New Orthodox Academy Opening Fall 2018: Enrollment is Open

Some of you may know about the new GreatMartyr Euphemia Orthodox Theological Academy which opens in the Fall of 2018. What you may not know is what separates us from other schools, and why it is worth it for you to have a closer look. If you're wanting more thorough and practical apologetics information, want to help your local parish with catechism or adult ed courses, are a busy dad, a homeschooling mom, Sunday School teacher, aspiring to service as a deacon or priest, or want to deepen your experience of the faith. the GreatMartyr Euphemia Academy is for you. How so? First, it's not another masters level theological institute. The … [Read more...]

Another 1,000 Children Baptized by Patriarch Ilia of Georgia

He's going for the record, I think. The Georgian people have again expressed their great love of and trust in His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia, bringing more than 1,000 children to be baptized and become the primate’s Godchildren in a mass ceremony. Photo: patriarchate.ge   This 53rd such mass Baptism took place on Sunday at Tbilisi’s Holy Trinity Cathedral, with more than 1,000 souls being united to Christ our God in His holy Orthodox Church, reports the official website of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Photo: patriarchate.ge   The previous mass Baptism was held on January 21, with 708 children … [Read more...]

First Divine Liturgy Celebrated in Al-Zabadani in Six Years

Good News is our business! The first Divine services in six years were recently celebrated in the Church of the Dormition in the town of Al-Zabadani. Peace has begun to reign to the west of Damascus following the military operation that forced terrorists to leave the Wadi Barada valley. The restoration of a peaceful way of life continues there in the cities of Al-Zabadani and Madaya, including the renewal of Orthodox life, reports Russian Spring. This area of Syria is known as Paradise, for the beauty of its nature and climate. According to local legend, it is there that Cain buried his brother Abel after slaying him. These places have … [Read more...]

From 30 years Mormon to Forever Orthodox

by Isaac Bell I was raised Mormon, as was Rachel, my wife. Early in our marriage we had a stillborn son. Our bishop called us into his office to tell us that God had not yet revealed the point at which a fetus becomes alive and the church therefore does not consider our son to be a person. This shocked me. I thought the whole point of having a prophet was to provide guidance from God on important moral issues, and given how much time legislatures spend debating when life begins I figured that would be an important topic for a prophet to speak on. Over the next couple of weeks, while Rachel was reeling from the bishop’s lack of empathy, I … [Read more...]