Two Magicians Baptized Orthodox Christians in Eastern Congo

Thanks to Robert Arakaki for bringing this to our attention, and to Google translate for making it somewhat understandable. He is now called Theophane. After having assisted with the Orthodox Catechism in Bunia, East Congo, he had given us all a great surprise by abandoning all magical practices, that tied him to the devil and therefore also far from God and His Grace, who gives the true happiness of mankind. A certain day, prior to his baptism, he came after Vespers (evening prayers), bringing in his bag several different magical objects that he had in his possession: incantations, magical prayers, handkerchiefs, powders in bottles and … [Read more...]

Five Foreign Prisoners in Greece Baptized Orthodox

By Alexander Kalliopoulos After about a year of catechism, five foreign prisoners were baptized Orthodox Christian in the Chapel of Saint Eleutherios in the penitentiary in the industrial area of Patras. Three were Nigerians, one was a Somali, and the other was Albanian. The catechism of the newly-illumined was done by the leading priest of the prison, Fr. George Chronopoulos, who in recent years has been ministering to our suffering brothers there, along with his tasks of the parish of Saint Nicholas in Sichena. Fr. Gregory Kordas also participated at the Sacrament of Baptism, parish priest of the Church of St. Barbara in Aktaiou in … [Read more...]

Magicians Who Converted to Christianity

By John Sanidopoulos Throughout the history of Christianity, many magicians are recorded to have abandoned their ancient art and accepted the Christian faith, not because magic was found to be "fake" or "debunked", but because they came to believe that in the eternal light of truth of the Triune God what they thought had spiritual power was in fact darkness, evil and a demonic lie. Among the first magicians to abandon their craft after having witnessed the greater power of Christ were certain Ephesians in the middle of the first century after being visited by the Apostle Paul. Acts 19:11-20 records this astonishing event: Now God … [Read more...]

From the Goddess of Death to the Emperor of Life: Part 1

By Danion Vasile I am giving this talk because I feel compelled to give witness to the way in which Christ calls to Him those who have been deluded by different religions or by unorthodox spiritual practices. The topic, From the Goddess of Death to the Emperor of Life, relates past and present – since before turning to Christ, the Son of God, and to the teachings of the Orthodox Church, I was a worshipper of Kali, the Goddess of Death. I would like to start by saying that the things I am going to speak about will seem incredible to some of you. I understand scepticism and I am not trying to convince the sceptics of the validity of what … [Read more...]