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... the crowd to be attentive. The Bishop (Metropolitan) dressed in gold capped by a diamond miter sparkled like stars while he sat on the throne to the left reminding the crowd that St. Gregory Palamas had right of honor, as his predecessor, to sit at the throne on the right side. He spoke as though the saint was sitting across from him --- as he was. At least 18 priests stood in the midst of it all - cloaked in the finest cloth.
I was ...
... similar. It is beautiful in its own way as many cities are. Our
hotel was very near our place of arrival and it wasn’t long before I found myself
in bed. Now here is where normally I would have blogged and told my story, but
something about traveling, even if it is unconscious traveling, that really
wears me down. So I slept.
I awoke later that evening to the sound of Mitch telling me
the group would soon leave for dinner. Of course I did ...
... 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 ...