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Goat's Disappointment
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:38:19 PM »
 There was a line on p. 15 of the Nov. 3 Orthros which threw a curve at me, http://www.ematins.org/english/eNov03.pdf.    It is part of the Theotokion:  "O Virgin, there is not in me any hope of salvation. For I have fallen grievously into a pit of vices. And I await what was threatened, namely ghastly punishment to share the goat's disappointment.  Pity me before my trial, ardent helper that you are, my Lady the Theotokos."
 
   What does it mean by "goat's disappointment?" Is it referring to instructions in Leviticus pertaining to letting a goat into the wilderness while sacrificing another goat during the Day of Atonement? Or could it be going further back referencing the Canaanite's belief in goat demons, which the ancient Israelites were supposed to stamp out?

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Re: Goat's Disappointment
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2013, 12:40:34 PM »
Matthew 25.31-33
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"What people say when they speak on their own account is repellent and murksome, for their words do not come from the living spring of the Spirit, but are spawned from the morass of their own heart, a bog infested with the leeches, snakes and frogs of desire, delusion and dissipation; the water of their knowledge is evil-smelling, turbid and torpid, sickening to those who drink it and filling them with nausea and disgust."

Gregory of Sinai, On Commandments and Doctrines

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Re: Goat's Disappointment
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 12:46:23 PM »
^ Thanks.  I didn't think about it from that angle.