Thank You, Martin Luther

This comes to us from the Cometh At Midnight Blog, a personal favorite of mine. Today is Reformation Day in the Lutheran churches and I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Martin Luther for making me Orthodox. I grew up in the 60?s when the Lutheran Church was conservative and traditional.  We still had felt Jesus banners in the church, but you didn’t find women or sexually confused or theologically heretical clergyman, or for that matter, sexually confused, theologically heretical women. You knew just where German pastors were coming from.  And they were the ones who shaped my beliefs and future life as an Orthodox … [Read more...]

Why Orthodox Men Love Church

Many men may not love church, but Orthodox men do. by Frederica Matthewes-Green In a time when churches of every description are faced with Vanishing Male Syndrome, men are showing up at Eastern Orthodox churches in numbers that, if not numerically impressive, are proportionately intriguing. This may be the only church which attracts and holds men in numbers equal to women. As Leon Podles wrote in his 1999 book, “The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity,” “The Orthodox are the only Christians who write basso profundo church music, or need to.” Rather than guess why this is, I emailed a … [Read more...]

Apostates Received Back Into Church

On January 3, 2009 in the Church of Our Lady the Joy of All Who Sorrow on the Big Ordynka before the Divine Liturgy, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Volokolamsky Archbishop Hilarion conducted a rite of reception into the Church. On this day, 31 people who had at one time fallen away from the Church were received into the Church. The ancient tradition of reception into the Church was revived by the A.S. Khomyakov "rehabilitation center for victims of non-traditional religions, which operates at the Church of Our Lady the Joy of All Who Sorrow" in 1995. The rite of reception is held twice a year, and is … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal in Hawaiian

Memory Eternal in Hawaiian from St. Juvenaly Orthodox Mission on Vimeo. … [Read more...]