St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-06-04
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St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (770) 725-5035
  • Fax:
  • (866) 646-8396
  • Street Address:

  • 3761 Mars Hill Road

  • Watkinsville, GA 30677

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros/Matins 9 a.m.

Divine Liturgy 10 a.m.



Vespers 6 p.m.


See our website calendar for a full list of services.

Past Bulletins

Message from Father Anthony

Followers of Christ in our Age


Having recently visited Ireland and been to the place where St, Colombo landed at Iona, and visited the monastery established by St. Kevin in Glendalough, I have a new appreciation for the role of the Church in civilization.  The message is one of New Life and the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.  It is manifested in various ways in various times, either through martyrdom in the face of great persecution or as leaven by leading the way in laying down our life for one another.  In the case of St. Colombo his was a life of repentance and prayer that established a community in a remote place drawing many people to him and eventually resulting in the book of Kells.  It is said that St. Brendon the Navigator traveled across the seas, perhaps even to America long before Columbus to bring Christianity to a new world.  St. Kevin, the Ascetic founded a monastery and brought peace and civilization that lasted for hundreds of years.  In each generation we (people) exhibit a peculiar kind of sickness depending on whatever means Satan can find to separate us from the love of God.  The current illness is secularism and self-centeredness.  The antidote is sacramental living and selflessness. A new book by Rod Dreher called the Benedictine Option is a treatise on how to be that leaven in the 21st century.  His prescription is to withdraw from the world and establish a way of relating and living with people that promote respect, self sacrifice and high moral standards without being puritanical.  It is not a rejection of the world, it is an example of what community looks like and asks us to submit ourselves in order to find harmony and agreement, as we enter a new “Dark Age”.   For us at St. Philothea it means that we are thankful for the “Vineyard that your right hand has planted and You have established” (Verse chanted by the Bishop during the Divine Liturgy from Isaiah referring to the local Eucharistic community).  This is our rebellion against modernity and secularism.  We offer the world the Kingdom of God on Earth in the form of a Hospital for the Soul, where all are welcome to “Come and See and taste that the Lord is good.”  We do not reject anyone; we only ask that you leave your “agendas’ at the door and come to encounter God with a pure heart.  It will not happen en masse, it will only happen one by one as the Holy Spirit moves in the hearts and minds of people. Our job is not to get in their way but to offer them an encounter with the living God and have them join with us as we “work out our salvation in fear and trembling”.  May this summer be a time of rest, reflection and renewal as we prepare for the coming year strengthening our witness to the world around us.


Fr. Anthony


Parish News

Weekday Worship Services

June 29                    9:00 am Divine Liturgy         SS Peter and Paul 

June 30                    9:00 am Divine Liturgy         The Holy Apostles

July 26                      5:45 pm Divine Liturgy         St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr

August 2,3 & 4       7:00 pm                               Parakleseis for The Dormition Fast

Aug 14                      6:00 pm Divine Liturgy         Dormition of the Virgin Mary

Aug 28                      5:45 pm Divine Liturgy         Beheading of St. John the Baptist

Women's Bible Study Summer Schedule

Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:30 – 7:15 pm for fellowship and snacks, 7:15 – 8:30 pm for Bible study and discussion.  We are currently studying St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a food item to share.

             June  6           6:30 pm at Nina Lamson’s home

             July  11          6:30 pm at Nina Lamson’s home

             Aug    1          6:30 pm at Nina Lamson’s home

Vacation Church School (VCS)


Tue – Thu, July 11 - July 13 New!! Evening Session  5:30 pm – 8:00 pm


$10 per student, $20 for 3 or more children in one family.

Please note:  We are accepting children as young as 3 yrs of age (potty trained please) to rising 5th graders!  There will be a daily bible lesson, crafts, games, snacks, and a special Holy Spaces Tour.  Open to all children - Orthodox and non-Orthodox.  Your children can bring a friend!  You don't want to miss this event!

June/July TEEN Wednesdays (JTW)

For rising 7th to 12th graders on Wednesday nights of June and July from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. 

Meet at the church or off site for various activities, food and discussions.  

Bring a friend if you want!

Center for Puppetry Arts


The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of Cyprus in Georgia and Southeast United States,

is unveiling to the public its first museum display of shadow puppets from Cyprus on June 10, 2017.

Honorary Consul of Cyprus Polyxeni Potter and Mr. Vincent Anthony, The Barbara and Bill Wylly Executive Director of the Center for Puppetry Arts, invite you to attend the Cypriot Shadow Theater presentation, “Alexander the Great and the Cursed Snake,” a show performed with great success at the Kennedy Center and other venues in Washington, D.C., by Pambos Charalambous, an educator and skilled puppeteer from Cyprus.         

The performance and related activities will be free of charge, but you must reserve your tickets.

Please click here to make your free reservations.  Tickets are limited, so reserve your seats today!   



Date of Event: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309


Schedule of Activities

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Create-A-Puppet Workshops™ (featuring Cyprus Shadow Puppets to take home) – 3rd floor

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Cyprus Shadow Theater Presentation of Alexander the Great and the Cursed Snake – Downstairs Theater - 1st floor

12:00  noon Reception in Harlequin Hall – 1st floor

1:00 p.m. Tale Time w/Cyprus book The Prince of Venice in Global Gallery – 2nd floor

Artist Name: Pambos Charalambous

Link to performance info.:

Event description: This traditional shadow puppetry presentation from Cyprus, recommended for ages 6 years and up, tells the story of Alexander the Great rescuing a village from a giant snake.

This event is made possible by The Honorary Consulate of Cyprus and Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta

The Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Philip Christopher. Nikos Mouyiaris. Cyprus Friendship Tour 2017 and the Samaria Foundation

And the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture  

Grief Support Gathering

Monday, June 12, 6:30 pm

This group will offer support and strength for those struggling with loss and sorrow.

We will be guided by the words of Fr. Anthony Coniaris in his book, “Surviving the Loss of a Loved One”.

Please get a book from Fr. Anthony to review ahead of the first meeting if you would like to participate. 

We will set the summer schedule at the first summer meeting.

AHEPA Meeting

June 19, July 18, and August 15 at 6:00 pm at the church.

Mother's (Tuesday) Day Out

June 20, July 18, and August 15 from 10:00-1:00 pm.

Bring sandwich fixings to share with everyone; child care will be provided. You are welcome to bring a friend and meet other young mothers to talk about, faith and life.

Contact Laura Stiles if you have questions or would like more information (

Parish Council

June 21, July 19, and August 16 at 7:00 pm at the church.


ACTS Food Pantry

Our Service Dates: August 1, October 3, December 5. 

We will serve from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. 

See Ken or Fr. Anthony if you would like to help.

MoD Meeting

June 25 following the Coffee Hour

Golf Committee Meeting

Monday August 21 at 7:00 pm

Bread for Life Banquet

The Classic Center at 11:30 am, exact date in August TBA.

Festival Meeting

Sunday, June 4, at the Salzman home, immediately following the Liturgy. (no coffee hour that day)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the weekend of October 21-22, for the 21st Annual Athens Greek Festival. Good news: That is NOT Georgia-Florida weekend. More good news: You will NOT be asked to chair the Greek Festival because Tara Mahoney will be Chairperson of the event this year with Chairman Emeritus, Barb Knisely, and Festival Administrators, Nina Lamson & Presvytera Christine.

***Come with ideas about marketing, food, tickets, children’s activities, technology, social media, education, etc. All positive energy is welcomed!

***Can’t make the meeting?  Send your input to Tara Mahoney (706.474.0501 or

Philoptochos Smart Lunch Program

July 28, 6:00 pm at the church to assemble the lunch packages. 

We need a large crew to get 400 done!

Bread Ministry

Kurt needs help picking up bread from Publix and delivering it to the Salvation Army every Sunday.

Please see Kurt if you would like to participate in this important ministry.

Community Luncheons

Covered dish luncheons are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  Open to all senior citizens.  Please bring a covered dish to share with your fellow Christians. Time is Noon - 1 pm.

June 15 Bishop Baptist Church 706-769-6509
  1110 Old Bishop Rd, Bishop  
August 17 Rays United Methodist Chruch 706-769-9658
  1521 Rays Church Rd, Watkinsville  

Nursery Room Schedule

Thank you to all the nursery room volunteers for making this such a success.  Michelle Hancock has taken over as the coordinator of the nursery.  A huge thank you to Michelle for her time and commitment!

The nursery is available from 10:30am until the end of The Liturgy each Sunday.

June 4, 2017   Stephanie Knisely Anna & Max Salzman
June 11, 2017   Pam Demos Michelle Hancock
June 18, 2017   Christina White Charlotte Chromiak
June 25, 2017   Tracey O'Malley Lambrini Cain
July 2, 2017   Tina Paninos Max Salzman
July 9, 2017   Anna Salzman Charlotte Chromiak
July 16, 2017   Michelle Hancock Tina Paninos
July 23, 2017   Ruth Fuzum Zachary Chromiak
July 30, 2017   Stephanie Gavrielides Lambrini Cain
August 6, 2017   Pam Demos Tracey O'Malley
August 13, 2017   Michelle Hancock Ruth Fuzum
August 20, 2017   Christina White Max Salzman
August 27, 2017   Tracey O'Malley Stephanie Gavrielides


Saints and Feasts

June 04

Our Father Metrophanes, Archbishop of Constantinople

Saint Metrophanes was born of pagan parents, but believed in Christ at a young age, and came to Byzantium. He lived at the end of the persecution of the Roman Emperors, and became the Bishop of Byzantium from about 315 to 325, during which time Saint Constantine the Great made it the capital of the Roman Empire, calling it New Rome. Saint Metrophanes sent his delegate, the priest Alexander, to the First Ecumenical Council in 325, since he could not attend because of old age. He reposed the same year and was buried by Saint James of Nisibis (celebrated Jan. 13), one of the Fathers present at the First Ecumenical Council. The Canons to the Trinity of the Octoechos are not the work of this Metrophanes but another, who was Bishop of Smyrna about the middle of the ninth century, during the life of Saint Photius the Great.

June 04

Mary & Martha, the sisters of Lazarus

The Holy Myrrh-bearers Mary and Martha, together with their brother Lazarus, were especially devoted to our Savior, as we see from the accounts given in the tenth chapter of Saint Luke, and in the eleventh and twelfth chapters of Saint John. They reposed in Cyprus, where their brother became the first Bishop of Kition after his resurrection from the dead. See also the accounts on Lazarus Saturday and the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women.

June 04

Sophia of Thrace, The Mother of Orphans

June 04

Holy Pentecost

After the Saviour's Ascension into the Heavens, the eleven Apostles and the rest of His disciples, the God-loving women who followed after Him from the beginning, His Mother, the most holy Virgin Mary, and His brethren-all together about 120 souls returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. Entering into the house where they gathered, they went into the upper room, and there they persevered in prayer and supplication, awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit, as their Divine Teacher had promised them. In the meanwhile, they chose Matthias, who was elected to take the place of Judas among the Apostles.

Thus, on this day, the seventh Sunday of Pascha, the tenth day after the Ascension and the fiftieth day after Pascha, at the third hour of the day from the rising of the sun, there suddenly came a sound from Heaven, as when a mighty wind blows, and it filled the whole house where the Apostles and the rest with them were gathered. Immediately after the sound, there appeared tongues of fire that divided and rested upon the head of each one. Filled with the Spirit, all those present began speaking not in their native tongue, but in other tongues and dialects, as the Holy Spirit instructed them.

The multitudes that had come together from various places for the feast, most of whom were Jews by race and religion, were called Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and so forth, according to the places where they dwelt. Though they spoke many different tongues, they were present in Jerusalem by divine dispensation. When they heard that sound that came down from Heaven to the place where the disciples of Christ were gathered, all ran together to learn what had taken place. But they were confounded when they came and heard the Apostles speaking in their own tongues. Marvelling at this, they said one to another, "Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" But others, because of their foolishness and excess of evil, mocked the wonder and said that the Apostles were drunken.

Then Peter stood up with the eleven, and raising his voice, spoke to all the people, proving that that which had taken place was not drunkenness, but the fulfilment of God's promise that had been spoken by the Prophet Joel: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that I shall pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy" (Joel 2:28), and he preached Jesus of Nazareth unto them, proving in many ways that He is Christ the Lord, Whom the Jews crucified but God raised from the dead. On hearing Peter's teaching, many were smitten with compunction and received the word. Thus, they were baptized, and on that day about three thousand souls were added to the Faith of Christ.

Such, therefore, are the reasons for today's feast: the coming of the All-holy Spirit into the world, the completion of the Lord Jesus Christ's promise, and the fulfilment of the hope of the sacred disciples, which we celebrate today. This is the final feast of the great mystery and dispensation of God's incarnation. On this last, and great, and saving day of Pentecost, the Apostles of the Saviour, who were unlearned fishermen, made wise now of a sudden by the Holy Spirit, clearly and with divine authority spoke the heavenly doctrines. They became heralds of the truth and teachers of the whole world. On this day they were ordained and began their apostleship, of which the salvation of those three thousand souls in one day was the comely and marvellous first fruit.

Some erroneously hold that Pentecost is the "birthday of the Church." But this is not true, for the teaching of the holy Fathers is that the Church existed before all other things. In the second vision of The Shepherd of Hermas we read: "Now brethren, a revelation was made unto me in my sleep by a youth of exceeding fair form, who said to me, 'Whom thinkest thou the aged woman, from whom thou receivedst the book, to be?' I say, 'The Sibyl.' 'Thou art wrong,' saith he, 'she is not.' 'Who then is she?' I say. 'The Church,' saith he. I said unto him, 'Wherefore then is she aged?' 'Because,' saith he, 'she was created before all things; therefore is she aged, and for her sake the world was framed."' Saint Gregory the Theologian also speaks of "the Church of Christ ... both before Christ and after Christ" (PG 35:1108-9). Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus writes, "The Catholic Church, which exists from the ages, is revealed most clearly in the incarnate advent of Christ" (PG 42:640). Saint John Damascene observes, "The Holy Catholic Church of God, therefore, is the assembly of the holy Fathers, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists, and Martyrs who have been from the very beginning, to whom were added all the nations who believed with one accord" (PG 96, 1357c). According to Saint Gregory the Theologian, "The Prophets established the Church, the Apostles conjoined it, and the Evangelists set it in order" (PG 35, 589 A). The Church existed from the creation of the Angels, for the Angels came into existence before the creation of the world, and they have always been members of the Church. Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome, says in his second epistle to the Corinthians, the Church "was created before the sun and moon"; and a little further on, "The Church existeth not now for the first time, but hath been from the beginning" (II Cor. 14).

That which came to pass at Pentecost, then, was the ordination of the Apostles, the commencement of the apostolic preaching to the nations, and the inauguration of the priesthood of the new Israel. Saint Cyril of Alexandria says that "Our Lord Jesus Christ herein ordained the instructors and teachers of the world and the stewards of His divine Mysteries ... showing together with the dignity of Apostleship, the incomparable glory of the authority given them ... Revealing them to be splendid with the great dignity of the Apostleship and showing them forth as both stewards and priests of the divine altars . . . they became fit to initiate others through the enlightening guidance of the Holy Spirit" (PG 74, 708-712). Saint Gregory Palamas says, "Now, therefore ... the Holy Spirit descended ... showing the Disciples to be supernal luminaries ... and the distributed grace of the Divine Spirit came through the ordination of the Apostles upon their successors" (Homily 24, 10). And Saint Sophronius, Bishop of Jerusalem, writes, "After the visitation of the Comforter, the Apostles became high priests" (PG 87, 3981B). Therefore, together with the baptism of the Holy Spirit which came upon them who were present in the upper chamber, which the Lord had foretold as recorded in the Acts, "ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence" (Acts 1:5), the Apostles were also appointed and raised to the high priestly rank, according to Saint John Chrysostom (PG 60, 21). On this day commenced the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by which we become "partakers of the Divine Nature" (II Peter 1:4). For before Pentecost, it is said of the Apostles and disciples only that they abode in "prayer and supplication" (Acts 1:14); it is only after the coming of the Holy Spirit that they persevered in the "breaking of bread,"that is, the communion of the Holy Mysteries-"and in prayer" (Acts 2:42).

The feast of holy Pentecost, therefore, determined the beginning of the priesthood of grace, not the beginning of the Church. Henceforth, the Apostles proclaimed the good tidings "in country and town," preaching and baptizing and appointing shepherds, imparting the priesthood to them whom they judged were worthy to minister, as Saint Clement writes in his first Epistle to the Corinthians (I Cor. 42).

All foods allowed during the week following Pentecost.

June 11

The Sunday of All Saints

Honouring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, "But to me, exceedingly honourable are Thy friends, O Lord" (Ps. 138:16). And the divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example that we might turn away from earthly things and from sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1).

This commemoration began as the Sunday (Synaxis) of All Martyrs; to them were added all the ranks of Saints who bore witness (the meaning of "Martyr" in Greek) to Christ in manifold ways, even if occasion did not require the shedding of their blood.

Therefore, guided by the teaching of the Divine Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we the pious honour all the Saints, the friends of God, for they are keepers of God's commandments, shining examples of virtue, and benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints especially on their own day of the year, as is evident in the Menologion. But since many Saints are unknown, and their number has increased with time, and will continue to increase until the end of time, the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints. This is the feast that we celebrate today. It is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the "much fruit" brought forth by that "Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died" (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as "the foundation of the Church, the perfection of the Gospel, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour" (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers).

In this celebration, then, we reverently honour and call blessed all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. All these, as well as the orders of the Angels, and especially our most holy Lady and Queen, the Ever-virgin Theotokos Mary, do we honour today, setting their life before us as an example of virtue, and entreating them to intercede in our behalf with God, Whose grace and boundless mercy be with us all. Amen.

June 18

Leontius, Hypatius, & Theodulus the Martyrs of Syria

This Martyr was from Greece. Being of great bodily stature and strength, he was an illustrious soldier in the Roman legions who had won many victories, and was known for his prudence and sobriety of mind. When it was learned that he gave grain to the poor from the imperial stores, and was moreover a Christian, Hadrian the Governor of Phoenicia sent Hypatius, a tribune, and Theodulus, a soldier, to arrest him. Saint Leontius converted them on the way to Tripolis in Phoenicia, where Hypatius and Theodulus were tormented and beheaded by Hadrian for their confession of Christ. Then Hadrian with many flatteries and many torments strove to turn Leontius from Christ. All his attempts failing, he had Leontius put to such tortures that he died in the midst of them, under Vespasian in the year 73.

June 25

Dionysius & Dometios the Righteous of Mount Athos




Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Holy Pentecost
The Reading is from John 20:19-23

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were gathered, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11.

WHEN THE DAY of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontos and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."

Gospel Reading

Holy Pentecost
The Reading is from John 7:37-52; 8:12

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, "If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, 'Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

When they heard these words, some of the people said, "This is really the prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?" So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?" The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!" The Pharisees answered them, "Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed." Nikodemos, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?" They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee." Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Pentecost in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast shown forth the fishermen as supremely wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them didst draw the world into Thy net. O Befriender of man, glory be to Thee.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Once, when He descended and confounded the tongues, the Most High divided the nations; and when He divided the tongues of fire, He called all men into unity; and with one accord we glorify the All-holy Spirit.

Wisdom of the Fathers

Goings up, and advances and progress from glory to glory, the Light of the Trinity might shine upon the more illuminated. For this reason it was, I think, that He gradually came to dwell in the Disciples, measuring Himself out to them according to their capacity to receive Him, at the beginning of the Gospel, after the Passion, after the Ascension, making perfect their powers, being breathed upon them, and appearing in fiery tongues...You see lights breaking upon us, gradually; and the order of Theology, which it is better for us to keep, neither proclaiming things too suddenly, nor yet keeping them hidden to the end...He said that all things should be taught us by the Spirit when He should come to dwell amongst us. Of these things one, I take it, was the Deity of the Spirit Himself, made clear later on when such knowledge should be seasonable and capable of being received after our Saviour's restoration, when it would no longer be received with incredulity because of its marvellous character. For what greater thing than this did either He promise, or the Spirit teach. If indeed anything is to be considered great and worthy of the Majesty of God, which was either promised or taught...Look at these facts:--Christ is born; the Spirit is His Forerunner. He is baptized; the Spirit bears witness. He is tempted; the Spirit leads Him up. He works miracles; the Spirit accompanies them. He ascends; the Spirit takes His place.
St. Gregory the Theologian
5th Theological Oration

For as thirsty men, when they have taken a bowl, eagerly drain it and then desist, so too they who hear the divine oracles if they receive them thirsting, will never be weary until they have drunk them up. For to show that men ought ever to thirst and hunger, "Blessed," It said, "are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness" (Matt.5:6)
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 51 on John 7, 4th Century



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