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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2700 on: July 15, 2014, 12:03:10 PM »


Reading during matins this morning. Awesome acoustics in this tiny side church. This congregation's first church that probably holds 30 people. They have a new one that is much larger. I like this one more though. No tv's, screens, or microphones. Just books and acoustics.

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Psaltos reading books? Anathema!  ;)
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2701 on: July 15, 2014, 12:24:58 PM »


Reading during matins this morning. Awesome acoustics in this tiny side church. This congregation's first church that probably holds 30 people. They have a new one that is much larger. I like this one more though. No tv's, screens, or microphones. Just books and acoustics.

Books? Anathema!
Psaltos reading books? Anathema!  ;)

Haha. Bruh, I'm like, so close to being a reader. I've already been "approved" and spoken with my priests, subdeacon, and His Grace. We're waiting for HG Bishop David to visit and we're giving last minute instruction to a few other psalti so we can do a bunch of ordinations on the same day.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2702 on: July 15, 2014, 12:41:40 PM »


Reading during matins this morning. Awesome acoustics in this tiny side church. This congregation's first church that probably holds 30 people. They have a new one that is much larger. I like this one more though. No tv's, screens, or microphones. Just books and acoustics.

Books? Anathema!
Psaltos reading books? Anathema!  ;)

Haha. Bruh, I'm like, so close to being a reader. I've already been "approved" and spoken with my priests, subdeacon, and His Grace. We're waiting for HG Bishop David to visit and we're giving last minute instruction to a few other psalti so we can do a bunch of ordinations on the same day.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2703 on: July 18, 2014, 03:04:51 AM »
My newest pictures from Serbia:





Two las ones had been taken just before I've seen (and even taken blessing and talked with a bit) Serbian patriarch, so it was really important and great day for me, especially that until that time I'd seen lots of various bishops and Church heads, but not mine ;)

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2704 on: July 18, 2014, 01:08:36 PM »
Here's one from quite a few years ago of my late grandfather and I:


Here's a more recent approximation of what I look like today (I've been told it's pretty close for a cartoon):
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2705 on: July 18, 2014, 01:22:30 PM »
Your grandfather was a Steelers fan?  What wisdom he must have held!
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2706 on: July 18, 2014, 01:24:42 PM »
Sam, are you a character from Mad Men?
It's common knowledge that you secretly want to be born in early 17th century Russia.  As a serf or a royal, I know not.  Chances are serf.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2707 on: July 18, 2014, 01:26:25 PM »
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2708 on: July 18, 2014, 01:29:24 PM »
Your grandfather was a Steelers fan?  What wisdom he must have held!

Yes, it runs in my family's blood. I've caught myself yelling at the TV before after a play even though I only would call myself a "causal fan".

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2709 on: July 18, 2014, 01:31:01 PM »
Your grandfather was a Steelers fan?  What wisdom he must have held!

Yes, it runs in my family's blood. I've caught myself yelling at the TV before after a play even though I only would call myself a "causal fan".


I myself am a casual fan, yet I have capsized more than one chair in moments of exuberance.
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2710 on: July 18, 2014, 01:32:34 PM »
Then, of course, there is Polamalu, enlightener of Pittsburgh.
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2711 on: July 18, 2014, 01:38:25 PM »
I look classy.

It's common knowledge that you secretly want to be born in early 17th century Russia.  As a serf or a royal, I know not.  Chances are serf.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2712 on: July 18, 2014, 01:39:04 PM »
Then, of course, there is Polamalu, enlightener of Pittsburgh.
As a true shepherd of the flock of Christ, thou didst bring the Orthodox Christian faith to the land of Pittsburgh. In following the example of the Holy Apostles, thou didst minister to thy flock, traversing the football field. Refusing touchdowns to the evil ones, thou didst intercept and swat down a multitude of passes. Rejoice, holy Troy, great wonderworker for all ages!

Champion of truth and teacher of spiritual awakening! Thrice blessed disciple of our great father Art Rooney, forever we shall call upon thine intercessions. Teach us to partake of thy greatness, O good shepherd of the western Pennsylvanian land. Thy defence of the goal line is renowned, and shall be remembered forever in the hearts of all people:

The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2713 on: July 18, 2014, 01:40:50 PM »
I look classy.


Make your bed, young lady!
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2714 on: July 18, 2014, 01:40:58 PM »
Then, of course, there is Polamalu, enlightener of Pittsburgh.
As a true shepherd of the flock of Christ, thou didst bring the Orthodox Christian faith to the land of Pittsburgh. In following the example of the Holy Apostles, thou didst minister to thy flock, traversing the football field. Refusing touchdowns to the evil ones, thou didst intercept and swat down a multitude of passes. Rejoice, holy Troy, great wonderworker for all ages!

Champion of truth and teacher of spiritual awakening! Thrice blessed disciple of our great father Art Rooney, forever we shall call upon thine intercessions. Teach us to partake of thy greatness, O good shepherd of the western Pennsylvanian land. Thy defence of the goal line is renowned, and shall be remembered forever in the hearts of all people:

Amazing.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2715 on: July 18, 2014, 01:42:19 PM »
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2716 on: July 18, 2014, 01:45:00 PM »
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2717 on: July 18, 2014, 01:45:11 PM »
I am impressed on all counts.
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2718 on: July 18, 2014, 01:48:47 PM »
I have it on good authority that this is an authentic picture of Mor Ephrem.  Catch it quick before the mods remove it.

The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2719 on: July 18, 2014, 01:49:44 PM »
I look classy.



 :o

Oh no! Mor has discovered this thread!

And?  I'm just here to whistle at Kelly.  :P
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2720 on: July 18, 2014, 01:50:29 PM »
I have it on good authority that this is an authentic picture of Mor Ephrem.  Catch it quick before the mods remove it.



This was after Chalcedonians held me down and shaved my beard against my will.  That's why I look sad.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2721 on: July 18, 2014, 01:55:39 PM »
I have it on good authority that this is an authentic picture of Mor Ephrem.  Catch it quick before the mods remove it.



This was after Chalcedonians held me down and shaved my beard against my will.  That's why I look sad.

The only Chalcedonians I know have beards... are you sure it wasn't settlers?
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2722 on: July 18, 2014, 01:56:00 PM »
Oh that reminds me, I'm due for another monophysite beard-raiding party. Once we collect enough, we fashion beards for our children. I believe the one on the left is currently using yours.

The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2723 on: July 18, 2014, 01:57:15 PM »
"And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live."
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2724 on: July 18, 2014, 02:00:41 PM »
I think I may have found a contemporary artists rendering of "the shaving of Mor"
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2725 on: July 18, 2014, 02:02:04 PM »
He actually looks, and sounds, vaguely like Kevin G from "Mean Girls" -



just not as scrawny and ghetto
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2726 on: July 18, 2014, 02:02:27 PM »
Where's the headdress and turquoise? I certainly don't see any wigwams in the background.
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2727 on: July 18, 2014, 02:16:57 PM »
Here's a futuristic picture of me and Mor at a future OO conference:



Here I am offering my Coptic hand in solidarity to the Malankara greatness.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2728 on: July 18, 2014, 02:19:44 PM »
Here's a futuristic picture of me and Mor at a future OO conference:



Here I am offering my Coptic hand in solidarity to the Malankara greatness.
I like his coat. It has the double breasted pockets symbolizing the two natures of Christ.  ;)
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2729 on: July 18, 2014, 02:22:47 PM »
And here I was thinking that he would have had a Chrysostom moment and been forced into a See.
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You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2730 on: July 18, 2014, 03:15:15 PM »
"And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live."

You are not far from the kingdom...
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2731 on: July 18, 2014, 03:30:37 PM »
Right after I read that my coworkers brought me Indian food for lunch.

Mor, is that you?
You sound like a professional who knows what he's talking about.  That's because you are.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2732 on: July 18, 2014, 03:34:10 PM »
Right after I read that my coworkers brought me Indian food for lunch.

Mor, is that you?

Mor works in mysterious ways.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2734 on: July 18, 2014, 05:18:09 PM »
Mor is always the best :P

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2735 on: July 18, 2014, 05:20:40 PM »
Right after I read that my coworkers brought me Indian food for lunch.

Mor, is that you?

Yesterday, my holy prayers delivered a cat safely to her doorstep.  Today, my spiritual ravens bring you food. 
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« Reply #2736 on: July 18, 2014, 07:56:59 PM »
I think I'm in love.

The EO Church finds this acceptable as long as we don't live together and our private parts don't touch and we don't think about the private parts of one another. I'm not sure what the canons say about praying together in such situations, however.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2737 on: July 18, 2014, 07:58:05 PM »
I think I'm in love.

The EO Church finds this acceptable as long as we don't live together and our private parts don't touch and we don't think about the private parts of one another. I'm not sure what the canons say about praying together in such situations, however.

I'll take what I can get.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2738 on: July 18, 2014, 08:05:32 PM »
I think I'm in love.

The EO Church finds this acceptable as long as we don't live together and our private parts don't touch and we don't think about the private parts of one another. I'm not sure what the canons say about praying together in such situations, however.

The sentence structure here confuses me.  Are you saying that you are not sure what the canons say about praying with your private parts touching?  Please say NO.
I would be happy to agree with you, but then both of us would be wrong.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2739 on: July 18, 2014, 08:23:04 PM »



I know they're 'shopped, but they're still creepy and unsettling.  :P :P :P
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2740 on: July 18, 2014, 08:33:47 PM »
The sentence structure here confuses me.  Are you saying that you are not sure what the canons say about praying with your private parts touching?  Please say NO.

Oh, I just meant two men who love each other praying together. Would that be looked upon more negatively than prayer between divided Christians ("no praying with heretics" and such)? I assume males and females can pray together whenever they want, even if their privates are touching. Though I must admit that I have often questioned the sincerity of the religious utterances that seem to be escaping lips of a partner when we are praying together while simultaneously enjoying a certain type of intimacy. It's like their minds aren't even on religious matters, however much they may speak of God, Jesus, etc. Rather unsettling.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2741 on: July 18, 2014, 09:25:15 PM »
The sentence structure here confuses me.  Are you saying that you are not sure what the canons say about praying with your private parts touching?  Please say NO.

Oh, I just meant two men who love each other praying together. Would that be looked upon more negatively than prayer between divided Christians ("no praying with heretics" and such)? I assume males and females can pray together whenever they want, even if their privates are touching. Though I must admit that I have often questioned the sincerity of the religious utterances that seem to be escaping lips of a partner when we are praying together while simultaneously enjoying a certain type of intimacy. It's like their minds aren't even on religious matters, however much they may speak of God, Jesus, etc. Rather unsettling.

I think that the fervent prayer comes before any privates touch.  He is praying that she is in the mood, and she is praying that a certain part of his body falls off.
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2742 on: July 18, 2014, 09:35:53 PM »
This entire conversation drift explains so much about this place and the problems you all have.

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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2743 on: July 18, 2014, 10:21:58 PM »
The sentence structure here confuses me.  Are you saying that you are not sure what the canons say about praying with your private parts touching?  Please say NO.

Oh, I just meant two men who love each other praying together. Would that be looked upon more negatively than prayer between divided Christians ("no praying with heretics" and such)? I assume males and females can pray together whenever they want, even if their privates are touching. Though I must admit that I have often questioned the sincerity of the religious utterances that seem to be escaping lips of a partner when we are praying together while simultaneously enjoying a certain type of intimacy. It's like their minds aren't even on religious matters, however much they may speak of God, Jesus, etc. Rather unsettling.

I think that the fervent prayer comes before any privates touch.  He is praying that she is in the mood, and she is praying that a certain part of his body falls off.
In my experience, her prayer is along the lines of "Even so Lord, quickly come (for I have other things to do)"
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Re: What does everyone look like?
« Reply #2744 on: July 19, 2014, 12:21:03 PM »
This entire conversation drift explains so much about this place and the problems you all have.


I think we are being misunderstood! :( I will ask Mephrem, Todd and Francis if it's ok for you to join us the next time we meet for champagne coolies, that way you'll be able to see that we're really just normal people. 8)