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Posts by Kolokotronis

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  • Please pray for my Mom

    04/23/2015 5:04:33 PM PDT · 67 of 132
    Kolokotronis to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    O Lord Almighty, healer of our souls and bodies, Who putteth down and raiseth up, Who chastiseth and health also; now, in Thy great mercy, visit our sister, the servant of God Dixie, who is sick. Stretch forth Thy hand that is full of healing and health, and raise her up, and cure her of her illness. Put away from her the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which she is bound. And if she has sins and transgressions, grant to her remission and forgiveness, for Thou lovest humankind. Yea, O Lord my God, have pity on Thy creation, through the compassions of Thine only-begotten Son, together with Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, with whom Thou art blessed, both now and ever, and to ages of ages.

  • Incarnation and Redemption (An Eastern Orthodox Perspective)

    04/21/2015 8:33:06 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    In a nutshell:

    If Christ is risen, then nothing else matters.
    And if Christ is not risen, then nothing else matters.
    —Jaroslav Pelikan

  • The Church Is Visible and One: A Critique of Protestant Ecclesiology

    04/20/2015 2:09:19 PM PDT · 22 of 44
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    This is a complex article. It took me a full 45 minutes to read through it, crossing myself several times.

    The discussion of the “oneness” of The Church is demonstrated and brought home to us at each Divine Liturgy where we truly do worship our Triune God in company with the angels and the saints. It’s not a matter of visible or invisible. Like us here and the angels and the saints, The Church IS.

    I can’t say as I necessarily agree with the author’s conclusions as to the options open to Protestants. I can say that I have yet to meet a convert to The Church from Protestantism (other than by marriage in some cases) who did not come to The Church by way of The Fathers and a realization of where to find The Faith as it always and everywhere has been practiced.

  • Pastoral Practice Committee Pursues Ambitious Agenda (Orthodox)

    04/19/2015 2:25:28 PM PDT · 2 of 2
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    “As the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strives to manifest the unity of Orthodoxy, it is necessary to develop a common understanding among its member bishops regarding pastoral practice.”

    I sincerely wonder why they think this.

  • Union of Bulgarian Alternative Synod with the Bulgarian Orthodox Patriarchate (Orthodox Caucus)

    04/19/2015 12:05:43 PM PDT · 3 of 3
    Kolokotronis to NRx
  • Russian Patriarch: 400 Syrian Churches Destroyed, Christianity Nearing ‘Extinction’ in Mideast

    04/18/2015 3:02:17 PM PDT · 16 of 19
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    It all started a very long time ago. Most of it due to the Republican Party’s groveling before TROP because of oil. Remember the excerable maggot Nixon and his running dog Kissinger and the rape of Orthodox Cyprus by America’s dear friendesn the Mohammedan Turks?

  • Mass Mob Planned at Star of the Sea Catholic Church (altar server protest)

    04/18/2015 2:55:41 PM PDT · 6 of 53
    Kolokotronis to NYer

    The Laos tou Theou, are the guardians of orthodoxy...not hierarchs or the lower clergy. The Latins have a problem here, one of their own making.

  • Turkish PM Accuses Pope of Being Part of ‘Evil Front’ Against His Country

    04/16/2015 3:57:05 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    Davutoglu is a small, yappy, black dog!

    God bless the Bishop of Rome!

  • The Pope, Turks & Armenians: A Lesson for America (Caution: Graphic Content)

    04/15/2015 3:02:33 PM PDT · 7 of 18
    Kolokotronis to NYer; NRx; annalex; redgolum
    No one, absolutely no one, should buy into the Turk Mohammedan lies about the Armenian genocide. The Turks during WWI killed at least 1.5 million Armenian Christians AS A MATTER OF GOVERNMENT POLICY and later under the demonic, alcoholic Ataturk at least 250,000 Greek Christians at Smyrna and its environs.

    Henry Morganthau, our ambassador in Constantinople during WWI, wrote two magnificent books about his experiences there, Secrets of the Bosphoros and Ambassador Morganthau’s Story. Both go into great detail on the depravity of the Turk. In the latter book he wrote:

    “The real purpose of the deportation [of the Armenians] was robbery and destruction; it really represented a new method of massacre. When the Turkish authorities gave the orders for these deportations, they were merely giving the death warrant to a whole race; they understood this well, and, in their conversations with me, they made no particular attempt to conceal the fact.”

    The Turkish Mohammedan dogs are the most dangerous vermin on the planet and yet, Republican or Democrat, our leaders rush to accommodate them and advance their cause! America's laughable world view might, might, extend to the outer suburbs of Peoria, but no further!

  • Great Vespers for Holy Pascha (Orthodox Easter - long) Ecumenical

    04/15/2015 5:52:54 AM PDT · 4 of 8
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Alithos Anesti!

  • CHRIST IS RISEN! (Orthodox Easter)

    04/13/2015 3:37:09 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    The Paschal Sermon Of Saint John Chrysostom:

    If any man be devout and loveth God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast! If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have laboured long in fasting, let him how receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. And if any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness.
    For the Lord, who is jealous of his honour, will accept the last even as the first. He giveth rest unto him who cometh at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who hath wrought from the first hour. And He showeth mercy upon the last, and careth for the first; and to the one He giveth, and upon the other He bestoweth gifts. And He both accepteth the deeds, and welcometh the intention, and honoureth the acts and praises the offering.
    Wherefore, enter ye all into the joy of your Lord; receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival! You sober and you heedless, honour the day! Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away. Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.
    Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave.
    Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.
    By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions.
    It was vexes, for it was abolished.
    It was vexed, for it was mocked.
    It was vexed, for it was slain.
    It was vexed, for it was overthrown.
    It was vexed, for it was fettered in chains.
    It took a body, and met God face to face.
    It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
    It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.
    O Death, where is thy sting?
    O Hell, where is thy victory?
    Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown!
    Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
    Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
    Christ is risen, and life reigns!
    Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.
    For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
    To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.

  • Prayer request for my wife

    04/09/2015 3:31:31 PM PDT · 40 of 81
    Kolokotronis to ConservingFreedom

    O Lord our God, the Physician of our souls and bodies, look down upon Thy servant Susan and cure her of all infirmities of the flesh, in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy Most Holy, Gracious, and Life-giving Spirit, always, now and forever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

  • This Protestant Researched Marian Miracles, & What He Learned Blew His Mind

    04/05/2015 2:31:46 PM PDT · 8 of 253
    Kolokotronis to NYer; NRx

    An Angel of the first rank was sent from heaven to say to the Theotokos: Rejoice! And perceiving You, 0 Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe and with his bodiless voice cried aloud to her such words as these:
    Rejoice, through whom joy shall shine forth;
    Rejoice, through whom the curse shall vanish.
    Rejoice, fallen Adam’s restoration;
    Rejoice, redemption of Eve’s tears.
    Rejoice, height that is too difficult for human thought to ascend;
    Rejoice, depth that is too strenuous for Angels’ eyes to perceive
    Rejoice, for you are the throne of the King;
    Rejoice, for you hold him Who sustains everything.
    Rejoice, star that shows forth the Sun;
    Rejoice, womb in which God became incarnate.
    Rejoice, through whom creation is renewed;
    Rejoice, through whom the Creator becomes an infant.
    Rejoice, O Bride unwedded.

  • Orthodox Palm Sunday

    04/05/2015 11:30:10 AM PDT · 5 of 10
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    “We are there, at least on the big stuff like abortion and faux marriage.”

    How are we there on “faux marriage”? The Church doesn’t do “faux marriage” and so far as I can see, it’s not on our horizon. Is there something else we are supposed to do beyond simply saying no?

    If we pray unceasingly and gradually die to the self so that the nous becomes increasingly focused on the uncreated light of God, what has this to do with us?

  • Orthodox Palm Sunday

    04/05/2015 11:24:58 AM PDT · 4 of 10
    Kolokotronis to Steve_Seattle

    “Speaking of the Orthodox, why do they always leave it to the evangelicals to fight the culture wars?”

    Because we understand far better than Westerners that we live in a fallen world so we pray while the evangelicals run around whining and predicting the end times.

  • The Easter Sermon of John Chrysostom

    04/05/2015 6:50:16 AM PDT · 5 of 10
    Kolokotronis to 9thLife

    This sermon is recited at the midnight Divine Liturgy on Pascha in every Orthodox church on earth and has been for over 1000 years. Where your translation says Hell “was in an uproar”, the Greek actually says “It was vexed”. Each time the priest says this, the people roar back “IT WAS VEXED”.

    A Blessed Easter to all you Westerners!

  • Ecumenical Patriarch Grants Interview to Jesuit Journal

    04/03/2015 8:51:56 AM PDT · 3 of 3
    Kolokotronis to marshmallow

    Thank-you. This is a wonderful interview and a testimony to why we Orthodoxers see ourselves as lucky in our Patriarch.

  • Greek and the New Testament

    04/02/2015 3:24:19 PM PDT · 14 of 14
    Kolokotronis to Verginius Rufus

    “I think the years of Alexander’s campaigns were too brief to have much impact on the language. Koine is close to the classical Attic dialect—I think the importance of Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries (as a cultural and economic center and as the political leader of the fifth-century Athenian Empire and the fourth-century Second Athenian Confederacy) had more to do with the emergence of the Koine dialect.”

    I agree on all counts.

  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-02-15, Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

    04/02/2015 3:52:02 AM PDT · 23 of 49
    Kolokotronis to Salvation

    God Bless all of you on Western Great and Holy Thursday!

  • Greek and the New Testament

    04/02/2015 3:48:06 AM PDT · 9 of 14
    Kolokotronis to Bigtigermike

    “the Spartans communicated in the monosyllabic grunts of Doric Greek.”

    We did not and certainly do not communicate in “monosyllabic grunts”. We do listen to and understand koine Greek in the reading of the Epistle and the Gospel every Sunday. The rest of the Divine Liturgy is chanted in Byzantine Greek, which is rather more complex. It never ceases to amaze me how the lousey translations of the NT and the Septuagint used in most of the Western world continue to lead to such miserable heresies.

  • Memory Eternal: Dad is gone (prayers please)

    03/30/2015 5:34:43 PM PDT · 60 of 79
    Kolokotronis to NRx

    Troparia, Tone 4

    With the spirits of the righteous made perfect Give rest to the soul of Your servant, O Savior; And keep it safe in that life of blessedness That is lived with You, O Friend of Man.

    In the place of Your rest, O Lord, Where all Your Saints repose, Give rest also to the soul of Your servant, For You alone are immortal.

    Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

    You are our God Who went down to Hades To loose the pains of the dead that were there; Give rest also to the soul of Your servant, O Savior.

    Both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

    O Virgin, alone pure and immaculate that in maiden-motherhood brought forth God, intercede for the salvation of the soul of your servant.

    O God of all spirits and of every flesh, Who did trod down death and overcome the devil, bestowing life on this Your world, to the soul of this Your servant John, departed this life, do You Yourself, O Lord, give rest in a place of light, in a place of green pasture, in a place of refreshment, from where pain and sorrow and mourning have fled away. Every sin by him committed in thought, word, or deed, do You as our Good and Loving God forgive; seeing that there is no man who shall live and sin not, for You alone are without sin. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your Law is truth; for You are the Resurrection, the Life, and the Repose of Your servant John, departed this life, O Christ our God; and to You do we send up glory, with Your Eternal Father and Your All-Holy, Good and Life-creating Spirit; both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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

    03/28/2015 2:58:53 PM PDT · 82 of 160
    Kolokotronis to Laissez-faire capitalist; NRx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Richard III’s Last Act

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

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

    Did you note this in the Cardinal’s comment?

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

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

  • Richard III’s Last Act

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

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

    Very, very good!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

  • Why God Is a Moral Issue (Radical atheism)

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

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

  • The One True Church

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

    “O come on! It’s not that long.”

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

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

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

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

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

  • Richard III returns to Bosworth Field for final time

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

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

  • Why I Left Protestantism for Catholicism

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

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

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

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

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

    This is fabulous!

  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

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

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

  • Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

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

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

  • Prayers requested for my dad

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

    O Lord our God, the Physician of our souls and bodies, look down upon Thy servant John and cure him of all infirmities of the flesh, in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, with Whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy Most Holy, Gracious, and Life-giving Spirit, always, now and forever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.

  • St Patrick the Bishop of Armagh and Enlightener of Ireland

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


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

    Apolytikion of Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland in the Third Tone

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

    Kontakion of Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland in the Fourth Tone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

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

    Apolytikion of Sunday of the Holy Cross in the First Tone

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

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

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

    That’s OK, we’re both! :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Muslim Prayers In Church of England Parish

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

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

  • Lost Liturgies File and an Invitation: Solemn Sunday Vespers

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

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

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

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

    O Lord who watches over children in the present life and in the world to come because of their simplicity and innocence of mind, visit and heal Your little servant Ezra from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant him strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed. I pray, heal Your little servant Ezra and grant to him the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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

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

    “Are the Orthodox recruiting?”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    03/10/2015 7:05:12 PM PDT · 123 of 166
    Kolokotronis to workerbee
    O God of spirits and of all flesh, You have trampled upon death and have abolished the power of the devil, giving life to Your world. Give rest to the soul of Your departed servant George in a place of light, in a place of repose, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, sorrow, and suffering. As a good and loving God, forgive every sin he has committed in thought, word or deed, for there is no one who lives and does not sin. You alone are without sin. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your word is truth. For You are the resurrection, the life, and the repose of Your departed servant George, Christ our God, and to You we give glory, with Your eternal Father and Your allholy, good and life‑giving Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.