Protestants Adopt Orthodoxy

A Group of Protestants Will Adopt Orthodoxy on the day of Holy Saturday 2 April 2010, Interfax – A group of former Protestants will be baptized on the eve of Easter in St. Andrew Church of Kaliningrad, Russia. Young men and women started visiting an Orthodox church several months ago. In the past, they had one problem – drug addiction – and they tried to get rid of it in the Transfiguration of Russia Protestant charitable organization, the Kaliningrad edition of the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily has reported on Thursday. However, now the former Protestants want to adopt the (Orthodox) Christian faith. “In the past, people … [Read more...]

Orthodox Liturgy From the North Pole to the South

For the past several years, the liturgy has been offered at an Orthodox church situated at a Russian polar research station in Antarctica. Now, the first liturgy has been served at the North Pole. Mayor Vladislav Skvortsov of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski was baptised at the service, and Deacon Roman Nikitin of the Missionary Department of the Diocese of Kamchatka, a young man who preaches both to the people in the local region and to a vast audience on the internet, was ordained to the priesthood in the course of this liturgy. The hierarchical liturgy was served by His Eminence Ignaty Pologrudov of Petropavlovsk and Kamchatka. Do … [Read more...]

2 Million Muslims become Christians in Russia in the last 20 years

Today the proportion of Muslims in Russia must be at least 9%. However, sociological polls have shown a much smaller number, namely, from 4% to 6%, that is, from 6 to 9 million Russians, for the last decade. This paradox can be accounted for only by the fact that a considerable part of ethnic Muslims do not profess Islam’, Silantyev said in an interview to the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily published on Friday. The expert also refuted the reports that Orthodox Russians were converting to Islam by dozens of thousands nowadays. He says the leaders of newly-converted Muslims themselves say that ‘people who have changed their faith are not more … [Read more...]

The Lure of the Mystical Path

By Alice Tallmadge, Correspondent Originally published in The Oregonian, Sunday, April 9, 2000 From Ashland to Portland, the Orthodox tradition is drawing Oregonians to its ancient depths EUGENE — The Saturday night buzz is revving outside the doors of St. Eugene Orthodox Church in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Motors race. Doors slam. Nearby taverns begin to fill with eager revelers. But inside the walls of the humble, dome-topped church, an otherworldly peace reigns. Pungent incense hangs in the air. Gold-flecked icons, lit by flickering tapers, line the dark red walls. Women, their long hair covered with scarves, stand on one … [Read more...]