More Than 70 Chulym Tatars Receive Holy Baptism

More than 70 people from the small indigenous Chulym population of Siberia have united themselves to Christ in His Church in holy Baptism in Krasnoyarsk Krai, reports the Diocese of Krasnoyarsk. The mass Baptism came during a recent missionary trip to the villages of Chindat and Pasechnoe in the Tyukhtetsky District undertaken by Fr. Vitaly Adaemnkov, the rector of St. Nicholas Church in Bogotol and Holy Annunciation Church in the village of Tyukhtet. These settlements are home to the indigenous Chulym Tatars who appeared in the 17th—18th century as a result of the mixing of some Turkic groups. They warmly welcomed Fr. Vitaly, who held … [Read more...]

Chinese Man Travels Thousands of Miles to be Baptized

Another adult Baptism recently took place on the banks of the Haliacmon River, the longest river contained entirely in Greece, flowing 185 miles through the Greek regions of West Macedonia and Central Macedonia, reports Romfea. This time the new convert traveled thousands of miles from far away China to be baptized at the humble Monastery of the Virgin Kallipetras, in Veria, in northern Greece. The monastery is a male coenobium, dating back to at least 1100 AD. The name of the monastery is connected with a huge rocky column nearby, known as “Kallipetra.” St. Gregory Palamas is among the many saints who have lived and struggled there. The … [Read more...]

The Second Baptism of Russia

Since 1988, we have seen the Second Baptism of Russia! Religious faith in Russia never grew more intensively than in the past three decades, believes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. The head of the Department of External Church Relations (DECR) spoke about religious faith in Russia, and its history and revival in recent decades at a meeting with a group of professors and 250 students from Italy on October 11, 2016, reports the DECR’s website. “The epoch which we call ‘the second Baptism of Russia’ begun in our Church in 1988. The mass baptism of our population started in Russia in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s,” Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Baptism of 184 in Meocan, Salasang and Sto. Nino, Arakan Cotabato

On December 17, 2015, a mass baptism was held in a river for the catechumens of 3 former communities of the Philippine Independent Catholic Church (Aglipayan) in Meocan; Salasang, and Sto. Nino, all in Arakan Valley, Cotabato, who embraced Orthodoxy after almost 2 years of catechism.The mass baptism was officiated by Fr. Kirill. 184 individuals are baptized on this memorable occassion. … [Read more...]