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« on: November 10, 2009, 08:37:19 PM »

Please pray for Fr. Alexios, who was attacked today by a Marine with a tire iron who mistook him for a Muslim.  Fr. Alexios is a gentle, kind, holy monk from Crete who made the terrible mistake of getting lost and asking for directions today.  We hear that he is doing okay, but please pray for his speedy recovery.

Here is the story from the local news:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/article1050707.ece
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009, 09:08:44 PM »

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2009, 09:32:12 PM »

Lord, have mercy!
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2009, 09:41:04 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 10:07:06 PM »

That's awful! Sad  Lord, have mercy!

I hope that the local Orthodox Churches are taking good care of him and seeing to his physical needs, as well as spiritual needs?
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 10:27:27 PM »

Lord Have Mercy...Amen Amen..
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 11:02:32 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2009, 11:09:14 PM »

Lord have mercy! I pray that Fr. Alexios makes a full and speedy recovery.
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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2009, 11:14:23 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2009, 11:14:46 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2009, 11:15:14 PM »

Oh my God I can't believe this happened.  I know Fr. Alexios, and he is the NICEST and the HUMBLEST monk-priest I know.  he is so beautiful.  I truly pray the lord helps him through this all..
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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2009, 11:22:40 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2009, 11:28:25 PM »

Lord, have mercy! Lord, please stop this insanity of blind hatred toward Muslims in the USA...
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2009, 11:32:40 PM »

Lord, have mercy!

I used to have a full beard. In my first month at my former parish, I was informed by some neighbors in my apartment comlex that 'sand n****r terrorists' like me weren't welcome in that city. I let them know I was a priest, but somehow they weren't totally convinced.

And that's why I have a goattee nowadays....
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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2009, 12:27:04 AM »

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Lord have Mercy.
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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2009, 01:02:25 AM »

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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2009, 01:19:05 AM »

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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2009, 01:57:10 AM »

Lord, have mercy!

I used to have a full beard. In my first month at my former parish, I was informed by some neighbors in my apartment comlex that 'sand n****r terrorists' like me weren't welcome in that city. I let them know I was a priest, but somehow they weren't totally convinced.

And that's why I have a goattee nowadays....

Father, I have often meant to ask you why you don't have a full beard. Now I know. But consider this: wearing a full beard may be an outward sign of "bearing the Cross." If the Muslims are not afraid to wear full beards, then why should we Christians be afraid? (Not that you are afraid, for I know you to be a man of courage as you serve a parish in a dangerous part of town. But I just offer these words for consideration. Personally, whenever I see Priests with long, full beards I am encouraged. Also, I just think it looks cool. Wink)

Rastafarians are often persecuted for their dreadlocks. I know of Rastafarian prisoners who have been forced into years of solitary confinement because they refuse to cut their locks. Some of these Rastas are Orthodox Christians of the Ethiopian Church.

My point is this: Don't let the evils of this world or fear of persecution dictate whether or not you wear a beard. Do what you feel led to do. Do what you want to do if it in is the pursuit of glorifying God. Then trust that whatever consequences befall you will bring glory and honor to the cause of Our Lord.

On the other hand, wearing a long, full beard may be a source of spiritual or fleshly pride for some. The Rastas have a saying, "Dreadlocks grow in the heart, not on the head."

Please forgive me if I sound condescending or judgmental in any way. I dare not presume to give advice to a Priest, especially to one as wise, knowledgeable, and godly as you Father Chris. I like you just the way you are! Smiley

[Sorry, I forgot that this was the prayer forum. My prayers go out indeed to Father Alexios. "Lord Have Mercy."]

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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2009, 03:33:57 AM »


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The Bosnian Muslim ,plus  the albainian Macedonian ,pakistani and others that i know ,that are sort of devout don't seem  to have a mustache... only the beard ... i never though to ask them maybe i will....

Maybe you know the reason why,and can answer.....
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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2009, 03:45:38 AM »

Lord have mercy on your servant!
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The Bosnian Muslim ,plus  the albainian Macedonian ,pakistani and others that i know ,that are sort of devout don't seem  to have a mustache... only the beard ... i never though to ask them maybe i will....

Maybe you know the reason why,and can answer.....

I can only speculate that the beard without the mustache evolved as a way of distinguishing themselves as distinctly Muslim as opposed to (or rather than) those of other faiths who also wear long, full beards.

I have had a full beard for many years now, and often without the mustache because it tends to curl inside my upper lip and irritates me. I have often been asked if I was a Muslim, even when I was carrying my Bible and wearing a Cross around my neck! Now I have a mustache too, but I may shave it again if it bothers me. I really don't care what others think.

You can imagine the looks I used to get here in Mississippi shortly after 9/11! And people often confused my Haile Selassie necklace for Osama Bin Laden! But do you think I changed because of their ignorance? Nope. Wink

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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2009, 04:40:21 AM »

Lord have mercy and forgive us for not welcoming You when you come as a stranger.
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« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2009, 07:12:35 AM »

Lord have mercy and Lord please forgive the man who attacked him.

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« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2009, 12:20:16 PM »

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« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2009, 09:40:26 PM »

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« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2009, 09:03:43 AM »

Lord have mercy!  How is he doing.  Some Americans  are so ignorant!
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« Reply #31 on: November 16, 2009, 09:44:26 PM »

Lord have mercy on Fr. Alexios, and on his attacker, that each may find healing.
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« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2009, 06:15:20 AM »

Lord have mercy on your servant Fr. Alexios and the work of thy hands Bruce.
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