“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Monday, October 22, 2012

CEASELESS WONDERS! More October Missives!

Moderator's Note: Father Michael sent out this latest note via e-mail on October 20 from Metropolitan Isaiah. The original letter may be viewed here.

One further note: interestingly, Fr. Michael received this letter prior to his scanning it and sending it out via e-mail on Saturday, October 20th. Holy Trinity's copy of the same letter arrived on Monday, October 22nd. 

Collusion? Obviously.

From the Office of Father Michael

Beloved in the Lord,

We have just received the following letter from His Emminence Metropolitan Isaiah directing us to email this letter to the entire parish. His has also asked us to send a hard-copy to each home which will be sent this coming week. Please excuse the formatting of the emailed copy, the mailed copy will be in its original format. We give glory and thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior for the blessings He bestows upon us.

In His service,

Father Michael


October 17, 2012

Reverend Michael Kouremetis, Proistamenos
Reverend Matthew Gilbert, Proistamenos
Mr. Dimitrios Tsangaris, Council President
The Esteemed Parish Council
Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Prophet Elias Church
5335 S. Highland Drive
Holladay, UT 84117

Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Prophet Elias Church
5335 S. Highland Drive
Holladay, UT 84117

Beloved in the Lord,

During the past two weeks, I have received many surprising and inspiring responses to my letter of October 1, 2012 to the community regarding the holy icon of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been informed in writing by respected and reputable people of the community that they have truly seen oil emitting from within the holy icon of our Lord. More importantly, several members have been healed of physical maladies after being anointed with the oil.

One highly respected member of the community informed me in writing that the reason that this person did not mention the healing to anyone was to be faithful to our Lord's words in the holy gospels, when He healed certain people and told them not to tell anyone of the healing. Although this statement of our Lord is in all four gospels, this parishioner decided to inform me of the healing miracle, due to my letter of October 1sr of this year. For this, I am truly grateful because I was remiss in not asking for any evidence concerning the exuding of the oil from the Lord's icon, when this phenomenon first began.

I am now totally convinced that my words in the October 20, 2010 letter to the parish are based on factual phenomena of healing which came about through the icon of our Lord. Because of this I am truly relieved and thankful to God that so many members of the community have responsibly attested to the fact that the oil exuding from the holy icon was truly real.

May our Lord's rich blessings continue to inspire and strengthen the people of Holy Trinity and Prophet Elias to come together in love and peace for the growth of the Church in the Salt Lake City area and, especially, for the salvation of God's people in His coming Kingdom.

With Paternal Blessings,


Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

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