Grand Hotel Palace Thessaloniki
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... on heaven or on earth; and do not know how to tell about this. All we know is that God lives there with people and their service is better than in any other country…" They might as well have been talking about the same services I attended at the Cathedral of St. Gregory of Palamas in Thessaloniki this past weekend.
Let's start with the Cathedral. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1978. A committed priest brought his tent and pitched ...
... 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 ...
... for heretics. It was so important that not one but two false Messiahs flourished here at different times. Shabtai Tzevi, the 17th century charismatic Kabbalist who was widely accepted by many Jews as the coming of the Messiah, moved to Salonika after being expelled by the rabbis from his native Izmir (Smyrna). Shabtai Tzevi’s messianism became the basis for a European-wide movement of Jews who accepted his claims, some of which coincided with ...
... creek winding it's way through stone bridges, green trees forming natural arches as they drooped over the creek. There was an area of tiered stone seating to sit on facing the water. The plan was to renew Baptismal vows, symbolically remembering the first European Christian convert. Our priest - Rom Hayes is amazing, I think he is in his late 60's yet he decided off the cuff, to take off his shoes and socks, roll up his jeans and ...
... br> Time and time again, I've been shown that the people you surround yourself with really do affect the way you look at life, or really take in any kind of experience. I would have been happy connecting with even just one person. But I honestly feel like every person I've met on this trip, I've connected to in some way. In Greek, the group of people you hang out with and look after is called your παρεα or ...