, O Defense against invisible foes. Rejoice, Opener of the gates of Paradise.

    Rejoice, for the things of Heaven rejoice with the earth.

    Rejoice, the things of earth join chorus with the Heavens.

    Rejoice, never-silent Voice of the Apostles. Rejoice, never-conquered Courage of the Martyrs.

    Rejoice, firm Support of the Faith. Rejoice, shining Token of grace.

    Rejoice, you through whom Hades was laid bare. Rejoice, you through whom we are clothed with glory.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    Beholding the Godward-pointing Star, the Magi followed it radiance; and holding it as a lantern, they sought through it the mighty King. And having approached the Unreachable, they rejoiced and cried to Him:

    Alleluia.

    The sons of the Chaldees saw in the hands of the Virgin Him Who by His hand fashioned man; and sensing Him as Lord, even though He had taken the form of a servant, they hastened with gifts to do homage, and they cried out to her who is blessed:

    Rejoice, Mother of the never-setting Star. Rejoice, Dawn of the mystic Day.

    Rejoice, you who has quenched the fiery furnace of error.

    Rejoice, you who enlightens the initiates of the Trinity.

    Rejoice, you who has removed the inhuman tyrant from power.

    Rejoice, you who has shown Christ, the man-befriending Lord.

    Rejoice, you who has redeemed us from the pagan religion.

    Rejoice, you who has rescued us from the works of mire.

    Rejoice, you who ceased the worship of fire.

    Rejoice, you who saves us from the flames of passions.

    Rejoice, Guide of the faithful to chastity.

    Rejoice, O Delight of all generations.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    Having become God-bearing heralds, the Magi returned to Babylon. Fulfilling Your prophecy, and having preached You as the Christ to all, they left Herod as a trifler, who knew not how to chant:

    Alleluia.

    Having shed the light of truth in Egypt, You expelled the darkness of falsehood; and unable to bear Your strength, O Saviour, her idols fell; and they that were set free from them cried to the Theotokos:

    Rejoice, Uplifting of men.

    Rejoice, Downfall of demons.

    Rejoice, you who trampled upon the delusion of error.

    Rejoice, you who censured the deceit of the idols.

    Rejoice,Sea which drowned the symbolic Pharoah.

    Rejoice, Rock which refreshed those thirsting for life.

    Rejoice, Pillar of fire, guiding those in darkness.

    Rejoice, Protection of the world, more spacious than a cloud.

    Rejoice, Nourishment, successor to manna. Rejoice, Minister of holy joy.

    Rejoice, Land of promise. Rejoice, you from whom flows milk and honey.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    When Symeon was prepared to leave from this age of deception, You were presented to him as a newborn Babe, but he recognized You as perfect God. Wherefore, he marvelled at Your ineffable wisdom, chanting:

    Alleluia.

    New was the Creation which the Creator showed to us His creatures, when He sprang forth from the seedless womb; and He preserved it incorrupt, even as it was, that we, seeing this Miracle, may praise her saying:

    Rejoice, Flower of incorruption.

    Rejoice, Crown of self-restraint.

    Rejoice, O shining Token of Resurrection.

    Rejoice, you whom reflects the life of the Angels.

    Rejoice, Tree of delectable Fruit that nourishes the faithful.

    Rejoice, well-shaded Tree under which many find shelter.

    Rejoice you who bears the Guide of those astray.

    Rejoice, you who gives birth to the Redeemer of captives.

    Rejoice, Intercession before the righteous Judge.

    Rejoice, Forgiveness for many transgressors.

    Rejoice, Robe of confidence for those bare of courage.

    Rejoice, Tenderness conquering all desire.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    Seeing a strange childbirth, let us estrange ourselves from the world by transporting our minds to Heaven; to this end the Most High God appeared on earth a lowly man, that He might draw to the heights those who cry out to Him:

    Alleluia.

    The Infinite Word was wholly present with those on earth, yet never absent from those in Heaven; for this was a divine condescension and not a mere change of place; and His birth was from a Virgin chosen of God, who heard such words as these:

    Rejoice, Land of the Uncontained God.

    Rejoice, Gate of the sacred mystery.

    Rejoice, doubtful Rumour of the faithless.

    Rejoice, undoubtful Pride of the faithful.

    Rejoice, all-holy Chariot of Him Who is above the Cherubim.

    Rejoice, most excellent Dwelling-place of Him Who is above the Seraphim.

    Rejoice, you who conducts the opposites of unity.

    Rejoice, you who has woven maidenhood into motherhood.

    Rejoice, you through whom transgression is annulled.

    Rejoice, you through whom Paradise is open.

    Rejoice, Key of the Kingdom of Christ.

    Rejoice, Hope of eternal blessings.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin

    All angel-kind was amazed by the great deed of Your Incarnation; for they saw the inaccessible God as Man accessible to all, dwelling among is and hearing from all:

    Alleluia.

    Orators most eloquent do we behold mute as fish before you, O Theotokos; for they are at loss to explain how you could remain a virgin and yet give birth. But as for us, marvelling at this mystery, we cry with faith:

    Rejoice, Vessel of the Wisdom of God.

    Rejoice, Treasury of His providence.

    Rejoice, you who proves the philosophers fools.

    Rejoice, you who proves the logicians illogical.

    Rejoice, for the subtle debaters are confounded.

    Rejoice, for the inventors of myths are faded away.

    Rejoice, you who breaks the webs of the Athenians.

    Rejoice, you who fills the nets of the Fishermen.

    Rejoice, who draws us from the depths of ignorance.

    Rejoice, you who enlightens many with knowledge.

    Rejoice, Raft for those who desire to be saved.

    Rejoice, Haven for those who fare on the sea of life.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    Wishing to save the world, to this end did the Ruler of all come of His own will; and, though as God He is the Shepherd, for us He appeared as a Man like us; for by this likeness He called those of like kind, yet as God He hears:

    Alleluia

    You are a fortress protecting all virgins, O Theotokos and Virgin; for the Master of heaven and earth prepared you, O Immaculate One, and dwelt in your womb, and taught all to cry out to you:

    Rejoice, Pillar of virginity.

    Rejoice, Gate of salvation.

    Rejoice, Leader of spiritual restoration.

    Rejoice, Bestower of divine goodness.

    Rejoice, for you regenerated those conceived in shame.

    Rejoice, for you gave guidance to the thoughtless.

    Rejoice, you who abolished the corrupter of hearts.

    Rejoice, you who gave birth to the Sower of chastity.

    Rejoice, bridal Chamber of a seedless marriage.

    Rejoice, you who joined the faithful to the Lord.

    Rejoice, fair Nursing-mother of virgins.

    Rejoice, bridal Escort of holy souls.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    Defeated is every hymn that strives to pay homage to the multitude of Your many compassions; for even should we offer You, O holy King, odes of praise numberless as the sands, we should still have done nothing worthy of what You have given to us who cry to You:

    Alleluia.

    As a brilliant beacon-light shining to those in darkness do we behold the holy Virgin; for she kindles the celestial Light and leads all to divine knowledge; she illuminates our minds with radiance and is honoured by these our cries:

    Rejoice, Ray of the spiritual Sun.

    Rejoice, Beam of the innermost Splendour.

    Rejoice, Lightning, enlightening our souls.

    Rejoice, Thunder, striking down the enemy.

    Rejoice, for you caused the many-starred Light to dawn.

    Rejoice, for you caused the ever-flowing River to gush forth.

    Rejoice, you who depicts the image of the Font of Siloam.

    Rejoice, you who washes away the stain of sin.

    Rejoice, Laver purifying conscience.

    Rejoice, Wine-bowl over-filled with joy.

    Rejoice, sweet-scented Fragrance of Christ.

    Rejoice, Life of mystic festival.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin

    Wishing to bestow His grace, He that forgives the ancient debts of all mankind came of His own will to dwell among those who departed from His favour; and tearing up writ of indebtedness, He hears from all:

    Alleluia.

    Whilst praising your Offspring, we all praise you, O Theotokos, as a living temple; for the Lord, Who holds all things in His hand, dwelt in your womb, and He sanctified and glorified you, and taught all to cry to you:

    Rejoice, Tabernacle of God the Word.

    Rejoice, Holy one, holier than the Hollies.

    Rejoice, Ark made golden by the Spirit.

    Rejoice, inexhaustible Treasury of Life.

    Rejoice, precious Diadem of godly kings.

    Rejoice, venerable Boast of faithful priests.

    Rejoice, unshakeable Tower of the Church.

    Rejoice, impregnable fortress of the Kingdom.

    Rejoice, you through whom trophies are raised up.

    Rejoice, you whom enemies are cast down.

    Rejoice, Healing of my flesh.

    Rejoice, Salvation of my soul.

    Rejoice, O Bride Ever-Virgin.

    O all-hymned Mother, worthy of all praise, who brought forth the Word, the Holiest of all Saints [3 times], as you receive this our offering, rescue us all from every calamity, and deliver from future torment those who cry with one voice: Who is more

    Alleluia. 1st Stanza

    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"

  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/15/2016 8:40:34 AM PDT · 23 of 397
    Kolokotronis to verga; lightman; xzins

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyUEcE57K3c

    “It is truly right to bless thee, O Theotokos,
    thou the ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
    Thou the more honorable than the cherubim,
    and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim,
    who without corruption gavest birth to God the Word,
    thou the true Theotokos, we magnify thee.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE1FzSC8DBs

    “Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

    O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos
    O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy
    More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens
    Delight of virgin choruses/ superior to Angels.
    Much brighter than the firmament/ and purer than the sun’s light
    More holy than the multitude/ of all the heav’nly armies.
    Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

    O Ever Virgin Mary/ of all the world, the Lady
    O bride all pure, immaculate/ O Lady Panagia
    O Mary bride and Queen of all/ our cause of jubilation
    Majestic maiden, Queen of all/ O our most holy Mother
    More hon’rable than Cherubim/ beyond compare more glorious
    than immaterial Seraphim/ and greater than angelic thrones.
    Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

    Rejoice, O song of Cherubim/ Rejoice, O hymn of angels
    Rejoice, O ode of Seraphim/ the joy of the archangels
    Rejoice, O peace and happiness/ the harbor of salvation
    O sacred chamber of the Word/ flow’r of incorruption
    Rejoice, delightful paradise/ of blessed life eternal
    Rejoice, O wood and tree of life/ the fount of immortality.
    Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!

    I supplicate you, Lady/ now do I call upon you
    And I beseech you, Queen of all/ I beg of you your favor
    Majestic maiden, spotless one/ O Lady Panagia
    I call upon you fervently/ O sacred, hallowed temple
    Assist me and deliver me/ protect me from the enemy
    And make me an inheritor/ of blessed life eternal.
    Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride!”

  • Urgent Prayer Request: crisis pregnancy situation (Important Update # 103, Prayers answered! # 108)

    04/15/2016 7:11:04 AM PDT · 161 of 169
    Kolokotronis to infool7; lightman; xzins

    Let us pray to the Lord.

    Lord, have mercy.

    O Master, Lord our God, Who were born of the holy Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary; Who, as an infant, were laid in a manger, and, as a Child, were held up to be seen: So now, have mercy on this, Your handmaiden, who has given birth to these children. Forgive all her transgression, both voluntary and involuntary, and protect her from every oppression of the devil. Preserve the children she has borne from every spell, from every cruel thing, from every storm of adversity, from evil spirits, whether of the day or of the night. Keep this woman under Your mighty hand and grant her a speedy recovery. Cleanse her of every sin, and heal her sufferings. Grant her health and strength of soul and body, and encompass her with bright and radiant angels; and preserve her from every approach of invisible spirits. Yea, O Lord, preserve her from sickness and infirmity, from jealousy and envy, and from the evil eye. Have mercy on her and the newborn children, according to Your great mercy. Cleanse her bodily afflictions. By Your quick mercy lead her to recovery in her body. Grant that the infants which have been born of her may worship in the earthly Temple which You have prepared for the glorification of Your Holy Name. For to You are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.