Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) Celebrates the Rite of Return to the Church for 63 Souls

On this day, sixty-three people renounced paganism, sectarian errors, and false schismatic beliefs! On Lazarus Saturday, April 8, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, celebrated the rite of apostates returning to the holy Orthodox Church. On this day, sixty-three people renounced paganism, sectarian errors, and false […]

The Spiritual Path of an Atheist, and Where it Leads

by Sarah Whitman The Rev. Gregory Joshua Edwards didn’t always believe in God. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Edwards avoided his family’s Episcopalian beliefs and focused on academics. Valedictorian of his 1996 high school graduating class, he served as student body president and editor of the yearbook. He referred to himself as an atheist. Then, as […]

The Greatest Gift in the World

Orthodox Korean Ksenia Kim Talks About Her Path To The Church Today we are publishing an English translation of Fr. George Maximov’s interview with Ksenia Kim, an Orthodox Korean missionary. She talks about her difficult personal choice of faith, the history of Orthodoxy among the Korean people as well as the life of Korean Orthodox community […]

Converting to Orthodoxy in Spain

Converting to Orthodoxy in Spain. Tudor Petcu is a Romanian writer, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he […]

An Interview with Orthodox Writer, Bev Cooke

by Tudor Petcu Tudor Petcu is a Romanian writer, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania. He has published a number of articles related to philosophy and theology in different cultural and academic journals. His work focuses on the evolution of Orthodox spirituality in Western societies as well and he is going […]

Julianna’s Journey: Part One

More entries on our series for women who convert to Orthodoxy without their husbands.  by Julianna I grew up in a family that didn’t really practice any religion. My father had grown up in the Roman Catholic Church and left as a teenager. My mother had grown up in the Southern Baptist tradition, but from a […]

China sees First Chinese Orthodox Priest in Sixty Years

The first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday — one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.Alexander Yu Shi said prayers in the Church Slavonic language and in Mandarin beside the Church of Holy Protection in the northeastern city of Harbin, surrounded […]

“Is there a God? Why Believe.” Fr. Themi Adamopoulo

Fr. Themi, as usual, tells it like it is. In this video, he tells the story of his journey of faith from thinking Christianity was the enemy to becoming an Orthodox Christian.

Why Would a Protestant Convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity?

And this is where it began to get real.

Church As Place Of Mystery And Revelation

Very soon, after my second or third communion, I realized that I was beginning to experience as realities what I had taken to be colorful imagery. the divine energies present in the mystery of the Eucharist open within us a capacity to see, or to sense, spiritual realities to which we were insensible. That sentence is a myth for those without the experience; a reality for those who have it.