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  • 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

    All:

    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.

    http://www.iocc.org/news/7-30-14-syria-iraq.aspx

  • 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
    “Enlightenment”.
  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 5:53:22 AM PDT · 1 of 65
    Kolokotronis
    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.
  • A Message from Metropolitan JOSEPH

    07/03/2014 2:10:30 PM PDT · 12 of 12
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    AXIOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pope Francis stops car (en route from Calabria to Rome) to bless young disabled woman

    06/23/2014 3:18:04 PM PDT · 16 of 22
    Kolokotronis to ealgeone

    I didn’t say he was, though he was chosen by God to be the Patriarch of the West and is what we Orthodox Greeks call a “Thoro you Theou”, a Gift of God. That’s generally good enough for us simple Eastern Christians.

  • Pope Francis stops car (en route from Calabria to Rome) to bless young disabled woman

    06/23/2014 2:44:51 PM PDT · 9 of 22
    Kolokotronis to NYer
    Our Triune God has blessed all of us by giving us this good and holy man as the Patriarch of the West.
  • Muslims Pray to Turn Turkey's Greatest Monument Back into a Mosque [Hagia Sophia]

    06/02/2014 2:53:59 PM PDT · 19 of 23
    Kolokotronis to Biggirl

    Indeed; and as if the Pope’s 4th crusade wasn’t enough to ensure the fall of the Empire and schism, his legate, the damnable Cardinal Humberto, guaranteed it with his “bull of excommunication” tossed on the altar of Agia Sohia in 1452!

  • Muslims Pray to Turn Turkey's Greatest Monument Back into a Mosque [Hagia Sophia]

    06/02/2014 2:41:50 PM PDT · 17 of 23
    Kolokotronis to Biggirl

    “A Byzantine Rite Church.”

    I am likely the only poster on FR who had a family member die in battle at the side of the God Ordained Emperor Constantine Paleologos XI, and other family members, women and children, raped and hauled off into slavery when the savage Mohammedan Turks broke into Agia Sophia during the last Liturgy, on that most tragic night of Tuesday, May 28, 1453. Their stories were my bedtime stories. One of my dearest and best friends is a direct descendant of the Emperor. I never understood the expressed sentiment of the Imperial Official Loukas Notaras when he exclaimed “Better the Sultan’s turban than the Pope’s cap!” But when I read the disgusting suggestion that our holy cathedral be converted to a Uniate church, I finally understand!

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

    05/27/2014 4:18:02 AM PDT · 444 of 550
    Kolokotronis to onyx

    O Lord our God, the Physician of our souls and bodies, look down upon Thy servant Lynn and cure her 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.

  • Blessed Sacrament Procession in Cambridge MA

    05/13/2014 2:52:52 PM PDT · 10 of 13
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    As you, dear lady, know, I don’t publicly post anymore, but for this...AXIOS, AXIOS, AXIOS!

  • I, Gamecock, completed RICO and will become Catholic next week.

    04/01/2014 2:57:13 PM PDT · 33 of 39
    Kolokotronis to xzins; Gamecock; P-Marlowe

    “Orthodoxy is OK+

    I will remain, though, unfettered, because they allow freedom....sometimes too much freedom I might add.”

    :)

    You’ll all be just fine. Pray unceasingly!

    “You, oh Christ, are the Kingdom of Heaven;
    You, the land promised to the gentle;
    You the grazing lands of paradise;
    You, the hall of the celestial banquet;
    You, the ineffable marriage chamber;
    You the table set for all,
    You the bread of life;
    You, the unheard of drink;
    You, both the urn for the water
    and the life-giving water;
    You, moreover, the inextinguishable lamp
    for each one of the saints;
    You, the garment and the crown
    and the one who distributes crowns;
    You, the joy and the rest;
    You, the delight and glory;
    You the gaiety;
    You, the mirth;
    and Your grace, grace of the Spirit of all sanctity,
    will shine like the sun in all the saints;
    and You, inaccessible sun,
    will shine in their midst
    and all will shine brightly,
    to the degree of their faith,
    their asceticism,
    their hope
    and their love,
    their purification
    and their illumination
    by Your Spirit.” +Symeon the New Theologian

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

    03/29/2014 5:14:32 AM PDT · 105 of 550
    Kolokotronis to onyx

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your servant, our sister Lynn and cure her of every sickness of which she is grieved; lift her up from her bed of pain, and send down upon her Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to her health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • From the Inexhaustible Source

    03/23/2014 2:39:08 PM PDT · 13 of 15
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    “Isn’t it wonderful?”

    It is better than simply wonderful, my friend.

  • From the Inexhaustible Source

    03/23/2014 2:11:49 PM PDT · 10 of 15
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    Something far too many western members of the various ecclesial groups need to remember, and better yet, come to believe:

    “It is not a matter of humility, for true debasement is the company of self-righteous sinners, not humble simple men. Our heart is captivated with something else: that Christ came to those who more than anyone else needed Divine help. He came even less powerful than they were, and having received help from the shepherds made them imitate the Most High, raised them to a soaring height. Because they gave of their grace to the Author of all grace.”

  • MEMORY ETERNAL! HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN PHILIP

    03/20/2014 4:10:47 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    Kolokotronis to lightman

    O God of all spirits and flesh, Who has trodden down death, destroying the power of the devil, bestowing life on Your world, to the soul of Your servant the Metropolitan Philip departed this life, do You Yourself, O Lord, give rest in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place of refreshment, from where pain and sorrow and mourning are fled away. Every sin by him committed in thought, word, or deed, do You as our good and loving God forgive, seeing that there is no man that shall live and sin not, for You alone are without sin: Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness and Your law is truth.

    For You are the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Your servant the Metropolitan Philip, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up Glory, as to Your Eternal Father and Your All-Holy, Good, and Life-creating Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Please Pray for Fragile Boy Undergoing Major Surgery Today

    02/17/2014 5:03:15 PM PST · 23 of 56
    Kolokotronis to Pajamajan

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your young servant whose life has been a blessing to those around him and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; lift him up from his bed of pain, and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Prayer Request For a Child Named Noah

    02/17/2014 5:00:02 PM PST · 20 of 35
    Kolokotronis to Morgana

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your servant Noah and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; lift him up from his bed of pain, and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral

    02/09/2014 2:54:19 PM PST · 14 of 36
    Kolokotronis to annalex

    It is a fallen world, my brother. In a less violent fashion, we see attacks on the veneration of our Holy Icons everyday here on FR. We need to pray unceasingly.

  • Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral

    02/09/2014 2:52:09 PM PST · 13 of 36
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    Вечная память. May their memories be eternal!
  • Two dead in shooting in Russian Orthodox cathedral

    02/09/2014 2:28:29 PM PST · 4 of 36
    Kolokotronis to annalex
    Вечная память. May their memories be eternal!
  • A Dramatic Biblical Moment that almost Every one Missed

    02/03/2014 3:55:22 AM PST · 6 of 67
    Kolokotronis to markomalley

    We still do it. It is magnificent.

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

  • Britain entering first world war was 'biggest error in modern history'

    02/01/2014 4:01:38 AM PST · 22 of 84
    Kolokotronis to Southack

    There is a new book out called “The Sleepwalkers. How Europe Went to War in 1914” by Christopher Clark. It is a detailed study of how European diplomats and government officials basically stumbled into the war. No one and no country comes out looking good, even less looking innocent. One of the most interesting parts of the book relate the political and economic advances of the Austrian and Slovak parts of the Austo-Hungarian Empire. It was an astonishingly modern state. It will probably be the definitive work on the subject from here on out. It’s available on Amazon and well worth the read.

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

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

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

  • Prayer request for our unborn child

    01/19/2014 5:50:23 PM PST · 18 of 283
    Kolokotronis to redgolum

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

  • Does Francis have a Marxism problem?

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

    What a magnificent post!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I sincerely doubt that....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

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

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

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

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

  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

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

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

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

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

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

  • Maine Struggles to Cut Off Welfare for Somali Migrants

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

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

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

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

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

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

    “(What A Retard)”

    Classy, foreigner!

  • Need prayers for daughter in law and son after miscarriage

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

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

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

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

    AXIOS!

  • Prayers Requested for FReeper Past Your Eyes

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

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

    O Lord our God, Who by word alone did heal all diseases, Who did cure the kinswoman of Peter, You Who chastise with pity and heal according to Your goodness; Who are able to put aside every malady and infirmity, do You Yourself, the same Lord, grant aid to this Your servant Lester and cure him of every sickness of which he is grieved; lift him up from his bed of pain, and send down upon him Your great mercy, and if it be Your Will, give to him health and a complete recovery; for You are the Physician of our souls and bodies, and to You do we send up Glory: to Father, and to Son, and to Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

  • Former Turkish Cathedral Hagia Sophia May Become a Mosque

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    NO