Sunday of All the Saints – Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

Sunday of All the Saints

By

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes

With our Lord’s love I welcome all of you at this divine service and pray that the Love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will rest in the hearts of all.  For He has said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John l4:23) and elsewhere He says: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John l4:23).

Our Lord wishes to give us a peaceful heart, for He is the Prince of  Peace and He is the One who reconciled man to God.  “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world   gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John l4:27).  The peace which God offers to man differs from that of the world.  The world seeks external peace; whereas God offers the internal peace, which no one can offer.  This peace man receives, when he opens his heart to Christ and welcomes Him within his soul with faith and trust.

In the Gospel of St. Matthew the Son of God teaches us saying, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentile and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. ll:29).  Elsewhere He teaches us saying: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt.l6:24-26).

Man’s aim in life is to achieve his sanctification and salvation in Jesus Christ.  St. Peter reminds us of what God had spoken to man in the Old Testament: “For I am the Lord your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves: and you shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. ll:44.  l Peter l:l6).  To achieve this sanctification one must follow Christ, for He said:  “For without Me you can do nothing” (John l5:5).  God is our only Lord, and Jesus Christ is our Lord and God.  He is the Son of God the Father, Who came into the world to save man from the bonds of death.  He is the Saviour of all mankind, Who took up flesh in order to sanctify man’s nature.  He is the Revelation of God the Father to the world, Who reveals to us the true knowledge of God and grants to us understanding of all heavenly things. He is the unique God-man, Who proclaims and says: “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John l4:6).

No one can achieve true knowledge of God except through the Revelation, which God Himself has revealed to man.  No one can achieve the true aim in life, which is man’s sanctification, except through the Church, which Christ has established by the shedding of His precious Blood. No one can achieve his Continue reading “Sunday of All the Saints – Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes”

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Saints, Our Best Friends

Saint Joasaph, Saint Barlaam & Saint Abenner of India (+4th century)

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SYNAXARION – HAGIOLOGY

Saint Joasaph, Saint Barlaam

& Saint Abenner of India (+4th century)

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August 28 & November 19

Feast days

In the time of Constantine the Great (4th century) there lived in India a pagan king named Abenner, who had only one son, Joasaph (yo-sahf). Abenner was a wise administrator and fearless warrior, loyal to the Indian code of honor, courage and the hatred of Christians.

When the Prince was born, astrologers and wise men were called to prophesy the Prince’s destiny as king. All of them said the same: that he would be a wise and powerful king. But one dared to tell the truth: the Prince would become Christian and give up his throne. The King was furious. He ordered every Christian to be killed or banned from the kingdom, and he put the Prince in a private, guarded castle to shield him from any possible Christian influence.

For twenty years of his life–his entire childhood and youth–Joasaph was confined to the castle. During this time he was taught the skills of wisdom and warfare. The King visited his son often, and was pleased to find his boy qrowing into a fine, strong young man. Finally, convinced that the prophecy was false, Abenncr agreed to let the Prince see his future kingdom. The impression Joasaph received seemed mixed. The world was indeed a very beautiful place, but the sins, sorrows and eventual death of man dimmed its beauty in Joasaph’s eyes, and made him doubtful. No longer content with his luxuries in the palace, he strove to find a life that was soul-fulfilling, unlike what he felt succession to the throne would be.

At the same time, the holy monk Barlaam was told by God that he must bring the salvation of God’s word to the Prince over 1,000 miles away. In time Barlaam arrived and, disguised as a merchant with a “pearl of great price,” was able to get into the castle. Barlaam explained the Orthodox Christian faith to the young Prince, who in turn was immediately devoted and demanded to be baptized. In the months that followed the entire household was converted, including King Abenner who eventually became a hermit and a Saint of the Orthodox Christian Church.

Barlaam left, and Joasaph became king. But he was not content there and missed his spiritual father. Finally he gave his kingdom to relatives and went away to a desert monastery, doing many great things in his time.

(Compiled and illustrated by Martinian Prince, age 14: original Life in the writings of St. John Damascene)

The Missionaries – Mayan Orthodoxy

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LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

THE MISSIONARIES

Mayan Orthodoxy


The Chakos Family

Fr. John and Presvytera Sandy serve as missionary specialists, a role that involves spending part of the year doing direct field work in Guatemala and part of the year in the United States, where they build awareness, speak on missions, and provide consultation. When in Guatemala, Fr. John serves as a teacher and guide for the communities and as the field leader for the long-term missionaries. The first of the long-term missionaries to Guteamala, Fr. John has been serving in the communities since 2011. Pres. Sandy provides work opportunities to the Mayan women by training them in sewing and garment making. She has created Mayan Artisan Studios (MAS) to enable the women to sell vestments and liturgical adornments to customers abroad.

More info:

The Chakos family support page at OCMC


Jesse Brandow

Jesse has been serving for four years in Guatemala where he lives in Aguacate in the department of Huehuetenango. Jesse uses his training as a seminary graduate to teach and preach in the parishes in Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Two of his main responsibilities are teaching classes to the eight Guatemalan seminarians and preparing Spanish-language Orthodox educational materials. In addition, he assists in coordinating visiting mission teams. While in Guatemala, Jesse also is continuing the online ministry that he began during his initial travels to Guatemala in 2012. Jesse created this website (Mayan Orthodoxy) for the joy and inspiration of the Church.

More info:

Jesse Brandow’s support page at OCMC


Archimandrite Juvenal Repass

Archimandrite Juvenal Repass is a priest and monastic of the Diocese of Alaska, Orthodox Church in America. In his service in Guatemala, he draws on his years as a teacher at both St. Herman’s Seminary in Alaska and St. Tikhon’s Seminary in Pennsylvania to provide training and guidance in Orthodoxy for the people of Guatemala.

More info:

Archimandrite Juvenal’s support page at OCMC


Jennifer Rice

In 2014, Jennifer participated in the pioneering work of the initial music ministry team sent to Guatemala. She combines years of experience in the classroom as an educator along with her formal theological studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to serve and assist the Orthodox Church in Guatemala and Southern Mexico in developing, formalizing, and setting patterns of liturgical music. Her efforts also include mentoring and equipping choirs and leaders in the church so that they can inspire and teach the hymns within their respective communities and beyond. Additionally Jennifer assists in producing publications for use by indigenous clergy, catechists, and lay leaders as well as assisting with the seminary program in Aguacate.

More info:

Jennifer Rice’s support page at OCMC

 


Answer Christ’s call in YOUR life

“How can I join a mission team to Guatemala?”

To join a short-term mission team to Guatemala or do mission work in other countries, click here to contact the teams department at OCMC. You also can view a list of all current mission teams offered through OCMC. See the list here.

“How can I come to Guatemala as a long-term missionary?”

The Mayan communities have very specific needs that require missionaries with theological training, medical training (dentists, doctors, nurses, etc), or a background in translation and linguistics. Candidates who are fluent in Spanish are especially encouraged to apply. If you are interested in becoming involved in Guatemala as a long-term missionary, please click here to inquire with the missionary department at OCMC.

[Photos of the Chakos family, Fr. Juvenal, and Jennifer Rice are used with the permission of OCMC.]

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MAYAN ORTHODOXY

5,000 Native Americans Baptized Orthodox in Mexico

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LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

AMERICA OF MY HEART

5,000 Native Americans Baptized Orthodox in Mexico

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

The conversation published below took place in early December 2009, during the visit of Metropolitan Jonah (OCA) to Russia to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Moscow representation of the Orthodox Church in America, and is devoted to the activities of the Church in Latin America.

-Your Beatitude, in which Latin American countries is the Orthodox Church in America represented?

-The jurisdiction of our Church extends to Mexico. Previously, we also had some parishes in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Venezuela. But some of them left for the Russian Church Abroad, the others were closed.

Several communities in Latin America want to join the Orthodox Church in America. We would be happy to take these believers, but there is no one to care for them, because we have very few priests who speak Spanish or Portuguese.

A priest – I hope he will soon become a bishop – began a mission in Ecuador in Guayaquil, where there settled a major Palestinian colony. Unfortunately, in Continue reading “5,000 Native Americans Baptized Orthodox in Mexico”

The Most Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God, disciplines two children! – Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

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HOLY VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD

The Most Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God, disciplines two children!

Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Greece:

A relative of mine told me the following incident: A friend of his who was a doctor, like all the other children who laugh and move aimlessly here and there inside the Church Temple without realizing it,was also laughing with his cousin teasing the other children and running hear and there.

Even though the Liturgy had finished,they had taken the antidoron and the
people had already left,however these two children and the doctor along
with his cousin started being naughty inside the Church Temple.
That is when an austere and at the same time sweet woman’s voice
was heard telling them:

—In my Son’s house we do not play! We do not run here and there. We pray,we receive Holy Communion and partake of His Body and Blood. The Blood of my Son!

And… She grabs them by the neck and in a split of a second both children
were outdoors,in the Churches yard!!

The doctor then replies: “Just let them come to me and tell me that there
is or there is not a God.

God spoke to me through His All-Holy Mother.”

Taken from the book: Fr. Stephan Anagnostopoulos, Experiences during the Divine Liturgy

Eastern Orthodox Churches, Chapels, Schools to visit in Indonesia

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HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY

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

Indonesia-Philanthropy

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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TIMOTHEOS HUTAGALUNG

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

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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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AMERICA OF MY HEART

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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Elder Paisios and the young George from the Far East

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

Video – Fr. Peter Gilquist, USA: Why Protestant Clergy are coming to the Orthodox Church

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USA OF MY HEART

Fr. Peter Gilquist, USA:

Why Protestant Clergy are coming to the Orthodox Church

Latin America: Peoples in search of Orthodoxy

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LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

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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EASTERN 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.

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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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MULTILINGUAL HOLY BIBLE

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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TEXTS – ORTHODOXY

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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FAITHBOOK – ORTHODOXY

Congo, Africa: Nina & her mother

From Protestantism to Orthodoxy

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

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USA OF MY HEART

“Bible Answer Man”

booted from Bott Radio Network after Hank Hanegraaff

joins Eastern Orthodox Church

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‘Bible Answer Man’ Booted From Bott Radio Network After Hank Hanegraaff Joins Orthodox Church

JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

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

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100+ Stories of Our Days – Coming to Orthodoxy

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Three reasons to join the Eastern Orthodox Church – Michael Witcoff, USA

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

3 Reasons to join the Eastern Orthodox Church

by

Michael Witcoff, USA

Michael Witcoff is a Christian, a copywriter, an author, and a marketing consultant. He believes the West is experiencing divine wrath for turning our backs on God, and that the only hope for salvation is to unite under one faithful banner as our enemies have under theirs.

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Friends and brothers, it’s been quite a while since I last wrote to you. Between my consulting business and my growing interest in the world of blockchain technology, I’ve had a lot on my plate lately.

But the time seems right for me to come back to Return Of Kings and share a bit more of my journey with you. The rhythm I aim for in life is to learn and grow, then share and teach.

Today’s topic, Eastern Orthodoxy, is something I’d never even heard of when my last article here was published. But since discovering what it is and delving deeper into its mysteries, it’s consumed an enormous amount of my time and attention.

So much of it, in fact, that I recently decided to leave my Wesleyan ways behind and become a full-fledged member of the Orthodox Church. Today, I’d like to share with you my top three reasons for doing so.

1.It’s The Church That Jesus Planted

During my time as a Protestant, it never even occurred to me that a denomination existed reaching all the way back to the time of the apostles.

Once I realized there was an unbroken chain of tradition reaching back nearly 2,000 years, I began to ask an entirely new kind of question. What did they teach? How did they worship? What did they believe? How did it get Continue reading “Three reasons to join the Eastern Orthodox Church – Michael Witcoff, USA”

The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Souroti, near Thessaloniki, Greece

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The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian is situated in the village Souroti, 20km away from the airport of Thessaloniki, Greece.

On July 12th 1994, Saint Paisios reposed and was buried at the Monastery, next to the church of St Arsenios the Cappadocian.

TEL: 0030 23960 41320

Monastery typical rule for appropriate clothing:

Entry to the Convent is not allowed to women wearing trousers, short skirts, and sleeveless or backless dresses.

Women should wear a skirt that’s wide and long, reaching below the knee.

The Convent does not provide skirts, shawls/scarves or other articles of clothing.

Entry is also denied to men wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts.

These rules also apply to children.

The Monastery is open:

Tuesday and Thursday

Winter Time: 10 am – 1 pm και 4 pm – 6 pm

Summer Time: 10 am – 1 pm και 5 pm – 7 pm

SATURDAY

Winter Time: 10 am ­ 03 pm

Summer Time: 10 am ­ 03 pm

SUNDAY

Winter Time: 11 am – 1 pm και 4 pm – 6 pm

Summer Time: 11 am – 1 pm και 5 pm – 7 pm

During the Clean Week and the Holy Week the Convent is closed

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MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN – SOUROTI

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