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Every Monday, on a facebook group, I have a post called "Ask an Orthodox Priest". The following are questions that members have asked.

 

15/5/2017

QUESTION 1

How does our church explain dreams. My mother in law died last year & lately I keep seeing her in my dreams. Should I pay attention to what advise is coming through or should I ignore it?
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15/5/2017

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2

Why is it against the orthodox faith to be cremated? Always been told we must be buried but without a explanation.   

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15/5/2017

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3

Are we allowed holy communion if we haven't had a confession before with a priest?

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15/5/2017

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4

Kalimera Pater. I would like to know where the Church stands on an English Atheist marrying a Greek Orthodox woman in the Greek orthodox Church, wait for it, the Groom is willing to get baptised in the Orthodox church but is insisting his best friend be his best man who is also English but who is also willing to get baptised in our church. ?????

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15/5/2017

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5

There was a discussion recently about Catholics not accepted in our church, why is is that in our prayer it mentions In one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of age to come. Amen?

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15/5/2017

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6

Good Morning Father, the most important question that should be asked is "what makes a good christian"?

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15/5/2017

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7

Hi can I ask , if our bodies are just a vessel while on earth, why does our religion not allow cremation?

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15/5/2017

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8

Good morning father. I read and understood the answer in the question off cremation. But why is it in Greece we bury are loved one's and then after 3 years we dig then up..   why can't the church stop this. Are they not orthodox?

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15/5/2017

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9

I would also like to know, once a person is married in a Orthodox Church and wishes to get divorced, what's the way to do this .?

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15/5/2017

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10

Can you please explain how the Orthodox Church views itself in comparison to other churches? Thank you  

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15/5/2017

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11

I am a father to 2 amazing boys and the love I have for them is unconditional there is nothing that would make me want to reject them so my question is God is our father but yet you hear if you sin continuously you will go to hell, why would our father do such a thing  

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15/5/2017

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12

Morning father I do have a question for you and need an honest answer. I am very spiritual and I believe & know that I work with angels. I do spiritual readings and have helped many people in my 6 years of developing. I know that the church is against this and many people have said that it's not our faith. But what I don't quite understand is that I work with the energies of the universe, and when we pray and come to church are we not all speaking to energies the universe. So why is it different?

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15/5/2017

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13

Morning Father, hope you are well. A couple of silly questions really. Why are the services in Church conducted in Ancient Greek? Also why do priests have to have a long beard? 

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15/5/2017

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14

Good morning father, can you tell me if getting married a second time in the Greek Orthodox Church is allowed or not as I have heard different things from different people?

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15/5/2017

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15

Father I have another question relating to marriage. I was married & divorced in the Greek church & then remarried to my Italian husband also in the Greek church. There was a debate a few weeks ago where some said that you are still tied to a marriage in the eyes of the Greek church!!! I believe this not to be true but would like to to confirm this. Thank you 

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15/5/2017

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16

Morning pater, is it true that our church only marries the same person up to 3 times? And what's the max age gap between the couple our church marries them? 

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15/5/2017

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17

Can I ask you what is the rule of going to church after having a baby. My daughter in law is due any day. How long must we wait to take baby to church? And is it 40 days before mum can go?  Thank you
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15/5/2017

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18

Why do we do our cross the other way round to the Catholics? 

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15/5/2017

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19

My question to you father is this. We lost my nephew 7 years ago and have been told by so many people that it's bad that we cry at his grave that we are not allowing him to rest because we still mourn him. Can you explain this to me please what is it about tears that don't allow our loved ones to rest and move on to another dimension???
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15/5/2017

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20

Why are all four gospel accounts of the resurrection completely different from one another?

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15/5/2017

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21

Why is Luke's genealogy of Christ different from Matthew's?

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15/5/2017

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22

Can A catholic married to an orthodox in the Greek church christen in an Orthodox Church?  

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15/5/2017

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23

Why does god take young children and why are some born with disabilities....has it got to do with the sins of there parents or has it got to do with something else?
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15/5/2017

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24

I have a question Father Christopher if you could answer as and when.. is having tattoos a sin? Thank you  

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15/5/2017

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25

My question which may sound simple but why cant we all celebrate Easter together. I know its down to lunar movement but Christmas all Christians come together. The most sacred time is Easter how wonderful to pray together as one body. The power of prayer is amazing. To alleviate stresses of work and be able to unite with others is worth considering. 
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15/5/2017

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26

Why do you think the catholic church and the orthodox church are not looking to unite in these turbulent times - after all the difference between the two are minimal - in fact the Orthodox churches accept Roman Catholics for marriage?  

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22/5/2017

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27

Why is it we have to pay for all the services carried out. i.e Christenings, marriage, death, certain types of blessings etc., candles are priced, basket tray at every service etc., if this is gods house why do we have to pay for his services? Why should we have to pay to pray?

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22/5/2017

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28

Why is it allowed in Greece to get married or Christen a child outside the church in the church garden but it is not allowed in Cyprus? Is it not the same rules? 

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22/5/2017

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29

Father l have a question , where does the church stand with homosexuality . The reason l ask is l am in Sydney & I asked a father of one of our church's here to please light a candle for a friend of mine that had pass , he was orthodox and I couldn't go to church at the time due to my health to light it myself . The father's responds was no he wouldn't light the candle or say a prayer because my friend was gay , that shock me . I thought that was very wrong as what l understand Christ accepted every one , I would like to hear what your thought is , thank you.
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22/5/2017

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30

Have the rules on women on their menses changed?

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22/5/2017

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31

Good evening father Christopher, when I was about 15/16, my friend invited me to go to Catholic Church service. I had never been so I went. The service was nice and when she went to get holy communion she said I should go. So I did. I thought I wasn't doing anything wrong. It was just that one time. Is this forbidden by our church

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22/5/2017

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32

What is the Church's standing on having children out of marriage? My partner is non orthodox...although my daughter has been christened orthodox?

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22/5/2017

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33

Last week you answered a question about second and third marriages can you clarify for me what is different in the ceremony from a 1st marriage

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22/5/2017

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34

Father, over the last few days there were several debates on religion and politics mixing, what is our churches stance on this subject, and do you think its right that the church should take sides.

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22/5/2017

QUESTION

35

What kind of sin's would prevent me from Holy Communion

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22/5/2017

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36

When we say your going to heaven or hell what does it really mean? Where does are soul go ?

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22/5/2017

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37

What language does the Russian Orthodox use in their services?

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22/5/2017

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38

I have recently been asked to be godmother to a young lady who was baptised as a baby in the Greek Orthodox church in Greece. She has no contact with her godparents and would like me (a close family friend) to be her godmother. Is this acceptable?

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22/5/2017

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39

Pater this might be a silly question but what opinion does our church have about people having plastic surgery on there body and not for real problems but just to look better example bigger lips,breast implants and more and also about tattoos?

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22/5/2017

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40

It's my understanding that the "church" inc the Greek Orthodox is very rich in financial terms , how does this sit with religious practice & it is my view that all religion should be run on a " not for profit" basis and all money gained given back to the needy ( after costs deducted ) why is there so much outward riches shown by those in control?

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22/5/2017

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41

My husband and I got married in a Greek Orthodox Church in 1983. He is baptised in a Catholic Church but desperately would like to convert to our church, we would like to know how this can be done.

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29/5/2017

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42

The Orthodox Church refers to itself as the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge that anyone who is not orthodox is not part of the Church, but are non Orthodox 'Christians'? Or are they followers of Christ intellectually?

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29/5/2017

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43

Are we Christians ? Then why all the hate, it is wrong to hate anyone ask your priest?

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29/5/2017

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44

Morning Pater, I wanted to go back to the first week when someone asked about organ donation and you said that our religion doesn't allow it as our body has to leave as it arrived (sorry I am paraphrasing as I don't remember the correct wording) but my question is if my child needed an organ donation should I not help my child? I would do everything in my power to help my child so what does that mean for me? Will I not be classed as a 'good' Greek Orthodox?

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29/5/2017

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45

Is it true that you can not transfer to Orthodox from another faith or belief ?

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29/5/2017

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46

When you christen a child! They say to buy the clothes in sets of ones or threes or fives! Why in odd numbers?? Why can't we buy the clothes in even numbers.

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29/5/2017

QUESTION

47

If you commit suicide, why can't you have a proper funeral?

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29/5/2017

QUESTION

48 

Is it necessary to attend Church every week?

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29/5/2017

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49 

Can an Orthodox go to an Old Calendarist church? And visa versa.
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29/5/2017

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50 

Can we metalavoume without having confession first? Also if we have not fasted but our hearts and soul really need the communion ...will it be ok to walk and take it?

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29/5/2017

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51

Pater, is it possible to pray too much?

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5/6/2017

QUESTION

52

Do animals go to heaven?

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5/6/2017

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53

Good afternoon Father. Someone yesterday posted about waking up from his op and found an icon of St. Ephrem by his bed someone had left. I had a similar experience I told him about I will copy and paste it below. My question is do you believe the saints come to us in forms of people for what ever reason it may be at times?  When I was in Cyprus 2 years ago I got bitten by a mosquito my leg got infected made me really ill as I'm allergic to them . I ended up in hospital 2 days before my birthday for a week. On my birthday 17th July I woke up to this old lady all in black nudging me saying to me marina ksibna (wake up). I thought it odd her knowing my middle name didn't know who she was I said to her thelis kati?? She just looked into my eyes scary she was and gave me some leaflets and said thkievaseda and walked away. I put them down and went back to sleep. Later on I picked them up as I was bored and read them. They was the story of ayia marina she left a little oikona of Ayia marina too. And my birthday falls on ay. Marinas day. Just was all so odd that day so day the nurses kept calling me marina my middle name.. Spooked me right out that day who the old woman was!!!

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5/6/2017

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54

A question that I asked you directly once, but a common one that I'm sure others would find interesting: Do we have have to go to church often to be 'good Christians'?

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5/6/2017

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55

Hi Father I was christened as a baby in Greek Orthodox Church , Is it ok to get baptised as an adult In another Christian church?

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5/6/2017

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56

Wondering why All Orthodox Churches fly the Greek flag and not they Greek and Cypriots flags (even in Cyprus). For that matter, is it not the Eastern Orthodox church? So why fly any flags at all?

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5/6/2017

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57

Hi father, I am baptising my little girl in Cyprus in September, one if the godparents will not be coming to Cyprus. Is it possible to have a 'blessing' in a orthodox church in London when we get home?

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12/6/2017

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58

Father, how do you feel about people who go to church to ask for forgiveness whilst breaking every bit of our teachings

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12/6/2017

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59

Good morning Father, how does our faith sit with witchcraft, I keep hearing "ekamasou mayes" so bring a priest to bless your home and rid all the evil

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12/6/2017

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60 

Hello Father, how does the church feel about the use of a clairvoyance? Thanks in advance

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12/6/2017

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61 

Hello father, is it true you have to be Married to become a priest?

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12/6/2017

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62 

Is divorce considered a sin Father?

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12/6/2017

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63

When fasting, why are we not supposed to have olive oil seeing as it's not meat; fish or dairy?

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12/6/2017

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64

Why do modern protestant churches refuse to give any honour to Mary, the Mother of Jesus? Can their stance of calling her just an ordinary Jewish girl be justified by the Bible which they claim is the only Christian authority?

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19/6/2017

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65

I have a question to ask of you in light of the tragic events that have been unfolding in the UK How do we as people deal with retribution after all it's says an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth but on the otherhand it's says that we should also turn the other cheek we are only human beings with raw feelings

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19/6/2017

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66

I have another question if somebody in their own eyes does not sin buts sins in the eyes of others where does that leave us as we are told not to judge

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19/6/2017

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67

May I ask , when we were little , our dear priest used to bless our house every year , but this doesn't seem to happen anymore. Is it just not done anymore ?

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19/6/2017

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68

Is it possible for priests to do a blessing of the wedding rings as like a wedding renewal if you would like to call it?

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19/6/2017

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69

Hello Father l would like to ask you a question . We are Greek Orthodox my daughter married a lovely Spanish man they married in orthodox & Catholic churches when my daughter had her daughter's we christened them both orthodox & Catholic , yesterday my youngest grandchild had her 1st holy communion in the Catholic Church . I thought it was wrong as she does take her children to the Greek church for communion many times . I told her it was wrong the first time she did it Am l right

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26/6/2017

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70

I would like to know more about the Greek Orthodox faith please and how it differs from the Church of England (Protestant) . My father was Greek Orthodox but no Orthodox churches in North Wales but he was able to receive Holy Communion. Efharisto.

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26/6/2017

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71 

Hello I will like to know when we pass is our soul the same age of Death? If we all meet again? A 90 year old Soul wont be able to party like a 20 year old Soul . How would a Soul of a newborn have any recollection of his/her experiences family etc? Can u have Souvla in afterlife?    

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26/6/2017

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72

I think as mortal beings the understanding of the soul could be beyond us; for example does an embryo take on a soul from inception or does the baby need to be delivered to the outside world? Will parents get to bond with souls of stillborn children? Would I know who my ancient ancestors are in the afterlife?

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26/6/2017

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73

Does our faith accept the marriage between a Greek Orthodox and a muslim in a registry office without either changing their religious status ?

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26/6/2017

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74

Father on subject of non Orthodox attendees in the church we recently had a case of an Anglican lady had driven 2 hours to fetch her Orthodox converted daughter to our church to venerate a holy relic which hosted for a morning ; the mother remained in her car despite my assurance she was most welcome to enter, I did tell her she would only be barred from taking communion as a non Orthodox, was this the correct advice?  One more thing it a priest 's discretion to baptise a child whose parents have given a name

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26/6/2017

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75

Pater, does the Greek Orthodox Church believe in free will or predestination? Is our path chosen or do we choose it?

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26/6/2017

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76

I have a number of friends who do not believe in any sort of religion at all but all are good people so what happens to their souls ? Do they go to Heaven?

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26/6/2017

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77

Hi, I have a bit of a strange question which I've thought about a lot in my 36 years, My christening certificate says andrea but my birth certificate says nicola..... this has always confused me, is this a common thing or am I alone in this, when I pass will I be andrea or nicola in heaven?

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26/6/2017

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78

What happens to unbaptized children who die. do they go to hell?

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26/6/2017

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79

Can a child be christened in a Church of England ceremony and blessed in the Greek Orthodox Church?

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26/6/2017

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80

Did Jesus have siblings because I read in the bible something about siblings and their names are also mentioned?

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3/7/2017

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81 

I feel like sometimes we look at the answers in a Bible without really trying to make sense of something eg. "It's in the Bible, it must be correct". Can't the Bible be wrong? Just so many theories. I am a religious person and believe in higher power /God but I don't believe all answers are in Bible, etc

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3/7/2017

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82 

I have a question for you that came up this morning how many unknown saints are venerated in the Orthodox Church?

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3/7/2017

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83 

Good morning Father, if a Greek orthodox dies and the family are very poor and they cannot afford to bury them, would the church help with the costs not only for the service but for the burial as well

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3/7/2017

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84 

Good morning. My question is aman taxtis se ayious (make a vow to a saint)  and to a certain Church does the time scale matter in when to get there to light the lambatha? For example etaxtka stin ayia marina (I msde a vow to St. Marina) it doesn't matter how long it takes me to get there does it?? As long as I do? I always go to the same church a little tiny one in the old town of Limassol when I go to Cyprus

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3/7/2017

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85 

Why aren't dinosaurs in the bible?

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3/7/2017

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86

Is it true that if children who die aren't baptized orthodox will not be allowed an orthodox service and that they are the devils children?

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3/7/2017

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87

To be forgiven must one go to confession or can one pray to God privately? I read a book years ago I think by Francopolous entitled our orthodox faith which insisted we must go to confession to be forgiven. Another priest said we only need to confess our serious sins at confession. The Lord's prayer asks our Heavenly Father to forgive us our trespassers. Therefore, what is our Church's position concerning confession and forgiveness?

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3/7/2017

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88

Good afternoon Father. When I die I would like to be cremated is this a sin in our faith and is it allowed.

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3/7/2017

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89

Greek orthodox believe in the Amadi or evil eye. What's the right way to remove this please? I do incense or gabniso the house

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3/7/2017

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90

I was told that going to other churches to pray in is against our orthodox church. Personally I disagree as I believe a church is a church and if a that time I was in need to go and sit quiet and pray in a church surely this shouldn't matter if the church wasn't an Christian orthodox church?

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3/7/2017

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91

Hi Father, apologies if this sounds a bit strange but how does the church view egg/sperm donation? Thanks in advance

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10/7/2017

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92

Afternoon father, I have a question, if someone is too sick to go anywhere would the church forgive them for not attending church? Also what should we do if someone in Church hurts us emotionally. Also why do non-believers seem to want to share their 'wisdom' with me of all people.

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10/7/2017

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93

Father what should we do about the Catholics and Pappists who say we aren't the true church because we are post schismatic.

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10/7/2017

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94

Hi father, I hope you are well ! My question is this .... what are views on the prophecies of Saint Paisios?

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10/7/2017

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95

Father, I have a question which may seem a little silly. As I understand, Satan was once an angel who rebelled against God. My questions are simply, how can an angel rebel against God knowing that He is all powerful? Also when we speak about rebellion, was it a rebellion to somehow depose God who is all powerful?

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10/7/2017

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96

Why does the Greek church teach people to pray to Mary and the saints this is not biblical?

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17/7/2017

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97

Father is it compulsory to do confession so as to take holy communion?

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17/7/2017

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98

I know this isn't really a religious question, but why do you think that Greek Cypriots are so hot headed and passionate, also some can be quite disrespectful, most of us have been bought up in Christian homes and are aware of gods ways even if they do not study the bible ,as a man of god what do you think?

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17/7/2017

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99 

How do you think we can help each other to be humble and encourage each other in self development and education?

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17/7/2017

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100

This week a young boy passed after a long battle with cancer. Are children at peace when they pass? Thank you

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17/7/2017

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101

Pater I have a question which may have been answered before. I believe our religion doesn't allow us to be cremated, is there anyway our church would allow it if it was someone's wishes?

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17/7/2017

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102

Hi, Father how are you? I have a question. The gospels teach us that God provides for all our needs if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. If that is the case, why is there so much poverty and unemployment in the world? If someone is poor but a believer will God eventually lead them out of that situation?

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17/7/2017

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103

My question is everything has changed so much since I was a young lady. So what does the Church say about sex before marriage or living together without marriage and having children before marriage?

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17/7/2017

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104

Hi, Father, does the church help the poor in Cyprus?

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17/7/2017

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105

I have visited many of our holy sites in Cyprus, and paid respects to various remains and relics of saints. But on visiting Ayios Yiannis lambadistis in the mountains and touching the part of skull I had the strangest and most wonderful feeling. Now when I visit there, and the small church hidden by the tree behind the monastery I get the most amazing sensations. Is there an explanation? I feel a connection that I have yet to feel anywhere else.

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17/7/2017

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106

Hi Father Can you explain during the fast why we are permitted to eat shellfish but olive oil is not allowed whilst olives are allowed?

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24/7/2017

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107

Have you ever had the communion spilt on the floor and you had to sip it up? It's happened a couple of times to our priest here.

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24/7/2017

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108

Why do Jehovah's witnesses refuse to read any Greek orthodox books but they try and force us to read theirs?

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24/7/2017

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109

Yia sou bader why do a lot of our Christian orthodox seen to convert to born again mish or Pentecostal why? What are the main points to make them sell their faith in this way?

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24/7/2017

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110

Hi, Father, I have a question. The gospels were apparently written quite some time after the time Christ lived on Earth. There are also some scholars who claim that the book of Mark was written first and copied by the writers of the synoptic gospels. My questions are were the gospels written by Matthew, Mark and Luke and John respectively and how accurate are the gospels as a record of Christ's life and teaching?

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24/7/2017

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111

I have a question it has been years and years since Na medalavo because I'm allergic to alcohol and I can't take the holy communion. Is there anything else I can do in its place that would have the same meaning??

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24/7/2017

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112

One of our group members yesterday wanted to know how many and what were the names of the Greek orthodox archangels. She may not be on line today so thought I would ask for her??

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24/7/2017

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113

I would like to know whether Moses was an actual person and whether he did in fact write the first few books of the bible? Also did the exodus actually occur since there are no historical records of it?

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24/7/2017

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114

Hello Pater. I would like to ask a question concerning funerals. All the funerals I have been to in Cyprus have had the coffin lid removed and placed on the side. Is this necessary? I found this quite traumatizing, especially seeing my own mum buried like this, I thought that this is the way it's done by all priests. But recently a relative of mine attended a funeral which took place in Nicosia and she said they never took the lid off. Also is it necessary for the burial plot to be filled in in sight of the relatives, as this is not done in English funerals. It is done after the relatives leave. The soil is covered usually with artificial grass whereas ours is left there for the relatives to use to cover the grave. Again this was not done at this one funeral in Nicosia, the relatives threw in handfuls of soil on top of the closed lid and the plot was filled in after most of the relatives departed. By the way the person who died was not disfigured in any way so that the coffin would have to be kept closed. Is there a wrong or right way or is it left to the discretion of the priest? This question has bothered me for a while as I think it's unnecessarily barbaric on top of the grief people suffer at a time like this.

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24/7/2017

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115

Just wanted to ask something that has always puzzled me. In our bible god states clearly that we should not pray to anyone but him neither worship idols. Then why do we pray to the saints and kiss the eikones? Isn't that worshipping and putting our faith in someone other than god ?

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24/7/2017

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116

I have one more question if I may? In the second part of the last information you sent me it talks about god appearing in the flesh and I am assuming it is talking about Jesus, but if Jesus is god in the flesh then who was he praying to on the cross? If he was praying to god then he can not be god in the flesh. Sorry for all the questions I have just never had answers that made sense to me before I asked these questions before and was told I shouldn't question God. Thank you

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24/7/2017

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117

Hello father my name is Mary and birth certificate is Mary when we christened my granddaughter her middle name is Mary but the priest would not do this only would use the name Maria does it matter yes it hurt me nobody knows me as Maria why not use the name Mary still religious so if I got buried in the Greek orthodox what would I be as nobody ever calls me Maria please can you reply many thanks

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24/7/2017

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118

My question is also about names at christenings. Why do some priests accept certain names and others do not. As an example my goddaughter is called Isabella. The priest that took the baptism refused to christen her that and chose Elizabeth instead saying there was no Ayia Isabella. However her yiayia (my auntie) is called Aglaia and my mum her sister is called Xanthi. Now there is no ayia for either of those names and they have both been baptised with those names. Please can you explain why some are allowed non ayia or biblical names and others not. Thank you

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24/7/2017

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119

Father i have question for you regarding absentee godparents is it permissible to have that child christened once again or is this not necessary how would an individual take up the said role without a blessing of sorts?

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24/7/2017

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120

Thank you I have one further question it has been said on many occasions by the parents of the child that the role of godparent ceases at the point the child enters into adulthood

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31/7/2017

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121

Dear Father. How about we start with last night's question about sharing the communion spoon being unhygienic and that people avoid communion for this reason?

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31/7/2017

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122

Good morning farther can you please explain why other Christian churches have moved on and now use a little plastic cup with the bread wafer enclosed, is this ok ? Is something that could be introduced into the Greek Orthodox Church, as it seems more hygienic.

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31/7/2017

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123

Pader morning can I ask I was married in a registry office in the eyes of the church am I married been married 41 years thank you

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31/7/2017

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124

Why do we have to have a civil wedding before a Church wedding.

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31/7/2017

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125

I heard During a christening the priest saying we believe in the Catholic church. I cant remember the exact wording, I have also heard somone say we are the Catholic church but not roman catholic, can you clarify for me please father?

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31/7/2017

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126

Dear father is it true that u can only Christen a child in the orthodox church if you are orthodox ?

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31/7/2017

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127

With respect I would like to ask when and how exactly was Jesus made into a deity? Historically speaking for a long time after his death he was considered a great teacher and prophet but nothing more.

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31/7/2017

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128

My mother who is 89years old is upset that my daughter (Greek orthodox) had her son christened in a Methodist church. She says we have left the child avafdisdon (unbaptized). Should I encourage her to go to a Greek church? The boy is 5 now.

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31/7/2017

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129

My grandson was premature and christened in hospital. He is now 7 years old. On another post someone said because he wasn't immersed in water he wasn't christened. Is that right Father. Thank you for your time.

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31/7/2017

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130

 I recently saw a clip of a Muslim cleric explaining why they don't put Jesus above any other disciple (sp) as like Muhammed he was sent here to spread the word of God and as we are all of God's children he is no different from the others. My question is why do we follow Jesus over any of the other disciples (sp)? If I'm honest what he said made sense to me and I've been wondering ever since? Please forgive my ignorance. Although baptised I know very little of the whys and where's of our religion.

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31/7/2017

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131

Hi Father, many charismatic churches speak in tongues. When I was younger I visited a few such churches and found that many members whilst praying find themselves in a trance like state and start speaking in other languages. An Orthodox priest I met told me that is is demonic deception and he added that this is one of the ways Satan enters such churches. What is the view of the Orthodox church on such practices? Are they demonic deception?

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31/7/2017

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132

I married a catholic in an Orthodox church. A few weeks later we went back and the priest refused to give her communion. Is that correct? Must you be baptised as a Greek Orthodox in order to receive communion?

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31/7/2017

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133

Are we allowed to pray to deceased persons who have not or not yet been canonized as Saints? A priest of the orthodox church once told me to pray to Seraphim Rose for a problem I have. As far as I know we can only pray to Saints. If we could pray to anyone,we might as well pray to our deceased friends and family. What does the church teach?

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31/7/2017

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134

Let me ask you something, when the priest who is laden in gold asks us for money for a new roof whilst he drives off in a new Mercedes-Benz, ? Jesus wore rags and loved us all and the priest counts the cash!!!

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31/7/2017

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135

A few years back in a christening my son ran off and went behind the priest in the church. I went to get him and everyone around me stopped me and said no, Only boys.  Could you please tell me about this. Thank you.

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31/7/2017

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136

I have a question, well my partner does.. why do they cut baby's hair at christening cos my baby will be getting christened in a Greek church but my partner is refusing for her hair to be touched .. he's Caribbean ????

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29/8/2017

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137

Hi father can you explain how the church views sex before marriage also is there any difference with a second marriage?

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29/8/2017

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138

Πάτερ, will non-believers truly be tormented in Hell for all eternity? The Christian doctrine of Hell has always been very problematic for me.

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29/8/2017

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139

I'm a believer but really can't take going to church, I used to be the devil himself when younger and done some terrible things in my life but realised everything I done came back to me worse. For the last 10 or so years I've tried to live a decent life and help others if I can and be a good father and husband am I stuffed for when I die or is there hope for me yet?

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29/8/2017

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140

Father, our Lord Jesus Christ taught us we must trust and defer to our rulers, but if these rulers commit horrific acts (as was the case in Nazi Germany) or can cause a nuclear war, as with now the USA and North Korea, are we meant to shut up and put up, or stand up against them? When is it right to oppose our rulers?

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29/8/2017

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141

When we die I believe are bodies are just matter to rot and be eaten by worms etc hence why I prefer to be burnt, I do not believe there is a greater being I believe that is for those that want to believe, as I stated before where's santa where's the tooth fairy and where's the ghosts? Give me proof and I will believe.

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29/8/2017

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142

Hi Father, a question about marriage. Is there a point of getting married when one person is a believer in the faith and the other isn't? Both are christened Greek Orthodox. Thanks. By the way, I think you are awesome!

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29/8/2017

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143

Hi Father I have a question about the old testament and if we are still bound by the Laws, or are we exempt from them because of our Lord

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29/8/2017

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144

Morning Father Christopher, my question is during the 40 days mourning period, is there any religious connection or just custom for the men not to shave?

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29/8/2017

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145

Father, good day!!! Why is God so violent and vengeful in the old testament yet in the new testament He is so loving. In the old testament He commits genocide, wipes out the earth with a flood yet in the new testament He appears so different?

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29/8/2017

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146

Is it true that they found ancient Egyptian remains of chariots in the red sea? Does Orthodoxy recognize this as the actual remains of the Egyptians who were drowned during the Red sea crossing?

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1/9/2017

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147

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1/9/2017

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148

Why if women should not go to Church when they have their monthly, do girls go with lipstick & short skirts? Should this be allowed?

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4/9/2017

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149

I have a question which I hope you may answer. I have been looking for a Bible in Greek for many years now. Unfortunately all the Bookshops I have visited from Athens to Crete only offer την Καινή Διαθήκη. Some actually look surprised when I request the old Testament. There is no obvious reason for this.

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4/9/2017

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150

Good morning Pater.... just wondered what the general opinion is from a priests point of view is regarding people not going to church often but still have their Christian beliefs. I have experienced through the years guilt trips given by certain priests, and if anything, it repels me even more. In my mind it is the opposite of unconditional love. I do love the serenity I feel when going to church and also the community side of it but I don't go as regular as others might. Is there a measure of someone's decency or faith or of someone's heart based on visits to church? I see a lot of hypocrisy when I know that some regular churchgoers are far from decent. I am not having a go at anyone. I am just curious. Thank you

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4/9/2017

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151

Kalimera Pater, I would like to ask a question which has been troubling me for some years with our local priest.  What it is over the Easter Period he never puts a Black sheet to cover the Icons.  Is this the norm for a Greek Priest.  When asked about it the reply was each Priest is different.  In your opinion what do you think

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4/9/2017

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152

I'm told over and over all the time that to have holy communion I must go na ximoloitho (confession) I tried can't don't feel comfortable I do all the fasting is that right ?

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4/9/2017

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153

Just got back from a lovely trip around Greece. Last Wednesday I went into a Church in Crete and despite the fact that the paintings on the ceiling were breathtaking in all their artistry - the one thing that struck me is that every person depicted including our Lord and Saviour Jesus - looked depressingly sad and morose. Quite sad really when there is so much joy to be had in the knowledge of His Resurrection...

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4/9/2017

QUESTION

154

Good afternoon father...i have a question why do we have 40 days inside with are new born baby...why do we do this what for??? Thank you in advance 

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4/9/2017

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155

Father what are the disciplines of the Orthodox Church?

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4/9/2017

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156

Father after seeing another young life taken by cancer how and why does God allow good ppl who do no wrong to suffer and even die from these diseases yet there are evil killers and rapists walking free. As someone who is suffering with cancer I think about this often, through everything I have faith in God that he only tests the ones he believes can handle it to show them they are strong yet I still question how he can let this happen and I hate that I question him

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11/9/2017

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157

Good morning father. Next year I will become nouna to a lovely young lady of 27. She is going to do the required lessons in the UK. If all's well I will baptize her here in Cyprus and she will marry in our church the following week. The father in our church at Lymbia is fine with it so long as she gets the required documents and all is sorted before the day. Is there anything required from me that is different from when you baptize baby? I know she will wear a long white gown for the christening.

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11/9/2017

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158

Does the church allow organ donations?

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11/9/2017

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159

Hi Father  Obvious lying is a sin and Christ once described Satan as the father of lies. My question is what if someone lies for a so called good cause?For example what if I lie to save someone who is innocent or myself? And if I had to speak the truth, that could endanger an innocent person?

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11/9/2017

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160

How should we spread the gospel in the modern world?

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11/9/2017

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161

Hi Father, thank you for your post about organ donation as I wondered if this was something the Church would approve of too. As many others in the UK, I recently followed the case of baby Charlie Gard at Great Ormond Street hospital and the doctor's recommendations that his life support be switched off which conflicted with his family's wishes. I like many others had my own point of view but thank god have never been in this situation. I just wondered what a priest would advise in this situation if the parents had sought advice. If the doctors are advising from a medical point of view to do something to stop the suffering, what would the Church advise? Were Charlie's parents right for fighting for their son's life or wrong because he was suffering? Many thanks

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11/9/2017

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162

I often like to kabnise (incense) my home but I would like to know the correct words of what to say.  Is there a prayer to say during lighting the coal and olive leaves, and when walking around my home and blessing the family.  Thank you

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11/9/2017

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163

Does the Greek orthodox church approve of gay marriage?

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11/9/2017

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164

One more question....in the Greek marriage ceremony the priest says...i yini na fovide don andra .....and everyone encourages the man to tread on the lady's foot How is that interpreted ?

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11/9/2017

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165

Hi father, can you please explain how the church looks at palliative care ... Which includes operating on patients purely as palliative care, also these operations are life threatening with no better quality of life as an outcome but to merely extended the patients suffering ?

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11/9/2017

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166

Pater it was nice to meet you and attend your service on Saturday past, one question , if someone has fasted to take holy communion is on medication and needs to take water in the morning with medication is this allowed?

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11/9/2017

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167

Hi Father, do we need to fast on Saturday if taking holy communion on Sunday? I read online as long as you don't have anything to eat beforehand and no water you can have communion but don't you need to fast the day/week before? Many thanks

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11/9/2017

QUESTION

168

Is it OK to choose not kiss the Priest's hand?

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

169

I have a question which has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Pater. Why can't 2 brothers marry 2 sisters?? They are not blood related so why won't our church allow this?

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18/9/2017

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170

Good Morning Pater, my question is about christenings....i am due to have my baby in a couple of weeks ( if he doesn't decide to come early lol), and I of course am already thinking about christening him and who the godparents will be etc....the only problem is I have never agreed or felt comfortable with the huge cost that the godparents incur for the privilege of being asked to be a nouna or a dada....What with the buying three of everything etc! Is it possible to speak privately with the priests at my church and possibly modify the service so that it's just a straight forward christening without all of the extra traditional stuff that I just feel uncomfortable with? Or will I just be shot down? Thanks in advance

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18/9/2017

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171

Can I ask!! It's a Christening question. Is it true that when a person christens a baby boy they can only christen boys and girls can only christen girls? If you see what I mean? For example, if I christen a girl, I can only christen girls

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

172

What if somebody was Christian and they wanted to marry somebody from Islam. In which ways could this happen traditionally without changing anybodys religion? Obviously a legal wedding is an option.

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

173

Jesus was baptised at the age of 33 why do we baptise babies who have no understanding about God?

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

174

Pater if we consider the Baptismal service it is evident that the individual being Baptised into Christ renounces Satan as they now live for Jesus. My understanding from Scripture is that we are called to Repent and follows Christ Jesus..... A babe cannot Repent.....

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

175

Is it true that if a older child is being christened and says No to the baptism then the priest can't perform it?

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

176

Hi father I have a question , when I felt the need to make a wax candle of a body part for a person that was taken unwell I took it and them to church to have a prayer read by the priest from the church I grew up in.  I want to ask this question The priest was reading his prayer in English ... he asked for this young person To be forgiven for their sins ... therefore making this youngster feel that they had been given this illness because of their sins ... they could not understand this ...all this did was distance the youngster from going back to church, as they felt they had been told by our religion that they were struck by this illness because of their sins .  How can I explain it to them?

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

177

Hello father My question is this, I noticed that women seem to be blessed a lot when they are doing the 40days blessing for baby, but dad don't get anything, the poor fellas Why is that?

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

178

Hello could you please explain the importance of fanouropitta and why we make it?

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18/9/2017

QUESTION

179

Please explain the bread that is taken to church? Also what is the best way to put names of family for prayer? What is prosphora?

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