In the August 6, 2009 edition of the newspaper «Ελεύθερη Ώρα» (Free Time), the following article was published with the title “Grapsas, Paisios and the Prophecy!”:
“There was another prophecy for General Grapsas and they feared it.
For some time now the prophecy of Elder Paisios is circulating. Certainly, while the prophecy is one thing, reality is something else, but somewhere there is an extreme. For about a year now we have come across from many sources an event which occurred between Fr. Paisios of the Holy Mountain and General Demetrios Grapsas, head of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.
Specifically, Fr. Paisios told General Grapsas that he would enter Constantinople as a liberator.
A group of soldiers waited at the elder’s fence in Panagouda. They lifted up their eyes and saw the elder coming towards them. He opened the gate of the fence and welcomed them. They sat down under a tree and he began talking with them.
At some point one of the people from the group said to him:
“I can’t take any more Elder, I’m going to retire from the military.”
The Elder turned, looked at him and said:
“You will not resign; you will be the leader of our country’s defense staff when the Turks will attack us.”
Everyone looked, full of amazement.
“And when will this happen, Elder?” they asked him.
“When it will be the time for spinach.” he told them, and he changed the subject.
Many years have passed since then, the elder reposed and the officer remained in the army and progressed.
He is Mr. Grapsas, who up until Thursday August 6 has been the leader of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff.”
Of course, “the time for spinach” passed and General Grapsas has already retired. But neither have the Turks attacked our country, neither is Mr. Grapsas any longer the leader of the army. Thus the prophecy of Elder Paisios, who is alleged by the New Calendarists to be a saint, was proved false.
In the Old Testament it states: “Whatsoever words that prophet shall speak in the name of the Lord, and they shall not come true, and not come to pass, this is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; that prophet has spoken wickedly: ye shall not fear him.”
Translated from the Greek
In the early 20th century, the idea of promoting the union of Churches (Orthodox and heterodox) began to gain ground among circles in the Eastern Orthodox Church by establishing a "Communion of Churches" modeled on the League of Nations.
The Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920 foresaw a series of steps toward the “union of the Churches,” of which the first was the change of the calendar for the simultaneous celebration of feast days by all the “Churches.” The content of the encyclical was kept secret from the faithful and only after a few years became known. Read more...
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ, is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Read more...