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Offline ozgeorge

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Grandmother's Locket.
« on: April 04, 2009, 10:12:56 PM »
Before our Mother died, she handed down to my younger Sister-In-Law a locket Cross which belonged to our Grandmother. As some of you know, our Grandmother was Pontian and fled to Smyrna (modern Ismir) when the Christians were being persecuted. They lived in Smyrna for a few years, and then when the Turks burned Smyrna in September 1922, they fled with others by boat to the Island of Limnos.
The locket Cross belonging to my Grandmother, we were told, contained a small piece of wax from the Candles which held the Holy Fire in the Church of St. Polycarp in Smyrna in the Pascha of 1910.
Today, my Sister-In-Law decided to open the locket for the first time. Inside, she found a small piece of beeswax and a rolled up piece of yellowed paper with Greek handwriting. My Sister-In-Law is not Greek, but is a convert, and my brother is overseas, so she couldn't read it. She scanned the manuscript and sent it to me. The text turned out to be the "Letter to the Angel of the Church in Smyrna" from the Book of Revelations (Revelations 2:8-10):

"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘These things says the First and the Last, Who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."

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Re: Grandmother's Locket.
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 08:39:36 PM »
Awesome.  What a beautiful thing and a blessing!
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Re: Grandmother's Locket.
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2009, 08:42:45 PM »
Awesome and amazing George, thank you for sharing this!

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Re: Grandmother's Locket.
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009, 08:48:34 PM »
Amazing; what a blessing!
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Re: Grandmother's Locket.
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2009, 08:56:57 PM »
Amazing and interesting story! Thanks for blessing us by sharing it!
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Re: Grandmother's Locket.
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2009, 11:33:17 PM »
Before our Mother died, she handed down to my younger Sister-In-Law a locket Cross which belonged to our Grandmother. As some of you know, our Grandmother was Pontian and fled to Smyrna (modern Ismir) when the Christians were being persecuted. They lived in Smyrna for a few years, and then when the Turks burned Smyrna in September 1922, they fled with others by boat to the Island of Limnos.
The locket Cross belonging to my Grandmother, we were told, contained a small piece of wax from the Candles which held the Holy Fire in the Church of St. Polycarp in Smyrna in the Pascha of 1910.
Today, my Sister-In-Law decided to open the locket for the first time. Inside, she found a small piece of beeswax and a rolled up piece of yellowed paper with Greek handwriting. My Sister-In-Law is not Greek, but is a convert, and my brother is overseas, so she couldn't read it. She scanned the manuscript and sent it to me. The text turned out to be the "Letter to the Angel of the Church in Smyrna" from the Book of Revelations (Revelations 2:8-10):

"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘These things says the First and the Last, Who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."



Beautiful.

I am sure that your grandmother is pleased her Faith was not wasted, not only in her offspring, but her adopted city as well:
A couple of weeks ago, in one of our Chat sessions here we were pleased to have an OC.net member and a Turkish convert to Orthodoxy, living in Izmir (Smyrna), who worships in one of those alleged "empty, titular" churches there - reporting 100 or so faithful at Divine Liturgy the previous Sunday. Braver and better Christians than I, and maybe others, by far.
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Re: Grandmother's Locket.
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 12:30:21 AM »
Glory be to God!

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Re: Grandmother's Locket.
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009, 02:07:48 AM »
I am sure that your grandmother is pleased her Faith was not wasted, not only in her offspring, but her adopted city as well:
A couple of weeks ago, in one of our Chat sessions here we were pleased to have an OC.net member and a Turkish convert to Orthodoxy, living in Izmir (Smyrna), who worships in one of those alleged "empty, titular" churches there - reporting 100 or so faithful at Divine Liturgy the previous Sunday. Braver and better Christians than I, and maybe others, by far.

Glory to God!
I will tell my Sister-In-Law this!
She is compiling the family history.
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