Eastern Orthodox Churches, Chapels, Schools to visit in Indonesia

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Eastern Orthodox Churches, Chapels, Schools to visit in Indonesia

St. Kirillos and Methodios Grasak
Grasak Rt 02 Rw04 Kismoyoso Ngemplak
Boyolali, Central Java
Indonesia
Parish Priest: Fr. Methodios Sri Gunarjo

St. Katherine
Pandeyan Rt 12 Rw 04,Pandeyan Ngempak
Boyolali, Central Java 57102
Indonesia
Parish Priest: Fr. Methodios Sri Gunarjo

Holy Trinity Church
Sumber Tranqkilan Rt 02
Rw 15 Solo Central Java 57100
Indonesia

St. Demetrios
Jl. Sinoman VI/20, Mojokerto 61322
East Java, Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 321 328498
Parish Priest: Yohanes B. Wicaksono

St. Katherine
JI Serutu a 23/409 Cilacap
Central Java Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 274 589881
Parish Priests: Fr. Matthew Budiharjo

Holy Epiphany
Jl Meriam Block D/109
Kodam, Kalimalang Jakarta Timur
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 21 9199553, 0818 252242
Parish Priest: Fr. Gabriel Rehatta

St. Dionysios of Zakynthos
Kricak Kidul TR I/1225
Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 274 589991
Parish Priest: Fr. Lazaros B. Sucanto

Orthodox Community of St. Demetrios Medan
Jl Kapiten Purba IV Simalingkar, Medan 20131
North Sumatra Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 8363229
Fax: (+62) 61 8363229
Email: orthodox@medan.wasantara.net.id
Parish Priest: Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

Orthodox Community Bali
J1. Dewi Uma No1 Dusun Bangkang
RT O4 Bakti SeragaSingaraja, Bali
Telephone: (+62) 362 31150
Fax: (+62) 362 21108
Director: Stephanos Boik Nino
Fr Stephanos serves in Despansar every first Sunday of the month

St. Savvas of Kalymnos – under construction
Gading Rt 12 Rw 03, Driyorejo, Gresik,
Gresik, 61177 East Java
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62 ) 321 328498
Parish Priest: Fr. Yohanes Bambang Wicaksono

St. Evdokia and the Chapel of the Resurrection
Jl. Kapiten Purba IV
Simalingkar, Medan 20131
North Sumatra
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 61 8363229, (+62) 812 6015121
Fax: (+62) 61 8363229
Email: orthodox@medan.wasantara.net.id.
Director: Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

Chapel of the Resurrection
Desa Siparbue Kec PaParmonangan
Huta Tinggi Tarurutung
North Sumatra
Tel/ Fax (+62) 618363229
Parish Priest: Fr. Timotheos Umbarwibowo

Ha Amarim Orthodox Youth Association
P.O.Box 148 Solo
Central Java 57100
Indonesia
Telephone: (+62) 271 24243
Fax: (+62) 271 712114
Advisor: Fr. Mathew Bambang Wahyu Budiharjo

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Orthodox Community of St.Demetrios Medan
J1 Kapiten Puba IV Simalingkar, Medan 20131
Noth Sumatra Indonesia
Tel/Fax +62 61 8363 229
Email: Orthodox@medan.wasantara.net.id
Contact: Fr. Chrysostomos Manalu

St. Sophia Orthodox School, Tanjung Anom
Established in 1999
Started with Kindergarten, later opened a Primary School(2000) and Junior High School(2002)
167 students in all three schools and 1 staff
Formally recognized by Indonesian government and recognized by other Schools in the State

St. Nikitas Orthodox School, Krakatau Medan
Established in 2001 with a Kindergarten for 16 students
Classes take place in rented local residence
Licensed by local government
Currently enrolled are 25 Kindergarten and 30 Primary School students
Employed are two teachers and one administrator
Funds are being sought to build a schoolhouse

Boarding House of St. Demetrios, Medan
Provides housing to allow children of poorer families to continue education
Fifteen students currently are housed, fifty are projected for the next academic year

Academy of Management and Computers, Medan
Established in 2001 under the license of Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia to arrange a 3-4 year computer and management education program
80 students, 15 staff

Orthodox Community, Bali
J1. Dewi Uma No1 Dusun Bangkang
RT O4 Bakti SeragaSingaraja, Bali
Telephone: (+62) 362 31150
Fax: (+62) 362 21108
Contact: Fr. Stephanos Boik Nino

St Thomas Home for Children
A project to provide housing for the poor children
Food and clothes distribution
Contact: Fr. Stephanos Boik Nino

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

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PROTESTANTS MET ORTHODOXY

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

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

by

Fr. George Johnson

Source:

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http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2010/05/the-personal-story-of-fr-george-johnson/

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

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”

Holy Fathers: Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)

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Holy Fathers:

Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai

& San Francisco (+1966)

“Holiness is not simply righteousness, for which the righteous merit the enjoyment of blessedness in the Kingdom of God, but rather such a height of righteousness that men are filled with the grace of God to the extent that it flows from them upon those who associate with them. Great is their blessedness; it proceeds from personal experience of the Glory of God. Being filled also with love for men, which proceeds from love of God, they are responsive to men’s needs, and upon their supplication they appear also as intercessors and defenders for them before God.” (St. John Maximovitch)

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What better description could be found to portray the essence of a man whose love for Christ drew him to such heights of spiritual perfection that he enkindled the faith of thousands from East to West? The life of St. John Maximovitch demonstrates more vividly than any words that true Christianity far exceeds the bounds of human “goodness”. Here is a shining reflection of the supernatural love of God which works miracles, a living proof that the burning faith of the early Christian saints still warms the earth at a time when the love of many has grown cold.

St. John did not isolate himself from the world, but he was not of this world. First and foremost he was a man of prayer. He completely surrendered himself to God, presenting himself as a “living sacrifice” and he became a true vessel of the Holy Spirit. His work as an apostle, missionary and miracle worker continues even now.

This saint of the latter times was born June 4, 1896 in the province of Kharkov. At baptism he was given the name Michael. As a child he was serious for his years and he later wrote: “From the first days when I began to become aware of myself, I wished to serve righteousness and truth. My parents kindled in me a striving to stand unwaveringly for the truth, and my soul was captivated by the example of those who had given their lives for it.”

Following the desire of his parents, he entered law school in Kharkov. He was a naturally gifted student but spent more time reading the Lives of Saints than attending academic lectures. “While studying the worldly sciences,” he wrote, “I went all the more deeply into the study of the science of sciences, into the study of the spiritual life.”

After the Revolution, he was evacuated together with his family to Belgrade where he entered the faculty of theology at the University. In 1926, a year after his graduation, he was tonsured a monk and given the name John, after his own distant relative, St. John of Tobolsk. In November of that same year, he was ordained hieromonk. Soon he became a teacher at Continue reading “Holy Fathers: Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai & San Francisco (+1966)”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos in Greece (+1994) 

and the young George the Tibetan Buddhist monk

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ORTHODOX PATH

George, a young man of sixteen or seventeen, came to Mount Athos in Greece to go from one monastery to another. Though Greek by blood, he had been raised abroad from early childhood among Tibetan Buddhist monks in their monastery. He had made a great deal of progress in meditation, and he had become an accomplished sorcerer, able to summon any demon he wanted. He was also an expert in the martial arts. Using the power of Satan, he made impressive displays of his abilities: he broke hazelnuts in his palm, and tossed away the shells while the nuts remained attached to his hand. He could read closed books. He struck large rocks with his bare hand, and they shattered like walnuts.

Some monks brought George to Saint Paisios so that he could help him. George asked Saint Paisios what powers he had, what he could do, and the St Paisios answered that he himself didn’t have any power, and that all power is from God.

George, wanting to demonstrate his power, concentrated his gaze on a large rock in the distance, and it shattered. Saint Paisios took a small rock and made the sign of the Cross over it, and told him to destroy it too. He concentrated and performed his magic, but he couldn’t shatter it. Then he started trembling, and the satanic powers―which he thought he controlled―since they weren’t able to break the rock, turned against him and hurled him to the opposite bank of the river. Saint Paisios picked him up in a miserable condition.

“Another time,” recounted St Paisios, “while we were talking, he suddenly stood up, grabbed me by the arms and spun me around backward. ‘Let’s see Hadjiefendis get you lose, if he can,’ he said. I felt it was like blasphemy to say that. I moved my hands a little, like this, and he was jerked away. He jumped up in the air and tried to kick me, but his foot stopped near my face, like it had hit an invisible wall! God protected me.

“At night, I kept him there, and he slept in my cell. The demons dragged him down into the pit and thrashed him for failing. In the morning he was in a bad state, injured and covered in thorns and dirt. He confessed, ‘Satan beat me up because I couldn’t defeat you.’”

St Paisios convinced George to bring him his magical texts, and he burned them. “When he came here”, St Paisios recalled, “he had some sort of charm or amulet with him. I went to take it, but he wouldn’t give it to me. I took a candle and said, “Lift the leg of your pants up a little.” Then I put the lit candle against his leg―he yelled and jumped up. “Well,” I said, “if the flame from a little candle is for you, how are you going to endure the fire of hell that you’re going to end up in because of what you’re doing?”

St Paisios kept the young man close to him for a little while and helped him, so long as he was willing to be obedient. He felt such compassion for him that he said, “I would leave the desert and go out into the world to help this boy.” He made an effort to learn if he had been baptized and even found out the name of the church where his baptism had taken place. Shaken by the power and the grace of the Elder, George wanted to become a monk, but he wasn’t able to.

Saint Paisios would refer to George’s case to show what a delusion it is to think that all religions are the same, that everyone believes in the same God, and that there’s no difference between Tibetan Buddhist and Orthodox monks.

From the Book:

Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

©2012 For the English Language by The Holy Monastery Saint Arsenios the Cappadocian

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Why Protestant Clergy are coming to the Orthodox Church

Latin America: Peoples in search of Orthodoxy

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Latin America: Peoples in search of Orthodoxy

by

His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico

Thirteen years ago, when I undertook the (then newly-established) Holy Metropolis of Mexico with only three priests and three mainly Greek-speaking communities, in Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, I would never have expected, let alone conceive the miracle that is unfolding today for our Orthodox Church in Latin America. We all lived the miracle of Cuba, when Fidel Castro’s government undertook the construction of the Sacred Temple of Saint Nicholas in Havana and officially received Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who officiated the inauguration of that Holy shrine in January of 2004. In the decade that passed, we experienced the propagating of our faith in the states of Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, etc… just as we experienced – and continue to experience – the continuing drama of the people of Haiti, after the catastrophic earthquake of last January. A drama which unfortunately will heal, only after several years have passed.

Orthodox children of Cuba

Greece became acquainted with Christianity and lived its own Pentecost around two thousand years ago, through the Apostle Paul and the other Apostles. Greece is the most blessed country in the world. And this is because – as I point out to our priests – whichever stone you lift, underneath it you will find the relics of a Saint, a Martyr, a holy man, a fighter for the Orthodox faith… We, however, in Latin America are living our Pentecost today. For us – with the exception of the few Greek Orthodox Communities – Orthodoxy has only just arrived in Latin America. I recall six years ago, when our Ecumenical Patriarch visited Cuba to officiate in the inauguration of the Holy Temple of Saint Nicholas, there were only four Orthodox Cubans, whereas now, more than one thousand Cuban families have been baptized and have embraced Orthodoxy. And every day, there are more – many more – who seek to acquaint themselves with the Faith of our Fathers. Six years ago, with the inauguration of Saint Continue reading “Latin America: Peoples in search of Orthodoxy”

Who started the Orthodox Church?

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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.

Source:

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ORTHODOX PHOTOS

 

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

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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”.

A German Protestant comes to know Orthodoxy through the wireless

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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.

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

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Congo, Africa: Nina & her mother

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy