The Green Zone

Image made by Nate Armstrong

Story by Dokken Storm

A passport is usually something that is used for adventure. To be adventurous takes spirit and patience. In The Upside Down there is a pandemic of illusion. This illusion causes fear, dread, and despair. 

John & Maria had twin sons and one girl. The twins were Florus and Laurus, the little girl was Anna. They were from the extremely small town of Hillsview, South Dakota, this town was home to only a couple of families. They decided to leave the town and go for a trip somewhere. Unsure of where it was they wanted to go, they just wanted to go. 

John & Maria were dealing with the loss of one of their sons, Florus. Laurus and Florus were two very different people. Laurus was more introverted and would rather be with himself and left to his own devices than be around large groups of people, Florus was an extroverted, loving, and outgoing person. Florus needed to be around people and talk to everyone about everything. 

Florus had died six months ago. He had an adverse reaction to a vaccine he was given. The family made attempts at suing the hospital and the vaccine maker but had no luck. It was now law that children had to be vaccinated to be in public places. John & Maria were able to keep their children from it for some time before Florus was caught in public playing alone. He was taken to a facility and held there till his parents picked him up. While there he was vaccinated without the consent of his parents. An attempt was made to sue the government but this was to no avail. Laws had been instated that allowed the government full control over specifics of the health of children. 

John looked at Maria and said, “We will be ok, we just need to pray for him. We will see him again.” Saying this Maria looked away knowing it was true but still hurt knowing she would never see her boy again. There were always conversations about whether there was anything they could have done to protect their child. A guilty conscience made the two boil with anger. 

As the world moved further and further into a black hole of evil and despair over something contrived, people broke apart on levels as of yet unknown to the human condition. Many different theories would fly over the decentralized internet as to how and who was in control of the theatrics playing it in front of everyone. There was never a conclusive answer to the questions raised. 

As John & Maria were in town there was a massive amount of vehicle movement. A soldier with an intercom was directing, “All those who have been walking the streets without the passport of freedom need to come to the end of the road and receive the proper paperwork. If you continue to walk among us without the proper inclusive paperwork you will be jailed for the night and brought the court in the morning. Charges are severe for unlawful behavior.” Words no one thought they’d hear. John heard someone next to him whisper, “I don’t know about all this” and walked to the end of the road. 

Maria gathered her children into the car and they drove off through allies. Evading the military-like vehicles was hard but doable. They had a small sedan that was very silent, allowing them to evade the military vehicles. 

As they drove out there was a man in rags and a Cross around his neck. Slowing the car John leaned out the window, “Can we help you with anything, sir?” The man looked away for a moment and darted his face to John, “If you could see the end it would be amusing don’t you think?” A crazy thing to say but John sat for a second and looked over at Maria. Her face made him smile. The confusion on her face was exactly what was happening inside his mind. Turning back to the ragged man, “Are you sure we can’t help you? We are getting out of here and heading to the town we came from.” The ragged man climbed on their car roof, using a piece of leather string he tied himself down. John assumed this meant he wanted to come with so he drove off to the side road they used to get into the city. 

Outside the city, there was a view of downtown from a hill. Everything looked dystopic and frail. John looked at Maria and they became very aware of what was happening. Things were building up to an epoch. The city was full of people walking towards the end of the street getting their papers and vaccines. The messages were still ringing in their heads. THoughts of depression were looming but they knew they had to get back to their home and pray. John prayed the Jesus prayer the whole time home. 

As they drove up to their driveway the ragged man leaped off the car and ran to a nearby field and dropped to make prostrations. They saw him do this and were shocked for a moment but walked close to him and prostrated with him. Their hearts were lifted in prayer. 

The ragged man looked at the family and began to breathe deeply before saying, “I have not seen anything and yet there is more than enough there to see. God bless us. God willing we will see an end in sight but for now, we can pray and feel close to each other and God. God treated us with undeserved grace because of the Son he dearly loves, and so we should praise God.” The ragged man walked away to an open area of the field. John realized he never learned this man’s name. He went to ask when suddenly a massive flock of black helicopters flew over them. The ragged man looked back at John, “Spellbound, a future of miracles and blasphemy. Quite fitting,” and kept walking in the field. 

“Will you tell me your name?”, John asked.

“I am an unsuspecting person of faith and interest in the sense of ideas and thought, but you can call me Martin,” he said looking forthrightly.

Unsure of what to do with Martin John walked back to the house and told Maria the man’s name. “I swear I feel like I have seen him somewhere just not sure where,” she said while unpacking things they got while in town. She dropped something on the table in the kitchen and remembered where she had seen the man, it was in town before speaking to people during protests in online videos.

Martin yelled back for the family in the field. There was a sign in the sky he wanted them to see. The whole family came running out to see what Martin was yelling about. When they looked up they couldn’t see anything. Anna looked around and said, “I don’t see anything mister.” Laurus pulled Anna close and picked her up. Martin turned to the family, “Let sleeping dogs lie, soon we will all see it. A sign from above that we are taken care of and all will pass away and we will see the Kingdom.” Martin walked a bit to the edge of their property and without knowing it knew it was the end of their land. He prayed for their fruits and labors to be great and blessed. When he turned back to the house he had many things on his mind to tell the family. 

Entering the house Martin took a seat facing the opposite direction of the family. A confused feeling befell the whole family but the children laughed at the oddness. “I think there is something that needs to be done as much as it sounds insane. Although, an insane person would probably and has probably done so many times as has been asked to. To take the vaccine and get the proper papers. I want to be an example as to what can really happen to the body and maybe just maybe people will assume what could happen to their lofty and weighty souls. Hades, children is a place and your friends won’t want to play and swim in the lakes there,” Martin said while facing away and making hand gestures that made no sense. John looked and assumed the worst. Martin turned and having the look of a happy and serene man waved his hand at John and made the sign of the Cross over the whole family. He left the house to head back to the town and get what was needed to be in society. 

John & Maria prayed that Martin changed his mind or at the very least no harm comes to him. Something every person did when taking or knowing someone who took the vaccine and got the papers showing they could freely move about. 

Martin got all the required medicine and passport to properly operate in this new society. He began to show side effects quickly. Even though he showed a reaction he never felt it or noticed anything. The people around him noticed immediately and began to show it on their faces. Martin had growths and darkened portions of skin and began to have body convulsions. These convulsions didn’t affect his movement or speech. A glow was around him, a glow of the Holy Spirit. Something many didn’t understand was this glow but those who believed knew well what this was. 

Those who knew went straight for the most open and free land they could find. This land for a time was deemed unsuitable for people due to the environment and climate change. Truly there was no issue. As the people ran they tore down signs that read “KEEP OUT” and kept going. 

Laurus saw Martin coming back to the house from the tree line. He ran inside to get his parents to come and see. They all gathered on the porch seeing this man coming towards them. Maria glanced around Martin and noticed that there was a massive group of people driving through the woods quite a distance away. Martin got to the porch with all the wounds he had received from the vaccine. He still showed that it didn’t affect him in any way, shape, or form. He was asked a million questions about the wounds and pain, all Martin did was the sign of the Cross and walked inside to sit and wait for dinner with the family. 

“Please tell us if you’re in pain or need help, and what happened when you left,” John asked. 

Martin waited a moment and stared into John’s eyes, “I shall tell you all someday what happened in great and secret detail. For now, I think we should be gladdened by God’s grace many have seen and know.”

Inside The Upside Down there was a time and place for everything and this time it was perfect. People will see and usually see what is happening. This time people reacted, next time in another place of The Upside Down they might not.

A Day Alone

Thomas looked out to the field he loved so dearly and saw something that enamored him. A duck flying over a small pond that had no fish or any life beyond microbial. He went to sit next to the pond and ponder the idea of what it meant for him. For him, this was his time alone with God. He prayed for his salvation and his neighbor’s salvation. 

Looking at a butterfly that had just landed on his lap he saw how beautiful the world truly was. Looking to his left side there was a spider that was creeping along. Holding the spider he thought how there was beauty in even the most grotesque things of the world. After realizing this he prayed for those who wish him harm and those who despise what he believed to be true. 

A moment later he went off to another area where he saw something etched in a tree. “To whom it may concern, here lies Alan Army.” He prayed for the man’s soul and moved on. Thomas began to remember the things he wanted in life. Things like a family, a beautiful house, and overall happiness. Understanding that this would all come with a struggle he began to slow his walk. Thinking deeper on the goals he was making and how he would get them. Thomas pulled out his notebook and wrote out the goals. Then he prayed and went on with his day remembering these goals and storing them in the back of his mind. 

He came home to see that there was a news story about a family that had been robbed down the road from where he lived. Thomas thought back on the spider and how there was beauty but also terrible mishappenings around the world. Standing in front of his Icons he saw that there was only one way to be and one way to live. 

Thomas took to writing an article on the place in which we stand today. He titled it “A Day Alone”, the title had to do with our judgment. “In the last days there will be extreme strife”, he remembered.  These thoughts were there simply because he was feeling this deep sense that things in most of the societies’ spiritual life were lacking. People were not truly loving one another as they were commanded to and using each other for personal gain rather than helping each other when they fall. For Thomas, this was peeling his emotional skin and causing him to despair. Thomas started to think if it was even worth making any effort to help those around him if they were just gonna stab him in the back or not be thankful and regret his help. 

Thomas sat down to write anyways and he poured his soul into the words he chose. He wrote a somewhat lengthy paper and went to publish it on a website that accepted letters to the editor. They published what he wrote and in less than a week he was getting messages. These messages were from people who greatly appreciated his words. He received many thank you letters and noticed that all he had to do was step up and speak up. The people around him began to change their demeanor and quickly his whole little town began to thrive. 

Thomas stood in prayer and prayed for discernment. He wanted to know that what he wrote actually helped and to bring him back to a good grounding. A gust of wind blew through his room and it smelled of incense, Thomas then knew what he had done was right and blessed.

Being Aware and Asking Questions

Image and content by Dokken Storm

The manifesting of information concerning the vaccines and their effects has been coming out slowly but surely. They show very vast concerns. Everything from fertility to normal motor functions. It seems hard for many who have the idea that if you question any of this like anything else you deny the evidence. The evidence within what is happening shows its tormenting to question the science and if you do, you are a denier of the truth. A denier of science(totally ridiculous thing to say because no one ever outright denies science, your coffee maker has a scientific process; it’s fucking retarded to think people deny science) doesn’t exist, what does exist is the questioning of facts and figures concerning the science. I will try to show the areas in which need looking and the facts that have brought themselves forward through sources outside the mainstream narrative. I will also bring in stories from those who have reached out to me and told me their stories concerning the vaccine and the pandemic.

Firstly, one needs to understand that if you don’t question anything you won’t learn or know the risks. Secondly, the information out there is always skewed to a very particular perspective; what you’re reading now is skewed but towards wanting others to see what I see and tell me and others whatever they know and have found so that everyone can be in the know and make the best possible decisions for themselves and their families. Also, a little babbling.

Fertility; something I hope many think about if they’re of age. What is it about fertility that keeps coming up in all the concerns surrounding these vaccines? One does not think much of it and believes that this medical practice is necessary to keep themselves healthy and protected from Covid. This is mainly due to people just believing in a system that has failed them routinely but they hold out hope(faith is good but not in the system that literally told people “Don’t hug your family”). There were concerns about fertility and these new “cures” before they were brought out to the public. Most knew that vaccines had been used in the past to sterilize poor populations around the world. https://www.africanglobe.net/africa/vaccines-secretly-sterilize-women-africa/ 

So due to this foreknowledge and also there being this massive issue of nothing being properly tested before being administered to the public, many had lots of questions and concerns. There is a plan to depopulate and the vaccines will probably be used as a tool among many other tools to do this. It has already been done before concerning population control. This article is one to read and check out due to the obvious concerns we all have concerning these new vaccines, https://web.archive.org/web/20210630142714/https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/huge-red-flag-medical-researchers-bury-data-showing-82-miscarriage-rate-in-vaccinated-women 

Here’s another article to see the opposite and obvious ploy to stop people from asking questions “because it’s all conspiracy nonsense and made up”, https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/it-was-inevitable-that-antivaxxers-would-claim-that-covid-19-vaccines-make-females-infertile/ 

There’s an addiction in society to fear and terror. With this whole thing, many clung to it as though it was the only thing that mattered in their lives. Reminds me of the lyrics from Motley Crue “He’s gonna be your Frankenstein, I’ve got one thing you’ll understand, He’s not what you’d call a glamorous man, Got one thing that’s easily understood, He’s the one they call Dr. Feelgood” which is very similar to the way people look at the gods of modernity. Things make them feel good about something. Instead of struggling against the passions and temptations of the world and reaching towards Christ and his Kingdom most would rather stay inside and be fed fear porn and do everything they are told. A sad existence. But this is meant to happen so that when the time comes for the separation of those who follow along to get along and those who know the true purpose of being here understand perfectly the events that unfold. People like to conform due to not wanting to be left behind or forgotten within a group or society. Concerning the pandemic, everyone wanted to just comply and wear the mask so they didn’t have altercations with anyone or be looked at in disgust. This also goes with receiving the vaccine. “Breckler, Olsen, and Wiggins (2006) said: “Conformity is caused by other people; it does not refer to effects of other people on internal concepts like attitudes or beliefs. Conformity encompasses compliance and obedience because it refers to any behavior that occurs as a result of others’ influence – no matter what the nature of the influence.” https://www.learning-mind.com/psychology-of-conformity/ So this is a common thing that happens, everyone wants to conform to what is considered “normal”. If this keeps going then most, most then no one asks questions. More lyrics come to mind from the amazing Dio, 

“We’ll know for the first time

If we’re evil or divine

We’re the last in line, yeah

We’re the last in line”

Questions in these times are required just to walk out the front door. Since there is such a vast amount of fear people are not asking anything they just want to be told. This is an amazing article to read https://inklesspen.blog/2021/06/05/the-temple-of-pharmakon/ Fr Lynch is amazing and speaks clearly on an aspect many need to know and understand. In time these things will come to a head and things will break and it won’t be for the benefit of those who are in the know. Although it was written long ago that people would love their servitude. 

The tracking system ideas are also being rushed around in full mass. Ballparks have their systems and it won’t be surprising to see Wal-Mart and other major outlets have their tracking systems as well. https://covidtracking.com/, https://nypost.com/2021/06/28/prove-youre-vaccinated-with-this-immunaband-bracelet/.  There are also things going around that many knew would come; tracking your thoughts to determine if you’re a terror threat. https://www.activistpost.com/2021/07/police-to-target-americans-for-their-ideological-beliefs-and-behaviors.html 

This isn’t something that should be shocking to anyone especially with things like Neurolink out there and is always promoted as something amazing and brilliant. Tracking now has great uses in our world of nonsense, they believe they can track coofid from your face. It s laughable to think that anything so nuanced as a virus can be tracked by staring at you. https://www.activistpost.com/2021/06/abu-dhabi-begins-using-facial-recognition-cameras-to-detect-covid-19.html 

Many things need to be grasped concerning these new advancements towards a dangerous way of life. Things will go forth as “they” have planned and we the people need to just be aware of what is happening so that we can prepare properly. Not in a rushed, frantic, panicked fashion, but in a proper Orthodox Christian way. We pray, fast, and read the Word, and tend to our families and loved ones. We have no control over how things work out in the end. I would say that being alive today should give everyone a rush and a need to pray. It is very exciting to see these times and be able to tell the story someday. We should not be gloomy about any of it since we know the end goal for us as Orthodox Christians. Sure it’s scary and sometimes troubling to talk with people about things but as long as people have their communities and families everything will be fine. If life was easy it would be boring and made poorly functional. 

Show me the grave new world

You, sold me you slaves of change

Slaves to the new world order

Bound believing in change to chains

Woe is me I stand before you

And part a sea of eternity

Bloody nails, I waited and prayed

But your deceived and laid to waste

W.A.S.P. , Slaves Of The New World Order

Father come save us from this

Madness we’re under

God of creation are we blind?

Cause some here are slaves

That worship guns that spit thunder

The children that you’ve made

Have lost the minds

W.A.S.P., Headless Children

Resist the twist to truth no matter what the cost

Supplant the rights with wrongs inside our heads

Outlawing all the questions to the answers

That no one likes when someone ends up dead

Megadeth, Dystopia

Plug into me I guarantee devotion

Plug into me and dedicate

Plug into me and I’ll save you from emotion

Plug into me and terminate

Accelerate, Utopian solution

Finally cure the Earth of man

Exterminate, speeding up the evolution

Set on course a master plan

Reinvent the earth inhabitant

Metallica ,Spit Out The Bone

Religion’s at our door

But yet we search for something more

We see the prophecies

But that won’t bring us to our knees

All the answers are contained

Within the golden book

Every scar and red blood stain

Ignored and overlooked

Even the devil believes

Piety can leave you to bleed

StryperEven The Devil Believes

The psychological trials of dwellers in the last times will be equal to the physical trials of the martyrs. In order to face these trials, we must be living in a different world.” Blessed Fr Seraphim Rose

In the future Judgment, the condition of each person will be revealed in an instant, and each person on his own will proceed to where he belongs. Each person will recognize, as if on a television screen, his own wretchedness, as well as the spiritual condition of others.” St. Paisios of Mount Athos

Such are the souls of the saints: they love their enemies more than themselves, and in this age and in the age to come they put their neighbor first in all things, even though because of his ill-will he may be their enemy. They do not seek recompense from those whom they love, but because they have themselves received they rejoice in giving to others all that they have, so that they may conform to their Benefactor and imitate His compassion to the best of their ability; ‘for He is bountiful to the thankless and to sinners’ (cf. Luke 6:35).

St. Peter of Damaskos, “Book I: A Treasury of Divine Knowledge,”

The Secret Above Part 3: Denouement

Story by Dokken Storm & Nate Armstrong

Image made by Nate Armstrong

The two had made it to the very outskirts of the town. Blackie began to load his gun, it was the first time in decades that he was able to fully load his revolver. As he loaded his gun he prayed for the first time without having Fr Innocent say all the words. He prayed, “ Lord Jesus Christ, in Your great mercy You prayed for the forgiveness of those who crucified You, and You taught us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute us. Lord, I pray that You forgive those who treat me unjustly and speak out against me, and that You bless them and guide them according to Your will. Take away any bitterness I may have in my heart against them. Lord, may Your forgiveness, goodness and love be revealed in all of us, to Your praise and glory. Amen.” 

Fr Innocent was praying and gathering his thoughts on how to get everyone out safely. Blackie was going to be the force and he was the one to break everyone free. They had a plan to get everyone out and the only thing they needed was for there to be little to no people guarding. 

Making their way to a place they assumed everyone was being held they saw that there were mass graves. It was a megadeath. The ones they could see Fr Innocent noticed they were his parishioners. Fr Innocent knew there wasn’t time for grieving yet he had to get the others that may still be alive free. 

Blackie burst into a tent that had been set close to the grave and yelled, “ I’m looking for Jack Action, who wants to be first?” The whole tent jumped and within seconds Blackie had shot them dead. Upon leaving the tent he said a small prayer for their souls. Fr Innocent was looking at the damage and thought to himself, “Lord have mercy on their souls, and keep Blackie sane after all this.”

They ran through the tents looking for people. To Blackie’s surprise he didn’t have to shoot that many people. They both made it to a building in the center of the tents and saw the children. Fr Innocent’s heart gleamed with joy that they hadn’t been touched. There were only a couple of adults in the cell with the children that had not had anything done to them. 

“Where are the adults? What happened to everyone?”, Fr Innocent asked. 

“They were murdered in experiments. We were the last in line to have the experiment done but Kallis said he was bored. He threw us in here with the children. The others only lived for a couple of hours after they were tortured.” a young woman explained.

“We will get all of you out of here.” Fr Innocent said firmly.

“We will get you all out of here, we just need to find Kallis,” said Blackie.

Unknown to Fr Innocent, Blackie had it in his mind to kill Kallis. Fr Innocent pulled Blackie away from the children and said, “You cannot do anything to him. It would be better to pray and hope he seeks repentance.” These words fell on deaf ears. Blackie looked at him and said nothing. They began to get everyone out of the cell. Blackie made sure that Fr Innocent was able to get everyone to safety before saying, “It has to be done, pray that I make it.” With those words, he walked away.

Fr Innocent was able to get everyone home safely. He fed them and prayed over them. Later that night they had a prayer service for all the departed. Everyone cried tears of sorrow but also tears of joy. Their loved ones no longer had to suffer and they were with God. Fr Innocent spent a moment with everyone and asked that they pray together for Blackie.

Blackie stalked the building looking for Kallis. Eventually, he found him in a dark room reading a tablet. Kallis looked over to see who had disturbed him. Blackie stood in the doorway and Kallis kept to his chair. 

“I do not believe we have locked eyes before,” Kallis said widely, “I have to say that I didn’t think that the Priest was at the level he has come to. I have been making attempts to convert him and those old believers to something new and brilliant but they just wouldn’t see or hear.”

As Kallis spoke Blackie could see this man had nothing behind his eyes. “It must be the tech all those hordes have.”

“Why are you so silent, I have been looking for someone like you to fill out the ranks for a couple of years now. You have the build and the qualities one looks for in a stable minded follower,” Kallis went on and on.

“I am here to see to it that you no longer have the capability to harm others anymore. I think you have run your course and it’s time to end while you’re still ahead” Blackie proclaimed.

“Now that seems a bit bold don’t you think. I would personally believe I have a couple more years before someone else becomes bold enough to remove me from the throne of perfection.” Kallis said this with a smile.

Blackie was finished speaking and had nothing to say. The only thing on his mind was that this man needed to be removed from others and putting him away in a dark room wasn’t going to cut it. They waltzed around the room, both having their weapons ready at their sides. Blackie knew that this guy had to be fast due to his enhancement.

Blackie drew as quickly as he could. Kallis drew faster and shot Blackie in the shoulder. Blackie fell to the ground behind a sofa and began looking for angles to shoot Kallis in the back of the head. 

He made two attempts that failed, “If you had what I have you would have made at least the second shot,” Kallis remarked. “You shouldn’t get discouraged. I am positive you have plenty of time to kill me.”

Blackie became infuriated, he got up from behind the sofa and walked directly up to Kallis, in his mind the words “Go forth bravely against the enemy, and when you are victorious, do not forget the Lord your God.” As he walked towards Kallis he noticed the face change, as though he didn’t calculate this as a tactic. Blackie got right up to his face and shot him six times in the head in rapid succession. Blackie dropped his gun and walked out of the building.

As Blackie walked back to a trail he remembered using when he came to the town there was a man in all white waiting for him. Blackie walked towards him, unknowing of what this man wanted. The man said, “You have not forgotten who was with you this whole time have you?”, Blackie looked around and said, “No, I have not forgotten.” The man in white told him where the village was that Fr Innocent was at and Blackie made his way there. Upon arriving he went to seek out Fr Innocent, He asked the people where he would be and he was just about to ask a child when “Blackie!! So glad you made your way home. Let me see what we can do so that you have somewhere to live.” Blackie followed Fr Innocent to the bunker where there was a room with a window. “What can I do to help around here? I don’t want to always be on guard,” Blackie said calmly. Fr Innocent answered in almost a whisper, “Do you like to paint?” Blackie’s face lit up because he hadn’t done anything with paint since he was a child. Blackie nodded and was told that the Nave needed the Icons on the missile to be touched up after the attack. They agreed that Fr Innocent would teach Blackie the proper way of painting Icons and he would be the designated Iconographer. 

Blackie lived in the village painting Icons and teaching the children to do the same. Everyone had heard of what had happened to Kallis and they started to gather into the village to become illumined and be and live a life of Truth.

There is always growth when a person changes their direction in life. As we see some change and some don’t. In The Upside Down, this is always a constant.

The Secret Above Part 2: Darkness Fades

Story By Dokken Storm & Nate Armstrong

Cover Image created by Nate Armstrong

Blackie was out on a trail with nothing on his mind except the sky color. It was grey and a little bit of blue hue to it. Along the ride, he saw someone aimlessly walking around. They were wearing all black in what looked like a dress. This person had a beard and long hair all of it white as the snow. He slowed his horse to watch the person.

Fr Innocent was walking the woods next to a trail praying for help. He was looking around his surroundings and saw someone on a horse. He yelled out, “HELLO!”

Blackie heard the person yell and it sounded like a man yelling for help. He rode off the trail a ways and saw it was a Priest walking the woods. As he got closer the Priest began to talk to him.

“Hello sir, I am in need of help, something has happened to my village and all the people have been taken hostage.” Fr Innocent said tearfully.

“I don’t know how I can help,” Blackie answered.

“You do you just don’t know yet” Fr Innocent exclaimed.

“What would you have me do to help? I don’t kill; at least not on purpose, and I am not a bounty hunter,” said Blackie.

The two walked a bit in silence. Fr Innocent was praying in silence while they walked. A glimmer of light shone over them and it eventually beamed down on Blackie. Fr Innocent looked at Blackie and said, “You are meant to help, this will be good for your soul. Something in you wants to find truth and that truth you seek is God no matter how hard you run and hide from it.” This was true of Blackie, this was why he never attempted stealing or anything other than honesty, unlike most others, just to survive. Blackie couldn’t accept this, it didn’t feel real or right to him. 

The beam of light went away and Blackie felt something in him move. A feeling of being called to battle. A voice that sounded far off in the distance but was in his head started to sing a hymn. This startled him to the point he stopped walking and listened. The voice started to say, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” These words struck him deeply. Blackie looked at Fr Innocent and said, “What do you need of me?”

Fr Innocent explained the whole event down to the last detail. Blackie listened and had remembered he had some run-ins with that group before. They talked about where the people were being held and concluded how to get them back.

The people were being held in a town not too far away from the village. The man keeping them hostage was named Kallis Rath. Kallis was a man of mystery; he had deep thoughts that kept his followers latched to him like leeches. He would have long speeches about how things needed to be in order for there to be order within a society. He would talk poetically and directly with malice on every other word for those who thought differently. 

The village and their missile church were not a part of his new mechanical plan and in fact, challenged what he believed and what he was trying to perfect. 

 That poor ignorant village held on to something they called Orthodox Christian beliefs. This was unacceptable. 

 Kallis believed that there was no real spiritual element to anything. Everything was mathematical and measurable, simple energy that could be molded into perfection. Often Kallis would lay awake and obsess about such perfection discussed in his favorite books. Ideas about utopia written by great minds or how to weed out those who couldn’t propel us into the future. 

Kallis did all sorts of experiments on the people he deemed imperfect (He even experimented on people he didn’t like but this thought eluded him). He wanted to fix them like he was fixing himself.  

Kallis got to the point of enhancing people’s minds with a new mechanical spinal cord that would work the same as the normal neural pathways but added artificial intelligence. The artificial network mechanism processed everything ten times faster than the average brain. It was expertly connected to a hub of computers that had been spliced together from the old tech components and tweaked with new advancements that Kallis and a small group of scientists created. They called it Rathtech. 

Rathtech was made so that Kallis could control not only a population but the AI itself. None of his other scientists were privy to that information.  They believed what they were told and told what they believe.

 “Controlling the AI controls the people”, Kallis whispered to himself, “controlling the people controls society.” This required a full spectrum submission and since the people of that village would not submit they must be taken care of in a way that does not cause any sympathy. 

The hostages had two more days until they were supposed to face their consequences. Kallis moved forward with the consequences early because he was bored of waiting. “Do you all know that the brain is meat in a jar that is your skull? Today I feel we should change that and give you true new life, not this nonchalant passing life you always talk of. You’re here tomorrow and gone today.” Kallis said this with a deep smile.

Everyone was taken and surgically murdered except the children. They had all been given upgraded brains and just because Kallis was not in any mood to be proper, sewed them back up poorly and left huge scars. In his mind, he thought, “If they come round maybe they’ll get the dinner of dinners and the smile of smiles. I’m sure they’d like some food for thought,” he laughed at himself and completed his thought, “Sometimes I say these things to myself and wonder if anyone ever listens, I’m very creative.”

Blackie and Fr Innocent were making their way to the town that Kallis was residing in, they were planning how to get the people free. It required time and energy that they didn’t have. The words Blackie heard before came rolling back again. Fr Innocent saw this change in Blackie’s demeanor and began to pray. He prayed for help from his Guardian Angel, in little time there was a set of two bullet belts. Each bullet had a Cross marked on it. The silver of the bullets had such a shine to them they looked and felt as though they had been made by angels. Blackie looked at Fr Innocent and asked, “What’re the ramifications for someone like you or someone like me for going and doing what we may have to do?”  The question was difficult to answer because it was a necessary thing to go and get back these people. The people had been ripped away from God and the Church by someone who thought he knew better. 

After a time they had made their way to the town that Kallis was residing in. During the trip, Fr Innocent had been teaching Blackie what it meant to be Orthodox. Fr Innocent read from the Scriptures and read prayers for the both of them, taught Blackie to make the sign of the Cross, and showed him the way of Life.

Part 3 coming soon.

The Secret Above: Part I

Story by Dokken Storm & Nate Armstrong

Image created by Nate Armstrong

In The Upside Down there is a place that is not set in time and space but is there in the moment. A moment that is cemented in the minds of the individuals that have lived this event, this epoch. It could very well happen in another place, another time, again.

The Liturgy was performed in an abandoned missile silo.  The decommissioned missile now stood reverently in the middle of the Nave. The towering weapon, once proud and powerful, had become barren, as its parts and fuel had been used for survival over the years.  

 The parishioners had painted the missile hull full of saints and crosses.  There was little space left in the silo not full of Orthodox Christian art and Icons.

 The converted Church had been blessed by Fr Innocent the moment he saw it with tears of joy running down his cheeks.  The priest was now performing Divine Liturgy as had been taught to him by his spiritual fathers. “A perfect place for people to gather”, Fr Innocent would always say to his parishioners. 

The whole parish smelled of incense as Fr Innocent started his sermon, “Today we commemorate many of the warrior saints of our times and the past. One that is of great importance is Great Martyr Mercurius of Caesarea. He served as a soldier in the Roman army. This was at a time when the Romans were persecuting Christians to a horrendous extent. I have to say that he is brought up and this is important because we face something similar today. We are hiding here because many will attack us simply for being who we are. Across this beautiful land, some evil people simply don’t understand the Truth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have had to fight with the robbers and pillagers at times to keep our children safe. Something an angel said to Mercurius is this ‘Fear not, Mercurius. Go forth bravely against the enemy, and when you are victorious, do not forget the Lord your God.’ What do we get from this?” Having asked this question the parishioners became deathly silent. The missile was gleaming from the light of the candles in the silence.

The silence carried for a time. There was a bang on the parish doors. Some men were scraping the doors and banging. Screaming out loud and lewd statements. Breaking down the doors the gang rolled through and ordered everyone outside but the Priest. Fr Innocent was struck with questions and bewilderment stood in place for a second. Shortly after a few people had left Fr Innocent heard screams and cries of children. He thought they might be murdering them. He ran out a side exit to see and attempt to help, he saw military trucks with a red “R” on the doors being packed with people. Everyone was taken and the Priest was left alone with a note on the main doors reading, “You had ten days to pay the fee for being in my territory. You will be killed if you don’t pay and so will the people. You have three days.” In a haze and fear, Fr Innocent ran to the woods and prayed for help from God. 

In the Siberian winter wastelands, there is a constant shortage of ammunition. This required all who understood the dangers of the wasteland to be a good marksman with very little ammunition. 

A man solely known as Blackie was going into a small town of maybe a hundred people. Blackie was not a man who enjoyed using his gun. Deeply he wished he could just live without conflict with another. Blackie in his younger years was a member of a group called the Cossacks. He left to see things himself and explore the land he loved. 

There so happened to be a large amount of the Rath gang skulking around town. Blackie walked his horse through the town center to the closest water supply. “There has to be something good here for all these people to be standing around”, he pondered. Above a small sign for a store, a man was staring at him. Knowing he had little ammunition and that the guy would get his buddies involved if he felt like starting something, he looked away for a moment before “You must be new here,” a man said. This man popped up in front of Blackie right as he turned away from the other man. A pig-nosed man was asking Blackie questions as though he was some sort of authority in this little town. He showed no credentials and didn’t have the usual look of someone keeping the peace. He looked like the one who starts all the trouble. 

Blackie didn’t say much to the man, he just wanted water for him and his horse and maybe some food rations. “We’d like your horse and all your supplies”, someone said. Blackie turned to the person saying these outlandish things. When he turned it was a shorter man with a mustache and torn and tattered clothes. Not as unusual as Blackie thought he would look. 

They looked at each other for a moment before Blackie said, “I don’t think that is going to happen.” 

“You don’t think it’s going to happen?” the man said sarcastically.

“That’s for sure and for certain” Blackie said back.

The short man was joined by three others, “You still think it’s not gonna happen?”

“As a matter of fact now I definitely think it won’t happen,” he said undeviatingly.

Now the group was coming ever closer to him and making movements to do battle. With minimal ammunition, he knew he had to time everything perfectly. He scanned the enemy and made decisions based on their movements. His first thought was to shoot the main guy and then see what happens. Eventually, that idea went away cause these folks looked like they also had a vested interest in what he had. Blackie looked around for things and ways to take care of the situation quickly and smoothly. He was known for his shooting but not directly at people. He saw a sign that looked sturdy enough to ricochet a bullet and the angle looked close enough and then he saw his other options. In an instant, his plan was settled.

 A split second later, everyone drew and Blackie went for the ricochet first. To his surprise, the bullet definitely had it in for this short man. The bullet hit him in the head and he twisted around and shot one of the other guys, that guy shot another guy and on it went. Blackie couldn’t believe his luck. He counted his blessings and got everything together to move on…

The Journey

Picture created by Nate Armstrong, IG @natearmstrong313

The day was light and breezy. Families were out and doing their daily farm tasks. Each loving their work and praying while doing so. The bright sun bathed them in grace and warmth. Working till the wee hours of the night, they took rest and supper. Eating beef and potatoes with a garnish of their newly churned butter. Having eaten they prayed together and went to bed.

Morning came, and they could hear something rumbling outside. A man named Marcus Evanger was in the neighboring home and also heard the rumbling. Rumbling of horses charging at full speed. The leader of the pack was an outlaw named Willis Keel, this man was known for stealing and murdering without contempt for anyone. Willis charged through and killed the family cow, and his cronies killed the rest of their livestock. The family ran out as well as Marcus, Willis came down off his horse and struck the father in the face with the butt of his rifle. “I’m here for the women and your money,” Willis said. The father holding his face said, “You can’t have my family but you can take our money and leave.” Willis stared and took a moment to contemplate the motion he would make. Willis pulled his revolver and shot the father in the head. His body fell flat and lifeless. “NO!!” his wife screamed. Willis took the woman into the house and defiled her. The child of the family fought back and was stabbed to death by one of Willis’s demons.

Marcus ran with his rifle in hand and shot two of the cronies dead. Three others made attempts at Marcus but Willis shot Marcus in the back before he lifted his rifle.

Bleeding Marcus dragged himself towards the dropped rifle. He was kicked and shot again by another crony. Willis walked towards Marcus, “Why would you put yourself in a position that had nothin’ to do with you?”, Marcus looked up and his face was slapped back into the dirt. The whole gang was standing over Marcus laughing at him and spitting on him. He was shot one more time, and the whole gang rode off leaving him in the dirt and blood.

Marcus crawled into the house where the woman was taken. He saw her laying on the bed heavily beaten and bleeding and crying for life. “Can you walk to get help?” Marcus asked. Her life was leaving her, and she only had a couple of breaths left, and with them, she whispered, “Help me”, and with that, her soul left her body.

Marcus’s family had been murdered by the Willis gang many years prior. He deliberately moved to this wide-open distant place because he thought they’d never come out there. He left it up to God to take care of them, he knew they would be judged and it was only a manner of time. This was something he knew he could not let go unpunished. Their lives should be cut short. He remembered the words of Christ “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” With that, he grabbed his weapons and straddled his horse, and rode after them.

It took several weeks to catch up to the Willis Gang. He followed the trail of tears and tortured souls. The closer he got the more gruesome things he saw.

He reached them at a camp they had set up close to a small town they planned on robbing and pillaging. Marcus came up to the camp and saw that a garment from the child was murdered hanging off one of the horses. His blood boiled, but he prayed for forgiveness for what he was about to do. His hand became shaky, but his anger became the heated coals for his actions. Right before he was about to pull his pistols, he prayed, “Lord Jesus Christ help and have mercy on these men and have mercy on for what I am about to do.”

Marcus pulled his pistols and shot the members of the gang dead. There were flashes of light and loud cracks from his guns. Everyone but Willis was dead before they hit the ground. Willis ran to his horse to escape his judgment. Marcus shot the horse in its rear causing it to throw Willis off. Willis fell flat on his back knocking the wind out of him. Marcus walked slowly over to Willis, fire raging inside, he got close to Willis and Willis began to beg for his life. “Why do you beg for something you lost long ago?” Marcus said. Willis was scared and didn’t understand the question, “You’re that man we shot ain’t ya? You are supposed to be dead.” muttered Willis. Marcus was staring into his eyes and seeing the realization he was going to die. “I pray that God has some mercy on you because I don’t,” Marcus confessed. Marcus shot Willis in the leg, tied him to his horse, and rode out to a wide open area. This area had no shade and was known to get extremely hot and dry during the day.

Marcus pulled a steak from the horse’s saddlebag and stuck it deep into the ground. Marcus untied Willis from the horse and drug him to the post. He tied him to it and said, “You can lay here and repent or die, I don’t care which one you choose,” Marcus got back on the horse and rode away. Willis screamed out “YOU CAN’T LEAVE ME HERE TO DIE!!”, Marcus knew that he had done the right thing and kept riding. He prayed for the man’s soul and left it behind him.

Navigating The Jungle

Author’s biographies

Nate Armstrong- Knowledge in Biochemistry and Applied Pharmacology in Medicine. Instagram @natearmstrong313

Dokken Storm- Just a researcher on the topics of medicine and world events who also writes fiction. Instagram @dokken_storm

The Scientific Method and Orthodoxy

 What is science and how does one deviate from science? The word itself, science, is taken from the Latin word Scientia meaning knowledge. That word in its modern usage often refers to the method or pursuit behind knowledge, which is also known as the Scientific Method.  

The Scientific Method: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.

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These steps make up the tradition of science. 

A tradition that was founded on the idea that collecting and verifying data could lead us to a better understanding of our reality. 

If science is the tradition of collecting and verification of data and we start skipping steps of that tradition are we still scientists?

 If an Orthodox Christian throws tradition to the wind can they still claim to be an Orthodox Christian? Valid question of our times.

Examples of such would be the masks required to enter our parish, an atheist government dictating the rules of the Liturgy; there’s plenty more but for now, this is the ideal area to stop. 

Science and Orthodoxy are both based on truth. We are taking the assumptions of a society that does not believe in Divine Truth and adapting that worldview onto Orthodoxy when we deviate from the tradition of science which was based on a worldview that believes in absolute truth.

As Orthodox, we know that science has limitations to the truth of a fallen world, only a God outside of this can reveal the absolute truth to us and has done this throughout space and time with His Son and the Church. When we listen to the modern science of our current trends we deny this revelation for the platitudes of atheists. Science itself is based on the presuppositions that there is absolute universal truth and that we can discover this truth through experimentation, but times have changed. The science of modernity is not concerned about truth, but only manipulating public opinion by controlling them with fear and denying the truth that our Creator loves us.

Currently, there are many doctors and scientists who agree that the scientific method has been thrown to the wind and everything is all speculation. The biggest indicator of such is no isolation of the virus in an electron microscope. 

This is a pretty big part of the discovery and identification of a virus, yet this part of the process hasn’t been done. 

Another aspect of the scientific method being washed away with ideas and pride would be the acceptance of PCR tests as valid data. As humans, we want to know something in the blink of an eye or at the amount of time it takes to microwave a meal but PCR tests, the test this whole pandemic is based on, do not work the way the media portrays them to. I direct those who disbelieve here https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html “The PCR test amplifies genetic matter from the virus in cycles; the fewer cycles required, the greater the amount of virus, or viral load, in the sample. The greater the viral load, the more likely the patient is to be contagious.” “It isn’t the result of looking through some sort of cosmic microscope at genes lined up like cars in a supermarket parking lot. It’s a process using a computer program to stitch together DATA— PRESUMED pieces of a virus—based on speculation, bias, pretension, and sheer hype. Rather than science.”, this is just one of the many criticisms around the PCR test as something to diagnose someone for Covid 19.

 On January 23, 2021, a Chinese scientist’s name is Dr. Wu Zunyou was interviewed by NBC said “They didn’t isolate the virus,” this doctor is talking about samples from a market in Wuhan that may have started the whole pandemic.

 The fact that this statement has been said multiple times is precisely why one cannot assume that the scientists in charge of the pandemic response are using the scientific method. 

Science now rests in a religious realm at this point in history, in a debate, this is usually called “Appeal to Authority” and it’s not a good way to argue for one’s point. 

The authority of the scientific method is something that should not be thrown out because a narrative doesn’t fit the science. One never throws away prayer because that prayer isn’t working along the lines of what said person is wanting.  

Before the Covid vaccine, science has had a hundred years to collect and analyze data to determine their effectiveness and safety. With this new form of vaccine, science has little to no data to collect and analyze. 

Therefore, any statement on their effectiveness and safety is mere opinion and therefore not scientific. The same can be said for the effectiveness of wearing a mask. Before 2020, the scientific data showed little to no effectiveness in preventing a virus. Now we are to blindly accept their effectiveness because of the psychological effects they have on society

To explain the most mainstream idea of vaccines the World Economic Forum has an article on the subject. That can be read here https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/how-vaccines-changed-the-world/. The history of vaccines is interesting because history shows people using the scientific method to help and make sure what they were doing was for the help and good of others. 

Yet today, with the new vaccine, this process was skipped, and instead of isolating the virus and producing a proper test, the modern scientists just assumed and assured us we do not need the traditional testing time of several years to make sure all the bugs were worked out before it was thrust upon the people without any real understanding of what it is or even how it really works. 

What is Gene Therapy

The new vaccines are in fact called “Gene Therapy” by the creators. This is due to the way it reacts with the body, unlike the standard flu vaccine that so many others have had throughout their life. “Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine that relies on messenger RNA to deliver instructions to the cells in your body, which then produce small parts of the Covid-19 virus that are just enough to trigger the immune system without getting you sick.” This is the definition of gene therapy “The treatment of certain medical disorders, especially those caused by genetic anomalies or deficiencies, by introducing specific engineered genes into a patient’s cells.” By this definition, none of the companies can call what they are making a vaccine. Definition of a vaccine “a preparation that is administered (as by injection) to stimulate the body’s immune response against a specific infectious disease.” The way in which the medicine being offered by MODERNA and Pfizer are not vaccines. The process that both companies are using is something that hasn’t been done on a massive scale like they are trying to do. Also, little testing before going to market is also something to be concerned about. https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-vaccine-trial-no-animal-testing.html 

Understanding the New Vax and link to Transhumanism

 If we are to understand that we have the coding of life within us then we ought to understand that manipulating this can have huge catastrophic problems.

“Recognizing the broad potential of mRNA science, we set out to create an mRNA technology platform that functions very much like an operating system on a computer. It is designed so that it can plug and play interchangeably with different programs. In our case, the “program” or “app” is our mRNA drug – the unique mRNA sequence that codes for a protein.” The ‘Software of Life’, something that is within the human body that was put there by God. This is what is being modified in the name of “Science”. A secular atheist idea of science nonetheless. 

Within the ideas of science and how the Church views topics of the like are very definite. Definite in the sense that we understand there are parameters that we cannot understand. Therefore messing with the DNA and RNA of persons without years of study is a misstep in the scientific method and the ideals of the Traditions of Orthodoxy. This message of messing with DNA to prevent disease leads to the ideology of “Transhumanism”. 

Transhumanism is a philosophical movement the advocates of which believe in the enhancement of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies able to greatly enhance human longevity, mood, and intellect. They say they would do this through the modification of Man. Doing so is an act against God’s creation. We know from tradition that this is wrong not only from a moral stance but from a biblical one since God created everything perfectly. Since we are created perfectly in the image of God there is no reason to mess with that perfection. Medical advancement can still be within the limits of God’s perfection. The ideals and philosophy of transhumanism are directly against God and will lead to so many catastrophes and this is not an exaggeration by any means.

Possible outcomes of vax

The process of protein synthesis by the cell starts with the information encoded by God inside our DNA. The new form of vaccine bypasses our DNA and gives our cells “orders” on how and when to make a protein. 

This new protein is then inserted into the cell wall and the immune response takes over, flagging the cell as an intruder and producing antibodies against this new unknown protein. 

On paper and inside the lab this is how the new vaccine is supposed to work. However, the human body is not the lab with all of its controlled circumstances. 

While the body tries to maintain homeostasis, that is it tries to resist changes in the environment that can alter the bodies ability to perform chemical reactions inside the body such as keeping the same temperature, maintaining a Ph balance of 7.35 to 7.45, or the level of extracellular sodium; it often fails to maintain the level of control you can have inside the laboratory. 

When God created us He understood this concept far better than we can in our fallen state. He made robust proteins that could withstand the extreme conditions our body has to deal with to maintain life but now we are being asked to insert proteins into our body that were not made by our Creator but by infallible men.  

The shape of a protein will be altered by its environment, this is one reason why the body maintains homeostasis.  The shape of a protein is what makes the protein functional, useless, or even harmful inside or outside of the cell. 

Sometimes when the shape of a protein is altered inside of our bodies, because of changes in the environment, the protein takes a shape that is harmful to life. This harmful shape of the protein is called a prion. 

Listen to scientist and Medical Doctor Bart Classen discuss the problems of prion disease and the new Covid vaccine.  He states, 

“The concern is raised that the RNA based COVID vaccines have the potential to cause more disease than the epidemic of COVID-19…” This paper focuses on a novel potential adverse event mechanism causing prion disease which could be even more common and debilitating than the viral infection the vaccine is designed to prevent. While this paper focuses on one potential adverse event there are multiple other potential fatal adverse events as discussed below. Over the last two decades, there has been a concern among certain scientists that prions could be used as bioweapons. More recently there has been a concern that ubiquitous intracellular molecules could be activated to cause prion disease including Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and other neurodegenerative diseases. This concern originates due to the potential for misuse of research data on the mechanisms by which certain RNA binding proteins like TDP-43, FUS, and others can be activated to form disease-causing prions. 

The fact that this research, which could be used for bioweapons development, is funded by private organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ellison Medical Foundation without national/international oversight is also a concern.

Orthodoxy on Health

The Church has very simple ideas on health. They all mostly center around prayer, “As a consequence, the Church has always recognized two dimensions to the healing process. On the one hand is the recognition that our whole life is in the hands of God. We are – body and soul – his creatures, and it is to Him that we turn in moments of illness, both physical and emotional. He is, in the first and most fundamental sense, “the healer of soul and body,” as it says in the Orthodox priest’s Prayer Book.’ In the Orthodox Church, we not only pray for the healing of sickness through priestly “Prayers for the Sick,” but the Church has always offered the healing of God to the faithful through the sacrament of Anointing, or Unction,” from the GOARCH website https://www.goarch.org/-/for-the-health-of-body-and-soul-an-eastern-orthodox-introduction-to-bioethics. This shows how simple we should really think of all the health concerns with this pandemic. The fear being perpetuated right now is not a fear of God but of something so small that you can’t even see it. Do you see how demonic that is? The world should fear and love God above all else.

Final Thoughts

Today our faith has become weakened by the world and its secular views. Our parishes have been closed and around the world, our Priests are being threatened with fines because they want to open up their parish and hold the Liturgy. People have become more fearful of death than they should. They are fearing losing this fleeting material life. Why? If we truly believe in our Lord and Savior then why do we fear death? We should pray and understand that death can come at any time. Salvation is not being healthy in a material way but in a spiritual way. We confess our sins and we receive the Holy Gifts then we go and pray in the morning and at night before bed and before meals. Prayer and love for God are the real miracle medicines, not a vaccine or a pill. If anything those things allow us to have more time to repent but that does not mean we use them for our salvation, that is not what they are meant for. Worldly medicine only heals the body, not the soul. Our souls are something that needs to be healed and repaired daily. If we forget this we lose our way on the narrow path to Heaven and the eternal Kingdom. 

Prayer For All Sick People

O Lord Almighty, healer of our souls and bodies, Who putteth down and raiseth up, Who chastiseth and health also; now, in Thy great mercy, visit our brothers and sisters who are sick. Stretch forth Thy hand that is full of healing and health, and raise them up, and cure them of their illness. Put away from them the spirit of disease and of every malady, pain and fever to which they are bound. And if they have sins and transgressions, grant to them remission and forgiveness, for Thou lovest humankind. Yea, O Lord my God, have pity on Thy creation, through the compassions of Thine only-begotten Son, together with Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, with whom Thou art blessed, both now and ever, and to ages of ages.

Prayer For Protection

O Lord, Thou who steadied the hand of Peter as he began to sink on the stormy sea, if Thou are with me, no one is against me. Grant to me the shield of faith and the mighty armor of the Holy Spirit to protect me and guide me to do Thy will. The future I put into Thy hands, O Lord, and I follow Thee to a life in Christ. Amen

Prayer Against Fear

O Greatly-merciful Master, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and cleanse me from every sadness and disturbance and cowardice. Drive away from me every spiritual choking and demonic sorrow, that I sense in my body and my soul. For You are our Joy, and the hope of all the ends of the earth, and those far off at sea. Be merciful to me, O Master, upon my sins. Take from me the heavy burden of sin and despair. Drive far away from me every sadness and laziness. Confirm me in Your Love, and with unassailable hope and unshakable faith in You, through the intercessions of Your Spotless Mother, and all Your Saints. Amen.

Prayer For Discernment

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, who didst lead the people of Israel in a land of unsown, land of drought and deep darkness, a land none may pass through or dwell in: do thou, the same Lord, lead me all the days of my life, giving me to discern the times and their signs, and to redeem time’s passage— for the days are evil— guiding me in the way that I should go, that I may ever say: I love thee, O Lord, for thou hast heard the voice of my supplication from my mother’s womb, yea, from all eternity, and thou art the Way and the Truth, and the Resurrection and the Life, the Sunshine that ripens all who live and repose in thee, the Peace of God, and also our Peace with him: always, now and ever and unto ages of ages, Amen.

Sources-

https://www.modernatx.com/mrna-technology/mrna-platform-enabling-drug-discovery-development

https://www.sott.net/article/448574-Immunologist-Pfizer-Moderna-vaccines-could-cause-long-term-chronic-illness

https://www.fda.gov/media/143557/download

https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2020/11/16/what-you-need-to-know-about-modernas-covid-19-vaccine/?sh=72f2b1ee1a53

https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-vaccine-trial-no-animal-testing.html

https://www.goarch.org/-/for-the-health-of-body-and-soul-an-eastern-orthodox-introduction-to-bioethics

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Hold On To My Heart

In The Upside Down there is love but love not for God or between two persons. Truly love does not exist within this world the way we know it. But, maybe, just maybe someone can change that.

  Calix looked at his watch and saw that there was a message about daily motivation. This message was for the whole world. It read, “To love is to die and you and I do not want to die. Do we?” A message that rang true for many people in the world.

Dahlia saw the same message show up on her watch as well. Her thoughts were different from the rest of the world. To her, it made more sense to run to the arms of a lover than it did to live in solitude and only feeding the passions with those whom they did not love. In her mind, she felt alone.

Calix was beginning to feel a sense of bewilderment at the very idea of the world and the way it had changed. He would read stories and watch movies that would show couples kissing, laughing, and holding each other close.  This he deeply wanted without truly acknowledging it. On a subconscious level, he saw himself in those movies and stories. Wishing he had someone like that.

Since the world had grown and molded its heart to be cold and distant everyone moved along with the ideas that had been established concerning Love and what Happiness was. To society, happiness was doing what thou wilt, even to the extent that you had to ruin someone to get ahead. An ideology that should have ruined society but since everything was headed in that direction anyway no one seemed to care or notice this drastic change in the hearts and minds of the world.

A cold heart was something that neither Calix nor Dahlia had. They were warm and caring to everyone they knew. They went to their local parish knowing it was considered old fashion and frowned upon in some areas. Knowing this they went anyway and did so with pride, in the sense that it was going against the norm and being true to themselves and what they felt they needed to do to be happy.

One afternoon Calix sat in his armchair. This armchair was set up next to a window overlooking rolling hills and valleys. As he sat, he looked up to see the different shades of blue and red in the sky. This imagery made him think about things he felt he needed in his life. Thinking he would forget what he needed he grabbed a paper and pen and wrote, “A wife, a family, and a cigar collection.” Two of those held his eye for what seemed like forever. In that forever he got up from the chair and went to pray. His prayer was to have a family and to truly Love. Without knowing his prayer was answered instantly. In that same moment of forever, Dahlia was also praying to find a true and loving husband. She was leaning over her porch banister and was praying at the exact same moment as Calix. Neither knew they had an answer waiting for them.

At the same time, they both felt the need to go to a nearby city named Truth and Consequences in New Mexico. They didn’t know why they had this urge, but they felt they had to go. It almost felt as though they were being shoved out of their homes and on their way to their destination. Their journey was in a sense forced upon them.

 The tangents and trouble people go through on long journeys were not kept from them.

Dahlia had stopped in a small town on her journey to Truth and Consequences, a group of women had been hooking on the corner of this small town. They saw Dahlia and gave her dirty looks; the demon of envy and jealousy was spitting out of their mouths. They yelled slurs at her, the demon was trying to get her to turn away in fear and run home. Dahlia was in high spirits and she knew there was a purpose for her travels. “Why are you here? You don’t belong here goody girl, go home or else,” they said while making lewd hand gestures and screaming swears. Dahlia realized they had this reaction to her because her cross was visible to them. She drove off from that town and prayed for those girls. A feeling of great joy washed over her, and she began to understand a little about the purpose of this journey.

Calix made his way to the town of Waco, Texas on his way to Truth and Consequences. In Waco, there was a Church that was dilapidated. He parked his car and went in. The inside of the Church looked as though it was brand new. The Iconostasis was still intact, and all the items found in an Orthodox Church were still there. On the floor of the Church was a note that said, “Marriage is a spiritual bond.” Calix did not understand this message, but he felt as though it was important to keep this note. He put it in his pocket and went to the Icon of the Savior and made three prostrations. He stood back a moment to take in the whole Church, Calix prayed to be protected on this journey and that whatever was at the end of this rainbow it would be for his salvation.

  The Journey continued for both seekers. In their hearts, they felt as though they were getting closer to something that they needed desperately. Although, they weren’t sure what it was that they needed so desperately. Each had an idea, but it was foggy and hard to determine. God had a plan for these two souls and the journey was a small test before the greatest test of all; Will you love Me after I give you a great gift? This great gift was an answer to a prayer. The answer to this question would determine how Calix & Dahlia would live the rest of their lives.

“Nothing can destroy love that is rooted and founded in Christ,” a voice said. This voice was heard in the deepest parts of their souls. Calix and Dahlia stopped in their tracks, got out of their cars, and dropped to their knees. They both prayed for clarity and discernment. They wanted a better understanding of the words they heard. Quiet was all they got until they felt the push to keep on their journey.

Both were only a couple of miles from their destination. As they got closer, they felt each other getting closer. The two weren’t sure why they felt this sense of calm. They both stopped at the same gas station. Seeing each other they immediately felt a connection and as though they had known this person forever. The awkward first meeting took place but that dissipated. The laughter came as quickly as they blinked. A truly deep connection was formed.

In Truth and Consequences, NM there was a small parish.  So small that it seemed to be more like a monk’s cell than a church. They both approached, “I think we should go and pray. I just feel like something bad is coming our way,” Calix said. Dahlia listened and they both went into the church.

In the distant land of evil, a spirit was coming up for air. Smelling love and compassion this spirit jolted to action and ran to the origin of the smell. Having wings and a decaying smile it was on the hunt.

Calix and Dahlia were looking around the church at the interior structure of the church. The Icons were perfect and looked brand new. A priest came out from a back door. Seeing the couple, “How are you both today?” he said. Both answered, “Wonderful.” The priest introduced himself, “I am Father Juvenaly, what can I do for you both?” he asked. Since they had become so close in a short period of time, they felt that they truly loved each other. They asked to be married there.

Everything was set up. The couple went through the usual requirements to be married in the church but at a faster pace. Fr Juvenaly was excited for the couple. No one had been married in his church for decades. It became very important to Fr Juvenaly that the couple understands the kinds of things that would happen to them since the world had changed so much. The world seeing a married couple would cause jealousy just due to them showing true and almost complete happiness. Both understood this and were prepared for everything. Calix looked to Dahlia and said the words of St John Chrysostom “Our time here is brief and fleeting, but if we are pleasing to God, we can exchange this life for the Kingdom to come. Then we will be perfectly one both with Christ and with each other, and our pleasure will know no bounds. I value your love above all things, and nothing would be so bitter or painful to me as our being at odds with each other. Even if I lose everything, any affliction is tolerable if you will be true to me.” The words were burned deep into Dahlia’s heart. She knew this was the man she would love forever.

Their ceremony was glorious, everything was perfect.

The demon had been waiting outside the church. Waiting for the moment he could tear them apart. Calix and Dahlia felt this presence as they were leaving the church, and both prayed to God for protection. A glow came around them without their knowledge. The demon was not seen by the couple even though he was hiding in plain sight. He began to whisper evil ideas; they did not need each other, wicked ideas of lust, they did not really love each other. All this was doing absolutely nothing to the couple. The light around them protected their thoughts and hearts.

   Inside the light was an angel holding and cradling them to safety. The demon became angered and left them, attempting to curse them. Before the demon could disappear into the dark he was struck by heavenly lightning.

 Calix and Dahlia left for a new place. They left their old lives behind and went for the wide-open lands of middle America. Living truly happy lives. Having six children, growing old on the homestead they created together. They passed this world into the next at the same time and saw the light of the Heavenly Kingdom.

In The Upside Down there is always a place for Love. Love that creates a small bit of happiness in the world, it only needs and takes Faith.

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