Church to be Built in Siberian Cradle of Orthodoxy Where Mass Baptism of 120 Recently Celebrated

Yessey, the northernmost village of the Evenkia District in Krasnoyarsk Krai, 2,140 miles northwest of Moscow, was traditionally known as the “cradle of Orthodoxy” among the indigenous peoples of the north, after local Yakuts and Evenks adopted Orthodoxy in 1852. One of the first churches in Evenkia was built in Essey, although it ceased functioning with the advent of soviet power. The village has remained churchless for the past several decades, although faith has remained alive in the hearts of many Yakuts. Two priests traveled to the village last February to baptize 120 souls into the Body of Christ. Now there is news that the village … [Read more...]

33 Children Baptized Need Sponsors

Mass Baptism organized for this Sunday 18th February by Fr Constantinos Eliud Muthiru for 33 Children- 16 boys and 17 girls! Fr Constantinos is humbly seeking any willing Orthodox person who would like to act as a Sponsor/ Godparent to one of these children and help to welcome them into our faith. This also would allow for an ongoing relationship with that child and am opportunity to share of yourself and be part of this Children’s Ministry at Saint Irene’s Mission Kenya. A payment of $25 would help pay for the baptismal robe and a few other related expenses. At present Fr Constantinos has no baptismal crosses. If you are interested please … [Read more...]

556 Catechumens are Baptized by Metropolitan Meletios of Congo

What exactly do you to if you have to baptize 556 catechumens? Here's what they did in Congo. Thank you Romfea.gr!     … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) Celebrates the Rite of Return to the Church for 63 Souls

On this day, sixty-three people renounced paganism, sectarian errors, and false schismatic beliefs! On Lazarus Saturday, April 8, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, celebrated the rite of apostates returning to the holy Orthodox Church. On this day, sixty-three people renounced paganism, sectarian errors, and false schismatic beliefs, in Moscow’s Church of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Icon of the Mother of God, reports the press service of the Moscow Patriarchate. As Lazarus was resurrected from bodily death, so have they been resurrected from … [Read more...]