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...]

Heroic Virtue: The Pro-Life Milennial

Ever wonder if the Orthodox faith is actually making a difference in someone's life outside of the walls of a parish nave? Is anyone walking the walk, fighting the fight, with us here in the world, reaching students, and not retreating to a monastery?Wonder no more. Projected onto a screen at the front of the room, a sepia-tinted orb gently pulses in a black abyss. Violin music swells as two circles suddenly appear inside the orb, quickly dividing into four, then eight, then too many to count. The words 24 hours. Baby's first division appear on the screen. The audience watches in respectful silence as the YouTube video progresses … [Read more...]

A Life Changed By Icons

by Vasily Tomachinsky —Please tell us about your background and your journey to the Orthodox Church. My name is Cliff (Isaac in Orthodox Baptism) Gardner, and this is my background. I was raised in a Protestant Southern Baptist family. We were in the military; my father was in the U.S. Air Force. I have four brothers, a family of five boys, and we moved all over the world. We lived most our lives in America and then in Germany, where I was as a teenager. No matter where my parents moved, they always found a Southern Baptist church, including in Puerto Rico, where I was born, and Germany, where our German pastor was Southern Baptist! I … [Read more...]