Philippines Government Pledges Support to Orthodox Communities in the Country

On, June 17-19, 2017, with the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, manager of the Moscow Patriarchate’s parishes in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia and head of the Administrative Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk visited the Philippines. On June 19, the prelate met with the Minister of […]

Conversions Gradually Transforming Orthodox Christianity

by Jonthan Pitts Growing up a Southern Baptist in eastern Tennessee, Brent Gilbert says, he never realized there were other ways to worship. He figured everyone knew the best church music was contemporary. He was sure there was a 45-minute pastor’s sermon at the heart of every Sunday service. And didn’t all Christians agree that […]

Number of Orthodox Increase, Catholics Decrease in Central, Eastern Europe

The majority of residents of Central and Eastern Europe are Orthodox Christians, their numbers increasing while those of Catholics have been decreasing, according to new findings of the Pew Research Center. Overall, about 57% consider themselves Orthodox, including residents of ten countries with an Orthodox majority, including Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Georgia, and […]

Catholics and Lutherans Converting to Orthodoxy in Latvia

The Orthodox Church in Latvia is increasingly filling up with former Catholics and Lutherans. by Grigory Shugaev European Christians are complaining about the emptying of churches. The older generation is dying, and only a few adherents are replacing them. It would seem that a Catholic country such as France, at the Easter services—and not just anywhere […]

Wisdom, Philosophy, and the Event of Christ: An Interview with Nicholas Smith

by Tudor Petcu Another in a series of interviews with Orthodox converts, Tudor Petcu today interviews Nicholas Smith.  1.) I would like to begin our dialogue by taking into account the similarities between philosophy and Orthodoxy given the fact that is much easier talking about their differences as worldviews. What would be from your point […]

In Honor of St. Nicholas, the Great Procession of Velikoretskoe

This year the pilgrimage in conjunction with the presence of the relics of St. Nicholas from Bari. On Thursday, June 8, one of the largest processions in Russia – indeed a real pilgrimage – was completed, the “Veliko-Peoplesko-Russian, or pan-Russian procession”, to a village in the north of the country. This year the procession was […]

Finding the Communion that Never Ends

by Jon Boatwright My journey to the Orthodox Church began in a way that has been hard for me to put into words. People often ask me why I converted to the Eastern Church from a Protestant tradition. That’s usually when I start rambling. But I’ve also discovered that many others have similar difficulties. It’s […]

My Journey into the Orthodox Church

by Fr. Joshua Genig I recall being deeply moved by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus’ recounting of his journey from Lutheranism into the Roman Catholic Church (“How I Became the Catholic I Was”). It is a move that not a few have made, with denominational provenance spanning most every Protestant confession. Though I journeyed in a […]

A Life in a String of Epiphanies

by Reader John I’ve been blogging now for more than seven years, and religion has been a frequent topic. But I’m pretty sure I’ve never set out an orderly account of my religious pilgrimage or explained just what my beefs are with the Christian traditions I’ve left. I intend to remedy that right now. I considered serializing this, […]

Salt Lake City Welcomes 25 New Orthodox Christians on Holy Saturday

They had examined the history books, but more importantly their own souls, and after a year of intense preparation and purification, twenty-five catechumens were baptized and chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church. They all joined the Body of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ at Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Salt […]