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 Post subject: Church in the forest
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 10:39 am 
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On the Samothrake Island there are 999 small churches. They are so old that no one knows their history. These are the ruins of one we found in the mountain forest. Locals still come here to pray and light candles. We played hymns on our flutes.

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I was happy to pray here as it was a church and yet in the open air at the same time.

Paul was here in 49AD and probably revisited on the times he sailed from Philippi as it was a popular stop for ferry boats going to Asia Minor e.g. to Troas or Ephesus.


The architecture might be too plain for Keith ;)


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The church is where two or more are gathered in his name.


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Keith can handle it .. he is tough! :D

Are they family shrines .. or what .. guess my question is .. why so many?

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Tommy wrote:
The church is where two or more are gathered in his name.


Amen! There were two of us there :D

The English word used to be pronounced with hard 'ch' so it was pronounced 'kirk', as indeed it still is in Scotland. This comes from the Greek for lord and was apparently originally used to signify the 'Lord's house' i.e. the physical building where the congregation used to meet. So, in English we can say "the church meets in the church"

Last year I camped with a friend at the deserted site of the ancient Colosse. So for a few days we the bona fide "Colossian Church"!!!!


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Of all the great pix you've shown us, Adrian, the thing I'd most like to see in person are these many small, ancient churches. What a history they must have, if only they could talk! That's my favorite thing about Ireland, too, the many ruins of old churches. There are many off the beaten track.

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Adrian wrote:
The architecture might be too plain for Keith ;)

Jim wrote:
Keith can handle it .. he is tough!


Truth is, I'm probably a sissy. But I am tough enough, as Jim says, to handle the old churches--they really do have their own appeal. It would be interesting to know the history behind these. I'm also intrigued that they'd still be used.

Thanks for the pictures.

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khl wrote:
Adrian wrote:
The architecture might be too plain for Keith ;)

Jim wrote:
Keith can handle it .. he is tough!


Truth is, I'm probably a sissy. But I am tough enough, as Jim says, to handle the old churches--they really do have their own appeal. It would be interesting to know the history behind these. I'm also intrigued that they'd still be used.

Thanks for the pictures.


In fact many of these little churches are still used and have been kept in good condition. I just liked the romance of this one being in ruins yet still worshiped at. I'll find a foto of one that is not in ruins. Saddly I did not get a lot of photos as I forgot to take my battery charger. Yes, I'm a dimwit most of the time. :?


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Adrian wrote:
khl wrote:
Adrian wrote:
The architecture might be too plain for Keith ;)

Jim wrote:
Keith can handle it .. he is tough!


Truth is, I'm probably a sissy. But I am tough enough, as Jim says, to handle the old churches--they really do have their own appeal. It would be interesting to know the history behind these. I'm also intrigued that they'd still be used.

Thanks for the pictures.

Saddly I did not get a lot of photos as I forgot to take my battery charger. Yes, I'm a dimwit most of the time. :?


Hmmm!!!! ( I understand your meaning now Tommy!) :laughing:

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