First Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Al-Zabadani in Six Years

Good News is our business! The first Divine services in six years were recently celebrated in the Church of the Dormition in the town of Al-Zabadani. Peace has begun to reign to the west of Damascus following the military operation that forced terrorists to leave the Wadi Barada valley. The restoration of a peaceful way of life continues there in the cities of Al-Zabadani and Madaya, including the renewal of Orthodox life, reports Russian Spring. This area of Syria is known as Paradise, for the beauty of its nature and climate. According to local legend, it is there that Cain buried his brother Abel after slaying him. These places have … [Read more...]

From 30 years Mormon to Forever Orthodox

by Isaac Bell I was raised Mormon, as was Rachel, my wife. Early in our marriage we had a stillborn son. Our bishop called us into his office to tell us that God had not yet revealed the point at which a fetus becomes alive and the church therefore does not consider our son to be a person. This shocked me. I thought the whole point of having a prophet was to provide guidance from God on important moral issues, and given how much time legislatures spend debating when life begins I figured that would be an important topic for a prophet to speak on. Over the next couple of weeks, while Rachel was reeling from the bishop’s lack of empathy, I … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Church Strikes Back

Relentless Resurrection. When the Orthodox Church 'strikes back', it does so relentlessly, and with resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ. Christ is Risen! ? … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church in Harbin, China Reopens as an Orthodox Church

An Eastern Orthodox Church reopened for worship on Saturday in Harbin, the icy city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province about 600 kilometers from the Russian border. For Orthodox Christmas in January, worshippers had borrowed a nearby Catholic church. But on Saturday, a congregation of about 100 flocked to the Protection (Pokrov) of the Theotokos Church to worship for the first time since it was closed for repair in 2014, the provincial bureau of religious affairs reported on Tuesday. "There are now about 100 Orthodox believers in Harbin, with one priest and one church," a bureau official, who refused to be named, told the Global … [Read more...]