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 by local worshippers."It is a happy day. We are welcoming the resurrection," he said. "And for the Eastern Orthodox Church in Harbin, it's also a resurrection."The small and elderly Orthodox community — mostly descended from Chinese and Russians who intermarried in the city's cosmopolitan heyday a century … [Read more...]

Why A Chinese Buddhist Became an Orthodox Athonite Monk

by Fr. Libyos On my last trip to Mount Athos I visited the Monastery of Simonopetra. It is a majestic monastery and the sky was fully blue. There I met a graceful novice monk from China. In truth, he surprised me by his presence. An Orthodox rason on a Chinese man? I was moved somewhat. I had never seen this before up close, only in pictures of missions. An inheritor of a great cultural tradition and for him to embrace Christianity? My friends and I got curious to ask him about this. "Brother, how did you, a Chinese man, embrace Orthodox Christian monasticism coming from such a great cultural tradition? Were you a … [Read more...]

The Significance on My Spiritual Life of my Orthodox Baptism

by Serafim Jens Christian Larsen I want to explain the significance on my spiritual life after I became baptised. Since the time I learned the Truth about Christianity and got to know about orthodoxy, it became my goal to become an orthodox christian, this was what I wanted to become, even I did not know or understand what it meant. But my searching it stopped after I became a baptised Orthodox  Christian. The time in between I had been reading about the faith, attending church services regularly on a monthly basis as a catachumen , I had travelled in Romania and experienced that smell of Orthodoxy that had brought me to faith while on … [Read more...]

Why Was I Baptised As An Orthodox Christian?

by Serafim Jens Christian Larsen My Chrismation took place just before the beginning of the summer holidays and I was planning for another trip to Romania, with the wish to stay at a Monastery for a longer duration of time. I talked to a member of the Perish, who knew about a father in Bucharest, a very good friend of his, whom he would ask if he could help to arrange for a stay. I also got a letter from my father in the perish, which in English and French confirmed my Orthodoxy in case I would need it to be able to receive the Holy Communion.Before leaving I felt a little insecure, going to another place, not knowing anybody, but it was the … [Read more...]