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Prayer Forum / Re: For the 17 Souls Who Lost Their Lives In Florida School Shooting
« Last post by biro on February 18, 2018, 09:58:53 AM »
Memory eternal.
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Other Topics / Re: Any Antiochian here Christians here?
« Last post by Al Masihi on February 18, 2018, 09:56:06 AM »
Al Masihi has been inquiring in another forum I frequent and no one has questioned his sincerity. His inquiries have all been valid regarding questions on the Alpha & Omega in Revelation, intercessory prayer to the Theotokos, the Lenten fast etc.

To answer his original post: I am Antiochian Orthodox,American, a convert since 2005, have paternal Syrian Orthodox ancestry (my father was cradle Orthodox) and know little of Middle Eastern culture.

Lastly, there is a blog on Arab Orthodoxy; see: http://araborthodoxy.blogspot.com/ 
Thank you for your answer.
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Prayer Forum / Re: For the 17 Souls Who Lost Their Lives In Florida School Shooting
« Last post by marigold on February 18, 2018, 09:35:39 AM »
Lord, have mercy.
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Greek / Re: Some help with particular texts in Katharevousa Greek
« Last post by Apostolos on February 18, 2018, 08:26:15 AM »
Let me give it a try:

1st paragraph:

St. Gregory together with the synodals (bishops) lifted the anathema οn Trachoma imposed in 1767 by Patriarch Samuel I.
Trachoma-Τράχωμα was the practice of buying the groom or the bride (probably influenced by a similar Ottoman Muslim practice); not dowry but literal transaction, purchase and sell. Most common was the selling of the bride to the family of the groom but the opposite was not so uncommon either. This practice is called ἀνδραποδώδης in the text, which is a beautiful yet rare word: ἀνήρ (its oblique form for compounds ἀνδρο-) + πούς (its oblique form -ποδο-) = slavish, servile, abject. It derives from the neuter noun ἀνδράποδον = οf whom only the feet are human.
Patriarch Gregory while he forgave those who were anathematized, he castigated the overuse (abuse) of the practice that was often done out of avarice or greed.

2nd paragraph:

Gregory was gladly resigned (from the See) and left for the Prince Islands where he lived "like a sparrow alone on the housetop" (ps. 101/102) alone and in poverty. While there, he was visited by two very poor widow mothers who were giving their daughters in marriage, so, he gave them the Sultan's gift he kept in a case [obviously a precious gift by the Sultan on Gregory's election as Patriarch] a coat made of the fur from the sable (Martes zibellina), in the text σαμουρόγουνα (sable-fur-coat), who then split in two, and gave the two parts to the widows to sell.
Just 10 months after Callinicus (Gregory's successor) was named Patriarch, he was deposed, and Jeremiah, the bishop of Mytilene became Patriarch. The authorities then (i.e. the Turks) exiled Gregory to Athos. As he received the official order of his exile, Gregory cried aloud: "Return to your rest, O my soul" (ps. 115/116).
He went to the Iveron monastery where he lived for 10 years, and he was loved and respected by the other monks.
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Religious Topics / Re: Anyone know Ahmed Deedat?
« Last post by Al Masihi on February 18, 2018, 07:40:05 AM »
Mohammed pretty much merged his religion with his native religion (Arab Paganism), heretical Syriac Christianity (Nestorians, Monophysites, and Arians), Jewish Talmudic law and some parts of the Old Testament, and even from Zoroastrianism since many verses in the Zoroastrian holy book are almost exactly the same to certain verses in to the Quran in a way that it seems to similar to not be plagiarism. Infact Ahmed Deedat and Muslim apologists say we Christians plagiarized from the Quran when we made the Arabic translation of the Holy bible but actually many words in the Quran such as this title lord of the heavens and the earth seems to have been plagiarized from the Syriac and Greek Bible. Deedat in his book accused us of plagiarizing the Quran when we added the word bismillah to the Arabic Bible while this was in use by Christians before Mohammed even made up his quran of copy paste. I'd urge any Christian here to buy the book of Ahmed Deedat the choice Islam and Christianity it's a good comedy and comic book.
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Non-Religious Topics / Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Last post by Arachne on February 18, 2018, 06:09:10 AM »
What are the ones with corn or blueberries called?

Dessert muffins may have blueberries in them, but corn? You people are weird. :P

In respect of Lent, I won't comment in detail. I'll only say that you are under a mistaken impression, ma'am.

Concerning corn muffins, that's a possibility. Concerning American weirdness, culinary and otherwise, I very much doubt it. :P

Funzies that might very well put some people off certain foods, which is good for Lenten temptations.
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Other Topics / Re: Video of the Day
« Last post by Asteriktos on February 18, 2018, 05:35:23 AM »
me when I open the comment section

(Warning: turn your volume down before watching)

My favorite part is when they gently throw the chair down
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Other Topics / Re: Orthonorm's Dating and Relationship Advice Column
« Last post by Volnutt on February 18, 2018, 03:44:07 AM »
This concludes this week's installment of the web-soap The Lewd and the Lovely.

I still don't have closure from this.

The series got canceled when geocities (of thrice-blessed memory!) got shut down. Sometimes you see fanfic on twitter in which people write the stories one tweet at a time, but it never gets to the levels of profundity and beauty as found in the excerpt you quoted.

Does angelfire exist?  Maybe there's something in those tubes?

Angelfire? What a blasphemous name for a website!

Sounds more like the name of an 80s metal band who tried to morph into a hard rock outfit in the mid-90s, retired, then re-formed 12 years later and claimed to be going 'back to their roots' but actually played some sort of hair metal/modern rock hybrid, only to retire again after 6 months of poor reception.

Don't forget the cover of Hinder's Lips of an Angel
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Other Topics / Re: Orthonorm's Dating and Relationship Advice Column
« Last post by NicholasMyra on February 18, 2018, 03:35:22 AM »
I hope and pray Orthonorm is alright. I've PM'd him and called him a few times. Haven't heard from him. Does anyone have an update on our brother?

Selam

As far as I know, he's fine.

Yep.
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Prayer Forum / For the 17 Souls Who Lost Their Lives In Florida School Shooting
« Last post by joebrgs on February 18, 2018, 03:27:20 AM »
 Lord have mercy on them, and give comfort to their families.
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