Merry Christmas from Journey To Orthodoxy

Come, let us greatly rejoice in the Lord, as we sing of this present mystery: the wall that divided God from man has been destroyed; the flaming sword withdraws from Eden’s gate; the Cherubim withdraw from the Tree of Life; and I, who had been cast out through my disobedience, now feast on the delights of Paradise: for today the Father’s perfect Image, marked with the stamp of His eternity, has taken the form of a servant. Without undergoing change He is born from an unwedded mother; He was true God, and He remains the same, but through His love for mankind, He has become what He never was: true man. Come, O faithful, let us cry to Him: “O … [Read more...]

A Filmmaker’s Return to Faith

From The Blaze Like most of his friends growing up in what used to be Yugoslavia, Goran Radovanovic was raised a communist. But at the age of 40, the Serbian film director felt the inexplicable urge to be baptized a Christian and thus return to the Orthodox Christian roots of his grandparents. “I felt this necessity to live a spiritual life, because I only had an emotional life and physical life, not spiritual and it was missing. … I needed it desperately like water, this spiritual life,” Radovanovic recalled. Connecting with his family’s Christian past was one of the drives that guided him to write and direct “Enclave,” a film that … [Read more...]

50 Years of Daily Divine Liturgy

November 6, 2015, was the 50 th anniversary since the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Cathedral of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in San Francisco, CA. Protopriest Peter Perekrestov, Senior Priest of the cathedral, granted an interview to Zhurnal Moskovskoj Patriarchii (Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate) (November, 2015). This is what every cathedral should be doing for the health and growth of the Church in America! - Reverend Father, how did the parish originate, and how was the cathedral built? - Exactly 50 years ago, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the great miracle-worker of the 20th century, Archbishop John … [Read more...]

The Baptism of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Many years to the newly illumined servant of Christ, Pantaleimon Tagawa! Be sure to observe the video at the end of this article, and note his beautiful humility. Congratulations Mr. Tagawa. You are in our unworthy prayers.  The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church. Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s Orthodox teachings, … [Read more...]