Who started the Orthodox Church?



Who started the Orthodox Church? 

The Orthodox Church was founded by our Lord Jesus Christ, when after His Ascension, He sent down upon His Apostles the Holy Spirit who proceeds from God the Father as is written in the New Testament. The Orthodox Church of today can trace its history back to the New Testament Church in unbroken continuity. The Apostles, as per our Lord’s command, preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ and founded churches in Europe, Asia and Africa. Under the direction of the Apostles and their successors, whom they appointed to carry on their mission, the Orthodox Church began to thrive. At each city and town that the Apostles traveled they would appoint a bishop to continue to minister to the faithful, before leaving on their missionary journeys. As the Church grew, the bishops in turn had to appoint priests and deacons to help them with their flock.







We call the Mother of Jesus Christ “Most Holy Virgin Mary” like the Holy Bible call the Eleazar “most holy man” in 4 Maccabees 7:4



The Eastern Orthodox Church call the Mother of Jesus Christ “Most Holy Virgin Mary” like the Holy Bible in Old Testament, in 4 Maccabees 7:4 call the Eleazar “most holy man”:

4 Maccabees 7:4:

“No city besieged with many ingenious war machines has ever held out as did that most holy man. Although his sacred life was consumed by tortures and racks, he conquered the besiegers with the shield of his devout reason”.

Ένας Κινέζος στο Πεκίνο κάνει το Σταυρό του Ορθόδοξα





Ένας Κινέζος στο Πεκίνο κάνει το Σταυρό του Ορθόδοξα

«Ἕνας Ὀρθόδοξος Κληρικός, πού προΐσταται τῆς ἱεραποστολῆς μιᾶς γειτονικῆς μέ τήν Κίνα χώρας, μοῦ διηγήθηκε τήν παρακάτω θαυμαστή ἱστορία: Βρισκόταν στό Πεκίνο καί κάποια στιγμή βρέθηκε σ᾽ ἕνα μεγάλο κτήριο. Πῆρε τό ἀσανσέρ, γιά ν᾽ ἀνεβῆ ἐκεῖ ὅπου ἤθελε. Μέσα στήν καμπίνα ἦταν μόνο αὐτός κι ἕνας ἄλλος ἄγνωστος Κινέζος. Φυσικά ὁ κληρικός φοροῦσε τά ράσα του καί διατηροῦσε, βέβαια, καί μεγάλη κάτασπρη γενειάδα. Μόλις τό ἀσανσέρ ἄρχισε ν᾽ ἀνεβαίνη, εἶδε μέ ἔκπληξι ἀλλά καί μεγάλη συγκίνησι τόν Κινέζο νά σταυροκοπιέται ὀρθόδοξα. Σέ ἐρώτησί του, ἄν εἶναι ὀρθόδοξος, ὁ Κινέζος ἀπάντησε καταφατικά μέ μιά κίνησι τῆς κεφαλῆς κι ἔσπευσε νά ἐγκαταλείψη τό ἀσανσέρ στήν πρώτη στάσι, πρίν μποῦν κι ἄλλα ἄτομα».


Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ


Τό δικό μας Holywood (=Ἱερό Ξύλο)

ἐκδ. Ἁγ. Ἰωάννης ὁ Δαμασκηνός

Ἀθήνα 2011

A German Protestant comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless



A German Protestant

comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless

On Saturday 8-8-2009, at the Holy Monastery of Dohiariou at the Holy Mountain, in an atmosphere of devotion, the German Dominik Weiel 40 years old Geologist, renounced Protestantism and entered Orthodoxy, receiving the baptismal name Michael.

Michael became acquainted with Athos and Orthodoxy through his communication via the wireless with Radio-amateur brother of the Monastery Fr. Apollo SV2ASP/A, who began in 1991. The experienced German Radio-amateur DL5EBE, then as an undergraduate, when he heard for the first time the inexperienced Agiorite monk with a weak signal calling, he communicated with him and offered to help him. This was the first opportunity for him to come to Athos, meet the monk and set up the station. This visit became a landmark in his life. He met the Elder Gregory, Abbot of the Monastery and the brothers, whom he loved and continued to visit to the Monastery, always following its full daily program.

When he completed his University studies he was employed by a German petroleum products company, active throughout the world. For many years now he works in Moscow and because of this it was many years since he had visited Athos. However, despite of this, he did not cease his communication. All this period he struggled within himself on his conversion and finally decided to be baptized, thus he came to Athos. Those days it happened that we had a lot of work in which he took part. The days would pass and he was anxious to be baptized. Finally on Friday the Elder asked him “do you wish to be baptized?’ “It would be my great pleasure” he replied and immediately his face shined. Then we invited Mr. Stavro Pomaki, Officer in the Army Air Force, radio-amateur and spiritual child of the Monastery, who even though he was far from his home, he eagerly agreed to become his godparent. Very shortly later everything was ready, so the morning of Saturday after the Divine Liturgy, he received the holy baptism at the harbor of our Monastery in the presence of the whole brotherhood and pilgrims and finally very happy he returned to his work.

Let us pray that the Archangel Michael, the protector of our Monastery whose name was given by the Elder, support him on the difficult road of his life he struggles daily.



Αφιέρωμα της Νορβηγικής εφημερίδας Dagen: Νορβηγικοί ύμνοι για το Άγιον Όρος




Αφιέρωμα της Νορβηγικής εφημερίδας Dagen:

Νορβηγικοί ύμνοι για το Άγιο Oρος

Παναγιώτης Σαββίδης

«Το Άγιον Όρος είναι το πνευματικό κέντρο της Ορθοδοξίας. Η μοναστική πολιτεία και χερσόνησος της Μακεδονίας είναι ένας βαθύτατα πνευματικός τόπος, πλήρης σημείων και θαυμαστών γεγονότων», αναφέρει η εφημερίδα «Dagen»

Με τίτλο: «Θαύματα στο τελευταίο προπύργιο της Ρωμαϊκής Αυτοκρατορίας», η καθημερινή εφημερίδα «Dagen» της Νορβηγίας, δημοσιεύει πολυσέλιδο αφιέρωμα – ύμνο στη μοναστική πολιτεία του Αγίου Όρους. «Απαράλλακτο για περισσότερα από 1.000 χρόνια. Συχνά απροσπέλαστο στο γενικό κοινό. Το Άγιον Όρος είναι το πνευματικό κέντρο της Ορθοδοξίας. Η μοναστική πολιτεία και χερσόνησος της Μακεδονίας είναι ένας βαθύτατα πνευματικός τόπος, πλήρης σημείων και θαυμαστών γεγονότων», αναφέρει στην εισαγωγή του αφιερώματος ο αρχισυντάκτης της εφημερίδας Bjørn Olav Hammerstad, επισημαίνοντας με νόημα:

«Δεν επιχειρούμε με αυτό το αφιέρωμα να τεκμηριώσουμε θαύματα. Διηγούμαστε απλώς, λίγες από τις συγκλονιστικές ιστορίες που συνδέονται με τον βίο της πνευματικής αυτής χερσονήσου».

Η εφημερίδα Dagen κυκλοφορεί από το 1919 στο Μπέργκεν και είναι καθημερινή, ενώ έχει και διαδικτυακή έκδοση. Ο διευθυντής έκδοσης, Vebjørn Selbekk, είναι ένας Continue reading “Αφιέρωμα της Νορβηγικής εφημερίδας Dagen: Νορβηγικοί ύμνοι για το Άγιον Όρος”

Video – Congo, Africa: Nina & her mother – From Protestantism to Orthodoxy



Congo, Africa: Nina & her mother

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson, Washington, USA – From Protesantism to Orthodoxy



The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson, Washington, USA

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy


Fr. George Johnson





I am a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, serving in the cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, D.C. There are some almost uncanny parallels between our lives, even down to the grumpy choir directors. I was (and sometimes still am) the grumpy choir director, however.

I became interested and involved in Anglicanism through a singing job in a “high” church in 1968. At the time, my focus was primarily musical. My parents were devout Southern Baptists, and, while I now appreciate their humility and devotion, in my youth I did not so much. The Episcopal Church offered an escape from the music and worship of the Baptists, which, shall we say, were not to my taste.

The Western liturgical tradition as carried on by the high-church Anglicans seemed to me to be just the right combination of grandness and sobriety justly suited to worship. Having just come from the Baptists, the intellectual and spiritual confusion which at length gave rise to tradition-destroying innovations did not concern me for a long time. I chalked it up to our fallen state, for which God was making accommodations which I did not understand. I thought I could press on for the sake of art and faith, and pray that everything would come out alright. It was going to take a great deal to make me want to throw away Tallis, Byrd, Weelkes, Purcell, …, RVW, Walton, Britten, … , not to mention all the great hymns and tunes, and the gorgeous language of the (old) Prayer Book and Psalter.

A great many things happened, but I’ll cut to the chase. In 1984 or 5, a lesbian member of our parish who sang in my choir asked me to be a member of a committee to help her explore a calling to the priesthood. Needless to say, I begged off. But I did not have the courage to tell her that the thought of her as a priest made me sick. You may be familiar with the musical “Fiddler on the Continue reading “The Personal Story of Fr. George Johnson, Washington, USA – From Protesantism to Orthodoxy”

Προσκυνητής στη μακρινή Αλάσκα στα μέρη που περπάτησε ο Αγιος Γερμανός της Αλάσκας



Προσκυνητής στη μακρινή Αλάσκα 

στα μέρη που περπάτησε ο Αγιος Γερμανός της Αλάσκας

Φτάνοντας στην άκρη του κόσμου,σ’ένα μέρος ειδωλολατρικό,στα πλαίσια μιας ορθόδοξης αποστολής η οποία είχε ξεκινήσει από τη Μονή Βαλαάμ το 1764 προς την Αλάσκα-γη ρωσική τότε-ο Άγιος Γερμανός έφερε μαζί του δυό πράγματα:Την ευχή του Ιησού και ένα αντίγραφο της Φιλοκαλίας στα σλαβονικά μεταφρασμένη από τον Άγ.Παίσιο Βελιτσικόφσκυ στη Μονή Νεάμτς.Εξ’άλλου μια τοιχογραφία στο εκκλησάκι του που βρίσκεται στο νησί Σπρούς γράφει:«The repose of Saint Herman on the day of his beloved St.Paisius»(Ο Άγιος Γερμανός εκοιμήθη την ημέρα που τιμούμε τη μνήμη του αγαπητού του Αγ.Παισίου).

18 Φεβρουαρίου 2009

Στα παγωμένα νερά του Ειρηνικού Ωκεανού,πάνω σε μια μηχανοκίνητη βάρκα,κατευθυνόμαστε προς το νησί Σπρούς,αναζητώντας τα μέρη όπου έζησε ο Άγ.Γερμανός της Αλάσκας,ο πρώτος ορθόδοξος άγιος της Αμερικής.Όταν οι μοναχοί της Μονής Πλάτινα της Καλιφόρνιας άκουσαν ότι θέλουμε να πάμε στην Αλάσκα αυτήν την περίοδο(ήταν Φεβρουάριος)γέλασαν συγκαβατικά.:”Να ξέρετε ότι και το καλοκαίρι μπορείς να μείνεις αποκλεισμένος στο νησί Κόντιακ για μία εβδομάδα,μέχρι να γίνει κατάλληλος ο καιρός για να ταξιδέψεις μέχρι το νησί του Αγ.Γερμανού!Ο ωκεανός δεν σε δέχεται οποτεδήποτε…Ας γίνει όμως το θέλημα του Αγ.Γερμανού!”Έτσι μας είπαν αργότερα και οι νεαροί ορθόδοξοι αμερικανοί μοναχοί,οι οποίοι βρίσκονται απομονωμένοι στον Ειρηνικό Ωκεανό όπως κάποτε οι πρώτοι μοναχοί στην έρημο της Αιγύπτου ή ο Άγ.Νείλος Σόρσκυ στην απεραντοσύνη της τούνδρας της Βόρειας Ρωσίας

Τόσο η σκήτη στο νησί Νίλους(όπου μονάζουν τέσσερις μοναχές,όσο και η σκήτη του Αρχαγγέλου Μιχαήλ στο νησί Σπρούς (όπου μονάζουν τρεις μοναχοί) είναι Continue reading “Προσκυνητής στη μακρινή Αλάσκα στα μέρη που περπάτησε ο Αγιος Γερμανός της Αλάσκας”

“Bible Answer Man” booted from Bott Radio Network after Hank Hanegraaff joins Eastern Orthodox Church



“Bible Answer Man”

booted from Bott Radio Network after Hank Hanegraaff

joins Eastern Orthodox Church





Most of us knew this sort of thing was coming. They cite concerns over ‘biblical accuracy’ without offering so much as one single example of any Biblical inaccuracy from Hank.

The “Bible Answer Man” radio show program with Hank Hanegraaff has been booted from Bott Radio Network over concerns regarding ‘biblical accuracy’, following Hanegraaff’s conversion into the Eastern Orthodox Church.

“We want to make sure that our listeners know that the programming that we have on Bott Radio Network is thoroughly biblical,” said BRN President Richard P. Bott II, a member of Lenexa Baptist Church in Lenexa, Kansas, according to Baptist Press.

BRN had reportedly been broadcasting the “Bible Answer Man” since the 1980s, even before Hanegraaff joined the show in 1989.

The Christian Post confirmed last week that Hanegraaff, who is also the president and chairman of the Christian Research Institute, was chrismated on Palm Sunday at Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Some, such as Rod Dreher, an Orthodox Christian and author of the New York Times best-selling book The Benedict Option, told CP last week that the news of Hanegraaff joining the Orthodox Church is “astounding.”

“Many evangelicals seek the early church; well here it is, in Orthodoxy,” Dreher said.

“I am sure some will be scandalized by Hanegraaff’s conversion but I hope at least some will wonder how someone as knowledgeable about the Bible as Hank could convert to Orthodoxy, and go to a Divine Liturgy to taste and see what it’s like.”

100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy



100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

Continue reading “100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy”