Filipinos Build Church in 3 Weeks to Celebrate Pascha

Photo: pravoslavie.ru The zeal of Filipino Orthodox was seen at Pascha this year, as the community of St. Vincent of Lerins on the island of Mindanao celebrated the bright Resurrection of Christ in a church they had built with their own hands in just three weeks. The holy Paschal services were celebrated in the community by the cleric of the Petrozavodsk and Karelia Diocese Fr. Stanislav Rasputin in the village of Salasan with the blessing of Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk, the administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in Eastern and Southeastern Asia. Fr. Stanislav has been to the Philippines several times before, including … [Read more...]

Church to be Built in Siberian Cradle of Orthodoxy Where Mass Baptism of 120 Recently Celebrated

Yessey, the northernmost village of the Evenkia District in Krasnoyarsk Krai, 2,140 miles northwest of Moscow, was traditionally known as the “cradle of Orthodoxy” among the indigenous peoples of the north, after local Yakuts and Evenks adopted Orthodoxy in 1852. One of the first churches in Evenkia was built in Essey, although it ceased functioning with the advent of soviet power. The village has remained churchless for the past several decades, although faith has remained alive in the hearts of many Yakuts. Two priests traveled to the village last February to baptize 120 souls into the Body of Christ. Now there is news that the village … [Read more...]

Chinese Orthodox Receive State Approval to Prepare for Ministry in Russian Seminaries

Orthodox students from the People’s Republic of China can now begin to prepare for their future ministries in China in the theological schools of the Russian Orthodox Church. Agreement on the issue came as a result of the sixth session of the Russian-Chinese working group on contacts and cooperation in the religious sphere held in Beijing on Thursday, the Vice Chairman of the Department of External Church Affairs (DECR) of the Russian Orthodox Church Archpriest Nikolai Balashov toldRIA-Novosti. The meeting was held on Thursday at the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) … [Read more...]

Off the Side Roads onto the Illumined Path

by Michael Fiocca The Way We Are Meant to Be “The person who loves God values knowledge of God more than anything created by God, and pursues such knowledge ardently and ceaselessly.” -Saint Maximos the Confessor When we speak of something as being generic, it often stirs up thoughts of a product being “mediocre” or “less reliable.” I admit that I find my generic paper-towels to be less easy to rip, my generic bread crumbs to require some more spices, and my generic phone charger to burn out too quickly. In the same way, I found my generic form of faith and spirituality to be quickly running dry and barren. Like a brand name, it did … [Read more...]