Skip to comments.Burglar breaks into car, steals Greek Orthodox bishop's bejeweled crown
Posted on 01/27/2008 6:18:04 PM PST by camerakid400
A burglar who broke into a Greek Orthodox bishop's car made off with quite a haul, but fencing one of the stolen items could prove difficult.
Among the items stolen from Bishop Metropolitan Isaiah's car was a jeweled crown of gold and silver, which Isaiah estimated to be worth between $6,000 and $10,000.
Isaiah, who is based in Denver and is bishop for the Northwest region of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, said he was dining with others at a restaurant when the break-in occurred. He said the car was parked in a well-lit spot.
"We came out at 10 o'clock, and the window was smashed," he said.
The burglar also made off with a copy of the New Testament, a veil, a cell phone and a black fabric bag. The bag had special meaning to the ex-Marine because it was given to him years ago by the widow of a fellow Marine.
Umm, unless the restaurant had a sign that said, “Not Responsible for Greek Orthodox Bishop’s Bejeweled Crowns Left in Cars,” I’d say they’re in biiiig trouble.
A much more classy headpiece than a crown of thorns, I’m sure.
He left in in the CAR?!!!!!
I don't think so... it got to be worth much more than that... Gold is over $900 an ounce...
There isn’t that much gold involved really. They look prettier than they’re worth:
Well, I’m afraid the thieves will probably sell it to someone who will strip out any jewels and melt it down. There’s not much of a market for recognizable crowns.
I hope he reads the New Testament.
I have often been a bit irked at all the fancy vestments, crowns, miters, copes and what have you that are used in many of the traditional Christian churches.
I doubt if Christ ever saw a piece of silk in his entire life — or drank from a golden cup.
But, I guess it’s up to the faithful of those churches to decide.
Among the items stolen from Bishop Metropolitan Isaiah’s car was a jeweled crown of gold and silver, which Isaiah estimated to be worth between $6,000 and $10,000.
The Bible says do not store up Your treasures on Earth, so this is not even news....I dont care what He got stolen.
I'm not Orthodox, but I share their belief that Christ is risen from the dead, and very much alive. Through Him all things were made, including gold and silk. My limited understanding is that these costly things are offered back to God by being used in connection with the Church's life of public prayer, the liturgy.
I won’t be offended if my account of why vestments and the chalice are made of good materials needs to be corrected. I am figuring Eastern Rite Catholics and Orthodox may view this similarly. Thanks in advance.
I doubt if Christ ever saw a piece of silk in his entire life or drank from a golden cup.
"And crucifying him, they divided his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take."
I have always thought that his clothes were probably much nicer than are traditionally supposed, since generally people don't compete or fight over dirty rags. Just something to think about.
Not a good place to keep your crown.
I’m with you. I got want no truck with religious leaders that wear gold crowns.
Most of the value is in the workmanship, C. I doubt the “jewels” are very good ones and there isn’t much gold or silver in those crowns, even less in the staffs but they are expensive.
As the article notes, +Isaiah was a Marine. He is one tough guy and a good hierarch. His chancellor, Fr. Luke Uhl, is a former Navy officer, a good chancellor and another one with guts. They both stood for Orthodoxy when the chips were down a few years back.
>>The Bible says do not store up Your treasures on Earth,<<
Agreed. Freepmail me for my PayPal account where you can divest yourself of your earthly treasures.
Hmmm...I’ll be surffing e-bay....
Well, mah telebision preacher don’t wear no bejeweled crown, y’all. (Never don’t mind his Rolls!)
And so does John Lennon, Brother:
"Imagine no possessions!"
P.S. "And no religion, too!"
That’s why I said it’s a real shame. But some petty criminal probably broke into the car, and if all he can get is a few hundred dollars to feed his drug habit, I’m afraid he’ll take it.
Religious art is to the glory of God, but that’s not something that criminals or clandestine collectors understand.
Why to the fellas get ta wear all the bright colors, sparklies and crowns in church??
You don’t lock your doors?
What of the statement ‘throw not pearls before swine’? In order to be so informed one needs to value a pearl.
Thats not unusual. when my car was stolen, it was found, but without the original Mona Lisa painting I left in the trunk. Damn insurance company refused to re-imburse me for my loss.
What the hell is a "Louvre" anyway?
I’m sure Jesus never saw an Armani suit either. Just look at what some of the megachurch televangelists are wearing.
Great...Now, the Greek Orthodox are having the same "gay" problem the Catholics are having...
Through Him all things were made, including gold, silk, cocaine and prostitutes. My limited understanding is that these costly things are offered back to God by being used in connection with the Church's life of public prayer, the liturgy.
The sentence doesn't work nearly as well when a couple of other things are added...
As you said, using precious metals and jewels in liturgical garments and vessels is meant for the glory of God. For one thing, both Orthodox and Catholics believe that the Blessed Sacrament *is* Christ, and the church building is a house of God, and He deserves the best we can offer. Not to mention that many (most?) of the more precious items would have been donated by wealthy parishioners. It’s not as though the churches are rolling in money, which they blow on baubles, though that seems to be the view of some. :-\
That would make a hell of a beer drinking hat.
Imagine riding a motorcycle or attending a football game wearing that!
Cause it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that bling!
On the contrary. The priest wearing silk vestments and raising the gold chalice is praying for the salvation of the whole world, including the prostitute and the cocaine trafficker.
It is said that Jesus had an especially fine robe, or outer garment, being seamless.
That aside, many bored soldiers, especially in the lower ranks, will gamble for ‘most anything.
How about ones that drive luxury cars and make over 300,000 a year like the baptist ministers here in Houston?
Agreed. We offer up the best to God, including our most beautiful handiwork for His greater glory. Magnificent church architecture, artwork, vestments, etc. are uplifting and give the merest hint of the glory of heaven that puny human minds might grasp. Though these treasures be worldly, still they last far longer than one man’s lifetime and hint at the permanence of eternity. Christ said the poor will be with us always. Yes, we should help the needy, but there is nothing wrong with using God-given talents and materials to His glory. They are not mutually exclusive. You would wear your best to a job interview, I don’t understand why people would present less than the best for God.
Nope. I’ll have to ask my brother in law about this since he works for Isaiah