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Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Monks at St Catherine Monastery in the Sinai are Well

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Χριστός Ανέστη! Christ is risen!

In response to all the friends who’ve written asking after our brothers, the monks in Sinai, glory to God, they’re all well. Draconian security measures are in force throughout the area, but pilgrims are still able to come and go. There are already many checkpoints on the paved roads leading to the monastery. They’ve been there decades, mainly to check ID’s, watch for narcotics, etc. Now, there’s added security, and the local Bedouin, who are fervent supporters of the monks, are assisting. As the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness doesn’t overcome it, may the joy of this week of peace and brightness remain untouched in the hearts of the faithful!

Αληθώς Ανέστη! He is risen, indeed!

21 April 2017

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

ISIS Gunmen Attack Police Checkpoint Near Historic St Catherine Monastery in Egypt

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One of the world’s most important Christian sites came under attack. The Monastery of St Catherine (formally, the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mt Sinai), built over 1,500 years ago, is one of Christianity’s holiest sites. Gunmen opened fire on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the monastery, killing one policeman and wounding four others. Then, the gunmen retreated; they didn’t reach the heavily-fortified monastery compound guarded by Egyptian police and security forces. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack via its news agency.

The attack on the monastery comes just over a week after suicide bombers attacked two Coptic Orthodox churches in the Nile Delta city of Tanta and the coastal city of Alexandria, killing 45 people on Palm Sunday. According to officials, the gunmen fired from an elevated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint just outside the monastery, which is located in a remote mountainous desert area in the South Sinai Governate, where, according to scripture, God spoke to the prophet Moses from a burning bush. The Greek Orthodox monastery was a popular destination, primarily for Orthodox Christian pilgrims, but Egypt closed off public access to it for security reasons in 2015, leaving only the monks and clergy inside the compound.

According to Orthodox Christian history, in the early 4th century, St Eleni, mother of St Konstantinos the Great, built the Chapel of the Burning Bush at the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the miracle. The fortified walls were built around the chapel by the Roman Emperor Justinian (who also commissioned the Cathedral of the Holy Wisdom of God (Agia Sofia/St Sophia)) starting in 527. Justinian’s workers completed the Church of the Transfiguration in the 560s, around the time of his death. In 2002, UNESCO declared the area around St Catherine Monastery a World Heritage Site because of Mt Sinai’s importance to three major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the natural environment of the area, and the historic architecture and art at St Catherine Monastery.

18 April 2017

Pappas Post

http://www.pappaspost.com/isis-gunmen-attack-historic-st-catherine-greek-orthodox-monastery-egypt/

Friday, 26 June 2015

26 June 2015. A Greek View of the IMF/EU Bankster Racketeering Against Greece

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Greece's Golgotha. 2012

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Non-acceptance of equal measures by the IMF offered by the Greek government, can only mean one of two things… either the IMF isn’t sincerely interested in a solution to the Greek “problem” or they’re catering to specific interests. If a deal isn’t reached, Greece won’t proceed with the payment to the IMF at the end of the month.

Hellenic Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

This follows Laggard’s comments that the Greek proposals are “not acceptable” as they don’t cut jobs and reduce salaries, but are aimed at the more wealthy in Greek society. Is there a clearer sign as to the motives of the élite?

Emilios Georgiades

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

No Comment Necessary Department… Some Good (Orthodox) Sense on Mania About the Antichrist

Antichrist and his deceits. 07.12

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One day Elder Porphyrios told me, “Fr Athanasios (taking me by the hand tightly), I’m blind now, my eyes don’t work physically because I have cancer of the pituitary gland, but I have spiritual eyes and see. Before you leave, I want you to tell me, what did Elder Aemilianos say about 666 and the Antichrist?” This was in the days of Chernobyl. This upset people and they went by the dozens every day, particularly to Elder Porphyrios near Athens, asking, “What’ll happen? Will the Antichrist come and stamp us with 666?” The Elder asked me, “My child, tell me what Elder Aemilianos said about 666 and the Antichrist?” I told him, “He told us in a gathering a few days ago to not worry. We should be interested in having a vibrant relationship with Christ and not give so much attention to the Antichrist, because then he’d become the centre of our lives and not Christ.

For us Christians, when we experience Christ there’s no Antichrist… when we have Christ inside us, can the Antichrist come? Can anything opposite this enter our souls? My child, for this reason, today, we don’t have Christ within us; because of this, we worry about the Antichrist. When Christ is within us, everything becomes Paradise. My child, Christ is everything, and we shouldn’t fear the Opposer; you should always tell people this.

You should tell the people not to fear the Antichrist. We’re children of Christ; we’re children of the Church”.

21 June 2015

Fr Ted’s Blog

https://frted.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/no-need-to-fear-the-antichrist/

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