Not a Spur of the Moment Decision

by Benjamin Pass I have long debated writing of my journey to Orthodoxy. I was unsure if I should bother; particularly since there was no dramatic, miraculous sign which led me to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. At times, it has seemed as though I simply moved from book to article, and through the process of reading and asking questions, arrived in a difference place. Yet I understand the Lord has guided this journey and led me somewhere beautiful and spiritually living. This year, I was received into the Orthodox Church (during Holy Week) and I truly feel I have come home. I was baptized and chrismated, and have experienced … [Read more...]

Orthodox Priest Explains Why Many People in the West are Converting to Orthodox Christianity

It is not a surprise that many Catholics adhering to traditional values are converting to conservative Orthodoxy. The secret is out. In this wonderful, 4-minute video, Fr. Andrey brings us the news about Orthodox Christianity (the form of Christianity practiced by Russians). Orthodox Christianity may be the oldest form of Christianity, but it's becoming “in” in some parts of the modern world. As many Christian churches move farther away from their roots by embracing liberal ideas, people strain to find a more traditional, authentic form of Christianity. For many, that search brings them to the Orthodox Church. Sure, it's been years since … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church will be Built in Kabul, Afghanistan

After 3 churches a day for the last 30 years, the Russian Orthodox Church is not satisfied only building churches in Russia! Glorious! An Orthodox church will be built in the territory of the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan in 2018, the Izvestia paper writes with the reference to sources in diplomatic circles. According to the edition, veteran organizations of soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and other sponsors will participate in the building. The Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency is going to back up the project. “We have to coordinate this question with church officials and some other instances. This good undertaking looks quite … [Read more...]

Richmond church ordination reflects burgeoning membership

The once-fledgling and predominantly Russian parish of St. Alexander Nevsky Church has grown, and is quickly becoming 'a church for all of us.' by Betty Adams Toddlers, babes-in-arms, and other young children populating the church yard and inside St. Alexander Nevsky Church showed just how rapidly the parish family of the Russian Orthodox congregation has grown. Inside the sanctuary Sunday was another sign: the ordination of the Rev. Nathan Williams to the priesthood, the ordination of Joseph Kimball to the deaconate and the investiture of two tonsured Readers, Patrick Kimball and Matthew O’Donnell. Tonsured Reader is a first step … [Read more...]