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« on: April 26, 2013, 08:28:38 PM »

On Tuesday, April 3/16, 2013, the Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America heard my petition to resign the Holy Priesthood for personal reasons, and accepted it. I have been returned to the lay state. I realize this will come as a surprise to many of you, but it was not a decision taken lightly or quickly. I remain a member of the Orthodox Church, under my diocesan bishop, His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos. Please keep me in your prayers.

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 08:34:13 PM »

Lord have Mercy

May I ask why?

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2013, 08:35:50 PM »

Lord have Mercy

May I ask why?



No, I'm sorry; I don't wish to discuss it. It is personal.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2013, 08:45:13 PM »

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May I ask why?



No, I'm sorry; I don't wish to discuss it. It is personal.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2013, 08:50:52 PM »

Lord, Have Mercy. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2013, 08:52:38 PM »

Lord, have mercy!

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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2013, 08:54:12 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2013, 08:56:29 PM »


We, laypeople, are only strengthened by you joining our ranks! 

There's still much to be done in your new capacity!!!   Wink

May the Lord guide you and help you in your new mission!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2013, 09:50:25 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2013, 10:11:45 PM »

Dear Anastasios, you are always in my unworthy prayers!  You have helped many and been a blessing to many, and my fondness for you has never diminished. 

Our lives are filled with many crosses, but may the Lord God strengthen us all to walk with faith along the difficult paths laid out for our salvation.  And may we all, in our trials and afflictions, nevertheless be brought to the boundless joy of our Lord's most radiant Resurrection! 
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2013, 10:32:38 PM »

May the LORD be with you.
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2013, 11:03:50 PM »

Lord, have mercy on and guide and strengthen Anastasios.
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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2013, 01:13:11 AM »

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2013, 02:04:34 AM »

Lord have mercy.
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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2013, 03:23:00 AM »

Lord, have mercy.

I'm a bit curious about practical procedures. How priesthood is removed? Is there some service or does the bishop just snap his fingers?
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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2013, 09:18:53 AM »


We, laypeople, are only strengthened by you joining our ranks! 

There's still much to be done in your new capacity!!!   Wink

May the Lord guide you and help you in your new mission!!!!



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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2013, 09:53:27 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2013, 12:41:10 PM »

May God bless you and keep you
May he shine his face upon you
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« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2013, 03:16:44 PM »


We, laypeople, are only strengthened by you joining our ranks! 

There's still much to be done in your new capacity!!!   Wink

May the Lord guide you and help you in your new mission!!!!




My sentiments exactly.

May the Lord guide you on your new journey, as you continue to do His will.
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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2013, 03:53:46 PM »

May the Lord bless you.
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« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2013, 06:23:16 PM »

Lord, have mercy.

I'm a bit curious about practical procedures. How priesthood is removed? Is there some service or does the bishop just snap his fingers?

I would prefer if this is not answered.  Both for the sake of the OP and because I would like for this to remain "board news" and not FFA & so i'm drawing the line with this.   police

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« Reply #21 on: April 27, 2013, 06:34:34 PM »

Oh no!

Now I am sad. But you are in my prayers. I saw a youtube video with you some years back ago and it-you were one of many reasons that the interest of orthodoxy was born inside of me.

I hope you will do well as a layperson.

May the Lords grace always be with you, Anastasios.
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« Reply #22 on: April 27, 2013, 06:36:54 PM »

I'm very sorry to hear this. It must have been a painful decision. God help you!
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« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2013, 08:31:11 AM »

Lord have mercy.

May God go with you in all things, and I wish you well.
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« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2013, 09:10:07 AM »


We, laypeople, are only strengthened by you joining our ranks! 

There's still much to be done in your new capacity!!!   Wink

May the Lord guide you and help you in your new mission!!!!



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« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2013, 09:30:42 AM »

Your ministry as an ordained  pastor will be missed , however your lay ministry as a member of the Church and the royal priesthood will continue. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2013, 02:15:51 AM »

Prayers for you, my friend, that you be at peace in your heart and soul, and that God grant you many years.

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We, laypeople, are only strengthened by you joining our ranks! 

There's still much to be done in your new capacity!!!   Wink

May the Lord guide you and help you in your new mission!!!!



Couldn't have said it any better!

May God bless and keep you!
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