St. Alexander of Svir (30 August) and His Monastery in Russia (with many pictures)

From a contemporary travel chronicle:*

Thursday, August 22, 2002

We crossed the Svir River, arriving at the renowned Monastery of St. Alexander of Svir.

The Monastery is composed of two separate clusters of buildings. The older section no longer functions as a Monastery, but rather as a mental hospital. The newer section is renovated and well equipped. It has an enormous interior courtyard with a free-standing Katholikon [main church] in the center. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Be Like Children

Alexander  Schmemann Fr.

«Be like children» (Mt 18:3)–what can this mean? Is not our whole civilization focused on the task of turning children into adults, of making them as smart, as analytical, and as prosaic beings as we ourselves are? And are not all our discussions and arguments directed precisely at the adults for whom childhood is simply a time of development, of preparation, a time precisely for overcoming any childishness in oneself?

And yet, «Be like children,» says Christ, and also: «Do not hinder the children to come unto me» (Mt 19:14). And if this is said, then there is no reason to be ashamed of the unquestionable childlikeness that is connected with religion itself, and to every religious experience. It is not accidental that the first thing we see as we enter a church is the image of a child, the image of a young mother holding a child in her arms; and this is precisely what is most important in Christ–the Church is concerned with the fact that we should not forget this first and most important revelation of the divine in the world. For the same Church further affirms that Christ is God, Wisdom, Mind, Truth. But all of this is first of all revealed in the image of this child; it is precisely this revelation that is the key to everything else in religion.

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My Greek DNA Beats Yours

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]Dear U of U: You don’t have to be born in Greece to be a Greek.
By John Saltas

A couple of years ago, I and other family members traced our DNA through FamilyTree.com. My DNA—so that of my father, his Greek father and so on—tested into Haplogroup R1a1, meaning our Y chromosomes have been wandering around central Europe since at least the time of the last Ice Age. My mother’s Cretan father (tested via a male cousin born to my mother’s brother) was shown to be a member of Haplogroup J2. That group is found throughout the ancient seafaring regions of the eastern Mediterranean. Landing there perhaps thanks to the Phoenicians, J2 is prevalent on the island of Crete, and it dates at least to the Minoan era.

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Τοιχογραφία του 1568 στο Άγιον Όρος χαρακτηρίζει τον Αλέξανδρο ως «βασιλέα των Ελλήνων» – Mural of 1568 on Mount Athos calls Alexander “king of Hellenes”

Mural of 1568 calls Alexander king of Hellenes

Από την ελληνική εφημερίδα «Καθημερινή». Η τοιχογραφία χρονολογείται από το 1568 και βρίσκεται στην Μονή Δοχειαρίου του Αγίου Όρους. Η Μονή Δοχειαρίου φαίνεται ότι ανάγεται στα πρώτα χρόνια του 11ου αιώνα.

Από τη μιά μεριά λέει «Βασιλεύς Ελλήνων Αλέξανδρος» και από την άλλη «Βασιλεύς Ρωμαίων Αύγουστος».

VatopaidiFriend: Είναι ξεκάθαρο ότι το «Έλληνες» εδώ αναφέρεται στον λαό και όχι στο ειδωλολατρικό θρήσκευμα, εφόσον για τον Αύγουστο, που και αυτός ήταν ειδωλολάτρης, λέει «Βασιλεύς Ρωμαίων». Επίσης είναι ξεκάθαρο ότι ο Αλέξανδρος που απεικονίζεται εδώ δεν είναι ο άσημος βυζαντινός αυτοκράτορας με αυτό το όνομα (912-913), γιατί τότε θα έλεγε «Βασιλεύς Ρωμαίων», μια και οι Βυζαντινοί αποκαλούσαν τους εαυτούς τους Ρωμαίους λόγω της Νέας Ρώμης – Κωνσταντινούπολης, και οι αυτοκράτορες λέγονταν «Βασιλείς Ρωμαίων». Εξάλλου αυτός δεν θα είχε καμμία θέση σε μια τέτοια τοιχογραφία. Εδώ απεικονίζεται ο Μέγας Αλέξανδρος της αρχαιότητας.

From greek newspaper ‘Kathimerini‘. The mural dates from 1568 and anyone can see it in Moni Docheiareiou in Mt. Athos. The monastery of Docheiareiou appears to date back to the early years of the eleventh century.

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World Classical Scholars: Macedonia is Greek (Letter to President Barack Obama)

http://macedonia-evidence.org/obama-letter.html

The Honorable Barack Obama
President, United States of America
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500 

Dear President Obama,

We, the undersigned scholars of Graeco-Roman antiquity, respectfully request that you intervene to clean up some of the historical debris left in southeast Europe by the previous U.S. administration.

On November 4, 2004, two days after the re-election of President George W. Bush, his administration unilaterally recognized the “Republic of Macedonia.” This action not only abrogated geographic and historic fact, but it also has unleashed a dangerous epidemic of historical revisionism, of which the most obvious symptom is the misappropriation by the government in Skopje of the most famous of Macedonians, Alexander the Great.

We believe that this silliness has gone too far, and that the U.S.A. has no business in supporting the subversion of history. Let us review facts. (The documentation for these facts [here in boldface] can be found attached and at: http://macedonia-evidence.org/documentation.html)

The land in question, with its modern capital at Skopje, was called Paionia in antiquity. Mts. Barnous and Orbelos (which form today the northern limits of Greece) provide a natural barrier that separated, and separates, Macedonia from its northern neighbor. The only real connection is along the Axios/Vardar River and even this valley “does not form a line of communication because it is divided by gorges.” Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

FOR THOSE WHO SEEK A NAME FOR «MACEDONIA»

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THE NAME OF THE AREA BEFORE WORLD WAR II WAS VARDARSKA. THE NAME MACEDONIA WAS GIVEN TO THEM BY THEIR LEADER JOSEF TITO ( HEREABOVE YOU WILL FIND THEIR MAP BEFORE 1940)

A FEW NOTES FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW:

1. ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND HIS TEACHER ARISTOTLE SPOKE HELLENIC. NOT ANY SLAVIC LANGUAGE.

2. THE MACEDONIAN CAPITAL WAS PELLA, NOT SKOPJE.

3. ALEXANDER’S SISTER WAS CALLED THESSALONIKI, NOT SOLUN LIKE THE SLAVS CALL IT.

SO, VARDARSKA IT IS.

WE’VE HAD ENOUGH WITH THIS JOKE.

SPREAD THIS MESSAGE ALL OVER THE WORLD

 

Source : http://www.orthros.org/English/Eidiseis/Sx-MakedoniaName.htm

«Letter from Macedonia»

The star of Vergina (Greece)

The star of Vergina (Greece)

January 22, 2009
Editor, Archaeology Magazine
36-36
33rd Street Long Island City,
NY 11106 U.S.A.
Dear Sir,

I opened the January/February issue of Archaeology today and eagerly turned to «A Letter from Macedonia» only to discover that it was actually a letter from ancient Paionia – the land north of Mt. Barmous and Mt. Orbelos. Livy’s account of the creation of the Roman province of Macedonia (45.29.7 and 12) makes clear that the Paionians lived north of those mountains (which form today the geographically natural northern limits of Greece) and south of the Dardanians who were in today’s Kosovo. Strabo (7. frag 4) is even more succinct in saying that Paionia was north of Macedonia and the only connection from one to the other was (and is today) through the narrow gorge of the Axios (or Vardar) River. In other words, the land which is described by Matthew Brunwasser in his «Owning Alexander» was Paionia in antiquity. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »