Where Do We Go From Here?

By this, I mean, what do we do, what do we believe, and whom do we trust when the frenzy has passed and the mythologies foisted upon us are exposed?

It’s clear to many that much of what we were told in the beginning was erroneous.  Whether by design or by ignorance, we now know that the Wuhan “wet markets” (disgusting as they are) were not the origin of the virus.  We also know that it was most likely bio-engineered in ways that made it particularly lethal to certain populations. Finally, we know that it didn’t matter whether a country went on lock-down (like the US) or not (like Sweden), as it had little to no effect on morbidity or mortality, and the infection rate is far higher than previously thought.  

What this latest datum means is that when all is said and done, the mortality rate of COVID-19 will be little different from what we experience every year with the “normal” flu.  In the United States, that translates into about 60,000 deaths per year.   For an excellent summation please take the time to read this editorial from First Thingshttps://byztex.blogspot.com/2020/04/first-things-coronavirus-reality-check.html.  (Thanks to Byzantine, Texas for publishing this on their website.)

As a health professional, I will have more to say about the pandemic in due time.  More information will come forth which I fear will not bolster the official story.  

Political ideologies, parties, and narratives, however, come and go.  As citizens, I am confident that we will find workarounds when or if a “second wave” strikes in the fall.  We will also engage in many more subterfuges in order to keep our jobs and make our livings.  Of that, I am confident.  Personally, I have a strong suspicion that the coronavirus was prematurely injected into the atmosphere and thus, as much as we have lost in freedoms and wages, we have also had our eyes opened with regard to how eager our elites are to put the jackboot on our necks.  In other words, they’re gonna have a hell of a time pulling off something like this again.   Too much credibility has been sacrificed.

At this point, I am more interested in what COVID-19 means for Christians, particularly Orthodox Christians.  Truth be told, all faith traditions suffered under the tyranny of all-too-many “Karens” such as Governor Wretched Halfwhitmer of Michigan, governmental hall monitors who enjoyed exercising their authority a little too much.  And how ironic that the gospel of social distancing was not applied to the abortuary, where I am told on reliable authority that an abortionist can reach into a woman’s cervix (which is inside her body if my anatomy texts were correct) in order to dismember a living fetus.  

Ironies abound in other ways.  I remember seeing a photo of a lone surfer on a California beach and two policemen sitting in a boat not three feet apart, grabbing him and handcuffing him.  Again, social distancing guidelines were not observed, before, during or after the arrest of the miscreant surfer.  

But enough of that.  

What is troubling is the alacrity with which our bishops here in America acceded to the diktats of the secular authorities.   Especially now when it is clear that much of the “science” upon which the original social distancing guidelines were predicated, were erroneous.  

I am not without sympathy for our bishops, however.  I am convinced that not one of them wanted to have the blood of dead parishioners or priests on his hands, especially when the science in question indicated that this is a highly contagious and lethal virus.  They should not be criticized for that.  What they should be criticized for is how quickly they acceded to the notion that our Church services are “non-essential”.  

In what universe are abortuaries, liquor stores and cannabis dispensaries “essential” but churches are not?

Do our bishops not realize that by sanctioning the live-streaming of services, that they have bought into entertainment culture of American religion?  As a teenager I remember friends of mine who would watch Oral Roberts Presents on Sunday morning and be entertained by The World Action Singers.  That was good enough for them and even with their parents “sending in those cards and letters”, that was still cheaper than actually going to church and tithing. 

I on the other hand, had to go to Church, not understanding a word of what was being said, and work the annual festivals.  Each of us had a quota of sharpening 1,000 skewers for the souvlaki.  By the four hundredth one or so, we all had blisters on our hands.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Sunday morning television was cheesy but I can’t say that I didn’t envy my non-Orthodox friends. 

Let me cut to the chase:  I’m not sure that many Orthodox Christians will go back to Church.

Bad habits are hard to break.  I hope I’m wrong and will be glad to be proven so but I’m not holding my breath.  If so, where does that leave the Assembly of Canonical Bishops?  Do they not realize that even in the best of years, most Orthodox parishes barely break even?  In the GOA (of which I was a part for the first forty years of my life), no parish survived without a food festival.  Speaking from my own experience, it was our annual festival which pushed us into the black every year and gave us enough of a cushion to survive until April, when the Easter giving would again put us over the top, which, if we were lucky, would last until the festival in the fall.  And then the cycle would repeat.

In normal times, we could make do under such a scenario.  If Church is nothing more than an ethnic social club, then it’s not a bad way of doing business.  Indeed, the Archdiocese didn’t mind because this made it possible to meet the 15 percent  monthly remittance to 79th Street.  (What some wags call the “franchise fee”.)  The higher the budget, the higher the fee.  Thus, the priest’s remuneration package was not negatively impacted.  Under this scenario, “stewardship” could replace the old “dues” system, at least in terminology, if not in actual fact and it was basically a win-win-win for all involved:  priest-parish-archdiocese.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it was not ideal.  And it could not withstand a body-blow like the one we just experienced with the virus.  For example, will there be food festivals this year?  How so, if social distancing and mandatory masking is still in place?  One cannot expect the same amount of revenue to accumulate under such a regime even if there is a festival.  Unemployment is at Great Depression levels.  This means zero disposable income.  My prediction is that among those parishioners who do return, the question that many will ask at their annual budget meetings is this:  do we pay the priest or do we pay the franchise fee?

I merely used the GOA as an example here.  The other jurisdictions, also, have national financial obligations.  The parishioners of those jurisdictions will have to answer the same question:  pay the archdiocesan remittance or the priest?  I imagine that if they like their priest, they will be forced to reduce what they pay to national HQ.  After all, you can’t get blood out of a turnip.  I suppose they will make that stark, binary choice –priest or archdiocese–even if they aren’t all that hopped up about their priest. 

Dare I go so far as to suggest the diocesan bishops will lose substantial leverage over their priests and parishes due to the loss in revenue, as well?  It will be harder to discipline a priest who can’t come up with the monthly remittance when all other parishes are in the same boat.  Where is Bishop X or Metropolitan Y going to transfer Father Z when the economic situation across the board is depressed?  

I suppose there is another option:  close those churches which cannot pay their assessment and instruct the people to go to Church on Sunday, sit in the pews and watch the archbishop live-stream the Divine Liturgy.  The ushers could pass little cups of bread and wine down the aisles like they do in many Protestant denominations?  Talk about cutting out the middleman.  

No, I don’t see that as an option.  That would be a bridge too far.  So yes, it’s  (1) pay the priest and (2) reduce the national assessment.  This is what I feel, the “New Normal” is going to be.  And note, I only mention the economic hardships faced by the non-Orthodox who patronize the festivals.  What about those Orthodox who are in the pews?  I’m sure there will be quite a few who will be negatively impacted, as well.

Of course, there are silver linings.  I can no longer envision a scenario in which the architectural monstrosity that is St Nicholas Shrine will be completed anytime soon.  This, together with the fact that the GOA priestly pension fund cannot be replenished, makes much of Arb Elpidophoros’ triumphalist sojourn in America a failure.  (Not a silver lining for the priests, I get that.)   I imagine that the OCA’s Holy Synod will likewise think long and hard about hitching their wagon to the GOA’s falling star given the present circumstances.  And, as I have reiterated many times, Patriarch Bartholomew’s globalist plans have been derailed for the time being –perhaps forever. 

Another silver lining is the growth of monasticism here in America.  I also see the possibility of house-churches dotting the Orthodox landscape.  Admittedly, the latter will have a dearth of priests but Typika services are not without grace.  China has over a hundred million Christians and they subsist almost entirely in underground house-churches.   The Eucharist could be received by those in the house-church who undertake regular pilgrimages to monasteries.  Under a regime such as this, another silver lining would be a renewed seriousness in the reception of the Eucharist.

Much of this is hypothetical.  But it is driven by the realization that the American episcopate acceded (perhaps unknowingly) with the secular authorities.  They did this when they conceded that Christian worship was merely “non-essential”.   I was talking with a priest who called this, “our American experience with Sergianism”.  Another said that the bishops were like the Traditores during the Donatist heresy and, as such, no different than those who “handed over” the sacred texts of the early Church to the Roman authorities.  Unlike them though, they handed our very sacraments.  Not only did they accept the government’s definition of terms but they accepted their schedule of when and where Christians could again receive the mysteries of the Church.  Is it impossible to envision a scenario in which only those Christians who have received a license or a card from the state will be able to attend church? 

If so, we are living through a period of heresy, which could play itself out in a schism.  The fact that certain priests have raised this concern means that we are possibly headed into waters not seen since Donatism.  Or Iconoclasm, when the government dictated the terms of what was sacred and what was not.  

In point of fact, the Orthodox Church is already being primed for a new “understanding” of the Eucharist, courtesy of the Fordhamite faction over at Public Orthodoxy. One of its luminaries, Cyril Hovorun, has recently published an essay entitled “COVID-19 and Christian Dualism (https://publicorthodoxy.org/2020/03/23/covid019-and-dualism).  Read it for yourself.  The upshot is this:  In the final analysis, the Eucharist can indeed transmit diseases to communicants.  Finally, the mask is off.

One must wonder however, where these same theologians were when the AIDS scare of the 1980s and 90s reared its ugly head.  Thousands of Orthodox parishioners were standing in communion lines behind men who were sexually active homosexuals.  Why now the concern?  Even if, arguendo, we accept the “fact” of the heterosexual transmission of the AIDS virus, this only adds fuel to the fire, since we must then assume that it was not merely homosexual men who were (ostensibly) endangering the rest of us by receiving the Eucharist, but sexually active heterosexuals as well.   The question is rhetorical but no less germane to the present concerns as presently opined by the likes of Public Orthodoxy.

As for myself, I do not want to not entertain such thoughts but then again, I can only speak for myself.  

 

 

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  1. Please God…permit the Georgian Orthodox Church to start a mission near my home.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Georgia has changed their position, at least here in the United States.

      • Monk James Silver says

        CHRIST IS RISEN, TRULY RISEN!
         
        Contrary to many inaccurate reports, Orthodox Christians in Georgia have pretty much experienced the same things as have we in America and the rest of the world during the COVID-19 contagion.
         
        A dear friend with close ties to Georgia wrote me a few weeks ago to clarify what church life is like there these days.
         
        He reports that the Georgian government has issued a far more stringent regimen of ‘stay at home’ social distancing and a complete quarantine of any identified/diagnosed Coronavirus cases and any contacts of such cases. The populace are allowed to go out only for such essential activities as trips to the grocery store or the pharmacy. All non -essential businesses are closed and all public transportation is shut down for the foreseeable future. There is a complete curfew between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Prime Minister Gakharia and the head of the National Health Service have both advised parishioners to ‘stay at home’ on Paskha and watch the Patriarch’s Resurrection services. which will be broadcast nationwide.
         
        We can see, then, that the policy of the GOARCH and the OCA are actually no different from the policies of the rest of the Orthodox world. Here in America, Metropolitan Joseph has asked that all Antiochian parish  churches be open during the week for people to come in and light candles and pray, while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
         
        Speaking officially for the Patriarchate of Georgia, Fr Adria Jahgmaidze’s  statement on behalf of the Patriarchate reads:
         
        ‘We have called on many categories of people to “stay at home”, including those who are cautious and think they may get sick in the church. We will come and give you communion at your own home, Archpriest Andria Jaghmaidze, the head of the Patriarchate’s public relations office, said, adding that the Patriarchate will try not to contradict the recommendations issued by the state.
         
        ‘There are recommendations made by the Patriarchate and the measures taken by the state. They are not contradictory. We have called on the citizens to follow the recommendations issued by the Patriarchate and the government. We called on categories of people to “stay at home”, including those who are cautious and think they may get sick in the church. Here it is important that we do not tell these people :  “You violate your belief when you are cautious”, but we tell them :  “We will come and give you communion at your own home,” Archpriest Andria Jaghmaidze said.’ 
         
        (This text can be found at the interpressnews.ge website.  Click on ENGLISH in the upper right corner of the opening page, and scroll down to the article.)
         

  2. Something to add George, many are hoping for a vaccine. We have spent 30 plus years and a 1/2 trillion dollars looking for a HIV vaccine. What makes anyone think we can crack this one in 6 months or a couple of years.

    • Jacob Lee: “We have spent 30 plus years and a 1/2 trillion dollars looking for a HIV vaccine. What makes anyone think we can crack this one in 6 months or a couple of years.”
       
      First – coronaviruses are different from HIV retrovirus. Second there is a big chance other countries will develop vaccine at much lower cost. For example Germany is ahead.

      • Jacob Lee says

        Ok – it’s different. Are those same countries that are working on the Coronavirus vaccine also working on HIV? There may never be a vaccine. It’s a real possibility.

        • George Michalopulos says

          For what it’s worth, we still don’t have a vaccine for the common cold. Trying to find a vaccine for the corona virus may be a wild goose chase.

          • George Michalopulos: “For what it’s worth, we still don’t have a vaccine for the common cold.”
             

            We cannot have it, because common cold is not caused by one type of a virus. There is no reason why vaccine against COVID-19 cannot be found. Only that it takes time – at least a few months at the earliest.

            • George Michalopulos says

              Unless of course it continues to “mutate”.

              • George Michalopulos: “Unless of course it continues to “mutate”.
                 
                If it mutates as fast as flu, and is not eradicated, we might be in trouble. But I think that artificial antibodies can deal with that through adjustments in synthesis, or even advances in relieving symptoms. But these are hypothetical concerns, so far I see no reason, why this particular virus would be so bad. “Spanish” flu was worse and it expired on its own.
                 
                Let us not panic and not imagine too much.

                • George Michalopulos says

                  Neither Gail nor I have panicked from the start.  In fact, she’s done yeoman-like work ferreting out information, for which we all can’t thank her enough.

                  • Steven J. M. says

                    “…for which we all can’t thank her enough”

                    That’s true, George.

                    THANKS!

        • Jacob Lee: “Are those same countries that are working on the Coronavirus vaccine also working on HIV?”

           
          I see no relevance, but you can find out. Either way, President Trump offered 1 billion dollars to acquire German company that works on the vaccine (it was rejected).

  3. Christopher McAvoy says

    Thank you brother George for all that you have written. Indeed you speak for many of us, it is as if you have read my mind. I think that we need until the end of the month of May to mull over what has happened this past month, as much as is possible, let us not be too hasty with making any important decisions. We must hear God’s prayers and better discern what new sacrifices we must undertake for spiritual survival, not only for ourselves but for our families, who as lay fathers, we have a responsibility for helping to walk as safely as possible on the true path to salvation.

    I have dedicated the last 12 years of my life to the Church in some sense (I was originally Roman Catholic). In a few days one particular ROCOR parish in Texas is opening again for something “closer to a normal worship”, yet the message that I receiveed appears to say that I am not welcome to attend if I do not practice “social distancing”. Surely the ideologies of the evil one are upon us, ideologies which suffocate our spiritual souls.

    We know from those in the intelligence community that the social distancing is a “psy op” which allows us to better be tracked and scanned if and when we reach a point where security drones are above us (I am aware this has not come to pass in much of the USA yet but it has been the case in certain regions). Additionally it breaks down our sense of well being and encourages anxiousness among us to allow us to more easily be individually manipulated.

    We are faced with tough decisions. We are asked to forgive those who still remain deceived or coerced into bringing us into an ideology with which we are unable to conform our hearts to accept. It is an ideology which denies the life-giving grace of Christ, and which instead brings fear and oppression to man. We know it is not of God, and yet it is the will of some of these men who are our bishops? We shall not comply with that which is demonic. We will need a period of reconfiguration and reconciliation. We shall not deny Christ, not even in death. Long live our Lord Jesus Christ the King of heaven and earth!

    “He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father”.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Christopher, thanks for pointing that out about social distancing being a PsyOp, one which makes one more vulnerable to drone attacks.  

      Makes sense.

    • Christopher McAvoy: We know from those in the intelligence community that the social distancing is a “psy op”
       
      The same ones that discovered WMDs in Iraq?
       
      Distancing, masks etc … lowers the rate of infection and slows down the epidemic. The other option is “herd immunity” proposed by Boris Johnson (who later was saved by a team of public healthcare doctors)
       
      The best we can hope for, is a drug that specifically targets this virus (mimicking antibody). Best experts work on it around the world, so it might happen before tedious and time consuming vaccine preparation.

      BTW, it is my opinion that technology of artificial antibodies (that bypass need for immunization) is the way of future. Advances in molecular modeling combined with artificial intelligence might do the trick). Present epidemic provides an incentive for such development.

  4. Link not active re Dualism. Intentional? Or you brought it into too much light?

  5. Please tell us how you “know from those in the intelligence community” that this is a psy op. Some of us Orthodox Christians are civil servants who work in the national security sector. I’m going to work today, and we will be physical distancing and wearing masks when we have to. I’ll be praying the 6th hour at my desk with my icons and will keep you all in my prayers.

    • George Michalopulos says

      MrsDK, I don’t consider you to be the enemy.  I don’t even consider a properly run Intel Com to be the enemy either.  Personally, I’m glad that you’re in the IC and doubly gratified that you will pray the 6th hours for all of us.  

      It’s hard to deny though that there are high-ranking elements within the IC which have either gone rogue or have their own agenda.  We witnessed this during the entire Trump presidency, from the very minute he was elected.  

      In any event, I am absolutely convinced that there are many “white hats” within the IC that are patriots and are working behind the scenes to try and make things right (the Q phenomenon perhaps?).  Or the very least are trying to mitigate the evil of men like Clapper, Brennan and Comey.
       

  6. At least one monastery was able to celebrate Holy Week and Pascha in MI: https://orthochristian.com/130650.html

  7. George Michalopulos says
  8. RIP (reluctant internet poster) says

    Side note for anyone else who may be interested (possibly no one!): I’ve been operating on the assumption that we’re experiencing something unprecedented in terms of church closures. That it’s the result of our country now being far more secular than it’s ever been. Turns out I was wrong. Churches were forced to close during the 1918 pandemic as well and pretty much all the objections that are being voiced now were being voiced then.

    This blogger went and dug up a bunch of newspaper articles from the period and I found it all quite interesting. I’ll copypaste one example, which is even more egregious than the liquor store example folks are pointing out today:

    “Sunday, October 13, 1918
    ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA: Dr. W.S. Black, rector of the Episcopal church, was dismayed to walk through town and “find the poolroom in full blast, with an ample supply of patrons, none of whom were overly careful as to the degree of distance from their fellow players.” Black didn’t understand how he could keep his church closed while such establishments remained open.”

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2020/03/influenza-pandemic-1918-churches/

    “Comforting” isn’t the right word, but I like knowing that what we’re going though is actually not unprecedented, which is what I’ve been thinking up to this point.

    • George Michalopulos says

      RIP, thanks for bringing this to our attention.  A few perspectives however:

       The Spanish Flu was unprecedented in scope.  People were literally dying in the streets.
       There was no valid epidemiology during that time.  The germ theory of disease was still largely unknown as were viruses as etiological entities.
      There were no antibiotics available at the time (or the concept of antibiosis).  And since viruses were unknown then there was no conception of antiviral therapy.

      Consider the difference a century makes:

       We have much better developed concepts of epidemiology.  We know about the curve that is emblematic of all epidemics (initial sharp upward, extensive plateau, then equally sharp decline).
      The scope and severity of the pandemic were localized and not as widespread as the Spanish Flu.
      We have known almost from the outset that there were effective treatment modalities (hydroxychloroquine+Zpak+Zinc).

      I don’t mean to be parochial but let me ask a rhetorical question:
      If 50% of the deaths of COVID-19 were happening in Montana and not in NYC, would we have closed down the entire country?

      • Linda Albert says

        “I don’t mean to be parochial but let me ask a rhetorical question:If 50% of the deaths of COVID-19 were happening in Montana and not in NYC, would we have closed down the entire country?”

        Thanks a lot. 

      • Tim R. Mortiss says

        The germ theory of disease was well-established by 1918 and had been for a couple of generations. Viruses had not yet been pinned down as entities, though they had been inferred to exist.
        Actually it’s a very interesting thing that the germ theory of disease took so long to become accepted– not thoroughly until Pasteur in the mid-1800s. After all, van Loevenhoek in the 1600s had seen that the world, water, bodily fluids, etc. were all full of animalcules by the billions, previously unsuspected before the invention of the microscope. Yet the ideas of ‘miasmas’ as the cause of disease persisted for a couple more centuries.
        True, that did start the process. But it took an awfully long time.

        • George Michalopulos says

          TimR, it did. Luigi Spallanzani as well did pioneering work in disproving abiogenesis. Curiously, Splallanzani and Pasteur were both devout Christians.
          Read: life can only come from life.

  9. I’m still trying to decide which side of the fence I am on when it comes to what will happen when Churches open back up. Either people will flock back because they miss it, or, people will realize they don’t need it, or, people will just watch services online and continue about their Sunday. I would imagine that percent of people who watch the services online, no matter which denomination, is probably pretty low overall. 
     
    The long-term effects of viewing Church as “non-essential” is going to be pretty damning (no pun intended). And if we close Churches down cyclically like what it seems to be alluded to in certain places, then I would probably kiss those parishioners who were clinging on goodbye. I don’t mean this to pessimistic, but, we have to be realistic about the secular society we live in. Cultural Christianity was already on its death bed here in the U.S and I can almost guarantee that this was the nail in the coffin. 
     
    George, what you mentioned about the tithing is something that I have not considered, that’s an interesting take on it. I also share your hopefulness that the monstrosity that is the St. Nicholas “shrine” will not be finished, and if it is that raises a WHOLE lot of questions about how and why all that money is being shunted to a shrine when millions of people are out of work. But we all know how Greek pride works out. Also, COVID has been the Grimm Reaper of Globalism as a whole and the ideologies that Patriarch Bartholomew shares with it have likewise died. Since the pandemic started I have heard nothing about the schismatic OCU, on the inverse of that I have seen quite a bit about Met. Onuphry, I truly think (and pray) that the Ukrainian people will notice this and take note. 
     
     

    • George Michalopulos says

      Speaking about the schismatic sect set up by Bartholomew, it looks like the Ukrainian govt is doing what it can to deny the Christian genocides that were perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire and its Kemalist successor state:
      https://www.helleniscope.com/2020/04/29/ukraine-denies-armenian-and-all-genocides/
      Many thanks to Nick Stamatakis for his indefatigable work.

      • But we’ll never hear the end of the Holodomor from the Ukrainians. What they fail to say is that some of the worst-affected areas of the Holodomor were in Russia, and that the “Russian regime” that perpetrated it was led by a Georgian (Stalin) and a Jew (Kaganovich). Nope, always those mean Russians.

    • Petros, I’m also praying for the righteous Met. Onuphry and right-believing Ukrainian Orthodox people! The schismatics have been causing some problems in Ukraine right right based on the fact the canonical Church was slow in taking safety measures. The left media over there have been publishing very negative articles about the UOC-MP, and there have been several churches and monasteries vandalized and set on fire. It’s sad, but true. (I have an old friend that is presently a member of a monastery in eastern Ukraine.)

    • Petros, probably a mixture of both. Those that care (probably the minority) will rush back as soon as they can. Those that are lukewarm (the majority) will mostly fade away over time. Those that don’t care (a significant minority) will never be seen again. Sadly.

  10. ” ‘Don’t waste a minute’: Chinese firm readies mass vaccine production”

    Sinovac Biotech, which is conducting one of the four clinical trials that have been authorised in China, has claimed great progress in its research and promising results among monkeys.
    While human trials have just started, the company says it is ready to make 100 million doses per year to combat the virus, which surfaced in central China late last year before spreading across the globe and killing more than 220,000 people.”
     
    […]
     
    “Even with success in the next stages, Sinovac would not be able to produce enough vaccines to treat the entire world population.
    But Meng said the company is ready to collaborate with foreign partners which already buy its other vaccines against the flu and hepatitis.”
    https://www.france24.com/en/20200430-don-t-waste-a-minute-chinese-firm-readies-mass-vaccine-production
     
    The same company was successful and first in the world, to produce vaccine against swine flu (2009 pandemic)

  11. Joseph A. says

    What our bishops did was worse than what you write. Many places in the country do not have legal restrictions on religious functions. Our newsmen live in Mordor, where such is the case, and their influence makes everyone think like the orcs. But that isn’t the case. In Ohio, for instance, religious gatherings are explicitly listed as essential activities by the State. Nonetheless, the _vast_ majority of churches and faith communities has ceased public services . . . even ROCOR limits its services to the clergy and a skeleton crew. The shepherds did this voluntarily (not by mandate), and it is very disappointing.

    Streaming is a good alternative for someone who cannot make it to services, but it is an inadequate substitute. Technology is distorting people’s sense of life, and I’m afraid that such a profound change is yet another element that has facilitated Christians’ folding before Caesar. Well, not Caesar — Caligula.

    It’s much, much worse in the U.K., though (https://charltonteaching.blogspot.com/2020/04/choice-phrases-selected-from-official.html). There, clerics cannot even stream services or hold them privately. Church buildings are only to be used for non-liturgical reasons (works of charity, schools, day cares, blood drives, food kitchens). People cannot even manage the clocks or bells — no demon in Albion has to be pestered by church bells. Man is no more than a belly for our modern masters.

    • Brendan says

      Just to be clear, ‘…worse in the UK’ refers to the Church of England.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Indeed, I just read about a ROCOR monastery in Michigan which ran the full gamut of services.  It seems they actually looked at the executive orders and found loopholes which they took advantage of.  By Holy Saturday, they were positively packed with worshipers and the police showed up.  But here’s the plot twist:  the police were there to support them and direct traffic!

      • Shows what happens when you have a little faith.
         
        The sad thing about that report was the other clergy in the area who attacked him… shocking.

  12. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from last Thursday in The Palm Beach Post.
     
    Angel ‘from heaven’ — Brave tech-savvy priest links grieving families with dying coronavirus patients
    By Joe Capozzi
    Posted Apr 23, 2020 at 12:10 PM
     
    https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20200423/angel-lsquofrom-heavenrsquo-mdash-brave-tech-savvy-priest-links-grieving-families-with-dying-coronavirus-patients

  13. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Tuesday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Society
     
    Coronavirus outbreak boosts Bible sales
    Apr 28, 2020 | 15:47
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/coronavirus-outbreak-boosts-bible-sales/

  14. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Wednesday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Society
     
    Church is ranked 12th most trusted institution by Greeks in a survey
    Apr 29, 2020 | 12:07
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/church-is-ranked-12th-most-trusted-institution-by-greeks-in-a-survey/#respond

  15. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
     
    Cyprus: Churches to open for individual prayer on May 4, for Divine Liturgy on June 1
    Apr 30, 2020 | 09:33
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/cyprus-churches-to-open-for-individual-prayer-on-may-4-for-divine-liturgy-on-june-1/

  16. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
     
    Church of Greece: We are preparing for the Divine Liturgies with faithful from May 17
    Apr 30, 2020 | 16:16
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/church-of-greece-we-are-preparing-for-the-divine-liturgies-with-faithful-from-may-17/

  17. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an announcement and video from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Archdiocese of America announces COVID-19 Relief Programme (video)
    May 01, 2020 | 14:12
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archdiocese-of-america-announces-covid-19-relief-programme-video/

  18. George,  you wrote:

    “The upshot is this:  In the final analysis, the Eucharist can indeed transmit diseases to communicants.  Finally, the mask is off.

    One must wonder however, where these same theologians were when the AIDS scare of the 1980s and 90s reared its ugly head.  Thousands of Orthodox parishioners were standing in communion lines behind men who were sexually active homosexuals.  Why now the concern?”

    Why indeed ?  Why did no one bring up this concern before, for example during the “regular” flu season we go through every year when millions catch the flu and between 40,000 -60,000 (or more) people die from it  (in the U.S.A. … of course, many more worldwide) ?    In all my years of church attendance and receiving communion I’ve never heard any warnings or concern expressed during flu season , certainly not during the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 which killed thousands .   

    Previously when the question of  “can we catch an illness by receiving the Eucharist from a common cup/spoon?” has come up  — usually from well-meaning catechumens or recent converts , it’s an honest question nothing wrong with asking —  every bishop and priest I’ve known has confidently assured people that the answer is no.     So I guess now for some the answer will be modified to :  “well, no, you won’t get a disease from the Eucharist, but the chalice and the spoon are not the Eucharist.”    But if that’s the case , then it’s always been that way before with other diseases , not something that just suddenly happened with this particular novel Coronavirus .   So they’ve been putting us all in danger all these years and are just now admitting it?   Is that the message they want to send ?
     

  19. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Thursday on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    HOW A MONASTERY IN MICHIGAN REMAINED OPEN FOR PASCHA WITH NO RESTRICTIONS
    Archimandrite Pachomy (Belkoff)
    4/30/2020
     
    https://orthochristian.com/130650.html

  20. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    LESSONS OF A PANDEMIC
    Bishop Pitirim (Tvorogov)
    Pravoslavie.ru
    5/1/2020
     
    https://orthochristian.com/130763.html

  21. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Helleniscope website.
     
    Home > Issues  > Church
     
    Issues – Church – Community – America – Suggestion
     
    Will Anyone Follow the Example Of This Priest in Somerville, Mass?….
    By Nick Stamatakis
    1 May, 2020
     
    https://www.helleniscope.com/2020/05/01/will-anyone-follow-the-example-of-this-priest-in-somerville-mass/

  22. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Prayer of the Ecumenical Patriarch for the treatment of those tested by the coronavirus
    May 04, 2020 | 09:45
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/prayer-of-the-ecumenical-patriarch-for-the-treatment-of-those-tested-by-the-coronavirus/

  23. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
     
    Churches to open their doors on 4 May in Cyprus
    May 02, 2020 | 15:17
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/churches-to-open-their-doors-on-4-may-in-cyprus/

  24. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Archbishop of America: Free Press is vital
    May 03, 2020 | 16:00
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-america-free-press-is-vital/

  25. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Cyprus
     
    Archbishop of Cyprus: The Church will ensure the implementation of the measures in the churches
    May 04, 2020 | 14:53
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-cyprus-the-church-will-ensure-the-implementation-of-the-measures-in-the-churches/

  26. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    The opening of the Soumela Monastery in Trabzon is postponed again
    May 04, 2020 | 10:10
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-opening-of-the-soumela-monastery-in-trabzon-is-postponed-again/

  27. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy
     
    Islamic clergy call for prayer at Hagia Sophia in Constantinople to appease the coronavirus
    May 04, 2020 | 13:34
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/islamic-clergy-call-for-prayer-at-hagia-sophia-in-constantinople-to-appease-the-coronavirus/

    • Brendan says

      “He called for a prayer to Allah in the Hagia Sophia to appease evil”
       
      Is evil to be appeased, then?
      It didn’t work with Hitler?
      Why would it work now?

  28. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
     
    Rapid spread of coronavirus pandemic hits Russian Orthodox Church
    May 05, 2020 | 10:35
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/rapid-spread-of-coronavirus-pandemic-hits-russian-orthodox-church/

  29. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Prayer by the Metropolitan of Boston for the health of those suffering from coronavirus
    May 05, 2020 | 11:19
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/prayer-by-the-metropolitan-of-boston-for-the-health-of-those-suffering-from-coronavirus/

  30. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a video from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Video
     
    Prayer Service officiated by Metropolitan Methodios of Boston for the health and healing of those afflicted with COVID-19 (live)
    May 05, 2020 | 19:58
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/prayer-service-officiated-by-metropolitan-methodios-of-boston-for-the-health-and-healing-of-those-afflicted-with-covid-19-live/

  31. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
     
    Righteous Job the Long-suffering and the significance of patience
    May 06, 2020 | 14:09
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/righteous-job-the-long-suffering-and-the-significance-of-patience/

  32. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Helleniscope website.
     
    Home > Issues > Church
     
    Issues – Church – American Community – Opinion/Suggestion
     
    Karloutsos, A High Priest Of Globalism, Has No Place In Our Church…
    By Nick Stamatakis
    5 May, 2020
     
    https://www.helleniscope.com/2020/05/05/karloutsos-a-high-priest-of-globalism-has-no-place-in-our-church/

  33. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Archdiocese of America keeps on praying for the afflicted with Covid-19
    May 07, 2020 | 09:22
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archdiocese-of-america-keeps-on-praying-for-the-afflicted-with-covid-19/

  34. George Michalopulos says

    I guess it’s OK now to “separate children from their parents”? I guess so as long as it’s liberals who are doing it. Who’d a thunk it?

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2020/05/06/every-one-of-them-california-begins-forcibly-quarantining-people-separating-families-over-covid-19-n388732

    File this under: Kids in Cages. I’m not holding my breath but all those libtards who went ape-sh!t over ICE separating kids are going to apologize to President Trump. You know, in the interest of fairness.

  35. Brendan says

    A devastating code review of Prof. Ferguson’s model that down the UK: https://lockdownsceptics.org/code-review-of-fergusons-model/

    • ROU Killing Time says

      Since the original thread with the eumomo figures is now closed to comment, I will respond updated here:
      The 4/23 W15 and W16 Z-score numbers were: Sweden (10.91, 3.94), England (19.47, 19.99), Scotland (16.93, 10.13), and Northern Ireland (6.50, -0.83)
       
      The 5/9 W15 and W16 Z-score numbers with more complete data are: Sweden (14.53, 13.62), England (43.55, 38.37), Scotland (15.65, 15.33), and Northern Ireland (8.80, 6.22).
       
      Excess mortality data takes time. Those numbers will probably still drift slightly upward over the next two weeks, but not by much. For reference Ireland W15 and W16 is (2.09, 0.07)
       
      The UK has now surpassed Italy for deaths, the poor policy choices and late lockdown coming home to roost, as expected.

      • Brendan says

        RKT: “The UK has now surpassed Italy for deaths, the poor policy choices and late lockdown coming home to roost, as expected.”
         
        According the the results for week 18:
        England has ‘Extremely High Excess’ Mortality’ – and next to no economy.
        Sweden has ‘Low Excess’ Mortality – and a working, unshut, economy.
        https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps/
         
        “…poor policy choices…coming home to roost” indeed.

  36. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    How will the churches reopen in the USA
    May 08, 2020 | 09:25
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/how-will-the-churches-reopen-in-the-usa/

  37. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Tuesday in The New York Times.
     
    A ‘Breakdown of Trust’: Pandemic Corrodes Church-State Ties in Russia
     
    Even as the monasteries of the Orthodox Church are besieged by the coronavirus, apocalyptic-minded priests balk at state restrictions on public worship.
     
    By Andrew Higgins
    May 5, 2020
     
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/world/europe/russia-orthodox-church-coronavirus.html?action=click&module=moreIn&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&action=click&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&contentCollection=The%20Coronavirus%20Outbreak

  38. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Archbishop of America celebrated Mother’s Day
    May 11, 2020 | 10:45
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-america-celebrated-mothers-day/

  39. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    One year since the election of the Archbishop of America: I have come to be with you
    May 11, 2020 | 17:02
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/one-year-since-the-election-of-the-archbishop-of-america-i-have-come-to-be-with-you/

  40. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Society > Culture
     
    May 11, 330, the inauguration of Constantinople
    May 11, 2020 | 20:56
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/may-11-330-the-inauguration-of-constantinople/

  41. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Ecumenical Patriarch is targeted by Turkish magazine (upd)
    May 11, 2020 | 09:47
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/ecumenical-patriarch-is-targeted-by-turkish-magazine/

  42. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy
     
    Is there a plan to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque on the Day of the Fall of Constantinople?
    May 12, 2020 | 11:11
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/is-there-a-plan-to-convert-hagia-sophia-into-a-mosque-on-the-day-of-the-fall-of-constantinople/

  43. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Helleniscope website.
     
    Home > Issues  >  Church
     
    Church Issues – American Community
     
    Where Is Our Church On the Right To Life?
    By Nick Stamatakis
    9 Μay, 2020
     
    https://www.helleniscope.com/2020/05/09/where-is-our-church-on-the-right-to-life/

  44. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on The Pappas Post website.
     
    Home > News > Diaspora > Does Church Stop in the Midst of the Pandemic?
     
    Diaspora ◇ News
     
    Does Church Stop in the Midst of the Pandemic?
    written by Alexios Florides
    May 11, 2020
     
    https://www.pappaspost.com/does-church-stop-during-the-pandemic/

  45. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
     
    Church of Greece: Your absence from the churches pricked our hearts
    May 15, 2020 | 17:03
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/church-of-greece-your-absence-from-the-churches-pricked-our-hearts/

  46. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Society > Culture
     
    New book by Archbishop of Tirana just released
    May 15, 2020 | 20:49
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/new-book-by-archbishop-of-tirana-just-released/

  47. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    IAO: We expect International Community to condemn the targeting of Ecumenical Patriarch
    May 16, 2020 | 18:15
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/iao-we-expect-turkey-to-condemn-the-targeting-of-ecumenical-patriarch/

    • George Michalopulos says

      You know, we’d care more for the phanar if it cared more for the church

  48. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
     
    The Samaritan Woman
    May 17, 2020 | 15:50
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-samaritan-woman/

  49. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an announcement from Wednesday on the Assembly Of Cannonical Orthodox Bishops Of The United States Of America website.
     
    A Nationwide Approach of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA for the Staged Reopening of Churches during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
     
    http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/2020/covid19-reopening

    • Michigan Orthodox says

      Thanks for posting this. It confirms what I thought, parishes in Michigan should be open. 

  50. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Thursday on The Orthodox World website.
     
    Exclusive: Juxtaposing the Coronavirus Response: Patriarchates of Constantinople and Moscow
    MAY 14, 2020
    By Elias Damianakis, Hagiographos, Archon Maestor
     
    https://theorthodoxworld.com/exclusive-juxtaposing-the-coronavirus-response-patriarchates-of-constantinople-and-moscow/

    • That article certainly proved a point. But not the one the honorable gentleman who wrote it was trying to make, I think. It clearly shows the complete estrangement from Christian faith that is so evident in the “important people” in the EP. He’s actually proud of the proofs he provides that shows him to be without faith. Ridiculing wonder working icons? Sure, whatever. Proud of empty churches where the “little people” have been expelled by their shepherds for “their own good?” Definitely apostolic behavior, that. Best of luck with your future endeavors, etc etc. 

  51. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Archbishop of America: We are a community with a past and a future
    May 18, 2020 | 11:01
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-america-we-are-a-community-with-a-past-and-a-future/

  52. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate > Dioceses of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Metropolis of Korea: Vigil for Apodosis of Pascha on May 26 with the participation of only young faithful
    May 18, 2020 | 11:57
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/metropolis-of-korea-vigil-for-apodosis-of-pascha-on-may-26-with-the-participation-of-only-young-faithful/

  53. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Sumela monastery is expected to reopen at the end of June
    May 18, 2020 | 15:10
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/sumela-monastery-is-expected-to-reopen-at-the-end-of-june/

  54. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    Greek Alternate Foreign Minister: Any change of Hagia Sophia’s status cannot be accepted
    May 18, 2020 | 16:03
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/greek-alternate-foreing-minister-any-change-of-hagia-sophias-status-cannot-be-accepted/

  55. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fifth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Corriere della sera: The accusations of Turkish magazine against the Ecumenical Patriarch are idiocy and insanity
    May 18, 2020 | 21:04
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/corriere-della-sera-the-accusations-of-turkish-magazine-against-the-ecumenical-patriarch-are-idiocy-and-insanity/

  56. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Hieromonk Seraphim Rose, of blessed memory, on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    THE FEAST OF MID-PENTECOST
    Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose)
    (Euguene Rose, lay sermon) 1965
    5/6/2015
     
    https://orthochristian.com/79119.html

  57. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    GREEK METROPOLITAN EXCOMMUNICATES MINISTER WHO SAID COMMUNING IS DANGEROUS, HOLY SYNOD OVERTURNS HIS DECREE
    Kalavryta, Greece, May 18, 2020
     
    https://orthochristian.com/131164.html

  58. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    ARCHIVE – GREECE – GENERAL NEWS
     
    Greek Bishop Says COVID-19 Lockdown Protected Churchgoers
    19/5/2020
     The National Herald
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/archive_general_news_greece/arthro/greek_bishop_says_covid_19_lockdown_protected_churchgoers-323208/

  59. Alitheia 1875 says

    US deaths passed 90,000 as of May 19 and will probably reach 120,000, approximately double the number of deaths annually due to the flu.

    • How many of these deaths are actually from the virus, though?
       
      Bearing in mind the amount of numbers-boosting that has been exposed on recent weeks, I wouldn’t be surprised if actual coronavirus deaths are less than half of what the ‘official’ numbers say.

    • And how many of these deaths should actually be attributed to the flu, given that doctors were told that patient deaths where cough and fever were present were to be attributed to COVID rather than influenza?

    • Alitheia,
      The numbers were never that accurate because of variations in criteria for reporting.  Now, they are sheer garbage.  They are a) reporting everyone who tested positive and died for whatever reason as having died from Kungflu, b) reporting people who had similar symptoms but that were never tested as having died from it, and c) encouraging false or ill informed reporting by creating strong economic incentives to raise the volume of diagnoses as high as possible to qualify for as much federal and state aid as possible.
      In a year or two, in retrospect, we may have some idea of what actually happened once the economic and political incentives have weakened.  It seems like the really strong impetus toward bald faced inflation began to occur when it looked like a peak might be coming which would interfere with the false narrative being propagated.

    • The actual number of deaths is higher than that in the US. For all the nonsense about ‘upcoding’ and pretending it wasn’t covid that killed people, a lot of covid deaths haven’t even been accounted for because of the testing shortfalls.

      Eventual estimates of confirmed + probable for this time period will probably be in the 120,000-130,000 range from what I’ve seen.

      Once the pile of bodies gets high enough the people who first screamed ‘hysteria!’ and then screamed ‘no worse than the flu! what about h1n1?!’ and then hollered ‘upcoding! they didn’t die from covid they died with covid!’ will have to pivot to ‘they only died because they didn’t use my XYZ quack remedy!’ or ‘the government is inventing people who died that never lived!’

      How far the lunacy will go would be entertaining if it weren’t so depressing.

      • The only analogy I can come up with is the Salem witch trials.  The numbers will be in the same range as H1N1, no deadlier, no more transmissible.  If they published accurate death tolls of Kungflu alongside common flu to date, it would be utterly apparent the emperor is buck naked.  Mass hysteria.  A national panic attack induced by the MSM for the purpose of defeating Trump.
        Demsheviks are despicable human beings.

        • George Michalopulos says

          Sorry, Flavius, but I’m with Misha on this one.  Both the 1957 and 1969 flus had far higher numbers in proportion to the American population and affected a greater range of demographics, yet we brushed it off. 

          1969 for those too young to remember was the so-called Summer of Love –Woodstock being the paramount example.  Not a whole lotta social distancing went on during that event, btw.

          • George Michalopulos says

            More bad news Flavius. It looks like Georgia isn’t burning after all:

            https://theweek.com/articles/915446/should-grateful-good-news-georgia

          • George,

            The thing that has got me [interested in the Second Amendment] is the self-evident death of common sense that this whole fiasco entails.

            People in charge who should know better than to shut down a multi-trillion dollar economy to the manifest detriment of the lower classes over a variant of the flu have lost all sense of PERSPECTIVE.

            One death is a tragedy. 3000 deaths on 9/11 was a travesty. But 60K deaths a year due to the flu or 40K due to auto fatalities or whatever – that is a STATISTIC when you are talking about a nation of 330 million people. The point being one could just as easily rewrite this whole sick (pun intended) drama casting the seasonal flu as the perpetrator, keeping a count of who’s been exposed, tested and who’s died having tested positive or actually from flu symptoms. You could put it on the internet, on TV and scare people. You could impose social distancing and shut down the economy over it. You could even make the respective governmental responses into political footballs.

            By why would you do that? That is the question some of us have been asking regarding the Kungflu since the beginning of this staged crisis.

            It is possible that this is just another episode of the Keystone Kops unfolding in which the Dems are attempting to use this for political gain and are so morally deranged that they don’t see the insanity of it.

            However, we are in our homes, relatively helpless and at the mercy of whatever the authorities allow in the way of venturing out for food, supplies, etc.

            Thus the stakes involved are quite high and it bears asking, “Who wants to know how far the American people can be pushed and what resources are needed to push them and keep them there?”

            Because that is the question being answered as we speak even if no one is asking it.

            It is not out in left field at all to suggest that, whatever the intentions of the instigators of this lockdown, it is perfect dress rehearsal for totalitarianism – right down to the church closings.

          • When covid killed a comparable number of Americans in two months to the entire 1957 pandemic, I’m afraid I don’t see it being a very reasonable comparison. Unlike the 1968 flu and Woodstock, covid will still be prevalent in the United States this August.

            One concern right now is are we about to erase fragile progress on reversing deaths. A rolling seven-day average is still over a thousand deaths a day in the United States. It is a reasonable concern whether or not we will even get that number below a thousand before it starts ticking back up again.

            From another angle, it still seems far more realistic to brace for another hundred thousand dead in the next three to four months than to expect the deaths to quickly trail off and for all this to be over.

            I don’t pretend to know how all this will play out. But I would caution that it seems many on here have already made bold predictions that did not stand the test of time, and rather than adjusting their perspectives, they seem to be disbelieving what actually happened and making fresh new bold predictions for what is to come.

            • “When covid killed a comparable number of Americans in two months to the entire 1957 pandemic”
               
              Does anyone think that this might have something to do with the general decline in health in the American population? Increase of obesity, toxins and chemicals in the food, etc., all leading to more co-morbidities.
               
              Thoughts?

              • A comparable percentage…?

              • Asserting a more healthy population in 1957 is a bit complicated: nutritional deficiencies, prevalence of smoking, etc. Life expectancy for a man was 66 years! Another thought experiment, dealing with covid at 1957 levels of medicine and health infrastructure would have been a nightmare. Crowded factories and churches still would have been outbreak drivers. Easy to imagine a similar body count despite much smaller total population.

                • https://amgreatness.com/2020/05/23/rage-and-recriminations-in-the-wake-of-covid-19/
                  This is the reality behind the situation. 
                  But beware the November election.  If the totalitarians are elected, expect them to behave like totalitarians and attempt to prevent any more conservative administrations from coming to power as they did with Trump.  Except this time they will be in the driver’s seat and will have learned a lot from the Trump experience and, I dare say, from our fateful response to the CCP virus.

                  • George Michalopulos says

                    That is the great fear, Misha.  One which I am sympathetic to.  I must say however, that in the grand sweep of history, if the totalitarians in question (progs/libs/Dems) behave as you fear upon winning in November, they will of course behave in as totalitarian a fashion as possible.

                    However, I believe it was Talleyrand who said of the Bourbon Restoration post-Napoleon:  “They forgot nothing, they learned nothing”.  

                    America post a Trump loss will be ungovernable.  The economic situation alone with large parasitic classes and unending debt/printing of fiat money will see to that. 

                    Even with Trump at the helm and a GOP Senate, the hyper-diversity that exists at present on the coasts plus the moral anarchy (feminism/faggotry/trannyism/bastardy), means that we are no longer a single nation.

                    As a priest-friend of mine put it:  if Trump wins, we have civil war (or at least massive civil disobedience) because the Left will be even more unhinged –if that is even imaginable.  If he loses, then they will become outright fascists and the Red States will not accept their mandates.  Hence civil war.

                    The wild card is the police forces and military forces.  The Blue State police forces have become politicized; the armed forces are well on their way of becoming even more so.  But they have not yet crossed the globo-homo-feminazi Rubicon.  Not yet.  As such, I can see mutinies all over the place, especially if the commie Presidium of Biden (figurehead), Hillary, Kamala Harris starts implementing their totalitarian fantasies.

                    • Alas, perhaps we shall not have to wait for November.  My renewed interest in the 2nd amendment could not have come at a more fortuitous time.  America seems to be burning tonight 

                • https://amgreatness.com/2020/05/23/this-quarantine-will-ruin-the-economy-not-save-lives/
                  Also, a number of countries are backtracking on their initial inflated numbers:
                  “Italy is also backtracking on its initial figures. The Minister of Health recently stated that only 12 percent of the alleged COVID-19 deaths “have shown a direct causality from coronavirus.” More recently, research has shown that the average age of these casualties was 79.5 and 99 percent had pre-existing conditions
                  American tests have yielded similar results. New York recently tested a random sample of 3,000 people. They found that 14 percent of individuals had already been infected with COVID-19. In New York City—the pandemic’s epicenter—21 percent of the people had already been infected.
                  This dramatically increases the size of the infected population and therefore decreases COVID-19’s estimated mortality rate. Plugging this figure into New York’s population reveals that the illness’ actual mortality rate is approximately 0.59 percent in New York.
                  Lastly, mass testing from Los Angeles County shows that 4.1 percent of the county’s population—approximately 442,000 people—have already been infected. This is far greater than the number of “confirmed cases,” which stood at just 13,816 at the time the tests were conducted. Using the new figures reveals that COVID-19’s mortality rate is approximately 0.15 percent in sprawling L.A. County.

                  In comparison, seasonal influenza’s mortality rate is between 0.1 and 0.2 percent—and it used to be higher before the advent of a seasonal vaccine. Our grandparents did not shut the nation down every year for fear of the flu. Neither should we.”

                  ***
                  “Because the healthcare system priorities efficiency over robustness, even a small increase in hospitalizations can bring the system to its knees. In fact, the healthcare system is brought to its knees every few years. Remember that in 2018 both Time and the Associated Press published stories lamenting that hospitals were overflowing with influenza patients.
                  COVID-19 is essentially the flu.”
                  The Chi-Com Flu of 2020 will be remembered, if we are honest, as the greatest instance of mass hysteria in human history.  Hopefully it will signal the end of the Mommy-Culture of hand wringing old women.  And, as I observed early on and for which I was censored:  This is what happens when you let sn*wfl*kes call the shots.
                  Cowardice is the opposite of faith:
                  https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/05/23/harvard-prof-blames-christianitys-malignant-belief-in-afterlife-for-lockdown-protests/

  60. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an announcement from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Prayer service for the health of those afflicted from COVID-19 by the Metropolis of New Jersey
    May 19, 2020 | 13:22
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/prayer-service-for-the-health-of-those-afflicted-from-covid-19-by-the-metropolis-of-new-jersey/

  61. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an announcement from Monday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Prayer by Metropolitan of Pittsburgh for the health of those suffering from coronavirus
    May 18, 2020 | 10:36
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/prayer-by-metropolitan-of-pittsburgh-for-the-health-of-those-suffering-from-coronavirus/
     
    In addition, below please find the corresponding video from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    https://youtu.be/91oHYfK7svY

  62. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an announcement from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Prayer service by Metropolitan of San Francisco for the health of those afflicted from COVID-19
    May 20, 2020 | 12:02
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/prayer-service-by-metropolitan-of-san-francisco-for-the-health-of-those-afflicted-from-covid-19/

  63. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Orthodox Christians in Montenegro are being persecuted, Patriarch Irinej says 
    May 20, 2020 | 18:38
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/orthodox-christians-in-montenegro-are-being-persecuted-patriarch-irinej-says/

  64. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Memory of the Holy Great Sovereigns Constantine and Helena, Equal to the Apostles
    May 21, 2020 | 10:47
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/memory-of-the-holy-great-sovereigns-constantine-and-helena-equal-to-the-apostles/

  65. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from Thursday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Feast of Saints Constantine and Helen at Halki seminary
    May 21, 2020 | 13:25
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/feast-of-saints-constantine-and-helen-at-halki-seminary/

  66. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from Thursday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Divine Liturgy for Saints Constantine and Helen at Ecumenical Patriarchate (video) (upd)
    May 21, 2020 | 14:05
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/divine-liturgy-for-saints-constantine-and-helen-at-ecumenical-patriarchate-video/

  67. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    New York opens churches, allows small religious gatherings
    May 22, 2020 | 11:46
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/new-york-opens-churches-allows-small-religious-gatherings/

  68. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Donald Trump: In America, we need more prayer, not less
    May 23, 2020 | 16:09
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/donald-trump-in-america-we-need-more-prayer-not-less/

  69. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Jerusalem: Church of Holy Sepulchre to open conditionally for faithful
    May 23, 2020 | 16:44
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre-to-open-conditionally-for-faithful/

  70. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Commemoration of Fall of Constantinople by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
    May 24, 2020 | 14:10
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/commemoration-of-fall-of-constantinople-by-greek-orthodox-archdiocese-of-america/

  71. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Sunday of Blind Man
    May 24, 2020 | 15:26
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/sunday-of-blind-man/

  72. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre fails to reopen Sunday as planned
    May 25, 2020 | 11:30
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/jerusalems-holy-sepulchre-fails-to-reopen-sunday-as-planned/

  73. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    “Christ is Risen” will be heard tonight in the churches of Greece
    May 26, 2020 | 09:41
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/christ-is-risen-will-be-heard-tonight-in-the-churches-of-greece/

  74. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem reopened
    May 26, 2020 | 14:22
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-church-of-the-nativity-in-bethlehem-reopened/

  75. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium to go online in June 2020
    May 26, 2020 | 15:19
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/pan-orthodox-music-symposium-to-go-online-in-june-2020/

  76. Greatly Saddened says

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    Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology launches new one-year certificate program
    May 26, 2020 | 15:45
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/holy-cross-greek-orthodox-school-of-theology-launches-new-one-year-certificate-program/

  77. Greatly Saddened says

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    Regularly attending religious services associated with lower risk of deaths of despair
    May 26, 2020 | 17:51
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/regularly-attending-religious-services-associated-with-lower-risk-of-deaths-of-despair/

  78. Greatly Saddened says

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    IAO: Pandemic was a serious ordeal especially for Christians
    May 26, 2020 | 19:14
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/iao-pandemic-was-a-serious-ordeal-especially-for-christians/

  79. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Resurrection was celebrated in churches of Greece in presence of faithful after 40 days
    May 27, 2020 | 09:37
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/resurrection-was-celebrated-in-churches-of-greece-in-presence-of-faithful-after-40-days/

  80. Greatly Saddened says

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    Memory of Saint John the Russian
    May 27, 2020 | 10:21
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/memory-of-saint-john-the-russian/

  81. Greatly Saddened says

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    In the final stretch of certification of religious route “In the footsteps of St Paul the Apostle of the nations”
    May 27, 2020 | 11:02
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/in-the-final-stretch-of-certification-of-religious-route-in-the-footsteps-of-st-paul-the-apostle-of-the-nations/

  82. Greatly Saddened says

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    Apodosis of Pascha at Ecumenical Patriarchate
    May 27, 2020 | 14:05
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/apodosis-of-pascha-at-ecumenical-patriarchate/

  83. Greatly Saddened says

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    Difficult hours for Orthodoxy in Serbia-Montenegro-Kosovo
    May 27, 2020 | 16:58
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/difficult-hours-for-orthodoxy-in-serbia-montenegro-kosovo/

  84. Greatly Saddened says

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    Metropolitan of San Fransisco: We rejoice that a glimmer of hope is beginning to appear
    May 27, 2020 | 19:39
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/metropolitan-of-san-fransisco-we-rejoice-that-a-glimmer-of-hope-is-beginning-to-appear/

  85. Greatly Saddened says

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    Provocation by the Turks with a call for prayer in the square of Hagia Sophia
    May 27, 2020 | 20:20
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/provocation-by-the-turks-with-a-call-for-prayer-in-the-square-of-hagia-sophia/

    • George Michalopulos says

      Isn’t it sad to know that Patriarch Athenagoras had the opportunity to reopen Hagia Sophia back in the late 40s? That this issue would not be the lingering sore that it is?

      Why did the late EP refuse this generous offer by the American President?

      • I never knew about this part of history. Was it Truman that made the offer to Athenagoras? And, was it just to open a portion for the Greeks to use, or the whole structure?

      • I expect because he realised that the Christians would immediately have been attacked by Muslims who hold that any building in which Allah has been worshipped becomes thereby (and forever more) a mosque.

        Anyway, it was not in Truman’s gift.
        Not without another war.

        • Here’s an interesting article. It may or may not have been posted here before. At least we got one liturgy in under the radar.
           
          http://orthochristian.com/79952.html

        • George Michalopulos says

          Not necessarily. Truman had incinerated two major cities. The world was in awe of US might. The Turks were resolutely anti-communist as was Athenagoras.

          And anyway, Truman, Athenagoras & the Turkish Deep State were all members of a well-known international men’s fraternity.

          • After the Greek defeat in 1922, there is no way Johnny Turk would have accepted the return of the Ayia Sophia to the Patriarchate. And Truman soon wanted the Turks as an ally against the USSR and, eventually, in Korea.

            • George Michalopulos says

              Largely true.  But one never knows.   I recently saw an excellent miniseries on Netflix entitled Ottoman.  It was about the Turkish conquest of Constantinople.   Believe it or not, it was (as the Duke of Wellington said about Waterloo), a near-run thing.  
              History throws some really weird curve balls every now and then.  It never follows a straight line.  Look at 2016, by all indications, HRC should have been president.  One of the tenets that neoliberals believe in is progress, that some things are inevitable and that other things can’t happen.   We would be foolish to believe that. 
              Consider:  who would have believed three months ago that Orthodox bishops would mandate the closing of churches?  If one  had proposed such a thing, I would have thought he’d lost all his marbles. 
              At any rate. the issue is academic.

              • If not for HUNGARIAN cannons – ironically provided by a man named Orban – maybe the City would have been ours for a little longer.

                • George Michalopulos says

                  True that.  What’s particularly telling is that during the siege (which was sapping the morale of the Turks btw), the Romans offered the Turks generous terms but get this:  Mehmet II would have had to become a vassal (!) to Constantine XI.  It was purely symbolic but still a major climb-down.  He wanted to be Caesar, not prefect.

  86. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Christianity website.
     
    PILGRIMS ALLOWED TO RETURN TO MT. ATHOS FROM JUNE 1
    Mt. Athos, May 27, 2020
     
    https://orthochristian.com/131432.html

  87. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    The Divine Ascension of our Lord
    May 28, 2020 | 10:55
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-divine-ascension-of-our-lord/

  88. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Gates of Ionian Village closed, but program and content is wide open
    May 28, 2020 | 11:50
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/gates-of-ionian-village-closed-but-program-and-content-is-wide-open/

  89. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    “Extremely difficult” is the financial situation of Russian Orthodox Church
    May 28, 2020 | 09:44
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/extremely-difficult-is-the-financial-situation-of-russian-orthodox-church/

  90. Greatly Saddened says

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    The Muslim Friday prayer will not take place tomorrow in the square in front of Hagia Sophia
    May 28, 2020 | 15:53
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-muslim-friday-prayer-will-not-take-place-tomorrow-in-the-square-in-front-of-hagia-sophia/

  91. Greatly Saddened says

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    Archbishop of America holds Town Hall with National Sisterhood of Presvyteres
    May 28, 2020 | 09:21
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-america-holds-town-hall-with-national-sisterhood-of-presvyteres/

  92. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a sixth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    The prayer in Hagia Sophia will be held, by Erdogan’s decision
    May 28, 2020 | 21:12
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-prayer-in-hagia-sophia-will-take-place-by-erdogans-decision/

  93. I do not know if this is a spoof (I hope it is, but fear it is not):
    UNNWO – United Nations New World Order: https://unnwo.org/

    Happytalism
    Happytalism is a new economic paradigm which places happiness, well-being, and freedom at the center of human development models, systems, and all life.

    UNIDOHappiness

    The United Nations International Day of Happiness (UNIDOHappiness) recognizes happiness as a fundamental human right and goal, and is celebrated every March 20, forever.

    UN Global Goals

    Advancing a new economic paradigm of happytalism for humanity means mobilizing $30 trillion toward achieving the 17 UN Global Goals, 169 targets by 2030. Join us.

    • So I don’t get Bernie communism in 2020 and it looks like I’m not going to get a Diocletian-esque totalitarian New World Order either, but some gay-ass UN fluff instead.
       
      My patience has its limits!

  94. Greatly Saddened says

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    Archbishop Elpidophoros participated in the United Nations virtual consultation “Global Pledge for Action”
    May 29, 2020 | 09:15
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-elpidophoros-participated-in-the-united-nations-virtual-consultation-global-pledge-for-action/

  95. Greatly Saddened says

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    A model of the Wall of Constantinople has been set up outside Hagia Sophia
    May 29, 2020 | 09:37
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/a-model-of-the-wall-of-constantinople-has-been-set-up-outside-hagia-sophia/

  96. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    The Fall of Constantinople: The dreadful day 29 May 1453
    May 29, 2020 | 11:01
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-fall-of-constantinople-the-dreadful-day-29-may-1453/

  97. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Greek govt spokesman on Hagia Sophia: A fiesta in a museum of world cultural heritage bothers us
    May 29, 2020 | 12:16
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/greek-govt-spokesman-on-hagia-sophia-a-fiesta-in-a-museum-of-world-cultural-heritage-bothers-us/

  98. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fifth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Metropolitan Nicolae and US canonical bishops: The faithful’s participation to religious services is essential for society
    May 28, 2020 | 14:04
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/metropolitan-nicolae-and-us-canonical-bishops-the-faithfuls-participation-to-religious-services-is-essential-for-society/

  99. Greatly Saddened says

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    Scenarios that Erdogan may announce the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque
    May 29, 2020 | 18:10
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/scenarios-that-erdogan-may-announce-the-conversion-of-hagia-sophia-into-a-mosque/

  100. Greatly Saddened says

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    Patriarch of Romania calls Christian family an icon of God’s love in the world, praises family role during pandemic
    May 29, 2020 | 18:35
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/patriarch-of-romania-calls-christian-family-an-icon-of-gods-love-in-the-world-praises-family-role-during-pandemic/

  101. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an eighth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Archbishop of America’s message on the Fall of Constantinople
    May 29, 2020 | 20:01
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-americas-message-on-the-fall-of-constantinople/

  102. Greatly Saddened says

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    Leadership 100 approves $8.2 million in grants including $5 million for St. Nicholas National Shrine
    May 29, 2020 | 20:54
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/leadership-100-approves-8-2-million-in-grants-including-5-million-for-st-nicholas-national-shrine/

  103. Greatly Saddened says

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    Archbishop Elpidophoros: The unjust slaying of George Floyd cannot be where America stands
    May 29, 2020 | 22:25
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-elpidophoros-the-unjust-slaying-of-george-floyd-cannot-be-where-america-stands/

  104. Greatly Saddened says

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    Muslim prayer was recited in Hagia Sophia on the anniversary of the Fall of Constantinople (video)
    May 29, 2020 | 22:52
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/muslim-prayer-was-recited-in-hagia-sophia-on-the-anniversary-of-the-fall-of-constantinople/

  105. Greatly Saddened says

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    Greek Foreign Ministry on reading from the Quran in Hagia Sophia: This action is an affront to the religious sentiment of all Christians
    May 30, 2020 | 11:45
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/greek-foreign-ministry-on-reading-from-the-quran-in-hagia-sophia-this-action-is-an-affront-to-the-religious-sentiment-of-christians/

  106. Greatly Saddened says

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    Turkey’s provocations regarding Hagia Sophia were brought up in European Parliament
    May 30, 2020 | 16:46
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/turkeys-provocations-regarding-hagia-sophia-were-brought-up-in-european-parliament/

  107. Greatly Saddened says

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    Greek govt spokesman: Turkey insults World Heritage Site
    May 30, 2020 | 18:06
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/greek-govt-spokesman-turkey-insults-world-heritage-site/

  108. Greatly Saddened says

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    Three hundred eighteen (318) Holy Fathers of First Ecumenical Council
    May 31, 2020 | 14:12
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/318-god-bearing-holy-fathers-of-first-ecumenical-council/

  109. Greatly Saddened says

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    Patriarchal Chorostasia for Sunday of Fathers of First Ecumenical Council (video)
    May 31, 2020 | 16:50
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/patriarchal-chorostasia-for-sunday-of-fathers-of-first-ecumenical-council-video/

  110. Greatly Saddened says

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    New provocation by Erdoğan: We have right to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque
    May 31, 2020 | 19:28
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/new-provocation-by-erdogan-we-have-right-to-convert-hagia-sophia-into-mosque/

  111. Greatly Saddened says

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    Erdogan backs down from his plan to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque
    Jun 01, 2020 | 09:37
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/erdogan-backs-down-from-his-plan-to-convert-hagia-sophia-into-a-mosque/

  112. Greatly Saddened says

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    Advocacy groups condemn Erdogan’s Hagia Sophia festivities
    Jun 01, 2020 | 14:50
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/advocacy-groups-condemn-erdogans-hagia-sophia-festivities/

  113. Greatly Saddened says

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    Mount Athos reopens to pilgrims today
    Jun 01, 2020 | 17:05
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/mount-athos-reopens-to-pilgrims-today/

  114. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
     
    Moscow churches to reopen on June 6 (upd)
    Jun 02, 2020 | 10:01
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/moscow-churches-to-reopen-on-june-6/

  115. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Orthodox Bishops of the USA: Solidarity with those who condemn racism and inequality
    Jun 02, 2020 | 12:37
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/orthodox-bishops-of-the-usa-solidarity-with-those-who-condemn-racism-and-inequality/

  116. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Churches are opened for the faithful in Constantinople
    Jun 02, 2020 | 09:38
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/churches-are-opened-for-the-faithful-in-constantinople

  117. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
     
    Third Russian Orthodox bishop died of COVID-19 related complications
    Jun 01, 2020 | 14:16
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/third-russian-orthodox-bishop-died-of-covid-19-related-complications/

  118. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fifth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    Archbishop of America’s meeting with President Trump was canceled
    Jun 02, 2020 | 16:35
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-americas-meeting-with-president-trump-was-canceled/

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Awwwww, too bad. Did Trump not want to see him because Trump doesn’t like the fact that FAMILIES ARE BEING RUN OUT OF THE CHURCH because of his crazy directives that the rest of our bishops foolishly embraced, as well. Hey, that means Trump may be reading our blog!

    • George Michalopulos says

      Good.  President Trump’s time is valuable.  He knows a serious man when he sees one.  There’s no reason for him to waste his time listening to someone tell him about communion spoons or Canon 28 when the country’s on fire.

  119. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a sixth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Metropolitan of Boston: We are now confronted with an even more dangerous pandemic, that of racism
    Jun 02, 2020 | 20:13
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/metropolitan-of-boston-we-are-now-confronted-with-an-even-more-dangerous-pandemic-that-of-racism/

  120. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a seventh article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Archbishop of America: We must remain vigilant that our Orthodoxy and our Orthopraxy are sustained through this time
    Jun 02, 2020 | 20:58
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-of-america-we-must-remain-vigilant-that-our-orthodoxy-and-our-orthopraxy-are-sustained-through-this-time/

  121. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an eighth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Opinions
     
    Coronavirus in the Holy Land: A Greek Orthodox perspective
    Jun 02, 2020 | 21:03
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/coronavirus-in-the-holy-land-a-greek-orthodox-perspective/

  122. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
     
    Extension of restrictive measures for churches in Greece – What applies to Mount Athos
    Jun 03, 2020 | 09:50
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/extension-of-restrictive-measures-for-churches-in-greece-what-applies-to-mount-athos/

  123. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Initiative of Archdiocese of America to rally young adults to participate in its work
    Jun 03, 2020 | 10:17
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/initiative-of-archdiocese-of-america-to-rally-young-adults-to-participate-in-its-work/

  124. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    Turkey’s new provocative statement: Hagia Sophia is in our territory, we will do whatever we want with our property
    Jun 03, 2020 | 12:53
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/turkeys-new-provocative-statement-hagia-sophia-is-in-our-territory-we-will-do-whatever-we-want-with-our-property/

  125. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Ecumenical Patriarch will not celebrate his name day
    Jun 03, 2020 | 13:24
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/ecumenical-patriarch-will-not-celebrate-his-name-day/

  126. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a press release from today on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website.
     
    June 3, 2020
     
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros Marches in Brooklyn
     
    https://www.goarch.org/-/archbishop-elpidophoros-marches-brooklyn

  127. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    VARIOUS – SLIDER
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros Marches with Peaceful Protestors in Brooklyn
     
    4/6/2020
    The National Herald
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/various_slider/arthro/archbishop_elpidophoros_marches_with_peaceful_protestors_in_brooklyn-389561/

  128. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Opinions
     
    A black soul, the real problem
    Jun 04, 2020 | 11:57
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/a-black-soul-the-real-problem/

  129. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Assembly of US Canonical Orthodox Bishops and OCAMPR Series on Mental Health and Orthodox Faith (video)
    Jun 04, 2020 | 13:07
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/assembly-of-us-canonical-orthodox-bishops-and-ocampr-series-on-mental-health-and-orthodox-faith-video/

  130. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    Hurriyet: Erdogan orders change in the status of Hagia Sophia
    Jun 05, 2020 | 09:43
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/hurriyet-erdogan-orders-change-in-the-status-of-hagia-sophia/

  131. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
     
    Memory of Hieromartyr Dorotheus, Bishop of Tyre
    Jun 05, 2020 | 10:56
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/memory-of-hieromartyr-dorotheus-bishop-of-tyre/

  132. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
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    International Orthodox Christian Charities launches COVID-19 program in US
    Jun 05, 2020 | 19:23
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/international-orthodox-christian-charities-launches-covid-19-program-in-us/

  133. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will be in Cappadocia on June 20
    Jun 05, 2020 | 17:29
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-will-be-in-cappadocia-on-june-20/

  134. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Christianity
     
    International Orthodox Christian Charities launches COVID-19 program in US
    Jun 05, 2020 | 19:23
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/international-orthodox-christian-charities-launches-covid-19-program-in-us/

  135. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fifth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Opinions
     
    Racism and Orthodox Christianity in America: A modern commentary
    Jun 05, 2020 | 20:18
    By Nicholas Anton
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/racism-and-orthodox-christianity-in-america-a-modern-commentary/

  136. Michael Bauman says

    Well now clearll now the author of this piece does not know of the experience of the Syrian/Lebanese Orthodox.  Here in Wichita they were relegated to the west side of town (the historic “red light district” in frontier times), called “west side Indians” and frequently spat in in the streets.  This experience was until quite recently in the living memory of many in my parish. 
    That was a key reason for building our new parish in the east side of town.
     
    I am sick and tired of all the garbage

  137. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from Saturday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
     
    Saturday of Souls
    Jun 06, 2020 | 17:51
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/saturday-of-souls/

  138. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald.
     
    COMMUNITY – CHURCH – UNITED STATES
     
    Catsimatidis and Psaros Issue Statement Supporting Archbishop’s Position on Global Health Pandemic
    7/6/2020
    TNH Staff
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/community_church_united_states/arthro/catsimatidis_and_psaros_issue_statement_supporting_archbishop_s_position_on_global_health_pandemic-405674/#gsc.tab=0

  139. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
     
    Holy Feast of Pentecost
    Jun 07, 2020 | 15:25
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/holy-feast-of-pentecost/

  140. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Members of Archdiocesan Council support decision of Archbishop of America on Holy Communion
    Jun 08, 2020 | 14:51
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/members-of-archdiocesan-council-support-decision-of-archbishop-of-america-on-holy-communion/

  141. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Christianity
     
    Future of Hagia Sophia to be decided on 2 July
    Jun 08, 2020 | 15:41
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/future-of-hagia-sophia-to-be-decided-on-2-july/

  142. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
     
    Monday of Holy Spirit
    Jun 08, 2020 | 19:04
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/monday-of-holy-spirit/

  143. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Christianity
     
    Erdogan’s provocation: We will not ask your permission to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque
    Jun 09, 2020 | 10:30
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/erdogans-provocation-we-will-not-ask-your-permission-to-convert-hagia-sophia-into-a-mosque/

  144. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    First service officiated by Ecumenical Patriarch in Constantinople after COVID-19 measures
    Jun 09, 2020 | 11:21
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/first-service-officiated-by-ecumenical-patriarch-in-constantinople-after-covid-19-measures/

  145. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Ecumenical Patriarch’s message for World Oceans Day: All of us have a significant role to play
    Jun 09, 2020 | 12:07
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/ecumenical-patriarchs-message-for-world-oceans-day-all-of-us-have-a-significant-role-to-play/

  146. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Holy Trinity was celebrated at Halki seminary, hope for its reopening
    Jun 09, 2020 | 13:30
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/holy-trinity-was-celebrated-at-halki-seminary-hope-for-its-reopening/

  147. Greatly Saddened says

    Wishing you the “Happiest of Birthdays” to date, George! Hoping the coming year is filled with all of life’s best … faith, family, happiness, health, hope, joy, love and peace.
     
    May the good Lord above grant you many good, healthy and long years ahead.
     
    And may your extra special day be grand from beginning to end!

  148. Greatly Saddened says

    Happy Birthday to you 
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday George
    Happy Birthday to you!
     
    And to make it official, Γεώργιος. Here it is in Greek as well! ☺
     
    Χαρούμενα Γενέθλια και Χρόνια Πολλά!
    Να τα εκατοστήσεις!
     
    “Happy Birthday” in Greek” on YouTube
     
    https://youtu.be/Kqui-eAlFgc

  149. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday on the Orthodox Church in America website.
     
    Home / Work of the Church / Reflections in Christ / Misc. Authors /
     
    June 8, 2020
     
    A Letter of a Parish Priest to His Flock
     
    In a letter dated June 5, 2020 to his clergy and monastics, His Eminence Archbishop Alexander of Dallas made available to his faithful the following reflection written by a “wise priest in the diocese”.
     
    https://www.oca.org/reflections/misc-authors/a-letter-of-a-parish-priest-to-his-flock

  150. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from yesterday on the Orthodox Church in America website.
     
    Home / Work of the Church / Reflections in Christ / Bishop Alexis /
     
    June 8, 2020
     
    The Holy Church, Holy Communion, and an Orthodox Ethos
     
    https://www.oca.org/reflections/bishop-alexis/church-holy-communion-orthodox-ethos

  151. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fifth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Patriarchates > Patriarchate of Moscow
     
    Russian Orthodox Church against attempts of changing the status of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople
    Jun 09, 2020 | 14:55
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/russian-orthodox-church-against-attempts-of-changing-the-status-of-hagia-sophia-in-constantinople/

  152. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    Greek President praised Archbishop of America
    Jun 10, 2020 | 09:31
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/greek-president-praised-archbishop-of-america/

  153. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Ukraine
     
    Orthodox Church of Ukraine hopes for recognition by Romania
    Jun 10, 2020 | 10:21
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/orthodox-church-of-ukraine-hopes-for-recognition-by-romania/

  154. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    Greek Foreign Minister: Hagia Sophia is the ark of Christianity and Orthodoxy
    Jun 10, 2020 | 14:34
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/greek-foreign-minister-hagia-sophia-is-the-ark-of-christianity-and-orthodoxy/

  155. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    GREECE – POLITICS
     
    US Advises Turkey Not to Turn Hagia Sophia Into Mosque
    11/6/2020
     The National Herald
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/us_advises_turkey_not_to_turn_hagia_sophia_into_mosque-428441/#gsc.tab=0

  156. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from yesterday in The National Herald.
     
    COMMUNITY – CHURCH – WORLD
     
    Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Patron Saint of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to be Celebrated on June 11
     
    10/6/2020
     The National Herald
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/community_church_world/arthro/feast_of_saint_bartholomew_patron_saint_of_ecumenical_patriarch_bartholomew_to_be_celebrated_on_june_11-423832/#gsc.tab=0

  157. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    The visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch to Cappadocia has been canceled
    Jun 10, 2020 | 15:35
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-visit-of-the-ecumenical-patriarch-to-cappadocia-has-been-canceled/

  158. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy
     
    Why the Orthodox primates remain silent about Hagia Sophia
    Jun 11, 2020 | 12:08
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/why-the-orthodox-primates-remain-silent-about-hagia-sophia/

  159. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fifth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    The visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch to Cappadocia has been canceled
    Jun 10, 2020 | 15:35
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-visit-of-the-ecumenical-patriarch-to-cappadocia-has-been-canceled/

  160. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from yesterday in the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Patron Saint of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to be Celebrated on June 11
    Jun 10, 2020 | 16:38
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/feast-of-saint-bartholomew-patron-saint-of-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-to-be-celebrated-on-june-11/

  161. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a sixth article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Great Vespers for the name day of the Ecumenical Patriarch (VIDEO) (upd)
    Jun 10, 2020 | 20:19
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/great-vespers-for-the-name-day-of-the-ecumenical-patriarch-video/

  162. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a seventh article from yesterday on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    The United States call on Turkey to respect the multireligious history of Hagia Sophia
    Jun 10, 2020 | 21:25
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/the-united-states-call-on-turkey-to-respect-the-multireligious-history-of-hagia-sophia/

  163. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today in The National Herald.
     
    GREECE – POLITICS
     
    US Advises Turkey Not to Turn Hagia Sophia Into Mosque
    11/6/2020
    The National Herald
     
    https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_politics/arthro/us_advises_turkey_not_to_turn_hagia_sophia_into_mosque-428441/#gsc.tab=0

  164. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Spirituality
     
    Feast of the Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas
    Jun 11, 2020 | 10:55
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/feast-of-the-holy-apostles-bartholomew-and-barnabas/

  165. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy
     
    Why the Orthodox primates remain silent about Hagia Sophia
    Jun 11, 2020 | 12:08
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/why-the-orthodox-primates-remain-silent-about-hagia-sophia/

  166. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Divine Liturgy by Ecumenical Patriarch on the Feast of Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas (VIDEO) 
    Jun 11, 2020 | 15:06
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/divine-liturgy-by-ecumenical-patriarch-on-the-feast-of-apostles-bartholomew-and-barnabas-video/

  167. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fourth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    Turkey to US: Hagia Sophia is our property and we make the decisions- Mind your own business
    Jun 11, 2020 | 13:11
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/turkey-to-us-hagia-sophia-is-our-property-and-we-make-the-decisions-mind-your-own-business/

  168. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a fifth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    Mayor of Constantinople: Hagia Sophia has become subject of domestic political controversy
    Jun 11, 2020 | 18:25
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/mayor-of-constantinople-hagia-sophia-has-become-subject-of-domestic-political-controversy/

  169. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find a sixth article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Ecumenical Patriarchate
     
    Ecumenical Patriarch: We have God’s power that is infinitely more powerful than any kind of pandemic
    Jun 11, 2020 | 20:11
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/ecumenical-patriarch-we-have-gods-power-that-is-infinitely-more-powerful-than-any-kind-of-pandemic/

  170. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find an article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Politics
     
    US continues to support the current status of Hagia Sophia
    Jun 12, 2020 | 09:39
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/us-continues-to-support-for-the-current-status-of-hagia-sophia/

  171. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Archdiocese of America
     
    Archbishop Elpidophoros: The Ecumenical Patriarch has exceeded every expectation since his election
    Jun 12, 2020 | 12:27
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/archbishop-elpidophoros-the-ecumenical-patriarch-has-exceeded-every-expectation-since-his-election/

    • George Michalopulos says

      His Eminence is not incorrect. His Holiness has exceeded many of the expectations set before him by the Globalists and Ecumenists. Fortunately, the novel corona virus has dashed the remainder of his agenda.

  172. Greatly Saddened says

    Below please find and yet another article from today on the Orthodox Times website.
     
    Home > Orthodoxy > Churches > Church of Greece
     
    Church of Greece: Hagia Sophia is a world famous monument of Christian Culture par excellence
    Jun 12, 2020 | 13:18
     
    https://orthodoxtimes.com/church-of-greece-hagia-sophia-is-a-world-famous-monument-of-christian-culture-par-excellence/