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Archbishop Of America Describes Death Of Man Threatening Police With Sword As Crucifying Of Jesus Christ

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Archbishop Of America Describes Death Of Man Threatening Police With Sword As Crucifying Of Jesus Christ

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Archbishop Elpidophoros of America appeared to pay own hand amid the wave of violent protests started following the death of African American George Floyd during the detention by Police. He attended the funeral of George Zapantis comparing his death with the crucifying Of Jesus Christ and his mother with the Virgin Mary.

A short reminder: Zapantis suffered a fatal heart attack after he was tasered by arresting officers in the USA. The man, who suffered from bipolar, was dressed as a gladiator and was carrying a samurai sword when police arrived at his house. Police ordered him to drop the sword, but when he refused to, they tasered him. As they attempted to handcuff him outside of the house, police tasered him again. It is reported that he died of cardiac arrest in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Queens hospital.

By this move, Archbishop Elpidophoros apparently tries to politicize the tragedy in order to join the developing neo-liberal agenda for the United States thus supporting the Democrats in their push for power in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

At the same time, the archbishop remains a vocal supporter of the split of the church in Ukraine by establishing there self-proclaimed independent Orthodox Church under the patronage of the US State Department and Bartholomew I of Constantinople. By supporting these trends, he sets sights for taking the place of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and continuing his plan of creating own version of Papism in the Orthodox World. For Ukraine this means that it will remain the foothold for ideological experiments of forces affiliated with the globalists and further. Meanwhile, in the United States, Archbishop Elpidophoros has just once again revealed himself as an agent of the neo-liberal world order.

Archbishop Elpidophoros: We will not let George’s death to be in vain (orthodoxtimes.com):

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America attended the funeral of George Zapantis, who suffered a fatal heart attack after he was tasered by arresting officers in the USA.

In his Eulogy for the deceased, the Archbishop addressed comforting words to the mother of the unfortunate expatriate,  “The illness that caused his death was not in George. The illness that caused his death is in our society, a society that has lost its capacity for empathy, for compassion, and for understanding”, he characteristically pointed out.

Read Archbishop Elpidophoros’s Eulogy for George Zapantis

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros
Eulogy for George Zapantis
June 29, 2020
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church
Whitestone, New York

Beloved Athanasia, dear and bereft mother,
Family and Friends of George Zapantis,

Today, we hear the cry of a mother, a mother unjustly deprived of her son, a mother whose heart is rent in two, a mother who has come to the Church of the Holy Cross upon which the Son of the Theotokos died, to bury her son. To mourn her son. To grieve her son.

Her cry is the cry of the Prophet that echoes through the ages:
Οὐ πρὸς ὑμᾶς πάντες οἱ παραπορευόμενοι ὁδόν;
Ἐπιστρέψατε καὶ ἴδετε εἰἔστιν ἄλγος κατὰ τὸ ἄλγος μου,
ὃ ἐγενήθηφθέξαμενος ἐν ἐμοὶ.
Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by?
Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow,
which is done unto me.
Beloved Athanasia, I want you to know that your cry is heard.

Heard by your Church.
Heard by your community.
Heard by your People, the Omogeneia around the world.

We gather with you to provide this crumb of consolation, but nothing to bring justice to George and to your family.
We must seek justice outside of this moment of mourning.
We must seek justice from our Righteous God.
And we must seek justice by speaking the truth to the powers that be.

We are in the midst of this global pandemic, and we are in the midst of our American society that has been rocked by the very kind of abuse that brings us around George’s coffin today. And there is no justice in this moment as we pray for God’s mercy upon his soul, as we pray for comfort for Athanasia, a mother bereft of her son.

No more fitting Ναός could be found for our funeral rites today; because this is the Church of the Holy Cross. Therefore, we stand with our Panagia at the Cross, the cross of an unjust death perpetrated by the Roman Empire. And we also stand with another mother, our beloved Athanasia, by the cross of the unjust death of her son, George.

So what can we do? What must we do?
In this moment, we offer our prayers, our solace, our love for this family robbed of their George.
But we must also steady ourselves to hear their prophetic cry.

Is it nothing to us, as we pass by this moment of grief?
Can we not turn to take into our full view their sorrow, pain, and grief?

Will we settle for less than a full accounting of justice now in this moment, so that it will not come to be justice denied?
We are a community—not the biggest for certain, and not the most influential. But we are a family of believers and a family of Hellenes. Our responsibility is to work for the justice that George was denied.

Our vocation is to stand up for him because he was brought down, even into the shallows of death, by ignorance, by cruelty, by mistrust, and by incompetence.

Let us, my beloved Christians, not desert the cross that Athanasia stands by today, a cross that she will carry for the rest of her life. We may not be able to raise George back to life, but we can raise his cause and not let his banner fall until “justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

We can uphold his cause and uphold his family in their search for the rule of law, for integrity, for honesty, and for the due process that George was denied, and that so many of our fellow citizens have been denied.

The illness that caused his death was not in George. The illness that caused his death is in our society, a society that has lost its capacity for empathy, for compassion, and for understanding.

But, my dear Athanasia, we will not let this be the end of George’s story. We will not let George’s death – so very cruel and so very far before his time – we will not allow his death to be in vain.

We will honor his memory by our search for justice.
We will hold his name precious by our fight for his vindication.

And we will hold his life in our hearts, in our minds, and in our souls as we fight the good fight to make our world a better world for all people.
Where love conquers hate.
Where knowledge conquers prejudice.

And where wisdom conquers fear.
The memory of George Zapantis will be eternal because we will not let it die, and our All-Holy God will hold it forever in the Divine Mind that holds all creation in love and peace.
Αἰωνία του ἡ μνήμη!

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  • occupybacon

    Even a broken clock is right two times a day, he’s right on Ukraine independence tho. Russian Orthodox Church is openly imperialist, they call themselves ‘The Third Rome’. Patriarch Kiril wants to be the Orthodox Pope.

    • Harry Smith

      You don’t understand the foundation of the Patriarch authority. Do you know that Moscow Patriarch can’t assign a priest fro one temple to another without accordance of both temple’s communities?Also it is impossible to the Orthodox priest to become kinda Pope because it will be in contradiction with apostolic rules. The Orthodox Church will not accept it.

      • occupybacon

        And who come with the name ‘The Third Rome’?

        • Harry Smith

          2nd Rome was Constantinople and there was no Popes.

          • occupybacon

            But it was the head of Ortodoxy, yes? Who is the third?

          • Harry Smith

            Orthodox Church has no global head. Constantinople was respected as Global Patriarchy but it had no power over other Patriarchies. The 3d Rome is Moscow and there are enough prophecies about it.
            You just don’t understand the structure of the global Orthodox Church. It can’t be hierarchical. It is the union of equal churches. Even when Constantinople had power, Constantinople Patriarchy had no special right over other Patriarchies.

          • occupybacon

            What does it mean for Moscow to be the Third Rome?

          • Harry Smith

            It is spiritual not physical meaning.

          • occupybacon

            Cool, I thought they aspire on authority over other countries churches.

          • Harry Smith

            They can not because of the apostolic rules. If you want to understand who is Patriarch in the real Orthodox Church – imagine your grandpa who you love and respect. Same thing is about Patriarch. His authority is based on the believers respect not on the power or money.

          • occupybacon

            In the most respectuful families grandpa is the rich one, the rest are romantic stories.

          • Harry Smith

            The real respect can not be valued in money.

          • occupybacon

            There are very few people that gained that true respect from the people, I don’t recall bling blings being a factor of it.

    • Lone Ranger

      Disney called they want you back…

  • IMHO

    Likening that to the crucifixion of Christ is like those rioters who liken their destruction to Christ cleansing the temple. Both statements are an abomination.

  • Swift Laggard II

    why are all political articles on this website right wing trash?

    • LibertyIsGreat

      You seem to be confused with the meaning. How do you define right wing? Give me examples of right wingers.

  • LibertyIsGreat

    The archbishop is completely clueless and using his position to hype up a tragedy. He is a Dem hack and is not a religious person.

    Cops don’t wake up everyday and say how many mentally sick people can I kill. They need to protect themselves. So you this mentally sick person to kill a cop first on the science then have a second cop teaser him. Would have been on?

    Second, it’s a teaser and not a bullet in the head. They do this to thousands of people and a few die because their body can’t handle the shock.

    They tried their best to stop and arrest him.

  • Simplekindof Man

    Just goes to show how rotten and corrupted most religious institutions are.
    It’s human nature,not religion to blame.