This letter was posted on the website of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand To all of our reverend clergy and beloved faithful, Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We would like to inform you that after long discussions with two denominations from the Philippines, one […]
by Ian Hamel In 1991, 75% of Adjarians in Georgia were Muslims. Today, they have become 75% Orthodox Christians. How can these conversions be explained, which is apparently unique in the world? “What time do services begin at Saint Nicholas in Batumi on Sunday morning?” The question embarrasses the employee of the President Plaza, one […]
Note the length of his catechism – old ways are sometimes the best ways. In the Church of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Odigitria of Gonia in Kisamos Kolimvari, His Eminence our Metropolitan Mr. Amphilochios officiated the Baptism of a student with a scholarship of the 5th year of medicine, Tsai Chen Wei, a Taoist, […]
by Julia Bridget Haye With the Grace of God and following the strenuous efforts and prayers of his Eminence Innocent Bishop of Burundi and Rwanda, the first steps of the Orthodox Church in Rwanda began. On Saturday 17 -8-2013, His Eminence accompanied by Fr George Schinas and hierodeacon Nektarios Stogiannis and a team from the […]
From the Khanya blog. Yesterday we went to the Voortrekker Monument for a ceremony in which two Orthodox priests, Fr Zacharias van Wyk and Fr Kobus van der Riet, were given special awards for their contribution to Afrikaans literature and culture by translating Orthodox liturgical texts into Afrikaans. The awards were made at an event […]
All these years after work I would go to the outside of the churches in the beginning – something was pulling me there – and afterwards I began to enter within. I would become calm. As my Greek was getting better, I wanted to know more about Christ. I found a New Testament, however it was in a language I did not understand [Koine Greek]. Eventually I found a blue one in the Greek I had learned. I began to read it. I decided that I wanted to become a Christian.
By Angela Ward Ask most East Texans about the major divisions of Christianity and their response will probably mention only two of the three: Roman Catholics and Protestants. The third branch of Christianity, Eastern Orthodox, is relatively unknown in most of the southern United States, but that’s beginning to change. The Rev. John Mikita, pastor […]
by Jeremiah In order to join the Orthodox Church, I had to be chrismated. In this liturgical ceremony, the priest anointed me with chrism oil and prayed that I would receive the Holy Spirit. In charismatic circles, we would probably call this a “baptism of the Holy Spirit,” just without the speaking in tongues. While […]