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Mary Bongiorno (Pilgrims Praise)
Works at not wokring becauce
Attended Austin College
'' Joy is before the angels of God on aid repentant sinner.''
Owned A deli,managed or federated department stores,owned A furniture store,managed one the size of Levitts ,worked as A counselor in the school bussuness
  • not wokring becauce
    Teaching children,writing,charity work, present
    servant of Christ Mary, in the process by The Will of The Divine Holy Trinity in full obedience to Christ move to Austin,Tx. for my health cannot take the cold, and my Bishop told me to stay faithful and stay in my Orthodox Church. Blessings Mary May have mercy on me, Our Father who art in Heaven Hallowed be thy name thy kingdom thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,grant me this day my daily bread forgive my sins as I forgive those who sin against me,let me not be led into temtation, deliver me from the evil one, For thine is the kin gdom the power and the glory of the Father The Son and The Holy Spirit unto the ages of ages Amen. I Thank you Father for the gift of life,by your cross,your works and the gift od baptism I am in this life that you be glorified not me. I am normal and I pray for peace in my life,family and with thee for prace in thy church for unity in The Catholic and in the orthodox church, for good priest in both and most of all that we be as one in Christ and by His love. I am orthodox Christ is head of the church, I pray that the pope is filled with God;s love and that his prays are answered. I ask for forgivness where I have caused harm,and for lov,the love of Christ to direct my life with the sweetness of My,His mother Mary sweet fragrance of heaven, let not my soul be lost nor temoted above that which is noral, rather let me depend upon you even as A child, for mercy is great though I am not. Love Child daughter servant yet still what have I done. Love Mary
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    His Will
    Only my Lord can write that, to obey,love and do my best and ask for His help in every moment,Amen After all Christ did and His faithfull Royal Priest the trash from Memphis is still trying to kill me for A dead woman who once was my mother, in Christ name the catholic church can burn in hw\ell. I am Orthodox,Father Mot Father David cannot be ingorned Amen Mary servant of Christ
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    God's will
    To love,forgive,and live Amen Icon of the Mother of God “the Surety of sinners” of Odrino, Orlov by Eleftherios Nikolaou The Icon of the Mother of God “Surety of Sinners” is known by this name because of the inscription on the icon: “I am the Surety of sinners for My Son Who has entrusted Me to hear them, and those who bring Me the joy of hearing them will receive eternal joy through Me.” The Mother of God embraces Her Child, Who holds Her right hand with both His hands so that Her thumb is in His right hand, and Her small finger in His left hand. This is the gesture of one who gives surety for another. Although we do not know when or by whom the icon was originally painted, it is believed that the basis of the icon is to be found in the Akathist to the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos: “Rejoice, You Who offer Your hands in surety for us to God.” This icon was first glorified by miracles at the St Nicholas Odrino men’s monastery of the former Orlov gubernia in the mid-nineteenth century (The “Assuage My Sorrows Icon” commemorated on October 9 is also from this monastery). The “Surety of Sinners” icon of the Mother of God was in an old chapel beyond the monastery gates, and stood between two other ancient icons. Because it was so faded and covered with dust, it was impossible to read the inscription. In 1843 it was revealed to many of the people in dreams that the icon was endowed with miraculous power. They solemnly brought the icon into the church. Believers began to flock to it to pray for the healing of their sorrows and sicknesses. The first to receive healing was a crippled child, whose mother prayed fervently before the icon in 1844. The icon was glorified during a cholera epidemic, when many people fell deathly ill, and were restored to health after praying before the icon. A large stone church with three altars was built at the monastery in honor of the wonderworking icon. The “Surety of Sinners” Icon is also commemorated on May 29 and on Thursday of the week of All Sai Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 3:19-34 by Eleftherios Nikolaou Proverbs 3:19-34 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke forth, and the clouds drop down the dew. My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion; let them not escape from your sight, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it" -- when you have it with you. Do not plan evil against your neighbor who dwells trustingly beside you. Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways; for the perverse man is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence. The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the abode of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he shows favor. Eleftherios Nikolaou | March 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm | Tags: Bible, Christ, Christ Jesus, Christ Jesus the Lord, Christianity, faith in Jesus Christ, God, Holy Bible, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Lord, Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus Christ, O Lord Jesus Christ, Old Testament, Old Testament Reading, Orthodox Christianity, Proverbs, Proverbs 3:19-34, Religion and Spirituality, Savior Christ Jesus, Savior Jesus Christ, Saviour Jesus Christ, The Bible | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:
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. Moved back. To Austin tx. In a new apartment attending saint Elias . He gave His life,to give me Andrew all free will,Divine Love, to dance as if no one were watching, to never lose my sense of wonder, and to give faith more than A fighting chance and if you my child come close to giving up, I pray you dance,and when You stand by the ocen remember who stilled the storms,and sanctified all creation, for Eternity came from Eternity kissed this Holy ground and planted A fire in me, He taught all I know and gave His word I will Never Forsake You,I will be with until the coming of the Morning sun and in that day I will be your light and their will be no dark and when you say "Let us go to the house of the Lord and praise him none of the children will stay behind, and yes Rickey can ride my Leviathan and you can make bread, and if you want you can serve at the table and choose to eat last.  Don't forget my words, grace like rain and dew on the grass so is my love beyond even that.  That's the one gift that has no measure nor does my grace so keep me within and above it all for I am. The Lord who lights your days and gives sweet peace upon your bed.  Truth,and Mercy , met and kissed all humanity and Peace smiled upon us, upon all humanity I love you God MYAH His answer is, “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the in Him the world would  be saved” (John 3:17).  I am Mary Bongiorno, born Dec.15.1948, Orthodox Christian, for about 45 years. I have the great joy of having been baptised and chrismated on the Theophany of the Lord. I served first in A Monastery in Texas, cooking for the monks, pilgrim's and the curious. I was blessed to make the Holy Bread and have the closness of A weeping Icon of the Theototokos. The wealth of love, laughter and tears gained there has prompted many to ask me to write an article or short story about my time in the Monastery and my journey up my personal Holy Mountain. Serveing ​​in the world these last eight years or so has been more difficult than all those all night vigils, and hours of cookings even the lack of sleep at the monastery seems as nothing compared to the sruggle of being in this world, not of it endeavoring to serve, I have amongst other things loved doing shoe boxs for christmas child, working at the salvation army, destributing clothes where need, some purchased, some found brand new tags included in an open bag on A street. An unwanted christmas gift. I remember my shock one summer while taking A filthy Manistee City walk and passing open trash bags, brand new, clean ones. I glanced down and saw clothes, coats, pullovers, you name it all top lables filling the bags God's grace I loaded them up in A read flyer wagon and carried to various shelters and the salvation army.I enjoy doing fund raisers for the right cause, still one of my greatst joys is packing emergency aid boxes for war areas, storm areas where ever needed. The joy is there  it is that interior knowing that I am not  yet where God wants me to be.I pray health of body,mind soul and above all for only Christ will not my own.   I pray for peace both for myself, my family, for christian unity, for world peace, for an end to  discrimination.   God Bless all of my faithful brothers, sisters, priest and more that have faithfuuly prayed with me and for me through these times.  Abba, I thank for your love, the love of Christ.the wealth of spiritual blessings you have poured into my life. I thank the Holy Spirit for teaching and not changeing. I pray sincerely for those who  are  poor, the needy, the suffering around this world, for unity in our family's and within the church as the larger family. I pray often about the good samartian, it seems to cover so many ails in our world. May God the Father of our dear Lord Jesus Christ grant us peace joy and bless us. Mary in  humlity  servant, child daughter in Name with thanksgiving for the price Christ paid that I am able to do and live in the love and that His will be done above my own.In Christ Name I pray.  Christ Amen Apr 28 I served at the salvation Army today feeding the poor, I serve for Christ the need is great and I know He would expect me too, It is my joy. I was in flordia about A year ago, I am in Manistee Mi. 218 5th ave 49660 phone  231-7948414   231 7948331  Blessings Mary2:11 For the Grace of God That Brought us Salvation, Grant us peace, HIS LOVE, and Presence Amen,   "Dynamis!" and His Dynamis! AMENAmen,   "Dynamis!" and His Dynamis! AMEN Amen, for some not All Praise HIM  Be still, and know That He is God. - Psalm 46:10 The Orthodox Church Teaches When conceived, God bestows upon us grace It is the nous that is the eye of the soul, intelligent and noetic, and by nature designed to commune with God. The nous is the center of man and is where true (spiritual) Knowledge is validated.  "God Will Often begin to shift something in you before He Shifts things around you."Dynamis!" Which is commonly translated "with strength . " The celebrant and Raises His voice intones this command, All Singing That this is the time in the liturgy When  our voices be raised the loudest, Because this is the time the Church proclaims the nature of our Triune God.   This one word encourages us to Chant the Last repetition of the Trisagion Hymn with even Greater conviction and reminds us to lift up our heart and Mind to focus on the Divine. Let's begin with God, as we always Should. First, God created us, not out of necessity. After all, it wasn't like He was lonely. He knows Himself as Persons in communion - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And He didn't create us because He "needed" someone to tell Him how wonderful He was. God is humility Himself. God created us out of His generosity. He loved us before He formed us and out of His love for us He made ​​us. God was the first to give! May He have mercy on me for often I copy from the writtings of my priest rather than useing my own words. In my simple words, I love you God and I pray to know you more and do your will, to be me,Mary no matter how small or noticed or not,it is you my Lord I want to please,best by being who you created me to be. "For God so loved the world, He gave ....................... He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply his love, mercy bread and what is needed for me to grow by His righteousness in  thanksgiving to God. " by His work and His will I pray to do my part no matter how small. Theotokos is the new eve,Am I proud that she choose me and is my  patron, Oh Yes for she is the saint above all saints and to me A mother and A great blessing Mary The Mother of my children and Grand children,as Christ is their Brother,and King so in His Love my Heavenly Father of Christ is their Father,I boast of them not me, and pray to serve and be worthy of such great Gift,for it was given in Love, The love of God.  Often in the Bible so say what word can I offer, what can I give to you for such is your majesty yet you humbled yourself on cross so that I can cry Abba thank You,Mary Wouldn't it technically be blasphemy to declare any man who is voted into the Roman Papal Office to be infallible? This is technically a very serious assumption and declaration. And to say that you speak for God as though you had a link to Him as Moses or Jesus did, isn't this declaring yourself a prophet in some small way? Wouldn't that technically be lying? Against the Bible and Tradition? And then to live in a way, declare things, which are clearly against the Bible and Tradition, which are unholy or what have you, wouldn't this merit an onslaught of criticism against it? I am Orthodox not catholic Amen AmenComment History  RESOLUTION REGARDING FAMILY

WHEREAS: the theme of this 42nd Biennial Clergy Laity Congress is the Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and A Witness of His Gospel;

WHEREAS: this theme recognizes the importance of family to us, not just as a Church, but also as members of an often turbulent modern society and world; and

WHEREAS: His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios reminded us, in his keynote address, of the prevailing feeling in our Church that the Orthodox Christian family and its members are a dwelling of Christ and a witness to His Gospel;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

1)  That family issues be a priority of the Church, especially for those families experiencing turmoil;

2)  That the Congress supports His Eminence's exhortation to fully develop the

services offered today by the existing department for the Care of the Family, by creating a full center for family care that can more comprehensively  address urgent family issues and provide pastoral care to our families, including the families of our clergy; and

3)  That we restore Sunday as a day of sanctity in which the Orthodox Christian family will worship the Lord together.



WHEREAS: On September 11, 2001, the physical structure of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed in the terrorist  attack on America and the World Trade Center;

WHEREAS: St. Nicholas was the only religious edifice in the attack zone;

WHEREAS:  St. Nicholas Church will be rebuilt at the World Trade Center, beginning this year; and

WHEREAS: St. Nicholas Church will be a national shrine open to all persons and a beacon of light and hope for all people;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the 42nd Biennial Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that we call upon each Orthodox parish and each member of the community of Faithful:

1) to fully and prayerfully support the reconstruction of St. Nicholas; and

2) to support this national shrine as a symbol of the unfailing presence of God and the indestructibility of the human spirit, in the face of the abhorrent acts of terror against the people of the United States and the world.



WHEREAS: the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is subject to the oppressive and illegal policies and actions of the Turkish government; and

WHEREAS: by reason of such policies and actions, the worldwide ministry of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been restricted, and, as a result, our own rights as Orthodox Christians in America are compromised;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that we, the delegates of the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, an Eparchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, hereby unanimously call upon the Government of the United States of America:

1)    To oppose the illegal actions of the Government of the Republic of Turkey against the Ecumenical Patriarchate;

2)    To request that the Turkish Government comply with its obligations to provide full religious freedom to its religious minorities and to respect its commitments pursuant to the Turkish Constitution and the human rights conventions and treaties it has signed and ratified; and

3)    To intensify its efforts and strongly urge the government of the Republic of Turkey to:

(a) Refrain from interfering with the governance of the Ecumenical Patriarchate;

(b)Recognize and acknowledge that the Ecumenical Patriarchate exists and functions as a legal entity and maintains its own legal personality;

(c) Acknowledge the Ecumenical status of  His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew;

(d)Take all necessary steps to allow the prompt and orderly re-opening of the Theological School of Halki;

(e)  End any further seizures of Church-owned properties and return or otherwise provide fair compensation for all properties previously confiscated since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey; and

(f) Implement the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to Turkey.


WHEREAS: Christ was born in Bethlehem and conducted his ministry and lived and ended his life on earth in Judea and Galilee;

WHEREAS: for over 2,000 years, the Middle East has been home to large communities of Christians;

WHEREAS: Orthodox Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East are  subject to violent attacks, live under a constant threat to their safety and have been slaughtered because of their faith; and

WHEREAS:  millions of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East are being forced to flee the ancestral homes in which they have lived for centuries;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

1)    that the governments of the Middle East protect all Christians and other religious minorities within their lands;

2)    that the government of the United States of America communicate to governments of the Middle East the concerns of the American people regarding the lack of religious freedom for Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East; and

3)    that copies of this resolution be presented to the President of the United States, the Secretary of State and the chairs of the Senate and House Foreign Affairs Committees.



WHEREAS: we have witnessed the alarming deterioration of the environment  in areas such as the endangerment  of biodiversity, climate change, pollution, and abuse and exhaustion of finite natural resources;

WHEREAS: countless communities around the globe are suffering from the harmful effects of environmental degradation;

WHEREAS: His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has launched numerous conferences and initiatives to curb environmental abuse.

WHEREAS: His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has reminded us that the current environmental  crisis is a religious and spiritual matter; and

WHEREAS: there exists a need for further ministry and assistance towards environmental  efforts in order to better our own world and that of future generations;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

1) That we call upon the global community, and particularly our Orthodox Faithful in America, to be mindful and supportive of initiatives that are put forth to better the environment;

2) That we continue to participate in and provide assistance for the Ecumenical Patriarchate's continued ecological activities to preserve our earth and its natural resources; and

3) That we give thanks to God for the Earth and pray for those who are victims of environmental destruction.



We, the delegates of this 42nd Biennial Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, express our heartfelt thanks to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his love and spiritual leadership and, especially, for blessing us with his presence via Skype for the Official Opening of the Congress;

We express our gratitude to our Patriarchal representatives, His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium and His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos for their loving participation in the Congress;

We thank our Archbishop, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, for his wisdom and guidance throughout the Congress proceedings and for sharing with us his insights on The Orthodox Christian Family:  A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel;

We thank the most reverend members of our Holy Eparchial Synod for their participation in and support of the work of this Clergy-Laity Congress;

We particularly thank His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, for his tireless efforts for the Congress and for hosting us here, in Philadelphia, in the spirit of brotherly love;

We thank Congress Co-Chairs Michael Karloutsos and Anastasia Michals for their unwavering stewardship and leadership for this Congress and for co-hosting us with grace, humor and warmth;

We thank the clergy and Faithful of the St. George Cathedral and all of the other Metropolis of New Jersey parishes for their warm welcome, steadfast participation and diligent efforts to make this Congress such a great success;

We thank National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas and the National Philoptochos officers, as well as all of the Philoptochos officers and delegates, for their inspiring philanthropic efforts to carry out Christ’s work in our country and throughout the world.   We particularly thank our Philoptochos for joining us here in Philadelphia in a spirit of Christian fellowship and sisterly Agape;

We thank Mr. Jerry Dimitriou and the staff of the Archdiocese for their remarkable work this week and throughout the year to make this Congress a success.

Last, but not least, we express our deepest thanks to our dear General Counsel of many years, Emanuel Demos, who fell asleep in the Lord on the 4th of July; may his love and devotion to our Holy Church and his spirit and vision remain with us for many years to come.  Aionia I Mnimi Autou.

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Raised three children,and helped with five of seven grandchildren,taught children's school,work for the shoe box Christmas child ministry. Serve at the homeless shelter,have served with the salvation army.
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Lord, where are you. You wrote the bible and this little catholic freak is tearing my family apart. You gave me perfect health I have obeyed you. I need you to force this thing to obey you. Love Mart servant

2:11 For the grace of God that brought us Salvation,grant us peace, HIS LOVE, and Presence
 “Dynamis!”and His Dynamis!  AMEN
Amen, for All not some praise HIM Be still, and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10 THE SOUL
How your Soul Differs from that of an Animal

The Orthodox Church teaches that animals have souls, although not the same as ours. When conceived, God bestows upon us the nous, which distinguishes us from the other animals. It is the nous that is the eye of the soul, intelligent and noetic, and by nature designed to commune with God. The nous is the center of man and is where true (spiritual) knowledge is validated.
 "God will often begin to shift something in you before He shifts things around you. Don't fear what you feel. Trust the one orchestrating it!" people and exclaims “Dynamis!” which is commonly translated “with strength”. The celebrant raises his voice and intones this command, thus telling all who are singing that this is the time in the liturgy when our voices should be raised the loudest, because this is the time the Church proclaims the nature of our Triune God. 

This one word encourages us to chant the last repetition of the Trisagion Hymn with even greater conviction and reminds us to lift up our heart and mind to focus on the Divine.


I am Austin as you commanded. Since when does some dead woman who once was my mother send her little demon to kill me, because I took care of ner as she was leaving. Holy Arch Angels Monastery, the priest commanded me to never cross the threshold of A catholic church again no matter who was dying.  He also told me to go right to Saint Elias and stay under Father James. I did! Every inch of me has been died x-rayed brain whole body and I am healthy, sane, yet this thing attends liturgy, vibrates me like it does Father Adian.  Abba in Christ name I am A servant not A priest. I need you your Priest have failed me. My family is torn to pieces, Kelly stole my identity again.  This thing stole your money announced to me that it would force Phil to wreck my truck and he die. Who kicked you off the throne.   Love Mary
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hello in Austin please keep me in prayer and my family for the sovereign will of Christ in my orthodox life.  My oldest daughter Michelle is having spiritual troubles to vile to mention. Please pray for her she is 47 yrs. old May Christ bless His faithful Priest and Laity Mary
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hello in Austin please keep me in prayer and my family for the sovereign will of Christ in my orthodox life.  My oldest daughter Michelle is having spiritual troubles to vile to mention. Please pray for her she is 47 yrs. old May Christ bless His faithful Priest and Laity Mary
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@ReGrann @goarch: When the most pure Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary's forty days of purification had been fulfilled, she took her first-born Son to Jerusalem on this, the fortieth day after His birth, that she might present Him in the temple according to the Law of Moses, which teaches that every first-born male child be dedicated to God. To learn more about The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple visit: #orthodox #goarch #orthopost
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Since we do it every year‚ it became so engrained in our fiber that we rarely stop to ponder about what does it really mean to us. It is important to know‚ after all‚ what we celebrate; otherwise it makes no sense to go on with a party that we know nothing about.
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hello in Austin please keep me in prayer and my family for the sovereign will of Christ in my orthodox life.  My oldest daughter Michelle is having spiritual troubles to vile to mention. Please pray for her she is 47 yrs. old May Christ bless His faithful Priest and Laity Mary
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