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...]

“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. … [Read more...]

Why Would a Protestant Convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity?

by Ben Cabe Why would a Protestant Christian convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity? Such a question cannot be answered through the use of dogmatic assertions or theoretical musings. For such a question presupposes a particular person’s journey of faith. And such a journey can only be spoken of from experience.* Similarly, Christianity at its core is an encounter with Christ—a relationship—not a formal set of dogmas. It is not my aim to embark on the process of comparative religion. The journey I wish to take you on is my own: how a nominal Protestant Christian, and his family, found the fulness of Christ in the Eastern Orthodox … [Read more...]

Church As Place Of Mystery And Revelation

By Rod Dreher Today in our mission parish, St. John the Theologian, we had our first infant baptism. It was a beautiful, rich ceremony. That’s my wife Julie on the far left; she is Baby Anna Rose’s godmother. Anna Rose’s mom is in the center. After the liturgy, we all retired to the church hall to have refreshments (remind me to post sometime Julie’s recipe for Meyer lemon buttermilk pudding cake). We had a friendly Protestant visitor from Baton Rouge up this morning, checking out how the Orthodox have church, and a couple of us ended up in a pleasant theological discussion with him. We got to talking at one point about whether or not it … [Read more...]