Chinese Man Travels Thousands of Miles to be Baptized

Another adult Baptism recently took place on the banks of the Haliacmon River, the longest river contained entirely in Greece, flowing 185 miles through the Greek regions of West Macedonia and Central Macedonia, reports Romfea. This time the new convert traveled thousands of miles from far away China to be baptized at the humble Monastery of the Virgin Kallipetras, in Veria, in northern Greece. The monastery is a male coenobium, dating back to at least 1100 AD. The name of the monastery is connected with a huge rocky column nearby, known as “Kallipetra.” St. Gregory Palamas is among the many saints who have lived and struggled there. The … [Read more...]

The Mother of God Appears to Vietnamese Woman in Coma, who then Converts to Orthodoxy

Fr. George Maximov, a Moscow priest who often serves on missionary trips throughout Asia, has posted on his Facebook page the words of a Vietnamese woman who converted to Orthodoxy after the Mother of God appeared to her. The woman, Nguyen Thi Mai Anh, a former Buddhist living and working in V?ng Tàu, Vietnam, was baptized into Holy Orthodoxy on Holy Saturday this year. She writes of “something incredible” happening in her life about a year ago: “I was lying in a coma in the hospital. During this time I saw a radiance, a bright light, and directly in front of me appeared the Virgin Mary Theotokos. She handed me a bottle of water and gave me … [Read more...]

Dormition in Sargodha, Pakistan

by Matushka Sophia Lubna Joseph This Feast has become a very popular tradition in the parish of St. Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, Pakistan for last 3 years! With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in Pakistan, on Sunday August 27, 2017, the solemn celebration opened with the procession followed by the festive Divine Liturgy. On this feast with the blessings of Vladyka Hilarion ruling bishop of Pakistan, Father Joseph and parishioners of Saint Sergius Orthodox Church Sargodha, cordially invited Father Paul, Graduate from Tomsk Theological Seminary, and a … [Read more...]

Nicaragua: An Orthodox Mission on the “Black River”

Construction continues on Holy Transfiguration Church in Nicaragua’s Orthodox mission. The church is located in the region of Río Negro ("Black River"), 35 miles from Managua, the nation’s capital. Divine services there are performed by Hieromonk Marcos (Cantillano). It is currently the only Orthodox parish in Nicaragua under the omophorion of ROCOR. Its core parishioners, roughly 20 people, are local Orthodox Nicaraguans. The land on which the church is being built was donated by members of Fr. Marcos’ family, who are local to the area. Fr. Marcos himself converted to Orthodoxy from the Roman Catholic Church, a result of his search for a … [Read more...]