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... dedicated to St. Gregory Palamas and that’s why I am here. His coffin was ceremoniously brought out of his above-ground tomb, within the church, and placed before the Bishop’s throne on the right. His relics, encased in silver, slid out of the bottom of the coffin like a trundle bed, but protected by glass. Thousands streamed before the coffin throughout the entire service crossing themselves, some kneeling, others bowing, praying quietly ...
... t speak English with relative skill. Someone just
learning would say, “How are you?” or “How are you doing?”
Our guides took it upon themselves to order our food for us
and I was happy to let them. So far they had not steered me wrong, and with my
new refined palette, new foods give me no trouble. As each new plate made its
way to our table, my own personal plate became more and more full. I couldn’t
get enough of ...
... all in Hebrew and sung in what was substantially a Sephardic tradition with some special variations. Of course the prayerbook was Hebrew and Greek, so I stuck to the Hebrew. They sing well, and different congregants chant chapters of Song of Songs aloud, some in variations of a lovely melody—perhaps in a Sephardic cantillation (trope), although it seemed more basic than that—and others mostly reading the text. They also trade off on chanting the Psalms of ...
... the forum are in decay but impressive still as feats of architecture. We saw the remains of the first Christian basilica (church) from the 5th century. According to was has been written, St. Paul had a special devotion to the people of Phillipi. After an excellent seafood lunch, right on the water at Kavala, we headed onto Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, founded in 315 BC, where St Paul preached during the winters of 49-50AD ...
... of the lesson. This is how I feel about this group of people. I feel like they are my soulmates. Like I'm supposed to have had them around my entire life. And the craziest part is that it's only been two weeks. Two weeks exactly and I already feel this way about them. I can't wait to see where the rest of this trip takes all of us.
I feel like I have so much to learn from them, and so much I want them to learn from me. There ...