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 Chapel of St. John Chrysostom in Bangalor, India, of the Russian Orthodox Church & an Indian man who converted along with his family to Orthodoxy after Christ miraculously appeared to him

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

A chapel dedicated to St. John Chrysostom in Bangalor, India, of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Among the parishioners is a former Brahmin, who converted along with his whole family to Orthodoxy after Christ miraculously appeared to him.

Source:

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

2014: Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia established in India with Deacon Fr. Silouan being ordained

2014: Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

established in India with Deacon Fr. Silouan being ordained

Deacon Fr. Silouan was formally ordained to the Holy Priesthood in Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in Blacktown, NSW and established as the Rector of St John Chrysostom Orthodox Church (ROCOR) located in Bangalore, India under the Deanery of India and Pakistan of ROCOR which is under the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

Fr. Silouan in his public life is also Asst Vice President of Deutsche Bank in India.

Glory to God for all His Mercies.

Source:

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY

Orthodoxy in Bangalore, India – Saint John Chrysostom Orthodox Church (ROCOR)

Orthodoxy in Bangalore, India

Orthodoxy in Bangalore, India

Saint John Chrysostom Orthodox Church (ROCOR)

Russian Orthodox Church Out of Russia

When you reach Lingarajapuram using the google map below, look for this cross at the top of our church.Contact Fr. Silouan Benedict at +91990003530 or sunilben@yahoo.com/ silouan.benedict@gmail.com for more details.

Father Silouan Benedict (Sunil)
No 1, 2nd Cross, Munithayappa Layout,
Opposite Banaswadi Railway Station,
St. Thomas Town Post,
Lingarajapuram,
Bangalore – 560084
Karnataka, India
+919900013530/31/32
sunilben@yahoo.com
silouan.benedict@gmail.com

Source:

http://www.rocor.org.au

Orthodoxy in Bangalore, India

THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA (ROCOR)

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND DIOCESE

India: Eastern Orthodox Christian Mission

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India: Eastern Orthodox Christian Mission

Orthodoxy in India today – Fr. Ignatios Sennis

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ORTHODOXY IS LOVE

Orthodoxy in India today

The Mission: Synergy with God

It is well-known that the main goal of the Church is to bring to her fold all people for the salvation of their souls. This goal is achieved basically with mission in the broader sense of the word. Mission is our cooperation with the salvific work of God who died on the cross so that all may become one in Him. Therefore every Chrisitan who considers himself or herself an energetic member of the Church, is called to mission. That mission includes reaching out to those who are suffering, especially since Christ, whose footsteps we follow, died on the cross for them. The conclusion is that mission is not just one of the works of the Church, but it is her basic ministry for the renewal and transformation of the world, of all peoples and all nations, so that they can become the co-inheritors and co-participants of the kingdom of Jesus Christ through His gospel.

The Beginnings

These thoughts, by dear brothers and sisters, guided my first steps, a few years ago, in order to journey to far lands where millions of people still live today in idol worshipping idols and false gods. Certainly, before us came many great and holy missionaries. The first missionary to India was Apostle Thomas, who preached the Gospel of Christ in South India, performed miracles, and finally martyred for His Lord in Moulapore, an ancient city near Madras. To our Continue reading “Orthodoxy in India today – Fr. Ignatios Sennis”

The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas

By Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

Printed in Issue 24 – Death to the World

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DEATH TO THE WORLD

I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India.

I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside…

Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay like a silken ghost. I used to visit Trappist monasteries, back when I was Catholic, at the beginning of high school, and searching for a relationship of love. I read plenty of philosophy then to know that knowing isn’t enough, that having a realization in the mind is entirely different from experiencing a revelation of the heart.

I spent two birthdays in the Himalayas…

Traveling along gravel roads that drop deep into icy gulches where the Ganges river rages below not yet packed with the filth and mud and newspapers of villages, not yet carrying remainders of Indians in her current, I found Christ found me. It’s a difficult and strangely compelling atmosphere to confront oneself, – – India, – – sandwiched with black corpses, white snow, pagan fires and virulent animals.

I took a bus north from Delhi. It was crowded, tight and cramped, flies buzzed between my face and the windows smeared with brown slime. It’s so Continue reading “The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA”