Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon Georges Khodr presided at the divine liturgy in the Church of Saint Michael in Dhour Shoueifat to bless the building of the Mitri Jirji Murr Social House net to the church. Celebrating with him in the service was the parish priest, Fr Elias Karam and Deacon Georges Shalhoub, with a crowd of parishioners and neighbors in attendance.
After the Holy Gospel and the offering of prayers and blessings for the building project, which is funded by Dr Georges Mitri, Metropolitan Georges gave a sermon in which he said, "I, the head of the Orthodox Church in this region, say-- we are one with the Druze monotheists. You must live this, not just as religious rhetoric, daily in social life, in the relations between families, in friendship and in love."
He added: "You Christians, prove that you are one with the Druze in this region, and also with the Muslims. If you do not do this, I do not recognize you. May the Lord help us all to remain one people."
A commenter pointed out, what are the Christians to do to demonstrate union with the Druze and Muslims, marry them? Perhaps the Orthodox are, in fact, not interested in being "one people" with apostates.
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I asked why the comment was deleted, and how else would Orthodoxy be maintained in the Middle East under centuries of Muslim occupation.
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So far, the following comment is still up: "Anonymous said ... A cry from the heart, although theologically unsupportable."
I have made many controversial statements on the Internet, but the idea that the Orthodox might actually grow themselves in their own pews is the one most heavily censored by Orthodox Christian bloggers.
On a happier note, an Orthodox Christian wedding in New Hampshire:
And Owen White, doing his part.